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4:05 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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Nicole Allan / The Atlantic Business Channel:
Obama's 2011 Budget Winners and Losers
Discussion: Washington Post and Open Congress
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.
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:   Should Charlie Crist run as an independent in Florida's Senate race?
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 …
Discussion: Politics Nation and The Hill
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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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 …
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.”
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.
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.
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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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Cassy Fiano / Hot Air:
Ahmadinejad: Iran will deliver a telling blow on February 11
Discussion: Adrienne's Corner
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Unemployment Forever  —  Ryan Avent brings us the bad news from Christina Romer's budget talk: … Some historical context:  —  We're looking, in other words, at years worth of “recovery” during which the unemployment rate will be at what would normally be deemed recession levels.
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Free exchange:   No quick end to joblessness
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 …
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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Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Gates Sacks Stealth Jet Chief, Blasts ‘Troubling Record’ of Crucial Plane
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 …
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 …
Ezra Klein:
Getting real about Congress  —  “No single vote by any single senator could possibly illustrate everything that is wrong with Washington today,” writes Fred Hiatt.  “No single vote could embody the full cynicism and cowardice of our political elite at its worst, or explain by itself why problems do not get solved.”
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 …
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
Pelosi's Children and Grandchildren Used Military Jets As 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?
John Campanelli / Plain Dealer:
Bill Watterson, creator of beloved ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ comic strip looks back with no regrets  —  This marks the 15th year since “Calvin and Hobbes” said goodbye to the comics pages.  Creator Bill Watterson, who grew up in Chagrin Falls and still makes Greater Cleveland his home …
Discussion: The DC Trawler, ArtsBeat and The Awl
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, Firedoglake and SENATUS
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.
John B. Judis / The New Republic:
The Quiet Revolution  —  Obama has reinvented the state in more ways than you can imagine.  —  These days, liberals don't know whether to feel betrayed by or merely disappointed with Barack Obama.  They have gone from decrying his willingness to remove the public option from his health care plan …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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, Hit & Run and The Awl
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
New Role Puts Anchor in Fox News Spotlight  —  First “America's Newsroom.”  Then “America's Election Headquarters.”  And on Monday, Megyn Kelly will begin anchoring a third all-about-America newscast, “America Live.”  —  “We're big on America here at Fox,” Ms. Kelly said in an interview last week.
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.
Fred Lucas / CNSNews:
U.S. Attorney Reviews Call for Probe of SEIU Activities with White House, Congress  —  (CNSNews.com) - Federal prosecutors are reviewing a request for an investigation into whether Andy Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), violated the Lobbying Disclosure Act …
 
 
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
The Corporations Already Outspend The Parties
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Clyburn: 'We've got to spend our way out of this recession'
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Celeste Katz / NY Daily News:
'It's worse than Eliot Spitzer!' …
Discussion: Mediaite
Marist Poll:
2/1: Does MA Spell Trouble for NY Dems?
Steve Connor / The Independent:
‘Climate emails hacked by spies’
Discussion: Guardian, Tim Blair and EU Referendum
Eamon Javers / The Politico:
CIA moonlights in corporate world
Discussion: Politics Daily
 Earlier Items: 
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
Casey Ross / Boston Globe:
Financial executives spent big on Brown