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9:40 AM ET, February 17, 2011

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Colum Lynch / Foreign Policy:
In major reversal, U.S. agrees to rebuke Israel in Security Council  —  The U.S. has informed Arab governments that it will support a U.N. Security Council statement reaffirming that the 15-nation body “does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity,” …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
U.S. offered to back U.N. Israel rebuke [UPDATED]
Discussion: The Right Scoop
John Tabin / AmSpecBlog:
Fear of Defending Israel
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Ben Smith's Blog
ABCNEWS:
Click HERE or on video in upper left to listen to Marquez's report.  —  “There was a canister that looked like — No!  No!  No!  Hey!  I'm a journalist here!” he yelled.  —  “I'm going!  I'm going!  I'm going!  I'm going!,” he said.  “I'm hit. ”  I just got beat rather badly by a gang of thugs," Marquez said later. "
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Mark Landler / New York Times:
Secret Report Ordered by Obama Identified Potential Uprisings  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama ordered his advisers last August to produce a secret report on unrest in the Arab world, which concluded that without sweeping political changes, countries from Bahrain to Yemen were ripe for popular revolt …
New York Times:
Bahrain Police Crack Down; 5 Dead and Hundreds Hurt  —  MANAMA, Bahrain — Without warning, hundreds of heavily armed riot police officers rushed into Pearl Square here early Thursday, firing shotguns, tear gas and concussion grenades at the thousands of demonstrators who were sleeping …
Discussion: newsfeed.time.com and Hit & Run
Betsy Rothstein / mediabistro.com:
Apologies From Dubai. Nir Rosen: ‘I Feel Like Shrinking Now’
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
After Sexual Assault & Beating... CBS Reporter Logan Learns That Political Correctness Is a Killer …
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
The Christie speech: We must fix America  —  Chris Christie took Washington by storm on Wednesday with his first national address - a blunt call for the country's leaders to follow in his fiscal footsteps by making real cuts in unsustainable levels of spending if they want to pull America back from the “edge of disaster.”
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Gov. Christie chides Republicans over entitlement reform
Discussion: Reuters and The Politico
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Chris Christie lays out a national vision
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Nameless Republican Ties Obama in 2012 Election Preferences  —  Young voters less supportive of his re-election than of his election in 2008  —  PRINCETON, NJ — U.S. registered voters are evenly split about whether they would back President Barack Obama for re-election in 2012 (45%) or “the Republican Party's candidate” (45%).
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
No more Bushes  —  There's been a lot of talk in the last few …
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Russell Berman / The Hill:
House adds $500 million in cuts  —  The House on Wednesday made its first substantive changes to a $1 trillion Republican spending bill, adopting amendments that underscore the new Tea Party bent in Washington.  —  Yet the most costly questions will come before lawmakers on Thursday …
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Scott Turow / New York Times:
The One-Man Political Machine  —  On a brutally cold morning in mid-December, Rahm Emanuel, hatless and wearing a glove on only his left hand, stood for an hour in front of the turnstiles at the Paulina el station, which sits in his old Congressional district on Chicago's North Side.
Guardian:
Colin Powell demands answers over Curveball  —  Former US secretary of state asks why CIA failed to warn him over Iraqi defector who has admitted fabricating WMD evidence  —  Colin Powell, the US secretary of state at the time of the Iraq invasion, has called on the CIA and Pentagon to explain …
Discussion: The Politico, Firedoglake and CBS News
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
As U.S. Agencies Put More Value on a Life, Businesses Fret  —  WASHINGTON — As the players here remake the nation's vast regulatory system, they have been grappling with a subject that is more the province of poets and philosophers than bureaucrats: what is the value of a human life?
Zogby:
Percentage Who Say Obama Response Was Correct Exceeds Totals Of Those Who Wanted More Support for Mubarak or Protestors  —  UTICA, NY - U.S. likely voters are more likely to say the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was positive rather than negative for the U.S. …
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Let's Be Clear  —  I've said this before, and I will say it again.  Unless your proposal includes a substantial increase in taxes and a substantial amount of cuts to the military budget as well as ending the farm subsidies and giveaways to big oil and big energy and big business …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Bachmann on Obama's birthplace: 'That isn't for me to state'  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said Thursday it's not for her to say whether President Obama is a citizen of the United States — or a Christian.  —  “That isn't for me to state; that's for the president to state,” Bachmann …
Discussion: CNN
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Obama budget plan shows interest owed on national debt quadrupling in next decade  —  Interest payments on the national debt will quadruple in the next decade and every man, woman and child in the United States will be paying more than $2,500 a year to cover for the nation's past profligacy …
Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
Deficit Plan Details Emerge  —  Bipartisan Senate Group Mulls Spending Caps That Could Trigger Tax Increases  —  A bipartisan group of senators is considering legislation that would trigger new taxes and budget cuts if Congress fails to meet a set of mandatory spending targets and other fiscal goals aimed at reducing federal deficits.
Orlando Sentinel:
Rick Scott rejects money for Orlando-Tampa high-speed rail  —  TALLAHASSEE — Republican Gov. Rick Scott rejected $2.4 billion in federal stimulus money to build a high-speed train between Orlando and Tampa Wednesday, baffling supporters who already had spent $66 million getting ready for the project.
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Alana Semuels / Money & Company:
Businesses are refusing to hire the unemployed, commission told  —  Being unemployed is, for many, not fun.  There are no co-workers to mock at the water cooler, no expense accounts on which to wine and dine associates and no impressive title to drop when you're trying to pick up the ladies (or men, for that matter).
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Nature:
Read the full article … Interest in attributing the risk of damaging weather-related events to anthropogenic climate change is increasing1.  Yet climate models used to study the attribution problem typically do not resolve the weather systems associated with damaging events2 such as the UK floods of October and November 2000.
John Stossel / Townhall.com:
Is Seasteading the Future?  —  Here's a novel idea: Escape the suffocating chains of intrusive government by starting your own country!  —  That's Patri Friedman's idea.  He comes from an impressive line of libertarian thinkers.  Milton Friedman, the Nobel-prize-winning free-market economist, was his grandfather.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Darrell Issa's first subpoena targets Countrywide VIP Program  —  House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa's first subpoena takes aim at Countrywide Financial's VIP program, launching a probe that seeks to out lawmakers who got sweetheart terms on home loans.
Discussion: CNN
BBC:
Japan halts whale hunt after chase by protesters  —  The Sea Shepherd group's vessel (r) blocked the main Japanese ship's loading bay  —  Japan has suspended its annual Antarctic whale hunt following protests from a campaign group.  —  Activists from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society …
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and FrumForum
AlterNet.org:
On Chauncey DeVega's Herman Cain Post  —  Editor's Note: Yesterday, Chauncey DeVega, an African-American writer, published a post on AlterNet assessing the CPAC performance of Herman Cain, a right-wing potential presidential candidate, in strong and provocative language.  Like DeVega, Cain is African American.
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
California high court to rule on key Prop. 8 issue  —  (02-16) 17:32 PST SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court has rejoined the battle over same-sex marriage, agreeing to decide the crucial question of whether sponsors of an initiative can defend it in court when state officials refuse to do so.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The BLT
 
 
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Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Borrowing to Pay Interest on a Debt Isn't Creating Debt?: Today's Q's for O's WH - 2/16/2011
Discussion: Hot Air and JammieWearingFool
BBC:
Libya protests: Activists call for ‘day of anger’
Discussion: Guardian and FrumForum
CNN:
Obama to sign bill naming courthouse after slain Arizona judge
Discussion: USA Today and FrumForum
B.J. Reyes / Honolulu Star-Advertiser:
Civil unions bill wins final approval; awaits governor's signature
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Rasmussen Reports:
55% Say Obama's Budget Doesn't Cut Enough
A. G. Sulzberger / New York Times:
South Dakota Shelves Bill Aimed at Defending Unborn
 Earlier Items: 
Susan Crabtree / TPMDC:
King Taps Journo As Senior Committee Investigator
Alexander Smoltczyk / Spiegel Online:
The Voice of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Good Lt / The Jawa Report:
Democrats Get Super Serious About Budget Cuts
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Azi Paybarah / WNYC News:
How to Control (and Cash In On) the Sarah Palin Brand
Discussion: Salon
Sarah Kliff / The Politico:
GOP pushes birth control for horses?
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Lady Gaga / CBS News:
Sen. Scott Brown Speaks Out on Childhood Abuse