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3:45 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]  —  In a major shift in US policy toward Israel, Colum Lynch reports that the U.S. was poised to support a Security Council statement denouncing Israel's settlement construction.  —  The substance of the resolution is nothing this Administration …
Discussion: The Right Scoop
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 …
Betsy Rothstein / mediabistro.com:
Apologies From Dubai.  Nir Rosen: ‘I Feel Like Shrinking Now’  —  Somehow left-wing journalist Nir Rosen didn't realize how serious it was when he shot off those tasteless tweets about CBS News Chief Foreign Correspondent Lara Logan, who was sexually assaulted in Egypt.  Strangers are now lambasting him.
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
After Sexual Assault & Beating... CBS Reporter Logan Learns That Political Correctness Is a Killer ...Update: No Media Matters, There Will Be No Retraction  —  Lara Logan is lucky she's alive.  —  Her liberal belief system almost got her killed on Friday.  This talented reporter will never be the same.
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. "
Ben Dimiero / Media Matters for America:
Jim Hoft Blames Lara Logan For Her Sexual Assault  —  One thing you learn when covering Gateway Pundit Jim Hoft is to never declare anything he does “rock bottom,” because he always manages to find a new low.  —  Today, he blamed CBS reporter Lara Logan and “her liberal belief system” for her sexual assault and beating in Egypt.
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
NYU Accepts Rosen's Resignation
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Chris Christie lays out a national vision  —  Gov. Chris Christie today delivered a broadside against the broken politics of Washington and the need for straight talk to solve the country's problems in a speech that will stoke talk of a 2012 presidential bid by the New Jersey Republican.
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Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Gov. Christie chides Republicans over entitlement reform
Discussion: The Politico
David Weigel / Weigel:
Mark Levin Cool on Chris Christie
Discussion: FrumForum and Riehl World View
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Christie: ‘My wife would kill me’ if I run for presidency
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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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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WFTV Channel 9:   Gov. Scott Scraps High-Speed Rail Plan, Nelson Reacts
Lady Gaga / CBS News:
Sen. Scott Brown Speaks Out on Childhood Abuse  —  Tells “60 Minutes” Writing About Abuse Was An Act Of Catharsis For Him  —  Sen. Scott Brown reveals he was sexually abused as a child several times by a camp counselor in a “60 Minutes” interview with Lesley Stahl.
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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 …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
No more Bushes  —  There's been a lot of talk in the last few weeks pushing Jeb Bush as a candidate in 2012 but there's just one problem: a plurality of Americans say they would definitely not vote for another Bush for President in the future.  —  44% of voters in the country say there's no way they'd support another Bush Presidency.
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
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Christopher Drew / New York Times:
House Votes to End Alternate Jet Engine Program  —  In a sign that more than half the Republican freshmen are willing to cut military spending, the House voted 233-198 on Wednesday to cancel an alternate fighter jet engine that the Bush and Obama administrations had tried to kill for the last five years.
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
PBS stars fight for funding  —  Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) rarely holds press conferences with animated aardvarks, but he went for it on Wednesday, coaxing the shy Arthur the Aardvark up to the podium.  —  “Come over here Arthur,” Markey beckoned to the human-sized title character in the PBS series …
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Rolling Stone:
Justin Bieber Talks Sex, Politics, Music and Puberty In New ‘Rolling Stone’ Cover Story  —  'I don't think you should have sex with anyone unless you love them,' Bieber tells Vanessa Grigoriadis  —  In the new issue of Rolling Stone - on stands and online in the digital archives on February 18th …
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
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.
Rasmussen Reports:
55% Say Obama's Budget Doesn't Cut Enough  —  Most voters don't think President Obama's proposed $3.7 trillion federal budget includes enough spending cuts, and despite House Republican plans to cut substantially more, a plurality of voters don't think the GOP goes far enough either.
Matt Lewis / Politics Daily:
By now you may have heard of the outrage spawned by a proposed Mississippi license plate that honors Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest.  (For those searching for a pop culture reference, he was Forrest Gump's namesake).  —  As Tom Diemer noted earlier, Forrest “is regarded by admirers …
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Darrell Issa's first subpoena targets Countrywide VIP Program  —  House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa's first subpoena will target Countrywide Financial's VIP program, launching an investigation that could implicate members of Congress.
Discussion: CNN
Azi Paybarah / WNYC News:
How to Control (and Cash In On) the Sarah Palin Brand  —  Adding Sarah Palin to any event makes it bigger, more high profile and, for one restaurant owner in Manhattan, more litigious.  —  Padriac Sheridan wanted to draw customers into his restaurant, Murphy & Gonzalez, on Waverly Place near NYU …
Discussion: Salon
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
Alexander Smoltczyk / Spiegel Online:
The Voice of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood  —  He is a hypermarket of dogma, dispensing advice on subjects ranging from mother's milk to suicide bombing.  But few have as much influence on Sunni Muslims as the Muslim televangelist Youssef al-Qaradawi.  He says what the Muslim Brotherhood in Egpyt thinks …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
A. G. Sulzberger / New York Times:
South Dakota Shelves Bill Aimed at Defending Unborn  —  A state bill to expand the definition of justifiable homicide in South Dakota to include killing someone in the defense of an unborn child was postponed indefinitely Wednesday after an uproar over whether the legislation would put abortion providers at greater risk.
NY Daily News:
Two TSA agents arrested at JFK Airport for stealing $39K from passenger's bag  —  Two TSA officers were busted Wednesday for stealing $40,000 from a bag at Kennedy Airport they thought belonged to a drug dealer, a law enforcement source said.  —  Under questioning, the pair also admitted swiping …
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Todd Starnes / FOX News Radio:
UC-Davis Backs Away from ‘Christian Oppressors’ Policy  —  The University of California at Davis has backed away from a policy that defined religious discrimination as Christians oppressing non-Christians after more than two dozen Christian students filed a formal complaint.
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Alternatives to Inefficient Ticket Pricing  —  As history's greatest monster, I've long been disturbed by good bands' aversion to efficient demand-based pricing for their shows.  Annie Lowrey's article about LCD Soundsystem's anti-scalper efforts is confirming my priors:
Discussion: Slate and Eschaton
 
 
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