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10:45 AM ET, February 11, 2010


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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 …
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.”
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.
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
What fuels the grass-roots rage  —  So what exactly is the Tea Party movement and why has it risen up?  —  The ferocity of its opposition to President Obama is mystifying to political progressives.  Most of the left simply doesn't see him as especially liberal, let alone “socialist.”
Matthew Weaver / Guardian:
Protests in Iran - LIVE  —  Protesters have clashed again with the Iranian security forces amid official celebrations to mark the 31st anniversary of the revolution.  Follow live updates  —  3.04pm:  —  Another new video purports to show a motorcycle belonging to the security forces …
Daily Mail:
Iran is now a ‘nuclear state’ says Ahmadinejad as thousands take to the streets  —  Iran is now a ‘nuclear state’, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced this morning.  —  He spoke as tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Tehran to mark the 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution.
Discussion: RedState
Associated Press:
Iran claims new success in uranium enrichment
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Washington Post
Street Journalist:   We're live blogging from Iran'Streets 22
CNN LARRY KING LIVE  —  Interview with Vice President Joe Biden; John and Teresa Heinz Kerry Interview; New “We Are The World” Version to Open Olympics  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  LARRY KING, HOST: Tonight …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Joe Biden: ‘Two-state solution’ for D.C.
David Rogers / The Politico:
Can Gregg help W.H. save health bill?
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid hopes for bipartisanship on jobs proposal at Thursday meeting
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Senate jobs bill buried in snow
Discussion: TPMDC
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Will Tea Parties End Up Hurting Sarah Palin?  —  35 Percent of Americans Express a Favorable Opinion of the Tea Party Movement  —  The Tea Party movement has the potential for significant political clout, but with challenges: high negatives, a fuzzy image and broader-than-ever skepticism …
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: Outside The Beltway and Eschaton
New York Times:
Once Stigmatized, Food Stamps Find Acceptance
Discussion: Kausfiles
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Speechwriter: Edwards cut ‘I lied’ from statement  —  Wendy Button, a former Edwards speechwriter, writes that she worked on Edwards' statement admitting that he was the baby's father — and that he then changed and weakened it.  —  It was very different compared to the one he and I had worked on over the summer.
Wendy Button / The Huffington Post:
My Story of John Edwards's Mess  —  Please remember the people of Haiti, who need us now more than ever.  Go to to do your part.  —  The truth has a way of finding us in the strangest of places.  I found out that former Senator John Edwards was finally going to admit …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Obama Takes Several Gambles in Bid to Defuse Nuclear Standoff With Iran  —  WASHINGTON — As President Obama adds economic pressure and military containment to force Iran's leadership to negotiate on its nuclear program, he is taking three big bets on his ability to defuse an increasingly tense confrontation.
Discussion: Commentary and Swampland
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Russia, China, and Iran
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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dodd will negotiate financial reform with GOP Sen. Corker  —  Sen. Robert Corker (R-Tenn.) will negotiate on financial reform directly with Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-Conn.).  —  Dodd announced Thursday that he would pursue a bipartisan financial reform package with Corker …
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Climate-Change Debate Is Heating Up in Deep Freeze  —  WASHINGTON — As millions of people along the East Coast hole up in their snowbound homes, the two sides in the climate-change debate are seizing on the mounting drifts to bolster their arguments.  —  Skeptics of global warming are using …
The Politico:
Left frets over fate of 'Don't Ask'  —  Congressional liberals were heartened when Barack Obama pledged to repeal “don't ask, don't tell,” but their initial elation has given way to concerns the repeal will stall in the penalty box of presidential promises: the U.S. Senate.
Discussion: Commentary and The Caucus
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama ‘agnostic’ about deficit solutions  —  President Barack Obama says he is “completely agnostic” about all options for repairing the federal deficit — including new taxes on the middle class which he has pledged to avoid.  —  As he creates a fiscal commission by executive order to examine …
Discussion: D.C. Now
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Ed Hornick / CNN:
Veterans ‘storm’ Capitol Hill in blizzard
Daniel J. Mitchell / Cato @ Liberty:
Maybe Greece Should Go Bankrupt
Discussion: Financial Times, Hit & Run and BBC
Obama Says He's ‘Fierce’ Free-Market Advocate, Rejects Critics
John Nolte / Big Hollywood:
Regarding Roger: Ebert Doubles Down Twitter-Trashing His ‘Teabagging’ Fans
Discussion: Sadly, No! and Pajamas Media
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
House Republicans make case for majority
Discussion: Don Surber and Ben Smith's Blog
 Earlier Items: 
MI5 complicit in torture - top judge
Discussion: normblog and BBC