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11:00 AM ET, February 2, 2010


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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, told Fox News Monday.
Jim Treacher / The DC Trawler:
Andrew Breitbart, master of the rope-a-dope  —  If you're too young to remember Ali vs. Foreman — which most of the people I work with are, damn them — Ali used something he called the rope-a-dope to win.  Basically, he let Foreman beat the hell out of him until Foreman got tired, and then Ali swabbed the canvas with him.
Discussion: Sense of Events
Patterico / Hot Air:
U.S. Attorney Recuses Himself from O'Keefe Case; Updated with Video …
Discussion: Big Journalism and Big Government
Sen. Carl Levin / The Politico:
Ending 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'  —  When the Senate Armed Services Committee hears Tuesday morning from the Defense Department's top leaders, we will hopefully begin the task of ending the “don't ask, don't tell” policy on gays in the military.  This change would improve our military's capability …
Gautham Nagesh / The Daily Caller:
Polls show service members oppose gays in military as Gates …
Discussion: American Spectator
Yochi J. Dreazen / Wall Street Journal:
Iraq Veteran Leads 'Don't Ask' Push
Discussion: New York Times and ATTACKERMAN
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
Obama Budget Would Impose Host of Tax Increases  —  Obama budget plan would imposes host of tax increases on businesses, wealthy families  —  While President Barack Obama is proposing to cut some taxes for companies that hire workers, his budget would raise a host of other taxes on businesses and wealthy individuals.
Will More States Target Rich?
Fred Pearce / Guardian:
Climate emails scientist ‘hid’ flaws  —  Exclusive: Key study by East Anglia professor Phil Jones was based on suspect figures  —  • How the location of weather stations in China undermines data  —  • How the ‘climategate’ scandal is bogus and based on climate sceptics' lies
Mark Steyn / The Corner on National Review Online:
Change of Climate — By: Mark Steyn  —  You have to assume that America's dying monodailies are now actively auditioning for state ownership.  How else to explain the silence of the massed ranks of salaried “environmental correspondents” on the daily revelations emerging from the fast disintegrating …
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.
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Huge 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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Philip Klein / AmSpecBlog:
Why Obama Is an Even Bigger Spender Than Bush
Discussion: and EconLog
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.
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Durbin, Schumer prep 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: Firedoglake and The Page
Paul Krugman:
A Depressing Budget  —  I haven't gone through the budget proposal in detail yet.  But there's no escaping the sense that this is a tremendous comedown from the hopes of a year ago.  —  As many have pointed out, the administration projects high unemployment for years to come:  —  BLS, OMB
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Sanger: Deficits could undermine U.S. power — Baltimore fallout: West Wing looking for ways POTUS can mix it up, sans talking points — Obama to Indonesia — Study: Abstinence works  —  BIRTHDAYS: Teddy Downey (hat tips: Carol, Marc Adelman) ... Sen. Cornyn is 58
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama to unveil small biz lending plan drawn from bailout funds
Discussion: The Swamp and The Politico
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.
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: Outside The Beltway and QandO
New York Times:
Curveball Alters Talks on Wall St. Reform  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama's proposals to tax and curb the activities of Wall Street have thrown an unpredictable element into the debate over financial regulatory reform.  They also have touched off an intensive new round of lobbying …
Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard:
Gibbs Says Health Care Reform is in the Red Zone  —  The Democrats keep hope alive.  —  Democrats continue to insist that the Obama health bill could pass this year.  Last week Nancy Pelosi pledged to take up pole vaulting in order to pass a bill that majorities disapprove of.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
No populism in the primaries?  —  The Illinois primaries today are set to test a thesis I've been thinking about, and on which I'd be interested in readers' input: This wave of populist revulsion at the establishment, almost by definition, is far harder to bring to bear in primaries.
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 …
Discussion: Beat the Press and Mediaite
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 …
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.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Peter Orszag, OMB chief and sex symbol
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Boston Globe
Sally Jenkins / Washington Post:
Tebow's Super Bowl ad isn't intolerant; its critics are
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Sue Major Holmes / Associated Press:
Obama seeks money for nuclear weapons work
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and RedState
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
At Issue: Counting the Jobs Created
Discussion: Beat the Press
Charles Duhigg / New York Times:
Cloudy Future for Fannie and Freddie
Michael Kinsley / The Atlantic Online:
No Room for Reagan  —  In the end, chairman Michael Steele persuaded …
Discussion: Politics Daily
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The Death of Global Warming
Associated Press:
College tuition hikes in double digits
Discussion: Big Brass Blog
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Chris Matthews Compares Conservative Republicans to Murderous Khmer Rouge Regime