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11:05 PM ET, February 14, 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 …
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 …
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 …
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Debt now equals total U.S. economy  —  President Obama projects that the gross federal debt will top $15 trillion this year, officially equalling the size of the entire U.S. economy, and will jump to nearly $21 trillion in five years' time.  —  Amid the other staggering numbers in the budget …
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Why Obama's Budget Is OK  —  How should liberals think about the Obama administration's new budget?  Ultimately I'm pretty happy with it, but let me explain how I get there:  —  The first-order description has to be that Obama's budget is bad.  The domestic discretionary budget is not too big.
James Pethokoukis:   Obama budget reveals Obama's core
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Obama to offer $3.7 trillion budget blueprint; deficit to hit $1 …
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.”
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Obama frames budget as thrifty, but with prudent investments
Discussion: The Politico
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
House set to pass Patriot Act extension on second try
Discussion: CNN, The Foundry and Hit & Run
Richard E. Cohen / The Politico:
Ryan: W.H. budget is ‘bankruptcy’
Discussion: The Note and FrumForum
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 …
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
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Romney has big lead in New Hampshire
Discussion: HotAirPundit
Ezra Klein:
The U.S. Government: An insurance conglomerate protected by a large, standing army  —  American politics is one long argument about what government should or shouldn't be doing, and how it should or shouldn't be doing it.  It's rare that we step back, take in the larger picture and ask what it is doing.
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Ron Paul Divide
Discussion: Eunomia
Scott Lilly / Center for American Progress:
No, He Wouldn't—Would He?  —  House Speaker's State May Get $450 Million Extra  —  Leaders of the new majority in the House of Representatives promised to cut spending and eliminate earmarks.  But House budget legislation filed Friday night contains a provision that looks very much like an earmark …
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Secretary Clinton: House Republican budget cuts will endanger national security
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, TPMDC and The Page
Chicago News and Weather:
Carol Moseley Braun Under Fire for Comments About Emanuel, Hitler Character in ‘The Producers’  —  Chicago - Chicago mayoral candidate Carol Moseley Braun had some explaining to do this weekend after another apparent gaffe regarding one of her opponents.  —  During a rally with Princeton …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Rahm Emanuel hits opponent on Tea Party endorsement as Chicago mayor race heats up
Discussion: The Politico
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.
Farnaz Fassihi / Wall Street Journal:
Protests Gather Steam in Tehran  —  Thousands of Iranians gathered in several locations across Tehran Monday, heeding calls in recent days by opposition leaders to demonstrate in solidarity with Egyptian and Tunisian protesters who recently toppled their own regimes.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Popular Arizona sheriff considering a U.S. 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 …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and HotAirPundit
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.
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.
Ryan J. Reilly / TPMMuckraker:
New Civil Rights Commission Suspends Printing Of New Black Panther Report  —  Newly appointed members of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights closed their investigation of the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case and suspended publication of hard copies of the report at a meeting last week.
Kim Smith / Arizona Daily Star:
Forde convicted in killing of Arivaca man, daughter  —  A Pima County jury convicted Shawna Forde today of two counts of first-degree murder in the May 30, 2009 deaths of Arivaca residents Raul Junior Flores and his 9-year-old daughter, Brisenia.  —  The jury also convicted Forde of attempted …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Wait, Who's Cutting Pell Grants?  And Why?  —  Reports that President Obama's budget request would cut Pell Grant funding first began to circulate over the weekend.  —  If you happened to see those stories, you may have reacted the way I did: What?  Wasn't the whole point of the Obama budget to spend more money on education?
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
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
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
House GOPer against big government health care enjoys taxpayer-funded state government insurance  —  Okay, this one is funny.  As you know, Dems and lefty groups have been loudly insisting that House Republicans in favor of repealing the Affordable Care Act should forego the “government run” insurance they enjoy as members of Congress.
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Ecuador Court Orders Chevron to Pay $8.6 Billion
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Law Blog and Hot Air
Steve Peoples / Roll Call:
Charlie Rangel Files for Re-Election
Alan Silverleib / CNN:
Obama's budget: A play for the center?
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
OUT OF SYNC  —  Here's the key thing to keep in mind …
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Michael Medved / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Isn't Trying to ‘Weaken America’
Discussion: Mediaite and The Page
Michael Barbaro / City Room:
Morley Safer Ruffles Feathers at Century Club
Discussion: Gawker, TVNewser and Poynter
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Boehner and the Birthers.  —  Sigh: … I guess there are a couple …
Discussion: The Plum Line, The Fix, Lean Left and Salon
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