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10:05 AM ET, February 12, 2009

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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blogs:
Did Reid roll Pelosi?  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid played a little high-stakes chicken with each other at the tail end of Wednesday's shotgun stimulus talks.  —  It's not clear who won - or who blinked.  —  According to a half dozen Congressional aides and members …
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David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Biden in The House  —  When Joe and Jill Biden moved to Washington …
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blogs
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Rahm's fingerprints all over package, tactics  —  Rahm Emanuel may have moved his office down Pennsylvania Avenue, but to stand in the hallways of the Capitol lately, it seems he never left.  —  And if anyone's fingerprints are on the nearly $800 billion economic stimulus package being sorted …
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Key GOP Senator in Stimulus Deal Is Known for Centrist Approach
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Legislative Victory Comes at High Cost
John Distaso / UnionLeader.com:
John DiStaso's Granite Status: Nashua man's two cents worth $100,000  —  A GRASSROOTS EFFORT.  Fred Tausch of Nashua is a frustrated, well-to-do businessman who got tired of watching politicians of both parties spending taxpayers' money.  And so, spending $100,000 of his own money, he's trying to do something about it.
International Free Press Society:
An Open Letter to the Government of the UK  —  On Tuesday, February 10, 2009, Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders, leader of the Partij voor de Vrijheid (Party for Freedom), received a letter written on behalf of British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith.  It informed Mr. Wilders that on traveling …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Israpundit
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Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Press List  —  Membership shall have its privileges.  —  About half-way through President Obama's press conference Monday night, he had an unscripted question of his own.  “All, Chuck Todd,” the President said, referring to NBC's White House correspondent.  “Where's Chuck?”
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Salon
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
WSJ Editorial Page: Can a newspaper be more misleading than this?  —  Wall St. Journal Editorial Page, today: … Ari Fleischer, Tuesday night, The Bill O'Reilly Show: … Eric Boehlert, Lapdogs: … Michael Crowley, The New York Observer: … Deliberate deceit or complete editorial recklessness …
Discussion: BuzzFlash.org
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
Poll: Most want inquiry into anti-terror tactics  —  WASHINGTON — Even as Americans struggle with two wars and an economy in tatters, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds majorities in favor of investigating some of the thorniest unfinished business from the Bush administration: Whether its tactics in the “war on terror” broke the law.
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Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Prosecutor to Interview Key Witnesses About U.S. Attorney Firings
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Breaking News: Late-night comedy shows make fun of Pres. Obama  —  Of course, one night does not a trend make.  —  But — Jumpin' Jon Stewart, Batboy — was that seven minutes of jokes about Barack Obama on late-night TV?  The Barack Obama.  The One who's president right now?
Hilary Leila Krieger / Jerusalem Post:
US worried over prospect of right-wing gov't  —  US officials are publicly taking a wait-and-see approach to the formation of a new Israeli government, but privately many have expressed concern that Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu might preside over a right-wing coalition.
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Ron Kampeas / JTA:   Does ‘When Bibi met Barack’ have a happy ending?
Gallup:
Stimulus Support Edges Higher, Now 59%  —  Support up mainly among Democrats; flat among independents  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Public support for an $800 billion economic stimulus package has increased to 59% in a USA Today/Gallup poll conducted Tuesday night, up from 52% in Gallup polling a week ago, as well as in late January.
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Steven F. Hayward / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Misreads His Mandate  —  Reagan didn't assume his landslide was a license for whatever he wanted.  —  President Barack Obama's honeymoon period seems to have ended quickly.  That's because Mr. Obama doesn't grasp the essentials of presidential leadership.
Discussion: USA Today and Babalu Blog
Robert F. Worth / New York Times:
Laid-Off Foreigners Flee as Dubai Spirals Down  —  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Sofia, a 34-year-old Frenchwoman, moved here a year ago to take a job in advertising, so confident about Dubai's fast-growing economy that she bought an apartment for almost $300,000 with a 15-year mortgage.
José De Córdoba / Wall Street Journal:
Panel Calls U.S. Drug War a Failure  —  MEXICO CITY — As drug violence spirals out of control in Mexico, a commission led by three former Latin American heads of state blasted the U.S.-led drug war as a failure that is pushing Latin American societies to the breaking point.
Discussion: PoliBlog and EconLog
Jim Abrams / Associated Press:
Meltdown 101: Highlights of economic stimulus plan  —  WASHINGTON - Now that there's a tentative agreement on the economic stimulus plan that President Barack Obama and other supporters hope will provide a considerable jolt to the economy, how long will it take to get infrastructure and other projects moving?
Nick Gillespie / Reason:
Remember This Catchphrase: “Maybe Too Little, Always Too Late”  —  Now that the stimulus package is about to become law (likely signed by Barack Obama on President's Day next Monday no less!), here's something to keep in mind.  And on file.  —  And if this chart is correct …
JammieWearingFool:
AP Duped By Atlantic Swimmer Hoax  —  It's a good thing they have those layers of editors and fact checkers in order to prevent embarrassing episodes like this. … Typical journalistic laziness that's been on display far too long.  —  Finally they ran a correction.
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
More Employers Fight Unemployment Benefits  —  In Record Numbers, Employers Move to Block Unemployment Payouts  —  It's hard enough to lose a job.  But for a growing proportion of U.S. workers, the troubles really set in when they apply for unemployment benefits.
Shuja Nawaz / Foreign Policy:
Panic in Kabul  —  Is Islamabad next?  —  By Shuja Nawaz  —  The coordinated attacks by the Taliban in Kabul on the eve of U.S. Amb.  Richard Holbrooke's arrival were no coincidence.  Apart from ratcheting up fear among the citizens of Kabul, these attacks may well reflect a sense of desperation on the part of the Taliban.
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Republicans are wagering heavily on stimulus as major 2010 issue  —  The stimulus package has emerged as the first major campaign issue of the 2010 election cycle, and a Republican Party eyeing a return to the majority is going all-in.  —  The near-universal GOP opposition to the stimulus means that …
Discussion: Boston Globe, Time and MSNBC
Wall Street Journal:
The Real Stimulus Burden  —  We'll be paying for this in many ways, for many years.  —  In 2003, amid debate about the Bush tax cuts and a budget deficit of merely $400 billion, Maine Senator Olympia Snowe demanded that any tax cuts be capped at $350 billion.
Discussion: Commentary and GINA COBB
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Bill Richardson tarnished by scandal  —  Over the span of just three months, Bill Richardson has gone from being on the shortlist for secretary of state to late-night punch line, a breathtaking descent that has tarnished his once-sparkling career.  —  Since withdrawing as the nominee …
 
 
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Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Source: Collins Strips Stim Bill Of Whistleblower Protections
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Dems worry about Burris in 2010
Claudia Rosett / Forbes:
Commerce Department Waives Syria Sanctions
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
All stimulus politics is local
Discussion: The Swamp
Henny Sender / Financial Times:
China to stick with US bonds
Eric Dash / New York Times:
Bank Test May Expand U.S. Regulators' Role
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Joan Lowy / Associated Press:
69 computers missing from nuclear weapons lab
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Ben Leach / Telegraph:
Female FBI officer ‘tortured Mumbai terror attacks suspect with sex’
Richard W. Stevenson / New York Times:
Obama's Battle on Stimulus Shows Threats to His Agenda
Discussion: TalkLeft
Igor Kossov / CBS News:
Murtha May Be In Hot Water
Los Angeles Times:
Schwarzenegger, legislative leaders settle on budget framework
The Age:
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