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12:10 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.
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 …
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:   Obama Budget Pivots From Stimulus to Deficit Cuts
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
President Obama's Budget and the Pending Budget Fight
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 …
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 …
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
Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
Ron Paul wins CPAC landslide
Discussion: CNN
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.
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.
Discussion: Wonkette, Guardian and Politics
Alan Cowell / New York Times:
Iranian Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters
Discussion: 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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Politico, CNN and American Power
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 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?
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 …
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
What Haley Barbour Didn't Tell Fox News: He Lobbied For Mexico On “Amnesty”  —  Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour made the case Sunday on Fox News that his career as a high-powered federal lobbyist for domestic corporations and foreign governments would be an asset if he ran for President in 2012.
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Felix Salmon / New York Times:
Wall Street's Dead End
Discussion: Felix Salmon and DealBook
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
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
China Surges in Americans' Views of Top World Economy
Asif Shahzad / Associated Press:
Confessed Pakistani assassin gets Valentine's love
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
 Earlier Items: 
Ssumner / TheMoneyIllusion:
The wheel of politics  —  You've all seen the 4-quadrant diagram used …
Discussion: Modeled Behavior and EconLog
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 7/7 trainer free after five years
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Weasel Zippers