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1:50 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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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 …
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.”
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Will Tea Parties End Up Hurting Sarah Palin?
Joe Klein / Time:
Sarah Palin Populism: Savvy Speech to Tea Party Movement
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Page
CNN:
Poll no present to Palin on her birthday
Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
A Nadir For Palin; Tea Party Not So Extreme?
Discussion: CBS News, Politics Daily and Sadly, No!
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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Matthew Weaver / News: News blog:
Iran protests: live blog  —  Protesters clashed with the security forces and a number of opposition figures were rough-up, as the regime stamped its authority on the 31st anniversary of the revolution.  Read how the day unfolded  —  8.00am:  —  The Iranian opposition has been gearing …
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MiamiHerald.com:
Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart won't seek reelection  —  U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, a passionate defender and architect of legislation to strengthen the U.S. embargo against Cuba, announced Thursday he won't seek reelection to Congress.  —  The Miami Republican made the announcement …
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Lesley Clark / Naked Politics:
The Diaz-Balart political dominoes
The Hill:
Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart to retire; brother Mario may run for his House seat
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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.
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David Rogers / The Politico:
Can Gregg help W.H. save health bill?  —  Is Judd Gregg a tease or a real potential partner for President Barack Obama in trying to salvage some health care reform in this Congress?  —  That's one question the White House has to answer for itself before the much-ballyhooed televised sit …
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.
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.
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Ezra Klein:
The Senate Finance Committee's jobs bill
Discussion: TalkLeft and Daily Kos
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
White House predicts jobless rate to average 10 percent in 2010  —  White House economists are forecasting slow job growth and an economic recovery more sluggish than in past economic recessions.  —  The U.S. economy will add jobs at a rate of 95,000 per month in 2010 …
Discussion: CNN
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Jared Allen / The Hill:
Dems look to crack down on corporate political spending ahead of midterms  —  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 impacting the November midterm elections.
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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.
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 …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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.
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Wendy Button / The Huffington Post:
My Story of John Edwards's Mess
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.
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 …
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.
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
 
 
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