Stories You Should Know (2/4/10)

CNN (USA)
As the Tea Party’s first national convention gets under way, members are united in their anger but divided over the future of the movement.

WJZ13 (Dover, DE)
New Castle County executive Chris Coons is stepping into the void left by Attorney General Beau Biden and will seek the Democratic nomination for the Senate seat formerly held by Biden’s father.

Chicago Sun-Times (Chicago, IL)
Only a few hundred votes separate Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard in the GOP race for Illinois governor. Brady says he’s 700 votes ahead. Dillard says he’s only 100 votes behind. The Associated Press reports Brady 750 votes ahead with 99 percent of the state’s precincts reporting.

CBS News (USA)
“If I’m a RINO, then so is Ronald Reagan. I’m [a] less taxing, less spending, less government, more freedom kind of guy and I just take a pragmatic common sense approach to government. And if that’s not what the people want, they’ll let me know. But I’m confident that it is,” FL Governor and Senate Candidate Charlie Crist told the “Early Show”.

Political Hotsheet (USA)
It’s early, but it appears the Hotsheet has a frontrunner for most astounding political ad of 2010. Check out this new spot from “Carly for California,” Republican California Senate candidate Carly Fiorina’s campaign organization- featuring sheep.

Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA)
In his first public defense of the arrest of a Nigerian man accused of trying to bomb an airplane on Christmas Day, Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. said Wednesday that he personally made the decision to prosecute Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and that no one in the Washington intelligence community objected that the alleged Al Qaeda operative should instead be turned over to military interrogators as a prisoner of war.

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