Today’s Most Popular Stories 2.9.11

Every afternoon we surf your sites for the most popular stories of the day. Here are the top headlines for February 9, 2011:

Washington Post: Oscar nominees share lunch, tales of awards season

Washington Examiner: Ruling: Fired D.C. teachers must be offered jobs, back wages

USA Today: Halftime: Carmelo to Lakers? Who wins and who loses?

The Hill: House fails to extend Patriot Act surveillance as Republicans defect

Politico: Republicans endure another floor loss

Roll Call: Tea Party Creates Own Magazine to Reflect Movement’s Values

National Journal: EXCLUSIVE: White House to Cut Energy Assistance for the Poor

Talking Points Memo: Dems To GOP After Patriot Act Fail: Welcome To The Big Leagues

Politics Daily: Groupon’s Tibet Ad: When Edgy Goes Overboard

The New Republic: From Mississippi to ‘The Corner’: A Tale of Right-Wing Wrongness

The Daily Caller: Global warming skeptics send letter to Congress urging members not give into climate ‘alarmists’