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4:50 PM ET, February 11, 2010

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Washington Post:
Poll finds most Americans are unhappy with government  —  Two-thirds of Americans are “dissatisfied” or downright “angry” about the way the federal government is working, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.  On average, the public estimates that 53 cents of every tax dollar they send to Washington is “wasted.”
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Voters Divided Over Obama vs. Republican Candidate in 2012  —  Republicans most often mention Romney, Palin as preferred candidate  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Registered voters are about equally divided as to whether they would more likely vote to re-elect Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election, or vote for the Republican candidate.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Sarah Palin Surge (and why it's overblown)  —  In the wake of her keynote address at the national tea party convention in Nashville, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's presidential prospects have seemingly soared.  —  Time's Joe Klein, in a piece entitled “It's Her Party …
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Sarah Palin displays her pitch-perfect populism  —  The snows that obliterated Washington in the past week interfered with many scheduled meetings, but they did not prevent the delivery of one important political message: Take Sarah Palin seriously.  —  Her lengthy Saturday night keynote address …
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Will Tea Parties End Up Hurting Sarah Palin?
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
What fuels the grass-roots rage
CNN:   Poll no present to Palin on her birthday
Debra Medina / Debra Medina for Texas Governor:
Medina Campaign Responds to Glenn Beck Interview  —  I was asked a question on the Glenn Beck show today regarding my thoughts on the so-called 9/11 truth movement.  I have never been involved with the 9/11 truth movement, and there is no doubt in my mind that Muslim terrorists flew planes into those buildings on 9/11.
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The Right Scoop:
Debra Medina is a 9/11 Truther  —  Ok, her politician answer was that she didn't have enough proof to take a side on whether or not the government had anything to do with causing the twin towers to fall.  Really?  How in the hell do you not take a side on that issue?
Jason Embry / Austin American-Statesman:
Medina says she doesn't have position on whether U.S. government helped 9/11 attackers  —  Republican gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina, a Wharton businesswoman and activist whose insurgent campaign has been gaining steam for a month, may have hit a major speed bump today.
Rich Miller / Bloomberg:
Obama ‘Agnostic’ on Deficit Cuts, Won't Prejudge Tax Increases  —  Feb. 11 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama said he is “agnostic” about raising taxes on households making less than $250,000 as part of a broad effort to rein in the budget deficit.  —  Obama, in a Feb. 9 Oval Office interview …
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Tony Romm / The Hill:
Gibbs says Bond is ‘confused’ or ‘ignoring the truth’ about Brennan
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid overrules Baucus, narrows jobs bill focus  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is rewriting a jobs bill after Democrats complained of too many concessions to Republicans.  —  Reid announced Thursday that he would cut back on the jobs bill Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus …
Discussion: The Politico, ABCNEWS and NPR Blogs
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Carl Hulse / The Caucus:
Baucus, Grassley Propose New Jobs Bill  —  The top Democrat and Republican on the Senate tax-writing committee today unveiled the main elements of a new jobs and economic recovery measure, hoping to put some rare bipartisan momentum behind major legislation.
Ezra Klein:
The Senate Finance Committee's jobs bill
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Democrats rush to curb corporate election spending before Nov. vote  —  Democrats are hoping to fast-track a set of sweeping new campaign finance regulations to prevent the Supreme Court's landmark Citizens United decision from affecting the November midterm elections.
Discussion: The Politico, The Nation and The Hill
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The Note:
Dems Want CEOS On-Camera in Corporate-Financed Political Ads
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Joe Biden update: Iraq one of Obama's ‘great achievements’  —  Who knew?  —  Thank goodness, Vice President Joe Biden went on CNN to chat with Larry King Wednesday night.  So many think things are not going so well for the Democrat administration, as The Ticket chronicled here.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Feds push for tracking cell phones  —  Two years ago, when the FBI was stymied by a band of armed robbers known as the “Scarecrow Bandits” that had robbed more than 20 Texas banks, it came up with a novel method of locating the thieves.  —  FBI agents obtained logs from mobile phone companies corresponding …
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Kevin Sullivan / RealClearWorld:
Ali Alfoneh: Khamenei Is No Khomeini
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Ezra Klein:
Food stamps  —  I can't get over the fact that one in eight Americans are on food stamps.  —  Graph credit: The New York Times.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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FRONTLINE:
Dispatches: 22 Bahman  —  All times EST, unless otherwise noted.  —  10:00 am EST: Tehran Bureau interview with Hossein Karroubi, opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi's son.  —  How is your father Haj Agha Mehdi Karroubi?  —  We're treating him for burns to his face and eyes.
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Tunku Varadarajan / The Daily Beast:
The Right's Top 25 Journalists  —  Blogs and Stories  —  From Instapundit and Laura Ingraham to O'Reilly and Beck, Tunku Varadarajan counts down the most influential right-wing media figures in the country.  —  In these times of bare-knuckle political partisanship, opposition …
Hotline On Call:
Diaz-Balart To Retire  —  Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL) will announce later today he will not seek another term, CongressDaily reports this morning.  —  Diaz-Balart is the 18th House GOPer to step down, and one of the few who holds a seat that Dems could target.
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ABCNEWS:
Elizabeth Edwards Threatens Husband's Ex-Aide With Lawsuit  —  Andrew Young May Be Sued for Allegedly Contributing to Failure of Edwards' Marriage  —  Elizabeth Edwards may be preparing to sue her husband's longtime aide for allegedly contributing to the demise of her marriage.
Discussion: Big Journalism
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Freedom's Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose  —  I don't know that I'd make too much of this, but tracking the Congressional Democrats' approval ratings in Quinnipiac polling over the past six months — they're now down to just 28 percent overall, including 19 percent (!) among independents — is interesting in this respect.
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
2 ex-employees say Blackwater billed government for prostitute  —  Two former employees of Blackwater Worldwide have accused the private security contractor of defrauding the government for years with phony billing, including charging for a prostitute, alcohol and spa trips.
 
 
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Sebastian Jones / The Nation:
The Lobbying-Media Complex  —  President Obama spent …
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Rep. Earl Blumenauer / Congress Blog:
Lawmaker skis home from Congress
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Speechwriter: Edwards cut ‘I lied’ from statement