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5:05 AM ET, February 1, 2009


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Hilzoy / Washington Monthly:
Daschle  —  What is it with these people and their taxes?  First Geithner, and now, as Steve mentioned, Daschle.  —  I don't understand why people in public life don't just recognize that they should report anything that might even conceivably count as income, and do things right the first time.
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: Fox News
Orange County Register:
Mark Steyn: Stimulated right into being another Europe  —  Plan also could trigger protectionist backlash, just like during the Depression.  —  Recommend  —  Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, is on TV explaining the (at this point the congregation shall fall to its knees and prostrate itself) “stimulus.”
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Republican Votes Are What Mr. Obama Truly Needs
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Daily Kos
Peter Baker / New York Times:
New Symbol of Elite Access: E-Mail to the Chief  —  WASHINGTON — Anthony Lake served as one of Barack Obama's principal counselors on foreign affairs during the campaign and exchanged e-mail messages with him regularly.  But now that Mr. Obama is president, Mr. Lake no longer has his e-mail address.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Republican Leads as a Cabinet Choice  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Judd Gregg, Republican of New Hampshire, is the top contender to be President Obama's nominee for commerce secretary, the White House said Saturday, a move that could strengthen Democrats' control of Congress.
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.
Discussion: The Politico
David Stout / New York Times:
Geithner to Unveil Strategy to Revive Credit Flow  —  WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner will soon announce a new strategy for reviving the country's financial system while making sure that banking executives do not misuse federal money meant to assist their companies …
Roger L Simon / Pajamas Media:
Pajamas Media matters  —  I wrote a letter to the Pajamas Media network bloggers yesterday, some of whom took it a bit more personally than intended.  We disbanded the ad network part of our business for a simple reason: it was losing money and we couldn't see how in the reasonable future that would change.
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Steele to House GOP: Stimulus Bill ‘Goose Egg Was Just Beautiful’  —  The Republican National Committee invited reporters to listen via conference call to new Chairman Michael Steele's pep talk to House Republicans at their weekend retreat.  If there was a revelation, it's that Steele seems …
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?
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google Flags Whole Internet As Malware  —  We're not quite sure what's going on, but a couple of minutes ago any search result from Google started being flagged as malware with a message stating “This site may harm your computer”.  Including Google's own websites as you can see above.
Chrystia Freeland / Financial Times:
The credit crunch according to Soros  —  On Friday, August 17 2007, 21 of Wall Street's most influential investors met for lunch at George Soros's Southampton estate on the eastern end of Long Island.  The first tremors of what would become the global credit crunch had rippled out a week or so earlier …
Discussion: Mercury Rising
Ben Mack / Autopia:
Hummer Drivers Get More Tickets.  A Lot More.  —  People who drive Hummers receive almost five times as many traffic tickets as the average driver, according to a new study.  —  Quality Planning Corp., which helps insurance companies identify risk, surveyed data from 1.7 million drivers …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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Johann Hari / The Huffington Post:
The Republicans' Fatal Misreading of FDR — and How It Would Worsen The Depression
Tom Odula / Associated Press:
Obama's Kenyan relative arrested on drug charge
Floyd Norris / New York Times:
A Rise in Pessimism in the Corner Office
Discussion: The Big Picture and Greg's Opinion
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
GOP governors press Congress to pass stimulus bill
Colum Lynch / Washington Post:
In Book, Insider Recounts Hunt for Hussein's Weapons
Discussion: Emptywheel
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Agence France Presse:
Iran says Obama's offer to talk shows US failure
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Under Obama, ‘war on terror’ catchphrase fading