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5:35 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: TPMDC and Washington Monthly
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!
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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Gillian Reagan / The Wire:
Reuters Withdraws ‘Backdoor Taxes To Hit Middle Class’ Story Linked By Drudge Report  —  The lead story at DrudgeReport.com as of 11:30 a.m. this morning was “**REUTERS: Backdoor taxes to hit middle class.”  But Reuters withdrew the article last night.  Drudge noted the change and wrote …
Christina Bellantoni / TPM LiveWire:
White House Gets Reuters To Pull Budget Story
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Gawker
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.
Rahm Apologizes / Political Punch:   Rahm Apologizes for Privately Calling Liberal Activists “Retarded”
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 …
Discussion: Feministe and NewsBusters.org
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Kos poll: A plurality of Republicans favor impeachment
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Swampland
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'
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
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
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CBC News:   Danny Williams going to U.S. for heart surgery
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 …
David Catanese / The Politico:
Five things to watch in Illinois  —  Buzz up!  —  Just as the reverberations from the Massachusetts special election have begun to dissipate, another dark blue state plays host to the first primary election of the 2010 cycle: Illinois.  —  Tuesday's crowded ballot will test …
Discussion: Hot Air
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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 …
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.
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. . . .”
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 …
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?
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.
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
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 …
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.
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
Jeff Woods / Nashville Scene:
Ron Ramsey: 'I Don't Know' Whether Obama Is Kenyan  —  Update: Democrats accuse Ramsey of pandering to a “far-right wing group of conspiracy theorists.”  —  During the Q&A period after his speech to Nashville Republicans' First Tuesday Club a few minutes ago, Ron Ramsey was given …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
 
 
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Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
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Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
DNI forecasts global threats
Discussion: CNN and democracyarsenal.org
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Shoe bomber was read Miranda rights
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
Discussion: The Politico
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Landmark Statement  —  In my judgment, the most important event …
Discussion: New York Times and Eunomia
 Earlier Items: 
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Kim Jong-il's regime is even weirder and more despicable than you thought.
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Political Punch:
Brennan: All Transferred Detainees Who Returned to Terrorism …
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Virginia Senate bills say no to requiring health insurance
Fox News:
U.S. Attorney Steps Down From O'Keefe Case