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11:00 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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Christina Bellantoni / TPM LiveWire:
White House Gets Reuters To Pull Budget Story  —  Obama administration aides appealed to the Reuters White House reporting team to kill a story by another reporter of the news service that suggested the president's new budget blueprint included “backdoor” tax hikes.
Discussion: Gawker
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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Sarah Palin / USA Today:
Why I'm speaking at Tea Party convention  —  Later this week I'll head to Nashville, where I'll have the honor of speaking with members of the Tea Party movement.  I look forward to meeting many Americans who share a commitment to limited government, common sense and personal responsibility.
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Martin Kaste / NPR:
Tea Party Star Leads Movement On Her Own Terms
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Reid: Senate can't pass reconciliation first, decision hopefully by next week  —  Emerging from a meeting Tuesday with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he hopes Democrats can decide by next week on a way to move the health care bill forward.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Pelosi: Senate Must Pass Fix Before House Passes Senate Bill
Discussion: The Politico and TPMDC
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 on 'don't ask, don't tell'  —  Three years ago, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was pretty clear about his stand on the military's “don't ask, don't tell” policy.  —  A former war hero, McCain said he would support ending the ban once the military's top brass told him that they agreed with the change.
Rahm Apologizes / Political Punch:
Rahm Apologizes for Privately Calling Liberal Activists “Retarded”  — Paulson: I Was Afraid McCain Would Change Mind and Go Against TARP  — Brennan: All Transferred Detainees Who Returned to Terrorism Were Released by Bush, No Recidivism for Those Released by Obama
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and HotAirPundit
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Emanuel apologized for ‘retarded’ remark
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.
ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: The Jenny Sanford Interview  —  S.C. First Lady Tells Barbara Walters: ‘I Thought He Loved Me in His Own Way, Which Is Not a Warm, Bubbly Way’  —  South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford recalls how she made the “leap of faith” to marry husband Gov. Mark Sanford even though …
Discussion: The New Republic and Gawker
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Intelligence officials warn new attacks are ‘certain’  —  The nation's top intelligence officials warned Congress on Tuesday that terrorists are “certain” to attempt another attack on the U.S. within the coming months.  —  CIA Director Leon Panetta said the foremost risk …
Discussion: The Awl
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CBS News:
CIA Chief: Al Qaeda Poised to Attack U.S.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Ensign demands apology from Obama for shot at Vegas
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
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Futile Struggle Against Free Content  —  David Goldman writes about falling music sales: … Music industry executives can tell themselves that as long as they want.  But under conditions of perfect competition, the price of a song ought to be equal to the marginal cost of distributing a new copy of a song.
Discussion: Conventional Folly
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David Goldman / CNNMoney.com:
Music's lost decade: Sales cut in half
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
No Help in Sight, More Homeowners Walk Away  —  In 2006, Benjamin Koellmann bought a condominium in Miami Beach.  By his calculation, it will be about the year 2025 before he can sell his modest home for what he paid.  Or maybe 2040.  —  “People like me are beginning to feel like suckers,” Mr. Koellmann said.
Discussion: Calculated Risk
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 Swamp and The Politico
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 …
Ruth Mantell / MarketWatch:
Squandering our children's future  —  Massive debt burden threatens to impoverish generations to come  —  WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — My five-month-old daughter is going to have some serious financial troubles when she grows up, mainly because I'm already borrowing money from her.
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Deficit Fever  —  Suddenly, you can't turn around without getting …
Discussion: Reuters, Crooks and Liars and TalkLeft
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 …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Shoe bomber was read Miranda rights  —  Republicans may have a hard time keeping up their talking point about how reading Miranda rights to the Christmas Day bomber represented a dangerous new direction under President Barack Obama.  —  It turns out that that back in December 2001 …
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: The Confluence and The DC Trawler
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 …
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: NewsReal Blog
 
 
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Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Dodd Calls Obama Plan Too Grand
Discussion: The Big Picture
Financial Times:
Brussels backs Greek plan to tackle deficit
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Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
GOP Still Short On Women
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Still Rolling: Fox News Has Its Best January Ever
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Hoyer walks back week-end prediction
Discussion: TPM LiveWire
Free exchange:
$2 trillion gone and nothing to show for it
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Nervous Dems Go On Polling Spree
 Earlier Items: 
Peterhamby / CNN:
Palin hired former Gore speechwriter for big speech
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In sex scandal, Edwards braced for media onslaught that never came
Jeff Woods / Nashville Scene:
Ron Ramsey: 'I Don't Know' Whether Obama Is Kenyan
Discussion: Raw Story and Post Politics