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9:30 AM ET, February 1, 2010


 Top Items: 
Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
Deficit to Hit All-Time High  —  Obama's $3.8 Trillion Budget Forecasts a $1.6 Trillion Shortfall for 2010 Before It Drops  —  WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama will propose on Monday a $3.8 trillion budget for fiscal 2011 that projects the deficit will shoot up to a record $1.6 trillion this year …
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Deficit to Grow $100 Billion Under New Obama Budget  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama sent Congress on Monday a proposed budget of $3.8 trillion for the fiscal year 2011, saying that his plan would produce a decade-long reduction in the deficit from $1.6 trillion this year …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's budget: $3.8 trillion, w/ a prison  —  President Barack Obama today will propose a new, $3.8 trillion federal budget that boosts spending in some areas, such as education and job-creation, but cuts spending elsewhere.  It also envisions higher taxes for Americans earning more than $250,000 a year.
David Rogers / The Politico:
Five years, $5.08 trillion in debt  —  President Barack Obama's new $3.83 trillion budget—on its way to Congress Monday— anticipates an even worse deficit this year than last and no big improvement until the economy improves and the nation sheds the crushing costs of two wars overseas.
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette
CBS News:
Obama's $3.8T Budget Heads to Congress
Discussion: TalkLeft and Dennis the Peasant
Sam Dillon / New York Times:
Obama to Seek Sweeping Change in ‘No Child’ Law  —  The Obama administration is proposing a sweeping overhaul of President Bush's signature education law, No Child Left Behind, and will call for broad changes in how schools are judged to be succeeding or failing, as well as for the elimination …
The Politico:
Democrats squabble over jobs bill  —  Democrats from the president on down say jobs are their No. 1 priority, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid expects to announce details of a bill this week.  But a squabble among Senate Democrats is complicating early efforts to bring a bill to the floor.
Discussion: Guardian and SENATUS
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Good and Boring  —  In times of crisis, good news is no news.  Iceland's meltdown made headlines; the remarkable stability of Canada's banks, not so much.  —  Yet as the world's attention shifts from financial rescue to financial reform, the quiet success stories deserve at least as much attention as the spectacular failures.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Forces Pushing Obama on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama and top Pentagon officials met repeatedly over the past year about repealing “don't ask, don't tell,” the law that bans openly gay members of the military.  —  But it was in Oval Office strategy sessions …
Good Lt / The Jawa Report:
Glenn Beck Destroys Chris “I Forgot He Was Black For An Hour” Matthews
Fouad Ajami / Wall Street Journal:
The Obama Spell Is Broken  —  Unlike this president, John Kennedy was an ironist who never fell for his own mystique.  —  The curtain has come down on what can best be described as a brief un-American moment in our history.  That moment began in the fall of 2008, with the great financial panic …
Discussion: Althouse
James Chapman / Daily Mail:
500,000 hospital patients sent home too soon every year (and 1,500 a day readmitted for emergency care)  —  More than 500,000 patients every year are readmitted to hospital after apparently being sent home too soon, alarming figures reveal.  —  Labour's waiting-time targets have been blamed …
Discussion: POWIP, Don Surber and Gateway Pundit
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Should Edwards Aides Be Shamed And Blamed?  —  Late Friday night, having browsed through Andrew Young's book exposing bare the details of John Edwards's extensive cover-up of his reckless decisions, I tweeted that “The senior staff who covered for John Edwards should be identified and shamed out of the Dem consulting world.”
Discussion: Kausfiles
David Zurawik / Z on TV:   ABC News and the public shaming of John Edwards
Times of London:
Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs ‘expecting $100 million bonus’  —  Goldman Sachs, the world's richest investment bank, could be about to pay its chief executive a bumper bonus of up to $100 million in defiance of moves by President Obama to take action against such payouts.
The Huffington Post:
Kathleen Wells, J.D.: Congressman Engel's Passionate Response to the State of the Union  —  Congressman Engel (D-NY) has been a member of the U.S House of Representatives for 22 years.  He serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee, including the Subcommittee on Health, and on the Foreign Affairs Committee.
Discussion: The Hill
The Huffington Post:
What “Ailes” Cable News?  Rupe Murdoch's Evil Genius  —  What's Your Reaction: … “If it were raining cookies,” Jon Stewart joked the other night, “Fox News would probably say, “'Democrats Leave Millions of Americans Milkless.  Fox News has been in the news a lot this week.
Associated Press:
Formula Shows Why It's So Hard to Cut Jobless Rate  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy's 5.7 percent growth last quarter — the fastest pace since 2003 — was a step toward shrinking the nation's 10 percent unemployment rate.  —  There's just one problem: Growth would have to equal 5 percent …
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Will Scott Brown support repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell?  —  During the Senate special election in Massachusetts, Republican Scott Brown was criticized for his lack of support for LGBT rights.  The Massachusetts Family Institute put out a report card showing that he supports the ban on gay men …
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Jack Goldsmith / Washington Post:
Can we stop the global cyber arms race?
Discussion: Firedoglake
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
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Discussion: Post on Politics
Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Japan emerges as key player on Iran
New York Times:
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Discussion: Truthdig
David Rogers / The Politico:
War spending surges in 2011 budget
Discussion: Open Left and
 Earlier Items: 
Lois Romano / Washington Post:
Republicans hope for another Senate victory, this time in Obama's Illinois
Discussion: SENATUS
King Banaian / Hot Air:
What's the matter with you Americans?
Discussion: QandO and Stop The ACLU
White House: No decision yet on moving 9/11 trial
Discussion: Gothamist
Joe / Joe. My. God.:
American Family Association Radio Host: It's Time To Imprison All Gays
Discussion: Truth Wins Out
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Democracy With Accountability  —  A stark contrast to the US …
Discussion: Eunomia
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Boehner Rejects Bipartisanship
Discussion: TalkLeft, Washington Monthly and CNN
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Paul Krugman Calls Fox News “Deliberate Misinformation” …