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9:00 AM ET, February 15, 2011


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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Obama To The Next Generation: Screw You, Suckers  —  The logic behind president Obama's budget has one extremely sensible feature: it distinguishes between spending that simply adds to consumption, and spending that really does mean investment.  His analogy over the weekend …
John / Power Line:
“Steep Cuts?”  Even the Left Is Starting to Notice  —  Liberal press outlets are reporting, generally without criticism, the Obama administration's claim that its FY 2012 budget embodies “steep cuts” in federal spending over the coming decade.  Since a picture is worth a thousand words …
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Paul Krugman:
The Great Abdication  —  Andrew Leonard is right: the Obama budget isn't going to happen, so in a sense it's irrelevant.  But it still has symbolic meaning.  What is Obama saying here?  —  The important thing, I think, is that he has effectively given up on the idea that the government …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE EXTRAORDINARY TIMING OF JIM DEMINT AND MIKE PENCE.... Almost immediately after President Obama's budget proposal was released, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) issued a statement condemning it.  As the right-wing senator put it, the White House's budget “would push us over the edge into generational debt.”
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
House Votes to Extend Patriot Act Provisions  —  WASHINGTON — The House on Monday voted to reauthorize and extend through Dec. 8 three ways in which Congress expanded the Federal Bureau of Investigation's counterterrorism powers after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Discussion: TPMMuckraker, FrumForum and The Page
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
The House approves Patriot Act extension, sends bill to Senate
Discussion: The Nation and Daily Kos
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
House set to pass Patriot Act extension on second try
Discussion: The Politico, The Foundry and Hit & Run
The Politico:
Key 2012 early states cool to Palin  —  A new poll of New Hampshire voters is the latest in a string of surveys suggesting that if Sarah Palin chooses to run for president, she'll struggle in the crucial early states.  —  The WMUR Granite State Poll released late Monday afternoon puts Palin close …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Romney Holds Big Lead In Primary Poll  —  Survey Shows Most Likely Voters Still Undecided  —  DURHAM, N.H. — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is the early frontrunner in the New Hampshire Republican primary, according to a new poll.  —  The WMUR Granite State Poll shows Romney …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
'America's toughest sheriff' considering Arizona Senate run  —  Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Monday he is open to the possibility of running for the seat of retiring Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) in 2012.  —  Arpaio, the conservative sheriff famous for his hard-line anti-immigration stances …
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Clinton to announce new ‘AfPak’ envoy  —  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has chosen a new special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, after months of delay and disagreements between the White House and the State Department over the parameters of the job that became vacant …
Allison Hantschel / Firedoglake:
Late Night: Possibly We Should Stop Sucking So Much  —  By Brigadier Lance Mans, Deputy Director, NATO Special Operations Coordination Centre [Public domain via Wikimedia Commons  —  Dan, with his finger on something that's been bugging me forever: … The stories immediately post-9/11 …
Lance M. Bacon / Army Times:
‘Punisher’ gets its first battlefield tests  —  XM25 ‘performs flawlessly’ in Afghanistan  —  The XM25 has changed the battlefield with only 55 rounds, and earned a new name among soldiers.  They call it “the Punisher.”  —  Since its first contact Dec. 3, the XM25 has been in nine engagements …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Rachel Donadio / New York Times:
Berlusconi to Face Trial in Underage Prostitution Case  —  ROME — A Milan judge on Tuesday ordered Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to stand trial in April on charges of paying an underage nightclub dancer for sex and abusing his office to help release her from police custody when she was detained for theft …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Experience Economy  —  Tyler Cowen's e-book, “The Great Stagnation,” has become the most debated nonfiction book so far this year.  Cowen's core point is that up until sometime around 1974, the American economy was able to experience awesome growth by harvesting low-hanging fruit.
Discussion: EconLog and Daily Kos
Matt Cutts / The Official Google Blog:
New Chrome extension: block sites from Google's web search results  —  (Cross-posted on the Google Chrome Blog)  —  We've been exploring different algorithms to detect content farms, which are sites with shallow or low-quality content.  One of the signals we're exploring is explicit feedback from users.
Apple to expand iPhone screen size to 4-inches  —  Apple reportedly will change the screen size of iPhone to 4-inch for its fifth generation iPhone to compete with the Google Android platform in the 4- to 7-inch smartphone market, according to upstream component suppliers.
The Hill:
GOP expects chaotic House debate over party's planned $61B in cuts  —  House Republicans on Tuesday will launch their attempt to slash $61 billion in government spending, but the actual level of cuts that will emerge is anyone's guess.  —  GOP leaders have pledged an open process …
Matthew Duss / The Nation:
Letter From Herzliya, Neocon Woodstock  —  HERLIZYA, ISRAEL— The city of Herzliya sits about ten miles north of Tel Aviv on Israel's breezy central Mediterranean coast.  Often referred to as the “Silicon Valley of Israel,” it's home to high-tech startups, palm tree-lined boulevards …
Discussion: Yglesias
Wanted: A Grand Strategy for America  —  NEWSWEEK's new columnist on Obama's Egypt debacle and the vacuum it exposes.  —  Mandel Ngan / AFP-Getty Images  —  President Barack Obama in front of the Sphinx during a tour of the Great Pyramids of Giza following his landmark speech to the Muslim World on June 4, 2009.
Juana Summers / The Politico:
The Donald: Gay marriage bad, gays in NYC ‘great’  —  Donald Trump may have some New Yorkers doing a double-take, after he expressed his opposition to same-sex marriage while also saying he digs the city's robust gay population.  —  “New York is a place with lots of gays, and I think it's great.
Discussion: The Page
Glenn Beck:
Muslim Brotherhood at CPAC?  —  Has CPAC been ifiltrated by the Muslim Brotherhood?  That's what Pam Geller said on Friday afternoon.What did Glenn think?  —  “This is from CPAC, and I want you to know that I am not taking on CPAC at this point.  I am going over the news and I am at the beginning of looking into this.
The Note:
Breaking: Sen. John Kerry Heads to Pakistan to Calm Diplomatic Tensions  —  ABC News' Kristina Wong reports:  —  Sen. John Kerry has left for a trip to Pakistan today, according to his spokesperson on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to calm frayed diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Pakistan.
Lynn Sweet / Politics Daily:
Michelle Obama to Promote Breastfeeding as IRS Gives Tax Breaks for Nursing … First lady Michelle Obama will be speaking out to remove barriers to breastfeeding, Politics Daily has learned, throwing the spotlight on nursing as a way to reduce childhood obesity.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Andrew Ross Sorkin / DealBook:
Vanishing Act: ‘Advisers’ Seek Distance From a Report  —  A new study backed by pro-business groups takes a harsh stance on rules intended to bring transparency to the $600 billion derivatives market.  The report, published on Monday, claims that proposed regulation could cost 130,000 jobs …
The Politico:
Liberals launch anti-Darrell Issa crusade  —  Democrats are understandably obsessed with Darrell Issa — he's built himself up as a one-man investigative machine aimed straight at the Obama presidency.  —  But a handful of liberal political operatives in California — including …
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
What Does Bias Look Like?  —  So my post on the liberal slant in academia has garnered what I believe to be a record number of comments, many, even most of them, pretty angry.  And as I predicted, the positions are very much reversed from the normal take on such things.
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Discussion: The Page
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
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Discussion: The BLT and Balloon Juice
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Truth or Consequences  —  What if Justice Scalia sued the New York Times for libel?
New York Times:
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Roni Caryn Rabin / New York Times:
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Mark Landler / New York Times:
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 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
Chevron Hit With Record Judgment
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Hot Air and Law Blog
Ryan J. Reilly / TPMMuckraker:
New Civil Rights Commission Suspends Printing Of New Black Panther Report
Michael Medved / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Isn't Trying to ‘Weaken America’
Ezra Klein:
The U.S. Government: An insurance conglomerate protected by a large, standing army