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Biden: U.S. Got 'Money's Worth' Out Of Stimulus In an interview with the CBS Early Show, Vice President Biden said that taxpayers have "gotten their money's worth" out of the stimulus bill, saying that it had saved as many as two million jobs. Biden also said that more benefits would come, explaining that the bill was designed to be implemented in two stages: "we've only been halfway through the act."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama and Vice President Biden will receive the presidential daily briefing at 9:15 a.m. ET, and the economic daily briefing at 9:45 a.m. ET. Obama will deliver remarks at 10:25 a.m. ET, on the one-year anniversary of the signing of the stimulus bill. Obama will meet at 11 a.m. ET with his national security team on Afghanistan. Obama and Biden will meet at 12:05 p.m. ET with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Obama will have lunch at 12:50 p.m. ET with King Juan Carlos I of Spain. Obama and Biden will meet at 2:30 p.m. ET with Gen. Ray Odierno and Ambassador to Iraq Chris Hill. Obama will meet with senior advisers at 3:15 p.m. ET. Obama will make a call to NASA astronauts at 5:15 p.m. ET.

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New numbers from the ABC News/Washington Post poll reveal Americans of all political stripes are overwhelmingly upset with the Supreme Court's decision to allow more corporate money into electoral politics.

As the Post reports, the results from the poll are undeniably negative toward the decision. Sixty-five percent of respondents said they were "strongly opposed" to the ruling, with 72% saying they supported congressional action to reinstate the campaign fundraising limits the Supreme Court removed in the Citzens United case.

The negativity cuts equally across party lines, according to the poll.

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The Norfolk County District Attorney has found and released the missing Braintree police report describing the 1986 incident in which Amy Bishop killed her teenage brother.

The DA concludes that, "The analysis of the newly received documents, as well as the previously released March 30, 1987 State Police report indicate that probable cause existed at that time to place Amy Bishop under arrest charged with: Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Chap. 265 Sec. 15B Carrying a Dangerous Weapon, Chap. 269 Sec. 10, 12D Unlawful possession of ammunition, Chap. 269 Ch. 10 (h)"

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When Adm. Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, came out personally against Don't Ask Don't Tell this month, even gay rights groups upset that the policy wasn't being immediately terminated acknowledged that Mullen's testimony had important symbolic significance.

But in the two weeks since Mullen spoke, a series of developments suggests that Mullen's public pronouncement was perhaps more than symbolic. It may have marked a tipping point where the elimination of DADT came to be seen as inevitable, a perception which may hasten the change.

The admiral's support for a repeal -- even though he took great pains that it was his own personal opinion and not that of the Joint Chiefs -- has changed the legal game, contend two lawyers who worked in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations.

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Here's another fun moment from Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-MN) event on Friday with the North Dakota Republican Party: The Congresswoman joined in on a sing-along on the main stage, for a song that contained a Birther-themed lyric.

The event (for which we posted a general write-up yesterday) included entertainment by a country music cover group, the Johnny Holm Band. After the political speeches and comments from attendees were finished, the lights went out and the crowd got to enjoy a nice party, in the non-political sense of the term. Before the festivities really got rolling, however, Johnny Holm led the crowd in a sing-along to the tune of "The Battle of New Orleans, " with altered lyrics that he'd learned recently while traveling. He first taught the crowd the words.

The opening line: "In 1961, Obama came along / Born in Honolulu -- 'course I couldda got it wrong." Bachmann can be seen joining the musicians on stage, but it's unclear whether she sang that specific line (the audio on the stream cuts out at various points, including here), though she can be heard singing at least part of the song. And it's clear that she got on stage even after that lyric was out in the open.

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The message from the new CNN poll out today couldn't be more clear: if you're an incumbent politician in America these days, you'd better shape up or you'll be shipped out by angry voters. As in other polls, respondents in the CNN survey continue to support removing incumbents from Congress. But for the first time in a long time, their own representative wasn't shielded from the throw the bums out mentality.

Neither was President Obama. As Greg Sargent pointed out this afternoon, 52% of respondents the poll said Obama does not deserve to be reelected. Only 44% say he Obama deserves a second term.

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Lanny Davis is drawing on his experience handling crises for the Clinton White House to launch a blog that will advise corporate clients on how to navigate "high profile legal, personal and political controversies."

The Fox-friendly Democratic operative will team up with two other staffers at McDermott, Will, and Emery, the DC law and lobbying firm where he works, to write "Legal Crisis Strategies." According to an announcement by the firm, the blog will offer clients "total solutions" for handling crises, including "litigation skills and fact finding," "strategic messages and extensive experience in dealing with the media," and "legislative and lobbying strategies."

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Will Republicans attend the health care summit at the White House next week?

They've voiced their loud complaints, and the White House has fired back, saying the GOP is hypocritical since the Republicans called for the televised meeting to begin with.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said today the Republicans haven't yet accepted the invitation that President Obama's staffers sent on Friday.

We can't get a straight answer out of Republicans, but not for lack of trying.

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As we look into which Republicans support Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) budget plan -- especially the parts that would partially privatize Social Security and dismantle Medicare -- we now have Rep. John Boozman (R-AR) on the record.

"Social Security and Medicare face great challenges and we are considering all proposals to make these programs successful for future generations. I haven't cosponsored any legislation at this point but when I do it will be a plan that is supported by the people of Arkansas," he said in a statement to TPMDC.

Boozman, who is running for Sen. Blanche Lincoln's (D-AR) Senate seat, sent TPMDC a similarly noncommittal statement about Ryan's overall budget last week.

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