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–Ben Smith sees mixed signals in Palin’s foray into Iowa. Halperin says she’s playing chess. Walter Schapiro tries to suss out the primary math. Jennifer Rubin distills the futility of trying to divine the view from Wasilla.
–Dan Balz writes that the whole field is opaque.
—Fiscal issues and Islam seemed to supplant some of the more tradition topics at this year’s Values Voter Summit conservative confab. After a rousing speech, 2012 darkhorse Rep. Mike Pence won the straw polls for president and vice president.
–The Fed will weigh further monetary action to boost the economy, Chapter 436. Tyler Cowen, writing in the New York Times, bemoans the “deficit of optimism” and says the central bank could provide an inflationary incentive for consumers to spend (if only anyone would believe it.)
–Jeffrey Toobin on why Justice Breyer will play a key role in the legal challenges to Obama’s enacted agenda.
–Eric Cantor says Republicans are prepared to go to the mattresses on the Bush tax cuts.
–The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee airs against O’Donnell:
–The AFL-CIO mails a one-word question.
–And Asian computer animators unleash their creativity on Delaware:
What did I miss?