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Eli Lake / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Holder assures GOP on interrogation prosecution  —  President Obama's choice to run the Justice Department has assured senior Republican senators that he won't prosecute CIA officers or political appointees who were involved in the Bush administration's policy of “enhanced interrogations.”
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The definition of a “two-tiered justice system”  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III - Update IV)  —  Aside from the intrinsic dangers and injustices of arguing for immunity for high-level government officials who commit felonies (such as illegal eavesdropping, obstruction of justice …
Discussion: Fact-esque
Elana Schor / TPMDC:
Holder Aide: We Made No Special Promises to Bond
Discussion: Democrats.com
Elana Schor / TPMDC:
Leading Senate Dems Dismiss Report That Holder Promised No Torture Prosecutions
Discussion: Emptywheel and The Raw Story
Kevin Hechtkopf / CBS News:
Judiciary Committee Approves Holder
Discussion: theheretik.us and D-Day
Wall Street Journal:
A 40-Year Wish List  —  You won't believe what's in that stimulus bill.  —  “Never let a serious crisis go to waste.  What I mean by that is it's an opportunity to do things you couldn't do before.”  —  So said White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in November, and Democrats in Congress are certainly taking his advice to heart.
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David Sirota / Open Left:
There's something happening here  —  I think it's time we stop, children, what's that sound  —  Almost exactly a year ago, I wrote an article for In These Times predicting that congressional progressives would be emboldened to assert themselves in an unprecedented way under an Obama administration …
David Stout / New York Times:
Obama Says Not a ‘Moment to Spare’ on Stimulus Plan
Discussion: Room for Debate and Pajamas Media
Congressman Phil Gingrey, M.D.:
Gingrey comments on Rush misunderstanding  —  Congressman Phil Gingrey, MD (R-GA) made the following statement in response to an article that ran in Politico Newspaper about comments he made regarding conservative commentator, Rush Limbaugh and the Republican Leadership:
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Ryan Powers / Think Progress:
Gingrey Begs Limbaugh For Forgiveness On-Air, Expresses 'Very …
Discussion: Salon
ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: CIA Station Chief in Algeria Accused of Rapes  —  “Ugly American”?  Spy Boss Allegedly Drugged Muslim Women, Made Secret Sex Videos  —  The CIA's station chief at its sensitive post in Algeria is under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department for allegedly raping at least …
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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Holds Reception for Congressional Leaders
Discussion: Wonkette, CBS News and TIME.com
Associated Press:
OBAMA TO HOST COCKTAIL PARTY FOR LAWMAKERS
Discussion: Hot Air, Political Punch and Gawker
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
State of the States: Political Party Affiliation  —  Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Hawaii, and District of Columbia are most Democratic  — USA - Democrats - Government and Politics - Party Affiliation - Republicans - Americas - Northern America … PRINCETON, NJ — An analysis …
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Just Five Red States Left?
The Politico:
The case for doing nothing  —  Most of Washington has reached quick consensus: Government must do something big to shock the economy, and it should cost between $800 billion and $900 billion.  —  But dissident economists and investment professionals offer a much different take: Most of Washington is dead wrong.
Discussion: Right Wing News and Atlas Shrugs
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Liisa O'Neill / NY Daily News:
Hey Bam, that's not the door!  —  It looks like President Obama hasn't gotten acquainted to his White House surroundings.  On the way back to the Oval Office Tuesday, the President approached a paned window, instead of the actual door — located a few feet to his right.
Alex Koppelman / Salon:
Right attacking stimulus money for health programs  —  Matt Drudge already collected one scalp in the battle over the stimulus package that will be voted on in the House today.  After he highlighted money for family planning programs in the bill, Republicans started an outcry …
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David Alpert / Greater Greater Washington:
Nadler transit amendment passes on voice vote  —  The House just approved Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY)'s amendment to add $3 billion in transit capital funding to the stimulus.  They approved it on a voice vote instead of a roll call.  —  According to Nadler's floor speech …
Fredreka Schouten / USA Today:
Geithner names ex-lobbyist as Treasury chief of staff  —  WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner picked a former Goldman Sachs lobbyist as a top aide Tuesday, the same day he announced rules aimed at reducing the role of lobbyists in agency decisions.
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Geithner: Banks won't be nationalized
Discussion: Brian Beutler
Jon Swaine / Telegraph:
Russia ‘drops missile plans due to Obama change to US attitude’  —  Russia has dropped plans to install missiles near Poland after the Obama administration signalled a change in US attitude to the region, a Moscow military official has reportedly said.  —  The official suggested …
Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
School can expel lesbian students, court rules  —  An appeals panel finds California Lutheran High School in Riverside County is not a business and therefore doesn't have to comply with a state law barring discrimination based on sexual orientation.  —  Reporting from San Francisco …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Presider  —  One impression from Obama's interactions with the Republicans and Democrats in Congress: Obama clearly sees the presidency as a different institution than his immediate predecessor.  This is a good thing, it seems to me.  Bush had imbibed a monarchical sense of the office from his father and his godfather (Cheney).
Marian Burros / New York Times:
Obamas Hire Chef From Chicago  —  WASHINGTON — Sam Kass, a chef who cooked for the Obamas while they were living in Chicago, is now cooking for them in the White House.  —  A spokeswoman for Michelle Obama, Katie McCormick Lelyveld, said Mr. Kass would not be the only cook preparing the family's meals …
Discussion: Gawker and TIME.com
The New Republic:
Scott McClellan's Advice for Robert Gibbs  —  Yesterday, we asked President Bush's former press secretary, Scott McClellan, if he had any hard-won suggestions for Robert Gibbs.  —  My view is that the press-briefing model that is used now is kind of outdated.
Marc Ambinder:
The Political Case For The Stimulus, If You're A Vulernable Republican  —  Over a 48 hour period when 100,000 job layoffs have been announced, Hill Republicans have decided to take a stand against the stimulus.  —  Now - President Obama's approval rating is about 70%;  —  Congressional approval is still around 20%;
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
STD flap nothing to clap about  —  The NRCC is banging the good old culture wars drum today, sending out a raft of press releases asking if rookie Dems from conservative districts back the inclusion of anti-sexually transmitted disease programs.  —  The title of the release …
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  The Federal Open Market Committee decided today to keep its target range for the federal funds rate at 0 to 1/4 percent.  The Committee continues to anticipate that economic conditions are likely to warrant exceptionally low levels of the federal funds rate for some time.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Abdullah II: The 5-State Solution  —  In February 2002, I traveled to Saudi Arabia and interviewed the then crown prince, now king, Abdullah, at his Riyadh horse farm.  I asked him why the next Arab summit wouldn't just propose to Israel full peace and normalization of relations …
Max Boot / Commentary:
20 or 30 Years Ago?  —  “America was not born as a colonial power, and that the same respect and partnership that America had with the Muslim world as recently as 20 or 30 years ago, there's no reason why we can't restore that.  And that I think is going to be an important task.”
Discussion: Weekly Standard and PoliGazette
Karl Frisch / Media Matters:
O'Reilly don't know much about (WWII) history  —  From MSNCB's Courtney Hazlett at The Scoop: … It is worth noting that Alba wasn't speaking with a Fox reporter - it was one of O'Reilly's ambush-obsessed-producers.  Also worth noting, O'Reilly takes issue with Alba's naming of Sweden …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
 
 
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