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3:05 PM ET, February 1, 2010

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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 …
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's budget: What's up, what's down
Discussion: CNN
David Adams / Rand Paul 2010:
Sarah Palin endorses  —  National political icon and conservative leader Sarah Palin has endorsed Dr. Rand Paul in his bid for United States Senate from Kentucky.  The Paul campaign has received a generous donation from Governor Palin's PAC.  —  Sarah Palin has clearly seen that Rand Paul supports smaller …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin for Paul  —  There's always been a real overlap between tea parties, the Ron Paul movement and Sarah Palin's conservative grass roots, and the alliance makes itself felt a bit today in Palin's endorsement of the Kentucky Senate bid by Paul's son, Rand.  —  Rand Paul's statement on the endorsement and “generous contribution”:
Discussion: Politics Nation and The Hill
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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Florida Republican Primary for Senate  —  Florida GOP Senate: Rubio 49%, Crist 37%  —  Former state House Speaker Marco Rubio has now jumped to a 12-point lead over Governor Charlie Crist in Florida's Republican Primary race for the U.S. Senate.
presstv.ir:
‘Iran will deliver telling blow to global powers on Feb. 11’  —  Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the nation will deliver a harsh blow to the “global arrogance” on this year's anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.  —  “The Islamic Revolution opened a window to liberty for the human race …
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The Huffington Post:
Frank Luntz Pens Memo To Kill Financial Regulatory Reform  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Nine months after he penned a memo laying out the arguments for health care legislation's destruction, Republican message guru Frank Luntz has put together a playbook to help derail financial regulatory reform.
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Good and Boring  —  In times of crisis, good news is no news.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Prairie Weather
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Media Notes: Jon Stewart's Obama barbs on ‘The Daily Show’ are creating buzz  —  Days before the 2008 election, Jon Stewart jokingly asked Barack Obama whether his “white half” would have trouble making a decision in the voting booth.  —  “Yeah,” the candidate said, “I've been going through therapy to make sure that I vote properly.”
Matthew Mosk / ABCNEWS:
Sarah Palin Uses PAC to Buy Her Own Book  —  Political Action Committee Paid More than $60,000 for Copies of ‘Going Rogue’ in Late 2009  —  Sarah Palin has been using her political action committee to buy up thousands of copies of her book, “Going Rogue,” in order to mail copies of the memoir to her donors …
Discussion: Politics Daily and Hot Air
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 …
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CNN:
Review shows dramatic shift in Pentagon's thinking
Discussion: The Page
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 …
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
Pelosi's Children and Grandchildren Used Military Jets As Private Cross-Country Shuttle Service So They Could Avoid Dealing With the Rabble … Is it a legitimate use of military jets to transport the Speaker of the House and her favored Congressional coterie for routine travel?
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Dem. senators spent weekend with bank, energy, tobacco lobbyists  —  Twelve Democratic Senators spent last weekend in Miami Beach raising money from top lobbyists for oil, drug, and other corporate interests that they often decry, according to a guest list for the event obtained by POLITICO.
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Dems Say Sen. Ben Nelson's Deal Was Setback For Health Care  —  Democrats are privately admitting the deal they made with Sen. Ben Nelson on Medicaid funding for Nebraska was a major factor in souring the America people on the health care reform bill.  —  Senate leadership inked a deal …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PUTTING THE PENTAGON BUDGET ON THE TABLE?.... When the White House started talking up the notion of a spending freeze (which isn't really a spending freeze) last week, officials outlined a proposal with modest reductions in discretionary spending not related to national security.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Scalpels, Hatchets, and the Defense Budget
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
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.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty / The Politico:
Ponzi on the Potomac  —  The U.S. attorney general recently announced that the Justice Department is beefing up its efforts to fight financial fraud such as Ponzi schemes.  Good.  The agency should start by reviewing the spending habits of the federal government, which is running the largest Ponzi scheme our country has ever seen.
Celeste Katz / NY Daily News:
'It's worse than Eliot Spitzer!'  Wife of Mark Sanford reveals son's reaction in book on sex scandal  —  It's “worse than Eliot Spitzer!” exclaimed one of disgraced South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's young sons after their mom revealed he was having an affair with a sexy Argentine mistress, his wife says in a new tell-all book.
Discussion: Mediaite
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Editorial Shake-Up as Harper's Tries to Stabilize in a Downturn  —  Just before noon last Wednesday, John R. MacArthur, the president, publisher and chief benefactor of Harper's Magazine, joined his editorial staff after its monthly meeting.  —  “We are going through a crisis,” Mr. MacArthur …
Discussion: Gawker, Felix Salmon and Hit & Run
Ben Stein / American Spectator:
Free James O'Keefe  —  In case you wonder what the future is for justice and law enforcement and media control in this country, take a look at two cases.  —  During the last Presidential election, a gang of men calling themselves Black Panthers showed up at a polling place in Michigan.
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
New media help conservatives get their anti-Obama message out  —  In November, the morning after Election Day, a conservative blogger in Georgia blasted an e-mail to 65,000 people.  —  Erick Erickson's 5 a.m. “Morning Briefing” seemed counterintuitive — the election of a Democrat …
Marist Poll:
2/1: Does MA Spell Trouble for NY Dems?  —  In the wake of Republican U.S. Senator-elect Scott Brown's win in Massachusetts, a notable proportion — 45% — of registered Democratic voters in New York State say they are worried that a Republican will defeat the state's Democratic senators running for office in November.
CREW:
CREW URGES PRESIDENT AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS NOT TO ATTEND SHADOWY FELLOWSHIP'S NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST  —  1 Feb 2010 // Washington, D.C. - Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) urged President Obama and all members of Congress not to attend …
Michael Booth / Denver Post:
Colorado Springs cuts into services considered basic by many  —  COLORADO SPRINGS — This tax-averse city is about to learn what it looks and feels like when budget cuts slash services most Americans consider part of the urban fabric.  —  More than a third of the streetlights in Colorado Springs will go dark Monday.
 
 
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John B. Judis / The New Republic:
The Quiet Revolution  —  Obama has reinvented the state in more ways than you can imagine.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Steve Connor / The Independent:
‘Climate emails hacked by spies’
Discussion: Guardian, Tim Blair and EU Referendum
Michael M. Grynbaum / City Room:
Man and Machine, Both Beautiful, Meet at Grand Central
Discussion: The Awl
Eamon Javers / The Politico:
CIA moonlights in corporate world
Discussion: Politics Daily
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Party ID: Despite GOP Gains, Most States Remain Blue
Discussion: The Fix, The Politico and The Hill
David A. Lieb / Associated Press:
States seeking to ban mandatory health insurance
Discussion: Townhall.com
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Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
Should Germany bail out Club Med or leave the euro altogether?
Casey Ross / Boston Globe:
Financial executives spent big on Brown