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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Has Plan to Slash Deficit, Despite Stimulus Bill  —  WASHINGTON — After a string of costly bailout and stimulus measures, President Obama will set a goal this week to cut the annual deficit at least in half by the end of his term, administration officials said.
Discussion: Riehl World View, TIME.com and Truthdig
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama vows to cut huge deficit in half
Discussion: Reuters
Pete Yost / Associated Press:
Obama administration tries to kill e-mail case  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - The Obama administration, siding with former President George W. Bush, is trying to kill a lawsuit that seeks to recover what could be millions of missing White House e-mails.
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Obama Upholds Detainee Policy in Afghanistan
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:   Obama backs Bush on terror prisoners
Josh Meyer / Los Angeles Times:   Guantanamo meets Geneva Convention standards, Pentagon study finds
Jamison Foser / Media Matters:
Nice job on the Stimulus, Madame Secretary.  But shouldn't you be changing some diapers?  —  US News & World Report's Washington Whispers page currently features a poll asking readers who they would prefer to run a daycare center for their kids: First Lady Michelle Obama, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Alan Keyes stokes Obama birth certificate controversy  —  The controversy over the validity of Barack Obama's birth certificate is back on a burner with firebrand conservative Alan Keyes making serious new charges.  —  In a video (see below) released Friday Keyes, who lost to Obama …
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Gov. Rendell skeptical about stimulus potential  —  Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) backed the $787 billion stimulus but said Saturday that he isn't sure whether it will actually fix the economy.  —  Rendell, at the National Governors Association meeting in Washington …
Joann S. Lublin / Wall Street Journal:
Jobs Elude Some Bush Ex-Officials  —  The jobless rate is hanging high — for many of the roughly 3,000 political appointees who served President George W. Bush.  Finding work has proved a far tougher task than those appointees expected.  —  “This is not a great time for anyone to be job hunting …
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Hold the Eulogies, Kennedy Says  —  WASHINGTON — After the president of Harvard hailed him as a “national leader but a local servant,” after the pastor read the “Let us now praise famous men” passage from the Bible and after the cellist Yo-Yo Ma honored him by performing a Gershwin prelude …
Discussion: TIME.com
Fox News:
U.S. Officials Outraged at U.N. Over Hamas Letter to Obama  —  Sen. John Kerry will not be visiting Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal during his trip to Syria Saturday and U.S. officials in Jerusalem are furious at the United Nations Relief and Works agency for its handling of the letter.  —  FOXNews.com
Chicago Sun Times:
Federal authorities question Burris about appointment  —  Federal authorities questioned U.S. Senator Roland Burris today at his lawyer's office — a long-awaited interview involving his U.S. Senate seat appointment — the Sun-Times-NBC/5 team has learned.  —  Burris is not accused of wrongdoing …
Gideon Levy / Haaretz:
Gideon Levy / ‘Antiwar’ film Waltz with Bashir is nothing but charade  —  Everyone now has his fingers crossed for Ari Folman and all the creative artists behind “Waltz with Bashir” to win the Oscar on Sunday.  A first Israeli Oscar?  Why not?  —  However, it must also be noted that the film …
Discussion: Commentary
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
Governor's rift with GOP grows wider  —  After his turnaround on taxes in the budget battle, he won't be attending a state party convention — and many won't miss him.  —  Reporting from Sacramento — After five years as governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger came full circle on Friday …
Discussion: Calitics, The Note and The Mahablog
Charles J. Hanley / Associated Press:
Mass migrations and war: Dire climate scenario  —  CAPE TOWN, South Africa - If we don't deal with climate change decisively, “what we're talking about then is extended world war,” the eminent economist said.  —  His audience Saturday, small and elite, had been stranded here by bad weather and were talking climate.
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
Teddy Davis / The Note:
Palin Ribbed by Montana Guv for Being No Show  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis reports:  —  Montana Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer ribbed Alaska Republican Gov. Sarah Palin Friday for announcing at the last minute that she will not be attending a Sunday discussion of energy policy that the two governors …
Frank James / The Swamp:
Maybe Burris should sleep with eye open  —  When we heard White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs talking during his media briefing yesterday about how Sen. Roland Burris, aka, “The Real Roland,” should spend his weekend, a few of us reporters heard what we thought sounded like an ominous warning:
Discussion: The Politico
Larry J. Sabato / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
SENATE 2010: A THREE-PEAT FOR DEMOCRATS OR COMEBACK FOR THE GOP?  —  Last week in the Crystal Ball, we looked at the historical background of off-year Senate elections and laid the groundwork for the earliest possible projection of the 36 contests on the ballot in 2010.
 
 
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