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Spying On Drudge

Spying On Drudge - * Right's attack on TSA invasion of privacy going bust? It appears the American people aren't in sync with Drudge or Rush Limbaugh, whose latest rant is: "Keep your hands off my tea bag, Mr. President."

A big majority of flyers, 71 percent, tells Gallup that a loss of personal privacy from body-scans and pat-downs is worth it in order to prevent terrorism. And that's even though a majority say they would be "bothered" or "angry" about getting a pat-down.

* But: While the right's attack on the pat-downs is laughably hypocritical, it's still fair to ask whether we should be so willing to sacrifice civil liberties and privacy rights in the face of incohate fears of terrorism.

* Holding the line on the Bush tax cuts? Heading into a showdown with the GOP, the White House appears to be reiterating its insistence that the middle class tax cuts be made permanent, which is a non-starter for Republicans who are not budging from their position that the middle and upper cuts be extended as one.

* The forecast that really matters for the 2012 presidential race: Ezra Klein says we should ignore the polls and focus instead on predictions that unemployment will remain above eight percent in 2012.

* Fun fact of the day: In a few days, our adventure in Afghanistan, already the longest war in our history, will be longer than that of the Soviet Union.

* And: Pollster Stan Greenberg, who knows what he's talking about, says it's not out of the realm of possibility that Afghanistan could result in a primary challenge to Obama.

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