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10:45 AM ET, February 1, 2009


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Washington Post:
Daschle Delayed Revealing Tax Glitch  —  Report Details Payments From Health Sector  —  Thomas A. Daschle waited nearly a month after being nominated to be secretary of health and human services before informing Barack Obama that he had not paid years of back taxes for the use of a car …
Discussion: Salon and Fox News
Greg Miller / Los Angeles Times:
Obama preserves renditions as counter-terrorism tool  —  The role of the CIA's controversial prisoner-transfer program may expand, intelligence experts say.  —  Reporting from Washington — The CIA's secret prisons are being shuttered.  Harsh interrogation techniques are off-limits.
Discussion: and Jules Crittenden
Charles Mahtesian / The Politico:
Obama remakes political rules  —  Three months after his election, President Barack Obama continues to remake the political landscape—and there's no clearer example than Friday's election of Michael Steele as the Republican National Committee's first black chairman.
Discussion: The Swamp and Yahoo! News
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Robert E. Lee, confused  —  Obama appears tonight at the Alfalfa Dinner, a gathering of Washington's elite with Confederate roots, a fact on which the president remarked, according to excerpts from his prepared remarks:
Discussion: marbury
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Herbert Hoover Lives  —  HERE'S a bottom line to keep you up at night: The economy is falling faster than Washington can get moving.  President Obama says his stimulus plan will save or create four million jobs in two years.  In the last four months of 2008 alone, employment fell by 1.9 million.
Tyler Cowen / New York Times:
Recession Can Change a Way of Life  —  AS job losses mount and bailout costs run into the trillions, the social costs of the economic downturn become clearer.  The primary question, to be sure, is what can be done to shorten or alleviate these bad times.  But there is also a broader set …
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Palin lying low during Washington trip  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sarah Palin has firmly remained in the media spotlight since her bid for the vice presidency ended four months ago, but the Alaska governor embraced a decidedly lower profile when she traveled to the nation's capital this weekend.
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
Economic stimulus provisions reach far and wide  —  The $800-billion bill that cleared the House last week brings back big government: to school buildings, worker paychecks, electric lines and more.  Here's a look at where the money would go.  —  Reporting from Washington …
Discussion: The Swamp and Chicago Tribune
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Judd Gregg Commerce Sec'y app't likely  —  Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire is the leading candidate to become President Barack Obama's commerce secretary, an administration official said Saturday, in a decision that could come as early as Monday.  —  Gregg's appointment would add another Republican …
Obama and FEMA Leave Americans to Die in Kentucky  —  I guess what with Kentucky being a red state the heartless Barack Obama and FEMA can't be bothered helping the suffering Americans trying to cope with a massive ice storm that has left them powerless. … Can you imagine the media reaction if this were George W. Bush?
Paul Krugman:
Another temporary misunderstanding  —  Brad DeLong links to Megan McArdle saying something wrong about the effects of a temporary increase in government spending.  But he fails to note that it's not just wrong, it's 180 degrees wrong: a temporary increase in government spending …
Discussion: Megan McArdle and EconoSpeak
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