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10:35 AM ET, February 1, 2009


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New York Times:
Daschle Knew of Tax Issues Over Car Use Last June  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama's choice for health secretary, Tom Daschle, was aware as early as last June that he might have to pay back taxes for the use of a car and driver provided by a private equity firm, but did not inform …
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
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
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 …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Republican Senator Is Top Choice to Run Commerce Dept.
Dotcomabc / Political Punch:
Judd Gregg Could Be Picked for Commerce as Soon as Monday
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.
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.
Discussion: Prairie Weather and
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
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?
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: Donklephant and Mercury Rising
Sarah Wheaton / The Caucus:
New G.O.P. Head Gunning for Gillibrand's Seat  —  “As a black, Roman Catholic conservative from Washington D.C. and Maryland, I know how to lose elections,” said Michael S. Steele today in Virginia.  His audience, a gathering of House Republicans, knows all too well, too.
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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
Discussion: The Huffington Post