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9:55 AM ET, February 14, 2011

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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.
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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 …
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:   Obama Budget Pivots From Stimulus to Deficit Cuts
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Obama budget falls far short of debt commission savings plan
Bruce Schreiner / Associated Press:
McConnell says Obama agenda is ‘over’
Discussion: The Politico and Scared Monkeys
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.
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.
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, RedState and FrumForum
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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?
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 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 …
Discussion: Economix, FrumForum and Calculated Risk
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 …
William Yong / New York Times:
Security Forces Deploy to Block Tehran March  —  TEHRAN — Hundreds of black-clad riot police officers, some in bullet-proof vests, deployed in key locations in central Tehran on Monday to thwart an opposition march in solidarity with the uprising in Egypt — an event Iranian leaders cheered …
Discussion: FrumForum
Paul Krugman:
Who's Unemployed?  —  Larry Mishel emails me to second my concern about Charles Plosser's blithe assertion that unemployment is about shifting workers out of construction.  As Larry points out, the BLS provides data on the previous employment of the unemployed.
Discussion: Rortybomb and Marginal Revolution
Wall Street Journal:
Rising China Bests a Shrinking Japan  —  By CHESTER DAWSON in Tokyo and JASON DEAN in Beijing  —  China passed Japan in 2010 to become the world's second-largest economy after the U.S., a historic shift that has drawn mixed emotions in the two Asian powers: resignation tinged with soul-searching …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
MAYBE MCCAIN FIGURED OUT WHO'S ON THE ‘RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY’.... I really have retired my ongoing count of John McCain's Sunday show appearances.  I'm sure folks have gotten the point — Sunday show bookers continue to be obsessed with McCain, and they shouldn't be.
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Shane D'Aprile / The Hill:
Boehner on birthers: 'It's not my job to tell the American people what to think'  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Sunday that while he believes President Obama is an American citizen and a Christian, Americans have a right to think otherwise if they so choose.
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George Zornick / ThinkProgress:
Boehner, Like Cantor, Refuses To Repudiate Birther Conspiracy Theories
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Reid calls on Republicans to completely rule out shutting down the government
 
 
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
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Michael Scherer / Swampland:
What Haley Barbour Didn't Tell Fox News: He Lobbied For Mexico On “Amnesty”
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Journalists angry over the commission of journalism
Discussion: The Daily Dish and L.A. Times
Harry Wallop / Telegraph:
Top 1% of workers pay quarter of all income tax
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
How to win the podium  —  After two years as Vice President …
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Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
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The Huffington Post:
Bill O'Reilly Dismisses Beck's Egypt Theory: ‘No Evidence’ (VIDEO)
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Ginger Gibson / New Jersey Online:
After NJEA, Christie's next fight is with state workers as contracts …
Discussion: FrumForum
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Works on Line of Less-Expensive iPhones