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Obama Seeks $1 Trillion Tax Increase in Budget Plan Bloomberg | Using 10-year budget projections makes all the numbers seem even more frighteningly large.
Top Republicans Rip Into Obama Budget Plan Reuters | Not surprising the GOP would oppose the plan, but nice for the minority to have another issue to unite and rally against..
Behind the budget: Rahm's Brother Politico | Ezekiel Emanuel expected to play a big role in health care overhaul.
Joe the Author, Plumbing New Lows in Interest Washington Post | Joe the Plumber's book not flying off the shelves. Maybe he should have written it about Israel.
My Monkey, My Self New York Times | Nothing to do with politics, just really weird.
To Pay for Health Care, Obama Looks to Taxes on Affluent New York Times | There will be a small scuffle over this now, but the real fight will come when the actual health care legislation emerges.
Arguments Lost in Blizzard of Billions Politico | Bad news, given the budget unveiling today: "Our brains did not evolve to help us grasp really large numbers."
Does Obama Have a Double Standard on Earmarks? Time | Yes, he does. And so do Hill Democrats. And Republicans.
Bank Nationalization: Who Would Bear the Pain? Business Week | Will bond and equity holders get the bill, or will taxpayers?
Lawmakers Reject Obama Plan to Cut Farm Aid Washington Times | With everything else that's going on, it's doubtful Obama has the stomach for this fight.

By Ben Pershing  |  February 26, 2009; 7:48 AM ET
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