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6:35 PM ET, February 2, 2010

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Terri Cullen / Reuters:
Backdoor taxes to hit middle class  —  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.
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Advisory: Backdoor taxes to hit middle class  —  Buzz up!  —  The story Backdoor taxes to hit middle class has been withdrawn.  A replacement story will run later in the week.  —  Related Searches:  —  Buzz up!
Christina Bellantoni / TPM LiveWire:
White House Gets Reuters To Pull Budget Story
Discussion: Gawker
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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Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
McCain appears to shift stance on 'don't ask, don't tell' policy
Washington Post:
Military scaling back 'don't ask, don't tell'
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: TPMDC and Washington Monthly
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Poll Finds Dropping Health Care Plan Doesn't Help Dems.  So Pass The Bill!
Discussion: Hit & Run
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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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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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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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Paul Ryan's Budget Alternative: Massive Rationing
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air, Big Government and The Foundry
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Key Republican wants more answers on Christmas bomber  —  Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) is calling for answers about the status of the Obama administration's new interrogation unit amid growing concerns about the way the Christmas Day bombing suspect was questioned by authorities.
Discussion: The Politico
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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.
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 …
Mary Pilon / Wall Street Journal:
What's a Degree Really Worth?  —  A college education may not be worth as much as you think.  —  For years, higher education was touted as a safe path to professional and financial success.  Easy money, in the form of student loans, flowed to help parents and students finance degrees …
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
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?
David Rogers / The Politico:
Murtha in intensive care  —  Pennsylvania Rep. John Murtha was in intensive care at a Virginia hospital Tuesday because of serious complications related to gall bladder surgery last week.  —  Murtha's congressional office confirmed that he underwent scheduled laparoscopic surgery to remove …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Limbaugh ‘thanks God every day’ for Obama's political problems  —  Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh said that he “thank[s] God every day” for the political difficulties facing President Barack Obama.  —  Limbaugh told Fox News in an interview to air on “Fox and Friends” …
Discussion: The Politico and The Swamp
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
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama takes another dig at Las Vegas  —  President Barack Obama on Tuesday took another dig at Las Vegas at his New Hampshire town hall Tuesday after similar remarks got him into hot water last year.  —  Obama said that people should now “blow a bunch of cash in Vegas” during a tough recession.
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.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In sex scandal, Edwards braced for media onslaught that never came  —  Two weeks before the 2008 Iowa caucuses, the National Enquirer published a detailed story reporting that Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards had had an affair, and that the woman involved, campaign videographer Rielle Hunter …
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.
Michelle Malkin:
Gitmo-bashing judge rebuked; lax sentence for millenium bomber rejected  —  Hell has frozen over.  Pigs are sprouting wings.  The left-leaning 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has removed a moonbat judge from the botched LAX millenium bomber case and ruled that his sentence was too short …
Discussion: blog.seattlepi.com and L.A. NOW
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Kim Jong-il's regime is even weirder and more despicable than you thought.  —  Visiting North Korea some years ago, I was lucky to have a fairly genial “minder” whom I'll call Mr. Chae.  He guided me patiently around the ruined and starving country, explaining things away by means of a sort …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and NewsReal Blog
Peterhamby / CNN:
Palin hired former Gore speechwriter for big speech  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin delivered a humorous speech at the Gridiron Dinner last December.  —  Washington (CNN) - Sarah Palin's political action committee doled out tens of thousands of dollars last year to Republican consulting firms and donations to GOP candidates.
 
 
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Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
DNI forecasts global threats
Discussion: CNN and democracyarsenal.org
Jeff Woods / Nashville Scene:
Ron Ramsey: 'I Don't Know' Whether Obama Is Kenyan
Discussion: Raw Story
James Fallows:
More from the “why bipartisanship can't work” guy
Discussion: Ezra Klein and The New Republic
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Grassley: GOP in ‘complete agreement’ with major element of Obama jobs plan
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David Catanese / The Politico:
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Discussion: Hot Air and The Capitol Fax Blog
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Landmark Statement  —  In my judgment, the most important event …
Discussion: New York Times and Eunomia
Rob Stein / Washington Post:
Abstinence-only programs might work, study says