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10:12 AM, Feb 10, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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Earthquake in Chi-town? I'm no Pat Robertson, but if I had to say, I'd blame Kanye West for this.

Gov. David Paterson denies rumors, says he'll only leave office "in a box."

Cheer up, Gibbs. They stopped laughing at Dane Cook, too, and he still has a job.

Obama on banker bonuses? “I know both those guys; they are very savvy businessmen,” Obama said in the interview yesterday in the Oval Office with Bloomberg BusinessWeek, which will appear on newsstands Friday. “I, like most of the American people, don’t begrudge people success or wealth. That is part of the free- market system.”

Republicans gain ground in ABC/Washington Post poll: "The survey paints a portrait of a restless and dissatisfied electorate at the beginning of a critical election year. More than seven in 10 Americans disapprove of the job Congress is doing, and as many say they're inclined to look for new congressional representation as said so in 1994 and 2006, the last times that control of Congress shifted."

Jules Crittenden on Scott Brown's first vote, against union man Craig Becker for NLRB: "For now, apparently, it sounds like their (union) members have capitulated to the view that Brown represents their interests better than the unions do. Brown didn’t tip the balance on the Senate vote, as a couple of Democrats also capitulated, saying yes to the Party of No. But there’s a little dividend for Massachusetts voters, when anyone actually gives a damn how someone from their state is going to vote. Haven’t seen that since, I dunno, probably since half of them capitulated to Bush over his deeply unpopular war."

The Washington Post gets very snarky about "idiotic drivers on the loose." Whatever happened to the "tips for staying safe in snow" tone?

CBS headline: "Obama says bipartisanship, but what he wants is GOP surrender."

New York Times goes all in on the "inherited" theme, just recycling old editorials about Bush: "An election is coming, so the Republicans are trying to scare Americans by making it appear as if the Democrats don’t care about catching or punishing terrorists."

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