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1:05 PM 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.
Corey Boles / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Releases $3.73 Trillion Budget  —  WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama released a $3.73 trillion budget for fiscal-year 2012 Monday where he sought to balance two competing and conflicting agendas: dramatic cuts to federal spending while also investing in programs to improve U.S. competitiveness.
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Budget Pivots From Stimulus to Deficit Cuts
Discussion: The Nation and Booman Tribune
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
President Obama's Budget and the Pending Budget Fight
Iran police fire tear gas at opposition rally in Tehran  —  Security services have kept a high profile in Tehran to try to prevent rallies  —  Iranian police have fired tear gas at opposition demonstrators gathering in central Tehran in support of the protests in Egypt.
Thomas Erdbrink / Washington Post:
Anti-government protests spread to Iran
Iran Live Blog: 25 Bahman / 14 February
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 …
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Flake criticizes government spending in announcement for Arizona Senate seat
Kevin McCullough / Fox News:
Disrespectful Libertarians Hijack CPAC Poll — And Its Mission  —  The top three winners of this weekend's CPAC straw poll will not win the 2012 presidential nomination.  And if any of the top three do break through to prove that prediction wrong, none of them will go on to win the White House in 2012.
Discussion: Blog
Matt Schneider / Mediaite:
Ron Paul To Donald Trump: Don't Criticize Me, How Many Elections Have You Won?
Discussion: Alan Colmes' Liberaland and GOP 12
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Birther debate alive across U.S.  —  The opening of 2011 state legislative sessions has been accompanied by a spate of birther-related bills, the clearest indication yet that the controversy surrounding President Barack Obama's place of birth will continue to simmer throughout his reelection campaign.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Journalists angry over the commission of journalism  —  (updated below)  —  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.
Discussion: The Daily Dish, L.A. Times and Mediaite
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Democrats claim political victory from CPAC  —  Democrats and President Obama gathered the most momentum from this past weekend's gathering of conservative activists, the party claimed Monday.  —  The Democratic National Committee (DNC) sought to spin the now-concluded Conservative Political …
Walker is acting not as governor, but as dictator  —  The responses to Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to undermine the ability of working Wisconsinites to bargain for fair wages and benefits have been appropriately passionate.  —  Wisconsinites are angry with their governor …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Today, at the Wisconsin Capitol square, a protest against Governor …
Discussion: Moe Lane
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.
Pilar Marrero /
Latino voters continue supporting Obama  —  Calificación promedio:  —  LOS ANGELES, California.— Despite the dire situation of the economy and the lack of immigration solutions, President Barack Obama's approval rating among Latino voters increased again to 70% after decreasing in mid-2010.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and FrumForum
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
China Replaced Japan in 2010 as No. 2 Economy  —  TOKYO — Japan's economy has been surpassed by China's, the Japanese government confirmed on Monday, after its gross domestic product shrank slightly in the last three months of 2010 compared with the previous quarter.
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 …
Serene Branson 'hospitalised after Grammy's speech problems'  —  CBS Los Angeles reporter Serene Branson has reportedly been taken to hospital for tests after stumbling incomprehensibly over her words during a Grammy's broadcast.  —  After being introduced from the studio, Branson began …
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Ezra Klein:
The U.S. Government: An insurance conglomerate protected by a large, standing army
Discussion: Mother Jones and The New Republic
William Glaberson / New York Times:
New York Takes Step on Money in Judicial Elections
Discussion: Law Blog
Charlotte Allen / Los Angeles Times:
Stick a fork in it, we're done
Discussion: Hot Air and Instapundit
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Barbour going to Iowa  —  In another sign that he's moving toward …
Discussion: The Page
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Boehner and the Birthers.  —  Sigh: … I guess there are a couple …
Discussion: The Plum Line, The Fix and Salon
Robert Stacy McCain / American Spectator:
New Media, Old Bias
Discussion: Da Techguy's Blog and Moe Lane
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Some in Black Caucus embrace GOP member, but others say they're ‘leery’
Discussion: UrbanGrounds and Weasel Zippers
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Obama's freedom agenda?
Discussion: TPMCafe, The Nation and Marbury
 Earlier Items: 
Felix Salmon / New York Times:
Wall Street's Dead End
Discussion: Felix Salmon and DealBook
Ssumner / TheMoneyIllusion:
The wheel of politics  —  You've all seen the 4-quadrant diagram used …
Discussion: Modeled Behavior and EconLog
John Marzulli / NY Daily News:
All hail the ‘Blog-Father’: Waiting for trial in 6 murders …
Jill Lawrence / Politics Daily:
Would Women Support Newt Gingrich for President?