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11:40 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.
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 …
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.”
Joe Klein / Time:
Sarah Palin Populism: Savvy Speech to Tea Party Movement
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Page
Empire-George / CBS News:
Is Sarah Palin Lucky or Savvy?
Discussion: Riehl World View
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  —  4.15pm:  —  That report by about Mousavi's wife being attacked has been confirmed by his website, according to AP.
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.
Scott Lucas / Enduring America:
The Latest from Iran (11 February): Today is 22 Bahman
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
It Has Begun... Biden Says Iraq One of the Great Accomplishments …
Discussion: Commentary
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Joe Biden: ‘Two-state solution’ for D.C.
Discussion: and The Page
Steven T. Dennis / Roll Call:
Pelosi Makes Her Case: A Majority Is 51 Votes  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is pinning the blame on Republicans for a lack of bipartisanship in Congress and plans to bypass them if they continue to oppose efforts to enact near-universal health care.
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: Gawker
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   Speechwriter: Edwards cut ‘I lied’ from statement
Wendy Button / The Huffington Post:   My Story of John Edwards's Mess
Roland S. Martin / CNN:
Time for Obama to go ‘gangsta’ on GOP  —  Editor's note: Roland S. Martin, a CNN political analyst, is a nationally syndicated columnist and author of “Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith,” and the forthcoming book, “The First: President Barack Obama's Road to the White House.”
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 …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama ‘agnostic’ about deficit solutions
Discussion: D.C. Now
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.
Discussion: The Page and Swing State Project
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Diaz-Balart won't seek reelection
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Lincoln Diaz-Balart to retire
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
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.
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.
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.
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Discussion: Riehl World View
Charles Forelle / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: New York Magazine
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