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11:15 AM ET, February 14, 2011


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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Eat The Future  —  On Friday, House Republicans unveiled their proposal for immediate cuts in federal spending.  Uncharacteristically, they failed to accompany the release with a catchy slogan.  So I'd like to propose one: Eat the Future.  —  I'll explain in a minute.
David Rogers / The Politico:
The hard choices: President Obama's 2012 budget  —  Long on tough choices, short on final answers, President Barack Obama's new 2012 budget goes to Congress on Monday in what many hope is only an opening bid before he and Republicans come to the table on a bipartisan deficit reduction plan.
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Obama to offer $3.7 trillion budget blueprint; deficit to hit $1.6 trillion this year  —  President Obama will roll out a $3.7 trillion budget blueprint Monday that would trim or terminate more than 200 federal programs next year and make key investments in education, transportation and research …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Deficit Expected to Spike  —  WASHINGTON—The White House projected Monday that the federal deficit would spike to $1.65 trillion in the current fiscal year, the largest dollar amount ever, adding pressure on Democrats and Republicans to tackle growing levels of debt.
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Budget Pivots From Stimulus to Deficit Cuts  —  WASHINGTON - President Obama, pivoting at midterm from costly economic stimulus measures to deficit reduction, on Monday released a fiscal year 2012 budget that projects an annual deficit of more than $1 trillion before government shortfalls decline to …
Discussion: Economix
Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
Obama unveils $3.73 trillion budget for 2012  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is sending Congress a $3.73 trillion spending blueprint that pledges $1.1 trillion in deficit savings over the next decade through spending cuts and tax increases.  —  Obama's new budget projects that the deficit …
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
President Obama's Budget and the Pending Budget Fight
Discussion: Hit & Run and Right Turn
Washington Post:
Obama to propose spending cuts in budget plan aimed at countering conservatives
New York Times:
Word and Lyric, Giffords Labors to Speak Again  —  PHOENIX — Representative Gabrielle Giffords, an eloquent speaker before she was shot in the head last month, is relearning the skill — progressing from mouthing words and lip syncing songs to talking briefly by telephone to her brother-in-law in space.
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Flake to announce Senate run  —  Rep. Jeff Flake will announce on Monday that he is running for the Senate seat being vacated by Jon Kyl, who said last week that he is retiring and will not seek reelection in 2012.  —  Flake, who like Kyl is a Republican, is expected to make his announcement …
Discussion: CNN, TPMDC, RedState and FrumForum
David Carr / New York Times:
At Media Companies, a Nation of Serfs  —  Some of the fizz, if not a great big bubble, seems to have returned to media, depending on how you define “media.”  —  There have been reports in The New York Times and elsewhere that Facebook is now valued at $50 billion, and The Wall Street Journal reported …
David Gardner / Daily Mail:
‘A weapon of mass destruction was found in the U.S.’: Shock confession of Customs officer  —  A port official has admitted that a ‘weapon of mass effect’ has been found by ‘partner agencies’ in the U.S., raising major questions over a possible government cover-up.
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Housing Crash Is Hitting Cities Once Thought to Be Stable  —  SEATTLE — Few believed the housing market here would ever collapse.  Now they wonder if it will ever stop slumping.  —  The rolling real estate crash that ravaged Florida and the Southwest is delivering a new wave of distress …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Journalists angry over the commission of journalism  —  Over the weekend, The Los Angeles' Times James Rainey mocked CNN's Anderson Cooper for repeatedly using the word “lie” to describe the factually false statements of Egyptian leaders.  Though Rainey ultimately concluded that …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and L.A. Times
Jill Lawrence / Politics Daily:
Would Women Support Newt Gingrich for President? … It's November 2012 and voters have a choice between President Barack Obama and former Speaker Newt Gingrich.  Given the gulf between their personal lives, what's a social conservative to do?  More to the point, what would moderate and independent women do?
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
China Surges in Americans' Views of Top World Economy  —  Leads the U.S. by smaller margin in predictions for global economic leader in 20 years  —  PRINCETON, NJ - By 52% to 32%, Americans are more likely to name China than the United States as the leading economic power in the world today, with Japan a distant third at 7%.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court watchers: Roberts, Alito no sure bets against health-care mandate  —  If you are handicapping whether the Supreme Court is going to find the nation's health-care law constitutional, you have a few options.  —  You can go old school, citing the great arc of decisions that began …
Matt Schneider / Mediaite:
Ron Paul To Donald Trump: Don't Criticize Me, How Many Elections Have You Won?  —  Republican Congressman Ron Paul appeared on CNN this morning to bask in the glory of his CPAC straw poll victory, to share his vision for America, and to respond to Donald Trump's claim last week at CPAC …
Discussion: Alan Colmes' Liberaland and GOP 12
John Marzulli / NY Daily News:
All hail the ‘Blog-Father’: Waiting for trial in 6 murders, ‘Tommy Shots’ takes to Web  —  Call him the blogging crime boss: Reputed Colombo kingpin Thomas (Tommy Shots) Gioeli has set up a behind-bars blog to portray himself as a good guy - not a wiseguy - and rant about everything …
Ssumner / TheMoneyIllusion:
The wheel of politics  —  You've all seen the 4-quadrant diagram used by libertarians; here's a six-sided diagram that I think might be more useful:  —  Idealistic Progressives  —  Corrupt Democrats Pragmatic Libertarians
Discussion: Modeled Behavior and EconLog
Joe Strupp / Media Matters for America:
Sherrod Sues Breitbart For Damaged Reputation  —  Blogger Andrew Breitbart has been sued by former U.S. Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod who contends her reputation was damaged by Breitbart's posting last year of an edited video.  —  The New York Times reports today Breitbart …
Discussion: Sky Dancing and FrumForum
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Birther debate alive across U.S.
Walker is acting not as governor, but as dictator
Discussion: Firedoglake and Althouse
Fox Nation:
Horseman of Apocalypse Shows up in Cairo?
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Mediaite
Asif Shahzad / Associated Press:
Confessed Pakistani assassin gets Valentine's love
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Alan Cowell / New York Times:
Iranian Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters
Discussion: FrumForum
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Democrats claim political victory from CPAC
Discussion: CNN
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
What Haley Barbour Didn't Tell Fox News: He Lobbied For Mexico On “Amnesty”
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Harry Wallop / Telegraph:
Top 1% of workers pay quarter of all income tax
Discussion: Don Surber
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
How to win the podium  —  After two years as Vice President …
Discussion: The Page
Shiv Malik / Guardian:
Jihadi who helped train 7/7 bomber freed by US after just five years
Discussion: Weasel Zippers