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Filed by KOSU News in Politics.
February 13, 2012

The new Obama budget is out, and it calls for tax increases for the rich. Analysts say it has no chance of getting through Congress, and they’re right. The real reason? No new money for ScuttleButton.

That still doesn’t prohibit you from solving this week’s puzzle.

Every Monday on this site I put up a vertical display of buttons. Your job is to simply take one word (or concept) per button, add ‘em up, and, hopefully, you will arrive at a famous name or a familiar expression. (And seriously, by familiar, I mean it’s something that more than one person on Earth would recognize.)

For years, a correct answer chosen at random would get his or her name posted in this column, an incredible honor in itself. Now the stakes are even higher. Thanks to the efforts of the folks at Talk of the Nation, that person also hears their name mentioned on the Wednesday show (by me) and receives a Political Junkie t-shirt in the bargain. Is this a great country or what?

You can’t use the comments box at the bottom of the page for your answer. Send submission (plus your name and city/state — you won’t win without that) to

And, by adding your name to the Political Junkie mailing list, you will be among the first on your block to receive notice about the column and the puzzle. Sign up at Or you can make sure to get an automatic RSS feed whenever a new Junkie post goes up by clicking here.

Good luck!

By the way, I announce the winner on Wednesday’s Junkie segment on TOTN. But with a new puzzle up every Monday afternoon, you should get your answer in by Monday the latest.

Here’s the answer to last week’s puzzle:

Clinton for President ’92 — The Democratic Party nominee, Bill Clinton defeated President George H.W. Bush.

Abzug-lutely — Bella Abzug, a Manhattan Democrat, was first elected to the House in 1970, serving until she left to run for the Senate in ’76.

Win With Chick! — Chick Hearn is the late play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Lakers.

So, when you combine Bill + Bella + Chick, you just very well may get …

Bill Belichick. The coach of the New England Patriots who, thankfully, lost the 2012 Super Bowl to the wonderful, delightful and non-cheating New York Giants. Trust me, had the Patriots won, you wouldn’t have seen a Bill Belichick button puzzle.

The winner, chosen completely at random, is … Michaela Tauscher of Prospect Park, Pa. Michaela gets a TOTN t-shirt. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

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