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3:20 PM ET, February 7, 2009


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Henri E. Cauvin / Washington Post:
Steele's Campaign Spending Questioned  —  Agents Contact Sister After Ex-Aide's Claims  —  Michael S. Steele, the newly elected chairman of the Republican National Committee, arranged for his 2006 Senate campaign to pay a defunct company run by his sister for services that were never performed …
Frank Greve / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Results in on Obama's grassroots appeal: It's a bust  —  WASHINGTON — Few supporters are answering President Barack Obama's call for nationwide house-party gatherings this weekend to build grass-roots support for his economic stimulus plan.  —  A McClatchy survey of sign-up rosters for a score …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CRAZY PEOPLE.... Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) gave a speech on the Senate floor yesterday, complaining not only about the government stimulus, but the process by which the stimulus was put together. … Similarly, John McCain said the bill should have been “bipartisan,” and it doesn't count …
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
First, Do No Harm  —  Congressional Republicans were right to vote against the stimulus.
Discussion: Commentary
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:   Partisanship Is a Worthy Foe in Debate on Stimulus
Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Palin's husband, aides found in contempt by Senate  —  TODD PALIN, OTHERS: No punishment urged in troopergate matter.  —  —  JUNEAU — The Alaska Senate voted Friday to find Gov. Sarah Palin's husband, Todd, and nine Palin aides in contempt for failing to show …
Discussion: and Political Machine
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
KBR Wins Contract While Under Criminal Investigation  —  Don't tell me we can't change.  Yes we can! … As Glenn Reynolds might say, “They told me if I voted for McCain we wouldn't see the end of big contracts going to Halliburton*.  And they were right!”
Kimberly Hefling / Associated Press:
KBR wins contract despite criminal probe of deaths
The White House:
Compromise  —  There was bad news and then there was good news.  —  Yesterday we learned that in January, the country suffered its largest one-month job loss in 34 years.  —  But last night, the Senate struck a compromise on the economic recovery plan and put us on our way to giving …
Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
Obama's growing pains  —  Next week can't come soon enough as administration learns early lessons  —  WASHINGTON - By this time next week, the White House will have quite an accomplishment topping their list of early victories — passage of a massive economic stimulus package in less than a month.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Associated Press
New York Times:
Biden Says U.S. Will Pursue Missile Plan Russia Opposes  —  MUNICH — The United States will pursue a missile defense plan that has angered the Kremlin, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said Saturday, in a signal that the post-cold-war tensions that have flared recently between Washington …
Mike Allen / The Politico:   Playbook: Closing in on the stimulus
Daniel Solove / Concurring Opinions:
Why the Innocent Are Punished More Harshly Than the Guilty  —  The AP reports on a really tragic case of wrongful conviction: … The part of the story that caught my eye was the fact that Cole's insistence on his innocence is what led to his imprisonment and prevented his release on parole:
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
John Kerry: You Know What's the Problem With Stimulus Tax Cuts?  All That Freedom.  —  Sen. John Kerry took to the Senate floor today to pace, rant, and raise his voice in a monotone simulation of human passion as he spoke up for the massive spending bill the Democrats want to pass today under the guise of “stimulus.”
Discussion: Liberty Street, QandO and Wizbang
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
New Plan to Help Banks Sell Bad Assets  —  WASHINGTON — After weeks of internal debate, the Obama administration has settled on a plan to inject billions of dollars in fresh capital into banks and entice investors to purchase their most troubled assets.  —  The new financial industry rescue plan …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
The RNC begs for help on right wing talk radio  —  John Amato's virtual online magazine...OK, It's a blog!  — Advertising- Commenting- General Problems- Media Problems- Supported Browsers- User Registration  —  Blogs » John Amato's blog  —  C&Lers Tony and Karen emailed me this tidbit and I thought I would share.
Peter Robinson / Forbes:
Obama's ‘Naked’ Moment  —  The president stands exposed on the stimulus.  —  Every so often a president finds himself standing completely exposed—naked, so to speak—before the political class.  —  This first happened to George W. Bush in October 2005, when Bush nominated his White House counsel …
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Howie Klein / Firedoglake:
Blue America Welcomes Terie Norelli, NH's Speaker of the House
Michelle Malkin:
Gird your loins: The Senate thieves rush to pass trillion-dollar porkulus
Democracy Now:
Despite Celebrated Orders Closing Gitmo and Banning Torture …
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Nuclear Scientist A.Q. Khan Is Freed From House Arrest
Discussion: Cold Fury and Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Berkowitz / Weekly Standard:
Waltzing Among the Rockets
Latin America poverty ‘may soar’
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and PoliBlog
John DiStaso / MSNBC:
Gregg mum on Census Bureau
Discussion: Moe Lane
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Steele: Power gone to Democrats' heads
Discussion: Wake up America and
Megan McArdle:
What causes personal bankruptcy?
Discussion: The Impolitic