Today’s Most Popular Stories 02.02.10

Each day, Ashley Estill surfs your sites for the most popular stories of the day. Here are the top headlines for February 2, 2010:

Washington Post: McCain appears to shift stance on ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy

Washington Times: Largest-ever federal payroll to hit 2.15 million

Washington Examiner: GOP presses Holder on Justice’s terrorism policies

USA Today: Planes with maintenance problems have flown anyway

CQ Politics: Gutierrez Drops Bid Against Grayson

The Hill: Obama to do televised Q&A with Senate Dems

Politico: Harry Reid accuses GOP of undermining national security

ABC News: Waxman: Toyota Told Us Gas Pedals Were Not the Problem

CBS News: Humboldt Squid Invade California

Fox News: New Zealand Teen Fights Off Shark Attack With Her Boogie Board

MSNBC News: Top military officer: Gays should serve

CNN: Making $300,000 last a lifetime

Wall Street Journal: Tax Cuts to Expire for Top Earners

NPR: Tea Party Star Leads Movement On Her Own Terms

Roll Call: McConnell’s Longtime Chief of Staff to Say Adieu

National Journal: Obama Budget Gets Heat From Both Sides

Bloomberg News: Italy Said to Discuss Telecom Italia Options, Telefonica Deal

Gallup.Com: Americans Leery of Too Much Gov’t Regulation of Business

Talking Points Memo: Jon Stewart On Obama-GOP Q&A: ‘It’s Like He’s Seeing Their Talking Points In Bullet Time’

Politics Daily: Perry Slightly Increases His Lead Over Hutchison in Texas Governor Race

Reuters: Heavy rain in Miami forces changes in Super Bowl plans

The New Republic: The Quiet Revolution