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7:30 AM ET, February 5, 2009


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Laura Rozen / The Cable:
General Zinni gets undiplomatic treatment from Obama team  —  When retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni told the Washington Times that he was offered the job of U.S. ambassador to Iraq before being passed over in favor of diplomat Christopher Hill, he did not say that one of the outrages …
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Some Speculation on Zinni  —  I just had a conversation with one Republican who speculated that Richard Holbrooke may have been at the center of the current mess over who will serve as U.S. ambassador in Iraq.  According to the scenario he laid out, despite Jones having offered the job to Zinni …
Discussion: Kausfiles and Riehl World View
Michael Hirsh / Newsweek:
Losing Control  —  Obama needs to reassert command of the agenda in Washington  —  Barack Obama began making his comeback on Wednesday, apparently aware that he has all but lost control of the agenda in Washington at a time when he simply can't afford to do so.
Digby / Hullabaloo:   Marshalling Their Forces
The Politico:
Reporter jumps ropeline after signing  —  A reporter was escorted out of a White House event by Secret Service agents on Wednesday afternoon after he approached President Obama to seek an autograph.  —  At the end of an East Room signing ceremony for legislation funding …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's five-day rule: Broken again
Discussion: The Politico
Glenn R. Simpson / Wall Street Journal:
Panetta Earned $700,000 in Fees  —  WASHINGTON — The White House's nominee for Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Leon Panetta, has earned more than $700,000 in speaking and consulting fees since the beginning of 2008, with some of the payments coming from troubled financial firms …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
CIA Panetta's fees: Defense, banking
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and Bloomberg
New York Times:
Uncovering Lost Path of the Most Wanted Nazi  —  CAIRO — Even in old age the imposingly tall, athletic German known to locals as Tarek Hussein Farid maintained the discipline to walk some 15 miles each day through the busy streets of Egypt's capital.  He walked to the world-renowned Al Azhar mosque here …
Barack Obama / Washington Post:
The Action Americans Need  —  By now, it's clear to everyone that we have inherited an economic crisis as deep and dire as any since the days of the Great Depression.  Millions of jobs that Americans relied on just a year ago are gone; millions more of the nest eggs families worked so hard to build have vanished.
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Senate Advances Tax Break for Homebuyers  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate on Wednesday voted to expand the economic stimulus package with a tax credit for homebuyers of up to $15,000, a provision championed by Republicans as addressing a root cause of the recession.
Media Research Center:
Bozell to ABC President: You Must Publicly Address Stephanopoulos' Apparent Conflict of Interest  —  Open Letter Demands Public Resolution to Daily Strategy Calls  —  Alexandria, VA - Media Research Center (MRC) President L. Brent Bozell, III has written a letter to ABC News President David Westin calling …
Max Blumenthal / Blogs and Stories:
Rush Limbaugh Loses a Popularity Contest  —  America to Rush: Drop Dead by Max Blumenthal  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Congressional Republicans have turned to Rush Limbaugh to lead the battle against Obama.  One problem: A poll says he's less popular than Jeremiah Wright.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and Don Surber
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
RFK Jr.: Hog farms bigger threat than Osama  —  WASHINGTON — Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on Wednesday said he thinks hog farmers are a greater threat to Americans than Osama bin Laden.  —  Mr. Kennedy, son of the the slain New York Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, is an environmental law attorney …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
Chinese Learn Limits of Online Freedom as the Filter Tightens  —  BEIJING — It was meant to be a tongue-in-cheek alternative to the stultifying variety show beamed into hundreds of millions of living rooms on the eve of each Lunar New Year holiday.  But the program, called “Shanzhai,” …
Discussion: The Peking Duck
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Carter tries to push Rangel out  —  Republican Rep. John R. Carter of Texas offered legislation Wednesday that would require Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles B. Rangel to relinquish his gavel until the ethics committee completes an investigation into Rangel's finances.
Trump: Obama ‘absolutely right’ on pay limits  —  (CNN) — Donald Trump, businessman and CEO of The Trump Organization, knows a little something about money.  —  Trump spoke with CNN's Larry King about whether there should be executive pay limits, if there should be a stimulus plan …
Fox News:
Obama Justice Nominee Used to Represent Playboy  —  David Ogden, President Obama's pick for deputy attorney general, used to represent Playboy — in one case paving the way for the blind to enjoy the magazine at the Library of Congress.  —  —  Senators might want to hold David …
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
AP alleges copyright infringement of Obama image … NEW YORK (AP) - On buttons, posters and Web sites, the image was everywhere during last year's presidential campaign: A pensive Barack Obama looking upward, as if to the future, splashed in a Warholesque red, white and blue and underlined with the caption HOPE.
Murray Waas / TPMMuckraker:
U.S. Attorney Scandal: Feds Probe Domenici for Obstruction of Justice In Iglesias Firing  —  A federal grand jury probe of the firings of nine U.S. attorneys during the Bush administration is focusing on the role played by recently retired Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM) and former senior Bush White House aides …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Emptywheel
The Charlotte Observer:
Change we cannot and do not believe in  —  When Barack Obama was running for the Democratic nomination last year and then for the presidency in the fall, one of the most attractive things about his candidacy was his promise of change that we all could believe in.
Washington Post:
Many View New Attorney General as Chance to Right What They Consider Racial Wrongs  —  With First Black Attorney General Come Expectations That Justice System Can Change  —  For decades, the face of the criminal justice system in this country has been black and male: hundreds …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
PHIL BREDESEN AS DASCHLE'S REPLACEMENT?  —  He's not the only candidate.  But an array of sources say he's a serious candidate.  And he'd be a very risky choice.  —  Phil Bredesen is the governor of Tennessee.  Before he was the governor of Tennessee, he made his money in the managed care revolution …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and The Plum Line
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
HIS REAL CONSTITUENCY  —  A reader chimes in ...  The reader's point about the long view is well-taken.  Obama's mix of steel and patience are two of his key virtues.  —  But I have been surprised that he has not chosen yet to play more to, and get out among, his real constituency — particularly on this bill — the people.
Discussion: Bark Bark Woof Woof
Associated Press:
Former Gregg staffer caught up in corruption probe  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A former congressional aide to Commerce Secretary-nominee Judd Gregg has been caught up in a long-running investigation into a Capitol Hill lobbying scandal.  —  A person familiar with the case confirmed Wednesday that …
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Michael Barone:
Warning to Obama and Democrats: Republican Party Is Coming Back in Virginia
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Labor victims of Madoff scheme
Discussion: New York Post
Ed Morrissey / New York Post:
DODD'S NEW DODGE  —  SEN. Chris Dodd is hoping to make his …
Discussion: Hot Air
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
$500K spent on Dem caucus retreats
Discussion: Don Surber
David Leonhardt / Economix:
Do Tax Rebates Work?
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Peter Wehner / The Corner:
Have Mercy on This Spinner
Doctor who slammed Gaza violence supported 9/11 attacks
Discussion: Commentary