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It turns out that the criticism surrounding the decision to read Miranda rights to the attempted Christmas bombing suspect didn't originally come from any office-holding Republican.

Rather, it was pioneered by Tom Ridge and Dick Cheney in the days after Christmas, and only later picked up by members of Congress like Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) and Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO).

With the heated Obama-GOP back-and-forth this week over the Mirandizing of Umar Abdulmutallab, we decided to look back at the facts of what happened, and when critics pounced on the issue.

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After a weather related delay Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is just about ready to go with his jobs package. But with another storm threatening to shut down Congress yet again tomorrow, a week-long recess set to kick off this weekend, and no promise from the GOP not to filibuster the bill, Reid is threatening to keep the Senate in session through the weekend to get the bill finished.

"The issue before the Senate and the decision I have to make after speaking to the Republican leader is what we do when we come back here on Thursday," Reid said on the floor this afternoon.

We'll have an intervening day. I would rather not be in session tomorrow if, in fact, we have to file cloture on that package that I just talked about. I have told everyone that what I think would be the appropriate way to do is to get on that bill and to have some amendments on both sides, and I hope we can do that. We really need to finish the bill this week. I would hope that we can do that in a reasonable time. It appears from what I have been able to determine is that the storm will end sometime early tomorrow evening. The problem is the streets in the D.C. area are pretty difficult so we would have to make sure that everyone has time Thursday to get here. There are some people who live in the suburbs when they are in Washington, and so we have to make sure that they have time to get here. Anyway, we're working on these issues. And then we have the President's Day recess. I hope we don't have to work into the weekend to complete that. It's really difficult to put all this stuff over.

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One of the handful of cosponsors of a far-reaching roadmap that would involve privatizing both Medicare and Social Security says he has no regrets about supporting the GOP shadow budget. And yet despite the fact that Republican leadership has sought to distance the party from the plan, he says the onus should be on Democrats to hop aboard Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) proposal.

"Anybody that is serious about fixing the fiscal challenges has to address honestly the issue of entitlements," Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) told me in an interview this afternoon, "and that's what Congressman Ryan has done and I commend him for it.

"There are all sorts of positive ideas out there," Price said. "I think that the roadmap is one of those that we ought to be looking at seriously. Congressman Ryan has introduced it through at least two Congress' now. And it's a very thoughtful and important document that I think positively effects the debate."

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President Obama made an appearance at today's White House press briefing. He spoke about his bipartisan meeting on jobs today, railed against Sen. Richard Shelby's holds on nominations (and threatened to do recess appointments) and gave his definition of bipartisanship.

Obama spoke about his bipartisan talk scheduled for later this month. House Republicans have called for Obama to scrap the current health care bills in order for them to fully come to the table -- but Obama dismissed this idea.

"I'm going to be starting from scratch in the sense that I will be open to any ideas that help promote these goals. What I will not do, what I don't think makes sense and what I don't think the American people want to see is another year of partisan wrangling around these issues, another six months or eight months or nine months worth of hearings in every single committee in the House and the Senate in which there's a lot of posturing," he said. "Let's get the relevant parties together. Let's put the best ideas on the table. My hope is that we can find enough overlap that we can say, this is the right way to move forward even if I don't get every single thing that I want."

"Bipartisanship can't be that I agree to all the things that they believe in or want and they agree to none of the things that I believe or want," Obama continued.

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Democrats aren't letting Republicans run away from the GOP shadow budget--a Social Security and Medicare slashing bill sponsored by their top budget guy, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). But they don't want the issue to disappear from view--in fact, they want it to be a defining issue of the 2010 election. And as such are trying to frame it just right--elevating Ryan and his proposal to magnify the differences between Democrats and Republicans.

"Representative Ryan has made a proposal, significant parts of which I do not agree [with]," said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) at his weekly press event this afternoon. "However, having said that, it is a serious proposal made by a member in my opinion who has very sincere objectives in mind. And it is a substantive proposal."

I asked Hoyer what he made of the GOP leadership's response to the Ryan plan.

"Mr. Boehner as I understand it, when asked which proposals in the Ryan proposal he [opposed] he couldn't articulate any of them," Hoyer said. "Mr. Ryan is the ranking Republican on the budget committee. If they were the majority, presumably he'd be the chairman of the budget committee. Some of the things he's proposed are controversial."

This is just one of the ways one of the ways Democrats are trying to force Republicans to confront the proposal, which could have long political legs.

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White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs flashed his hand at the White House press corps to jab former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Among the things he'd written in dark pen were his grocery shopping list.

"I wrote a few things down... eggs, milk and bread," Gibbs said.

This was, of course, a reference to Palin's notes she wrote on her hand during the question-and-answer portion of her address to the Tea Party Nation this weekend in Nashville.

As the reporters in the room laughed, Gibbs added, "But I crossed out bread, just so I can make pancakes for Ethan if it snows. And then I wrote down 'hope and change,' just in case I forgot."

That was another crack at Palin, who asked Obama supporters, "How's that hopey-changey thing working out for ya?"

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A new Rasmussen poll suggests that Republicans may be regaining the confidence of the Tea Party crowd, and that the appeal of a third-party political force could be wearing off.

Rasmussen asked this question, which was previously done in December: "Suppose the Tea Party organized itself as a political party. When thinking about the next election for Congress, would you vote for the Republican candidate from your district, the Democratic candidate from your district or the Tea Party candidate from your district?"

Two months ago, the result was Democrats 36%, Tea Party 23%, Republicans 18%. The answer this time around is Democrats 36%, Republicans 25%, and Tea Party 17%.

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In the days immediately following President Obama's Jan. 27 State of the Union address, pollsters reported a surge in support for Obama's policies and the way he's handling his job as president. At the time, pollsters said we should check back in a week to get the real story on what Obama's speech and his subsequent appearance at a GOP Q&A session has meant to the national perception of the president's job performance.

The answer, according to the polls? Mixed. Obama's approval numbers have slipped back to their pre-address levels in the Rasmussen daily tracking poll, but remain slightly up in Gallup's polling. Rasmussen stands by his numbers, but says that they don't take into account the effect the speech has had in Washington, where Obama's post-State of the Union tough guy persona is markedly different from the Democratic hand-wringing over Obama that came after the Senate special election in Massachusetts.

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