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Mike Huckabee has responded to the killing of four police officers in Washington State by saying that if the suspect in the case -- a man whose sentence Huckabee commuted in 2000 -- is found responsible, "it will be the result of a series of failures in the criminal justice system in both Arkansas and Washington State."

Huckabee's statement, posted late last night on the Web site of his PAC, downplays any agency on the governor's part in commuting the 95-year prison sentence of Maurice Clemmons, who had been convicted of aggravated robbery.

As Josh noted on the editors blog, Huckabee previously faced another controversy about a prisoner who won parole, Wayne Dumond.

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Poll: Palin Popular With Limbaugh, Beck Audiences A new Washington Post poll finds that Sarah Palin is especially popular among Republicans who listen to Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck. Overall, 17% of Republicans said they would vote for Palin for the 2012 nomination for president -- with a higher number of 45% among Limbaugh listeners, and a third of Beck listeners.

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will have his daily briefing at 9:30 a.m. ET. He will meet with Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd at 11:10 a.m. ET. He will receive the economic daily briefing at 4 p.m. ET, and will meet with senior advisers at 4:45 p.m. ET.

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Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) said on Face the Nation today that he doesn't support a tax on middle-class Americans to help pay for the war in Afghanistan.

"In the middle of a recession, we're probably not going to be able to increase taxes to pay for it," he said. "There should have been, as far as I'm concerned, tax increases long ago on upper bracket folks who did so well during the Bush years."

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White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs issued the following statement Sunday regarding reports that Iran plans to build 10 new uranium enrichment facilities. Here's the full text:

"If true, this would be yet another serious violation of Iran's clear obligations under multiple UN security council resolutions, and another example of Iran choosing to isolate itself. The international community has made clear that Iran has rights, but with those rights come responsibilities. As the overwhelming IAEA board of governors vote made clear, time is running out for Iran to address the international community's growing concerns about its nuclear program."

Rep. David Obey (D-WI) blasted President Obama's plan to send tens of thousands of additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan during an appearance on CNN's State of the Union today, saying such efforts were useless without credible partners in the Pakistani and Afghan governments.

"The problem is that you can have the best policy in the world, but if you don't have the tools to implement it, it isn't worth a bean bag," Obey said. "And I don't think we have the tools in the Pakistani government. I don't think we have the tools in the Afghan government, and until we do, I think much of what we do is a fool's errand."

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Levin: War Tax 'Probably Not' Going To Happen During Recession Appearing on Face The Nation, Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) downplayed the idea of a war tax. "In the middle of a recession we're probably not going to be able to increase taxes to pay for it," said Levin. "There should have been, as far as I'm concerned, tax increases for upper bracket folks who did so well during the Bush years - that's where the tax increases should have taken place. But that should have happened some time ago."

Graham: Can We Cut Stimulus To Pay For Afghanistan? Appearing on This Week, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) called for cuts in domestic spending, including the stimulus package and the health care bill, to pay for the Afghanistan war. "Well, I'd like to see an endeavor to see if we can cut current spending and find some dollars that we're spending today to pay for the war, and prioritize American spending. Where does our national security rate in terms of spending?" said Graham. "Are there things that we can do in the stimulus package? Can we trim up the health care bill and other big-ticket items to pay for a war that we can't afford to lose?"

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Former Arkansas GOP Gov. Mike Huckabee said on Fox News Sunday today that he's still not sure whether he'll run for president in 2012 -- and that much depends on whether the Republican base will unite behind him.

"I would have to see that the Republicans would be willing to unite behind me," Huckabee said. "The last time out my biggest challenge was with the establishment Republicans, who just never showed their support."

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