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11:40 AM ET, January 31, 2009

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Huma Khan / Political Punch:
Bumps in the Road: Obama's HHS Secretary Nominee Faces Tax Questions Over Car and Driver  —  ABC News has learned that the nomination of former Senator Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., to be President Obama's secretary of health and human services has hit a traffic snarl on its way through the Senate Finance Committee.
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Dotcomabc / Political Punch:
More Daschle Tax Issues  —  ABC News has obtained the Senate Finance Committee Report on Tom Daschle's nomination to be Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, which indicates that Daschle's tax problems were even more substantial than earlier reported.
John / Power Line:
CORRUPTION, DEMOCRAT STYLE  —  As a life-long politician, Tom Daschle never earned much money.  But he retired from the Senate, after being defeated for re-election by John Thune, as a multimillionaire.  He retired to Georgetown, of course, not to South Dakota.
Discussion: Riehl World View
Washington Post:
Daschle Owed Back Taxes That Exceeded $128,000  —  Former Senator Paid Days Before First Confirmation Hearing  —  Thomas A. Daschle, nominated to be secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, did not pay more than $128,000 in taxes over three years, a revelation that poses …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Daschle Pays 3 Years of Tax on Use of Car  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama's pick for health and human services secretary, Tom Daschle, failed to pay more than $128,000 in taxes, partly for free use of a car and driver that had been provided to him by a prominent businessman and Democratic fund-raiser …
Discussion: TIME.com
Michelle Malkin:
What will the Bend Over Republicans do with tax cheat Tom Daschle?
Discussion: Riehl World View
Ceci Connolly / Washington Post:   Daschle Pays $100k in Back Taxes Over Car Travel
Robert Pear / The Caucus:
Daschle Nomination Snagged by Back Tax Problem
Molly Hooper / The Hill:
GOP losing patience with Obama, Dem leaders  —  Republicans wrapped up their retreat Friday by signaling they are losing patience with President Obama and the Democratic leadership in Congress.  —  Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) criticized the new administration on Friday …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Playbook: Late-taxes saga  —  Robert Gibbs, in look-ahead profile interview with CBS' Peter Maer: ""I'm not going to lie from that podium.  House Minority Whip Eric I. Cantor of Virginia, reading the Daschle news off his BlackBerry to last night's banquet of a House Republican retreat …
Colbert I. King / Washington Post:
Republicans Need to Remember Hoover  —  Republicans are given to saying and doing the darnedest things.  —  Remember last fall when House Republicans, led by Minority Leader John Boehner, whined that they were forced to kill the Bush administration's bank bailout bill because Speaker Nancy Pelosi …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dems: House GOP's Stimulus Plan Would Actually Raise Taxes For Many Americans
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and Balloon Juice
TBogg:
“Roger Simon is pretty much a back stabbing douche so this was probably inevitable.”  —  diggs  —  digg it  —  Nobody could have anticipated that Pajamas Media would sucker the rubes and then destroy teh intertubes: … The comments are like a Sam Shepard play where the repressed loathing …
Discussion: Roger Ailes
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Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
What getting kicked to the curb in the age of new media looks like … What this means is that as of April 1, I am officially out of work.  So save going to a pay model, this site will likely have to shut down.  —  Small price to pay for helping PJM pick up an audience and credibility during its “formative years.”
BBC:
Iraqi PM hails vote as ‘victory’  —  Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has hailed a largely peaceful vote for new provincial councils across the country as a victory for all Iraqis.  —  Voting was extended by one hour due to a strong turnout, including among Sunni Muslims who boycotted the last polls.
Discussion: Hot Air and RedState
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Stephen Farrell / New York Times:
Under Tight Security, Voting Seems Calm in Iraq
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere and BLACKFIVE
Brian Murphy / Associated Press:
Iraq imposes security lockdown ahead of elections
Discussion: War Is Boring
New York Times:
It's Theirs and They're Not Apologizing  —  Getting between a broker and his bonus is like getting between a schnauzer and his lunch bowl.  He may not bite you, but you are going to smell his breath.  —  “People come here because they want to work hard and get paid a lot for working hard …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Fox News:
Defense Official: Obama Calling for Defense Budget Cuts  —  Some overall budget figures are expected to be announced Monday.  —  FOXNews.com  —  The Obama administration has asked the military's Joint Chiefs of Staff to cut the Pentagon's budget request for the fiscal year 2010 by more than 10 percent …
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Card: Obama has brought a ‘locker room experience’ to the WH with his informal dress code.  —  Card: Obama has brought a ‘locker room experience’ to the WH with his informal dress code.»  —  On Thursday, the New York Times' Sheryl Gay Stolberg wrote about how President Obama had brought …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Steven Gray / Time:
Steele Makes History, but Can the New Party Chief Remake the GOP?  —  Michael Steele speaks at the Republican National Convention  —  The selection on Friday of Michael Steele, 50, as the Republican National Committee's next chairman is remarkable not merely because he is the first African American to head the party of Lincoln.
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The Huffington Post:
Claire McCaskill Lays Down Law On CEO Compensation  —  Sen. Claire McCaskill has delivered a sharp threat to the wallets of corporate executives who have received large compensation packages even as their companies received government bailout funds.  Things, she warned, are going to change.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
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