Three Major Economic Predictions From CBO's New Report (Niraj Chokshi) from the National Journal
"The American economy is about halfway through a lost decade of economic potential, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office's latest projections. The nation's economic output won't reach its potential level until 2017, nearly a decade after the recession started in December 2007, according to the 10-year outlook CBO released on Tuesday afternoon."
An excellent and, for the most part, fair assessment about where the economy is and where it is headed.
President Obama is Enjoying a Second Political Honeymoon. But How Long Will It Last? (Chris Cillizza) from the Washington Post
"Judging from his actions of late — most notably his surprising confrontational (and liberal) inaugural address — President Obama is well aware of the fact that he is enjoying a polling boom at the moment. And, even Republicans are tacitly acknowledging that Obama is living in a second honeymoon period by backing down on major legislative fights like the fiscal cliff and the debt ceiling."
Hagel Approval All But Certain from CNN
"CNN has learned there are now at least five Republican senators who would oppose a filibuster of former Sen. Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defense, all but ensuring the embattled nominee will be confirmed in the coming days."
Poll Finds a Boost for Obama on Handling Immigration from ABC News
"Public approval of Barack Obama’s handling of immigration has jumped to a career high in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, buttressed by majority support for a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants and, much more broadly, endorsement of stricter border control."
The Strangest NRA Story Yet (Michael Tomasky) from the Daily Beast
"The fact that the NRA was keeping a list of its foes isn’t all that bizarre. But the list itself is positively loony—yet more evidence of just how nuts the NRA is, says Michael Tomasky."
Who You Calling Anti-Gun? NRA Targets Have No Clue Why They Made the ‘Enemies’ List from the Daily Beast
"What do Sara Lee, Hallmark and Bob Barker have in common? They have no idea why the National Rifle Association hates them. Eliza Shapiro on the ongoing mystery of the ‘enemies’ list."
Will Hillary Freeze the Invisible Primary? (Marc Ambinder) from The Week
"The Democratic Party has two tiers of candidates. ... That first tier, of course, is occupied by Clinton. Her intentions are unknowable, but trust me when I tell you that, to the extent that the Democratic Party still has reliable donors and committed activists, the lion's share are hoping Clinton runs and are ready to endorse her immediately. She is the 800-pound gorilla in a pantsuit. No one moves until she does."
Rove's 'No More Akins' Group Outrages Conservatives (Elspeth Reeve) from the Atlantic
"The Senate Conservatives Fund's Matt Hoskins told Politico the Crossroads group was the "Conservative Defeat Project." Free Republic posters mocked "Tokyo Rove." On Breitbart.com, Ben Shapiro called Rove and his cohorts, "The Bush insider team that helped lead to the rise of Barack Obama." RedState editor Erick Erickson said the Conservative Victory Project was sure to pick losers. "I dare say any candidate who gets this group’s support should be targeted for destruction by the conservative movement."."
The New Republican Reality Show (Gloria Borger) from CNN
"No matter how hard politicians try, party reinventions are never pretty -- and hardly ever subtle. The trick is twofold: First, tell voters you weren't really wrong -- your message just wasn't getting through. Next, shift positions, without admitting you had to change positions to survive."
Five Republicans Who Should be Scared of Karl Rove (Taegan Goddard) from The Week
"Here are five Republicans currently mulling bids that Rove might want to push out of the way: ..."
Poll: Trust In Fox News Falls To New Low from Talking Points Memo
"Trust in Fox News has fallen to a new low in the four-year history of Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling's survey of TV news. The latest survey, released Wednesday, found that 41 percent of respondents trust the network, while 46 percent do not."
Distrust of Fox News Hits Record High (Howard Kurtz) from the Daily Beast
"Behind the numbers is a deep partisan divide: As PPP puts it, Democrats trust most television news other than Fox, and Republicans don’t trust anything but Fox."
RICHARD III NUGGET!!
The Mighty—and Overlooked—Reign of the Plantagenets (Andrew Roberts) from the Daily Beast
"With the discovery of Richard III’s bones, a new historical debate is raging over the reign of the Plantagenets. Historian Andrew Roberts says they were one of Britain’s mightiest, most bloody, and endlessly fascinating royal lines—and they deserve greater respect."