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Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN), a potential presidential candidate who is trying to elevate his profile (such as his recent action movie trailer-style Web video) is also stepping up his tough-guy rhetoric -- calling President Obama "chicken" on entitlement spending.

In an appearance Monday on Fox & Friends, Pawlenty criticized Obama's State of the Union address for not proposing clear solutions for Social Security's fiscal situation, such as Pawlenty's ideas of means-testing cost-of-living adjustments and raising the retirement age for future entrants. (As we've posted before, means-testing would be somewhat left-wing, as it would have the effect of redistributing wealth.)



"Most American people understand we got a problem. Those are reasonable solutions. You could rally people to that cause," said Pawlenty. "But he didn't even tee it up. He won't even address it. You know he's got all this soaring rhetoric, but the fact of the matter is he's chicken to address the real issues."

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At a hearing today, Colleen LaRose, the Pennsylvania woman facing terrorism charges and allegedly known as 'Jihad Jane' online, is expected to change her plea to guilty, CNN reports. The government alleges that LaRose used the Internet to recruit people for violent global Jihad, and that she planned to murder the Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks.

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Awais Younis, the 26-year-old Virginia man who federal authorities say threatened to set off bombs on the D.C. Metro system, sent threatening messages to a female acquaintance of his who was living in the New Orleans area at the time. The woman informed the FBI of the threats, and an agent reportedly took photos of the messages on what appears to be an iPhone.

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Far from Iowa, likely Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told a crowd of Jewish Israelis yesterday that he'd be just as mad as they are if anybody tried to kick him out of America the way Israelis are being asked to not build or live in disputed lands.

"I cannot imagine as an American being told that I could not live in certain places in America because I was Christian, or because I was white, or because I spoke English," Huckabee said. "I would be outraged if someone told me that in my country, I would be prohibited and forbidden to live in a part of that country, for any reason."

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As unrest continued to spread in Egypt yesterday, Jon Stewart took it upon himself to help Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak prepare for his likely ouster and exile from the country.

In the continuing segment, "Mess O'Slightly-To-The-Left O'Potamia," Stewart said that the Egyptian people had issued a "last call" on Mubarak's presidency.

"You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here," Stewart said. "In fact, you probably shouldn't go to your home. They're probably thinking abut lighting it on fire."

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A top-tier Senate race in 2012 is now gearing up, with Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT) set to announce that he is challenging first-term Democratic Sen. Jon Tester.

Roll Call reports:

"It's happening Saturday," said a knowledgeable Montana GOP political operative. "He's running. There is a lot of support and enthusiasm back home, and Denny knows he can win."


Roll Call also reports that the operative shared an internal Rehberg campaign poll, which gave Rehberg 49% to Tester's 43%. This is fairly similar to a Public Policy Polling (D) survey from this past NOvember, which had Rehberg edging out Tester by a margin of 48%-46%.

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Ann Coulter appeared in good spirits on last night's Hannity- "Obamacare," to her the cornerstone of the Obama administration's achievements, was deemed unconstitutional. But while she celebrated the takedown of that bill, she expressed to Sean Hannity a certain wariness about today's other big news- the revolts in Egypt. "Mob riots like this," she warned, "have never led to something good."

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