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3:10 PM ET, February 2, 2010

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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Blanche Lincoln Poll  —  John Boozman will enter the Arkansas Senate race this weekend as the frontrunner.  He leads incumbent Blanche Lincoln by an amazing 56-33 margin in our first poll of the race.  —  Lincoln's approval rating has sunk to just 27%, with 62% of voters in the state disapproving of her.
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Health Care Polling
Discussion: Washington Monthly and TPMDC
Susan Davis / Washington Wire:
Poll Spells Trouble for Sen. Lincoln
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:   Poll Finds Dropping Health Care Plan Doesn't Help Dems.  So Pass The Bill!
Facebook:
Are You Capable of Decency, Rahm Emanuel?  —  The newly-released mind-boggling, record-smashing $3,400,000,000,000 federal budget invites plenty of opportunity to debate the merits of incurring more and more debt that will drown the next generation of Americans.  Never has it been possible to spend your way out of debt.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Emanuel apologized for ‘retarded’ remark  —  A White House official emails that Rahm Emanuel has acknowledged calling liberal Democrats “retarded” and apologized for the remark.  —  “Rahm called Tim Shriver Wednesday to apologize and the apology was accepted,” the official said.
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Top Defense Officials Seek to End 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'  —  WASHINGTON — The nation's top two Defense officials called for an end on Tuesday to the 16-year-old “don't ask, don't tell” law, a major step toward allowing openly gay men and women to serve in the United States military for the first time in its history.
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Washington Post:
Military scaling back 'don't ask, don't tell'
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Adm. Mullen: Repealing 'Don't ask, don't tell' is the ‘right thing to do’
Brian Montopoli Updated / CBS News:
Mullen: Ending Don't Ask, Don't Tell “Right Thing to Do”
Discussion: Gawker and Pam's House Blend
Ezra Klein:
Rep. Paul Ryan's daring budget proposal  —  The White House's 2011 budget is only the second-most interesting budget proposal released recently.  First prize goes to Congressman Paul Ryan, the ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee, who's released a budget proposal that actually erases the massive long-term deficit.
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Walter Alarkon / The Hill:   Conrad skeptical of Obama deficit plan
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Paul Ryan's Budget Alternative: Massive Rationing
Kos / Daily Kos:
The 2010 Comprehensive Daily Kos/Research 2000 Poll of Self-Identified Republicans  —  As I've mentioned before, I'm putting the finishing touches on my new book, American Taliban, which catalogues the ways in which modern-day conservatives share the same agenda as radical Jihadists in the Islamic world.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHAT THEY'RE THINKING.... Markos Moulitsas commissioned …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Kos poll: A plurality of Republicans favor impeachment
Discussion: The Moderate Voice, TPMDC and Swampland
National Post:
N.L. Premier Williams set to have heart surgery in U.S.  —  ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams will undergo heart surgery later this week in the United States.  —  Deputy premier Kathy Dunderdale confirmed the treatment at a news conference Tuesday …
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CBC News:
Danny Williams going to U.S. for heart surgery  —  Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams is set to undergo heart surgery this week in the United States.  —  CBC News confirmed Monday that Williams, 59, left the province earlier in the day and will have surgery later in the week.
Discussion: Hot Air
Sally Jenkins / Washington Post:
Tebow's Super Bowl ad isn't intolerant; its critics are  —  I'll spit this out quick, before the armies of feminism try to gag me and strap electrodes to my forehead: Tim Tebow is one of the better things to happen to young women in some time.  I realize this stance won't endear me to the …
Fox News:
U.S. Attorney Steps Down From O'Keefe Case  —  James O'Keefe, accused of trying to tamper with the phones of Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, was “framed” by the media and the U.S. attorney's office, Andrew Breitbart, publisher of BigGovernment.com, told Fox News Monday.
Terri Cullen / Reuters:
Backdoor taxes to hit middle class  —  Buzz up!  —  NEW YORK (Reuters.com) —The Obama administration's plan to cut more than $1 trillion from the deficit over the next decade relies heavily on so-called backdoor tax increases that will result in a bigger tax bill for middle-class families.
Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
Sarah Palin magazine hits newsstands and convenience stores  —  One of the things Sarah Palin has sought to do since stepping down from the governor's office in Alaska is seize control of her image.  So it is perhaps a sign of how difficult a task that remains for the GOP's former vice presidential nominee …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Durbin and Schumer prepare for fight with donations to Senate colleagues  —  The second- and third-ranking Senate Democratic leaders are doling out huge sums of cash, laying the groundwork for a leadership race should Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid lose reelection.
Discussion: CNN, The Swamp and Firedoglake
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Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Reid: GOP undermines U.S. security
Discussion: CNN
Washington Post:
Rising FHA default rate foreshadows a crush of foreclosures  —  The share of borrowers who are falling seriously behind on loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration jumped by more than a third in the past year, foreshadowing a crush of foreclosures that could further buffet an agency vital to the housing market's recovery.
Stuart Schwartz / American Thinker:
The Fat Lady Sings for Keith Olbermann  —  “It ain't over until the fat lady sings.”  —  The fat lady is doing more than singing for Keith Olbermann.  And, like most of the other women in the life of MS-NBC's premiere leftist sexist, she's not interested in dating him.
Martin Kaste / NPR:
Tea Party Star Leads Movement On Her Own Terms … text sizeAAA  —  The National Tea Party convention is on Thursday — though it's probably more accurate to call it a Tea Party convention, not the Tea Party convention.  —  But despite the convention, questions remain for the fledgling movement: Where is it heading?
Political Punch:
Brennan: All Transferred Detainees Who Returned to Terrorism Were Released by Bush, No Recidivism for Those Released by Obama  —  In a letter to congressional leaders sent Monday night, White House adviser John Brennan, the assistant to President Obama for homeland security and counterterrorism …
Edward Colimore / Philly.com:
Early draft of the Constitution found in Phila.  —  Researcher Lorianne Updike Toler was intrigued by the centuries-old document at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.  —  On the back of a treasured draft of the U.S. Constitution was a truncated version of the same document, starting with the familiar words: “We The People. . . .”
Discussion: Law Blog and JONATHAN TURLEY
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Deficits May Alter U.S. Politics and Global Power  —  WASHINGTON — In a federal budget filled with mind-boggling statistics, two numbers stand out as particularly stunning, for the way they may change American politics and American power.  —  The first is the projected deficit in the coming year …
New York Times:
The 82nd Annual Oscar Nominations  —  By THE NEW YORK TIMES  —  Below is the full list of the 82nd Annual Oscar Nominations, which were announced Tuesday morning:  —  Best Picture  —  “Avatar”  —  “The Blind Side”  —  “District 9″  —  “An Education”  —  “The Hurt Locker”
Discussion: Carpetbagger and Grist
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Ford vs. ‘young lady’  —  Harold Ford, on Colbert, offers a remarkably hazy definition of “pro-life” and an unusual term to refer to his rival as he explained his shifting positions:  —  If you are looking for politicians who are static in thinking, I'm not your guy …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Geezers' Crusade  —  We like to think that in days gone by, the young venerated the elderly.  But that wasn't always so.  In “As You Like It,” Shakespeare's morose character, Jaques, calls old age “second childishness and mere oblivion.”  Walt Whitman hoped that the tedium and pettiness …
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Obama administration is tone-deaf to concerns about terrorism  —  There is almost nothing the Obama administration does regarding terrorism that makes me feel safer.  Whether it is guaranteeing captured terrorists that they will not be waterboarded, reciting terrorists their rights …
David Rogers / The Politico:
Murtha back in the hospital  —  Pennsylvania Rep. John Murtha was back in the hospital Tuesday after undergoing gallbladder surgery last week.  —  The Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington said that the 77-year-old Democrat was a patient in its intensive care unit but referred all questions about his condition to his family.
Discussion: The Fix, CNN, Washington Post and The Page
Rob Stein / Washington Post:
Abstinence-only programs might work, study says  —  Sex education classes that focus on encouraging children to remain abstinent can persuade a significant proportion to delay sexual activity, researchers reported Monday in a landmark study that could have major implications for U.S. efforts …
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Virginia Senate bills say no to requiring health insurance  —  RICHMOND — Virginia's Democratic-controlled state Senate passed measures Monday that would make it illegal to require individuals to purchase health insurance, a direct challenge to the party's efforts in Washington to reform health care.
 
 
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