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Obama agenda: The tax-reform plan cometh

“President Obama will ask Congress to scrub the corporate tax code of dozens of loopholes and subsidies to reduce the top rate to 28 percent, down from 35 percent, while giving preferences to manufacturers that would set their maximum effective rate at 25 percent, a senior administration official said on Tuesday,” the New York Times says. 

A round up of general-election polling:

Obama is virtually tied with Romney nationally, up 46%-44% in a national Quinnipiac poll. He leads Santorum by three, 47%-44%.

An AP-GFK poll has Obama leading Romney 51%-43%, up from 47%-46% in December. Obama leads Santorum 52%-43%; Gingrich 52%-42%; and Paul 52%-44%. Romney’s fav/unfav is 50%-43%, Paul 47%-40%, Santorum 44%-42%, Gingrich 33%-58%.

A Marquette Law School poll shows Obama leading in Wisconsin by 15 points over Romney, 53%-38%, and a slightly narrower 11-point margin over Santorum, 51%-40%.

Bloomberg headline: “Obama Campaign Set for Political Fallout From Gasoline Prices.” From the story: “The price rise, driven in part by increased tensions over Iran’s nuclear program and higher demand as the U.S. recovery strengthens, is the one negative in recent economic data that have enhanced Obama’s political position. The cost of gasoline confronts voters daily.”

“Obama will visit the University of Miami on Thursday to discuss steps the administration has taken to increase domestic oil and gas production, senior administration officials said Tuesday,” The Hill writes, adding, “The Miami event highlights the danger Obama faces from higher gas prices, which tend to climb into the spring and summer but are already well above where they were at this time in 2011, a year that saw prices reach their highest levels since records were set in the summer of 2008. Higher gas prices could threaten the president’s newfound political momentum.”

“When President Barack Obama stepped off Air Force One in Orlando on Jan 29, Sen. Bill Nelson was conspicuously absent. This time around, however, the two-term incumbent will be on hand for Obama’s appearance in Coral Gables tomorrow, his staff told FLDemocracy.”

“President Obama did not raise as much money from supporters last month as he did during January 2008 in his first campaign for the White House, a Globe analysis of campaign finance reports shows, suggesting a lower level of enthusiasm for the president in traditional Democratic quarters,” the Boston Globe notes.

Obama sang again. Here’s video from the TODAY show.

“President Obama will speak at the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference next month, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday,” The Hill writes. “Obama will meet the following day with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is also giving a speech at the policy conference.”

Well, there you go… “Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio will reveal the findings of his office's investigation into the authenticity of President Obama's birth certificate on March 1, he announced Tuesday,” The Hill writes.