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5:50 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
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
What fuels the grass-roots rage
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Will Tea Parties End Up Hurting Sarah Palin?
CNN:   Poll no present to Palin on her birthday
Andy Barr / The Politico:   Obama tied in generic 2012 matchup
Emily Friedman / ABCNEWS:
Former President Bill Clinton Rushed to N.Y. Hospital  —  Clinton Had Quadruple Heart Bypass Surgery in 2004  —  Former President Bill Clinton was rushed to a Manhattan hospital late this afternoon, sources tell ABC News.  —  Clinton, 63, was transported to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital …
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Peter Baker / The Caucus:
Bill Clinton Undergoes More Heart Surgery  —  Updated Former President Bill Clinton was taken to a New York hospital today after experiencing chest pains, and underwent heart surgery, his office said.  —  “President Clinton is in good spirits and will continue to focus on the work …
Discussion: Politics Daily and Gothamist
John King / CNN:   Bill Clinton in New York hospital, sources say
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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?
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 …
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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.
Discussion: Prairie Weather and The Page
Ezra Klein:
The Senate Finance Committee's jobs bill
Discussion: TalkLeft and Daily Kos
Hugh Hewitt / Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:   You have Got To Be Kidding: The Absurdity of the Proposed “Jobs” Bill
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
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.
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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.
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Political Punch:
Vice President Biden: Iraq “Could Be One of the Great Achievements …
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
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 …
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.
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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 …
Reuel Marc Gerecht / New York Times:
Iran, Beacon of Liberty?  —  ON Thursday, the birthday of the Islamic Republic of Iran, we will see whether the democratic opposition movement has been driven underground by the increasingly brutal harassment from the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.  Iranian society has become …
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Kevin Sullivan / RealClearWorld:
Ali Alfoneh: Khamenei Is No Khomeini
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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.
Ezra Klein:
Blame Rahm?  —  It's a bit weird to see so much blame accruing to Rahm Emanuel for the administration's woes.  Emanuel wasn't part of the campaign team.  He was brought in to help govern.  In that capacity, his primary job was shepherding the administration's agenda through the legislative process.
 
 
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Freedom's Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose
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