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12:50 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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Susan Davis / Washington Wire:
Poll Spells Trouble for Sen. Lincoln
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.
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Jim Treacher / The DC Trawler:
Andrew Breitbart, master of the rope-a-dope
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Emanuel apologized for ‘retarded’ remark
Discussion: Gateway Pundit, Raw Story and Hit & Run
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.
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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: The Jawa Report
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 …
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Fred Pearce / Guardian:
Strange case of moving weather posts and a scientist under siege
Discussion: QandO, YID With LID and NewsReal Blog
Washington Post:
Military scaling back 'don't ask, don't tell'  —  President Obama's top defense officials will tell the Senate on Tuesday that the military will no longer aggressively pursue disciplinary action against gay service members whose orientation is revealed against their will by third parties, sources say.
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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.
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 …
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.
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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 …
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 …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Racing Against Time  —  For most of the last year, time has been health care reform's enemy.  Could it now be reform's friend?  That's the gamble reform's proponents in the administration and Congress are making now.  —  For most of the last year, the Obama administration and its chief allies …
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Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard:
Gibbs Says Health Care Reform is in the Red Zone
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 …
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 …
Discussion: CNN and Matthew Yglesias
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:   Ford's tough night with Colbert
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.
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.
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: The Politico, CNN, Firedoglake and The Page
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.
Discussion: SCSUScholars
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 …
Kbh / KeithHennessey.com:
The President's bigger budget  —  The President proposed his budget today.  This is the budget for federal fiscal year 2011, which begins October 1 of this year.  —  Most people in Washington will focus on (1) the effects of the proposed budget on the deficit and (2) what the budget proposes …
Discussion: EconLog and Greg Mankiw's Blog
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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 …
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 …
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.
 
 
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Michael Kinsley / The Atlantic Online:
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama to unveil small biz lending plan drawn from bailout funds
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