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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
House GOP member to Rush: Back off  —  Rush Limbaugh may command a large following, but his caustic comments Monday about the GOP's congressional leadership have at least one Republican House member defending his colleagues and offering an unusually candid critique of the talk radio powerhouse and his fellow commentators.
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The Politico:
Obama won't compromise on tax cuts  —  President Barack Obama rolled into the Capitol with a clear message for Republicans Tuesday afternoon: He's happy to talk, but he's not compromising on his tax rebates for lower income households.  —  Obama was ready for the House Republicans to pounce …
New York Post:
PALIN'S GOT PAC AND VIP STATUS  —  ASK not what Sarah Palin can do for your country, ask only what you can do for Sarah Palin.  And the answer is, pay attention.  Trust me, Alaska's governor is moving faster than those glaciers.  —  Traveling with one of her ladies-in-waiting and invited by a rich GOPnik …
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Paul Krugman:
How late is too late?  —  One big question in the stimulus discussion is how much we should be worried about lags in implementation.  Every economics textbook — mine too! — warns that stimulus based on public spending has a habit of peaking much too late, and therefore ends up being counterproductive.
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and Brian Beutler
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Capital Commerce:
10 Reasons to Whack Obama's Stimulus Plan
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and Reason
The Huffington Post:
Bailout Recipients Hosted Call To Defeat Key Labor Bill  —  Three days after receiving $25 billion in federal bailout funds, Bank of America Corp. hosted a conference call with conservative activists and business officials to organize opposition to the U.S. labor community's top legislative priority.
Sonny Bunch / Washington Times:
‘Che’ spurs debate, Del Toro walkout  —  UPDATED:  —  A controversial new biopic about Cuban revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara is awakening old passions and provoking vigorous defenses and denunciations of the iconic revolutionary and - in the case of an interview with The Washington Times - a dramatic walkout.
Washington Whispers:
Tales From The Inside: What Obama Told Republicans  —  President Barack Obama went to Capitol Hill today to push Republicans to back his $825 billion stimulus plan.  While they probably won't, he won points for reaching out to the minority, making good on campaign promises.
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
INSIDE OBAMA'S MEETING WITH HOUSE GOP
Discussion: USA Today
Little Green Footballs:
Hope, Change, and the Egg of Power  —  Yes, it's true.  Barack Obama has an ‘Egg of Power’ in the Oval Office.  —  jcm ::  7 seconds ago
Jonathan Stray:
Social Network of US Counterinsurgency Policy Authors  —  [Update: this work has come to the attention of the COIN community, in particular the folks at Abu Muqawama who were kind enough to mention me in a blog post.  Aside from the fact that the original version contained not one but three misspelled names …
Discussion: abu muqawama, ATTACKERMAN and SWJ Blog
Robert Farley / American Prospect:
PROXY WAR FAIL.  —  Via David Axe, it appears that the Somali government has collapsed following the seizure of its capitol, Baidoa, by Islamist fighters.  Ethiopian troops withdrew from Baidoa less than a day before its fall.  The collapse of the Somali provisional government represents …
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Mohamed Ahmed / Reuters:
Somali insurgents take Baidoa after Ethiopians leave
Discussion: War Is Boring and Matthew Yglesias
The New Republic:
The New Kristol  —  Bill Kristol penned his final New York Times column earlier this week, leaving a slot open for a conservative voice on the paper's pages.  But who should it be?  We've asked several notable conservatives to select their ideal candidates to fill Kristol's shoes.
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Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
New Bill Asks For Cameraphones To Go Clickety Clack  —  Smile, say cheese and hold that pose till you hear the ‘click’.  A new bill introduced in the Congress by New York Republican Rep. Peter King requires mobile phones with digital cameras “to make a sound” when a photograph is taken.
Michiko Kakutani / New York Times:
A Relentless Updike Mapped America's Mysteries  —  Endowed with an art student's pictorial imagination, a journalist's sociological eye and a poet's gift for metaphor, John Updike — who died on Tuesday at 76 — was arguably this country's one true all-around man of letters.
Joan Gralla / Reuters:
New York City fears return to 1970s  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - While many U.S. cities worry that their economies are deteriorating to the level of the 1930s Great Depression, New York City fears reliving a more recent decade that features strongly in city lore.
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Jeremy Page / Times of London:
Don't call us dogs, say Slumdog protesters in cinema rampage  —  Armed police guard picturehouses after India's poor claim that hit film title violates their human rights  —  Armed police guarded cinemas in eastern India today after slum dwellers ransacked a picture house showing Slumdog Millionaire …
Discussion: FP Passport
Watts Up With That?:
James Hansen's Former NASA Supervisor Declares Himself a Skeptic - Says Hansen ‘Embarrassed NASA’, ‘Was Never Muzzled’, & Models ‘Useless’  —  This is something I thought I'd never see.  This press release today is from the Senate EPW blog of Jame Inhofe.  The scientist making the claims …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
WON'T GO THERE  —  From WaPo ...  The gist of the rest of the article is that the Obama folks aren't going to go clearly in any of the widely discussed options, but rather mix and match.  But these two points, tucked in at the end of the article, tell us the key points.
Discussion: Washington Post
Sam Dillon / New York Times:
Stimulus Plan Would Provide Flood of Aid to Education  —  WASHINGTON — The economic stimulus plan that Congress has scheduled for a vote on Wednesday would shower the nation's school districts, child care centers and university campuses with $150 billion in new federal spending …
Discussion: MyDD and Bob Cesca's Awesome Blog!
Ian Welsh / The Huffington Post:
What Obama's Nixing Family Planning Money Tells Us  —  President Barack Obama asked Comittee Chairman Henry Waxman to remove family planning money from the stimulus bill after Republicans objected.  This is on the heels of nixing bankruptcy reform because, well, Republicans objected.
David Roberts / Gristmill:
Carbon tax is a poison pill  —  There's a reason Republicans are stumping for a carbon tax, and it ain't to reduce emissions  —  This may piss off some people I respect a great deal.  Nonetheless, after hearing it in several off-the-record conversations in D.C. last week, I believe it's something that needs to be said publicly:
Sue Pleming / Reuters:
Clinton says world “exhaling” with Obama at top  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suggested on Tuesday the world was breathing a sigh of relief that President Barack Obama had replaced George W. Bush and was working to fix the damage he had caused.
David Lightman / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Congressional Budget Office compares downturn to Great Depression  —  The nation's current recession is likely to be the longest since World War II, and by some measures could be the worst since the Great Depression, a new Congressional Budget Office forecast said Tuesday.
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Bill received $2M in foreign cash  —  Bill Clinton pulled down $5.7 million in speaking fees last year - almost entirely from foreign sources, including nearly $2.1 million after news circulated that Hillary Clinton was in line for Secretary of State.  —  Former President Clinton's globetrotting …
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
Democrats Among Stimulus Skeptics  —  Republican criticism of the stimulus package that the House will vote on tonight has focused on its soaring price tag, but some Democrats on Capitol Hill and other administration supporters are voicing a separate critique: that the plan may fall short …
 
 
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