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10:40 PM ET, February 5, 2009

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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
CBO: Obama stimulus harmful over long haul  —  President Obama's economic recovery package will actually hurt the economy more in the long run than if he were to do nothing, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday.  —  CBO, the official scorekeepers for legislation …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Sen. Reid: We've got votes on stimulus  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters Thursday that he has enough votes to pass a more than $900 billion stimulus bill out of the Senate.  —  Reid said he believes at least two Republicans of “good will” would support the Democratic-crafted package.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Graham goes nuclear on Obama over stimulus: “Scaring people is not leadership”; Update: Stimulus worse than doing nothing, says CBO; Update: Or does it?  —  In my three years of blogging at HA, this may be the first time I've seen the boss and Grahamnesty on exactly the same wavelength.
Discussion: Reuters and Moe_Lane's blog
Michelle Malkin:
Alert: Who are the Senate GOP wobblers?  ; Update: Reid says he has two Republicans; Collins is sold; Voino no?  ; 6:15pm Eastern Reid: “I don't have 60 votes yet...We should outlaw polls;” No vote tonight  —  Scroll for updates...Collins falls; Voino a no?...6:15pm Eastern...Reid on floor …
Discussion: Hot Air
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Harry Hangs It Up For the Night; Stimulus Vote Postponed Until Tomorrow
Discussion: Wizbang
CBS News:
CBS Poll: Support For Stimulus Falls
Discussion: Hot Air and RedState
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Dems: Bipartisanship 'isn't working'
Discussion: Hullabaloo
ABCNEWS:   Reid Says Dems Have Votes to Pass Stimulus
Matt Kelley / USA Today:
Husband of Rep. Solis, Labor nominee, settles tax liens  —  WASHINGTON — The husband of President Obama's Labor secretary nominee paid about $6,400 Wednesday to settle tax liens that had been outstanding for as long as 16 years against his business, the Obama administration told USA TODAY this afternoon.
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Washington Post:
Solis Senate Session Postponed in Wake of Husband's Tax Lien Revelations  —  Rep. Hilda Solis testifies at a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on her nomination to be secretary of labor in early January.  (Mannie Garcia/Bloomberg News)  —  Updated 3:30 p.m.
CBS News:
Another Obama Nominee Faces Tax Questions
Discussion: USA Today
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Raccoons Invade White House Grounds  —  A small band of masked intruders has broken into the secure White House grounds and has evaded capture by agents of the new Obama administration, officials said today.  —  The National Park Service is in pursuit of one very large raccoon …
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The Politico:
Rope jumping reporter ID'd  —  A reporter who was escorted out of a White House event by Secret Service agents on Wednesday afternoon after he approached . . .  . . . President Obama to seek an autograph has been identified, officials and witnesses said.  —  At the end of an East Room signing ceremony …
Discussion: Salon and Gawker
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's prime-time news conference
Discussion: Riehl World View
Jonathan Allen / CQ Politics:
White House to Bypass Commerce on Census  —  The director of the Census Bureau will report directly to the White House and not the secretary of Commerce, according to a senior White House official.  —  The decision came after black and Hispanic leaders raised questions about Commerce Secretary …
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Jonathan Allen / CQ Politics:
White House Commerce Decision Infuriates House GOP  —  House Republicans are incensed about the prospect of the Census Bureau director reporting directly to the White House.  —  A senior White House official said the Obama administration intends to circumvent Commerce Secretary nominee Judd Gregg …
Associated Press:
Ginsburg is hospitalized with pancreatic cancer  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had surgery Thursday after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the court said.  —  Ginsburg, 75, had the surgery …
Discussion: NPR, CBS News, Reuters and Firedoglake
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Ginsburg Has Surgery for Pancreatic Cancer
Discussion: The Politico, The Swamp and Spin Cycle
David Gardner / Daily Mail:
'There's no reason only poor people should get malaria': The moment Bill Gates released jar of mosquitoes at packed conference … It was a show-stopping move by any standards.  —  Bill Gates, the billionaire founder of Microsoft and a renowned philanthropist, let loose a swarm of mosquitoes …
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The Huffington Post:
Sen. Harkin Backs Dean For HHS Secretary  —  The idea of nominating Howard Dean to head up the Department of Health and Human Services has the backing of at least one prominent national Democrat.  —  Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, who endorsed Dean's presidential campaign in 2004 and is rumored …
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Dean For HHS Gains Momentum
Discussion: Liberal Values
Hotline On Call:
Sessions: GOP Insurgency “May Be Required”  —  Frustrated by a lack of bipartisan outreach from House Democratic leaders, Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said House Republicans — who voted unanimously last week against the economic plan pushed …
Christine Armario / Associated Press:
Fla. doctor investigated in badly botched abortion  —  Eighteen and pregnant, Sycloria Williams went to an abortion clinic outside Miami and paid $1,200 for Dr. Pierre Jean-Jacque Renelique to terminate her 23-week pregnancy.  —  Three days later, she sat in a reclining chair …
Discussion: Townhall.com and RedState
Lindsey Ellerson / Political Punch:
Military Commission Charges Dropped Against Terrorist Suspect Al-Nashiri  —  As President Obama prepared to order the Department of Defense's Military Commission to withdraw charges against terrorist suspect Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri on Friday afternoon, the convening authority for the Commission …
Discussion: The Corner and Jihad Watch
Think Progress:
ABC: Obama Is Hypocritical For Limiting Wall Street Pay While Having A ‘Lavish Lifestyle’  —  Yesterday, President Obama instituted a pay cap on bailed out businesses after it was revealed that Wall Street doled out an estimated $18.4 billion in bonuses last year.
Discussion: Media Matters and Forbes
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Resignations at the RNC  —  A Republican source says newly elected Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has requested the resignations of the entire RNC staff and signaled a dramatic turnover at the party organization.  —  Some aides may be retained, though Republicans …
Lindsey Ellerson / Political Radar:
Exclusive: Gates Delays Troop Decision  —  ABC News' Luis Martinez reports: ABC News has learned that Defense Secretary Robert Gates has deferred a much-anticipated decision on sending additional troops into Afghanistan until President Obama decides what force levels he wants.
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Top of the Ticket
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blogs:
Sen. Stabenow wants hearings on radio ‘accountability’; talks fairness doctrine  —  This morning, radio host Bill Press brought up the recent closing of liberal station Obama 1260 when speaking with Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow, and talked about whether there needs to be a balance to right-wing talk on the radio dial.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and 24Ahead
Marc Lynch:
Sunni electoral disaster, part 2: Baghdad  —  Preliminary results from the Baghdad provincial council election have begun to filter out into the Iraqi press.  The lead story will probably be that Maliki's Rule of Law list won more than half the seats.  But the more important story …
Dean Baker / American Prospect:
Senators Go Wild!, Approve House Flipping Subsidy, Media Don't Notice  —  The reporters covering the stimulus have been so busy editorializing against it that they haven't had time to pay attention to what Congress is doing.  Tonight Congress approved the Isakson amendment which gives $15,000 …
Jacquielynn Floyd / METRO:
Dallas hardware store wants George W. Bush to be its door greeter  —  Former presidents get a pretty good retirement package, but there's nothing wrong with getting out of the house and earning a little extra scratch.  If George W. Bush wants some useful occupation for those long …
Discussion: Think Progress
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Report: Palin to speak, Limbaugh to keynote at CPAC  —  Good lord.  It's grassroots Woodstock. … The schedule at the link says only that they've been invited, not that they've confirmed, but the fact that each has been given a specific time slot — Palin speaks in the showcase 4:30 slot on Thursday …
Erik Sofge / Popular Mechanics:
Why Shovel-Ready Infrastructure is Wrong (Right Now)  —  The term “shovel-ready”—as in, infrastructure projects that are ready or almost ready to begin—has become a favorite of policy makers in recent weeks.  As the Senate gets ready to vote on a stimulus bill, it looks like the idea has stuck …
Ed Kohler / The Deets:
How Village Voice Media Uses Digg to Game Their Traffic Numbers  —  This is the story about a girl that's actually a dude who's brought in 3.8 - 19.4 million visitors* to Village Voice Media websites by gaming Digg.  —  Village Voice Media appears to be running an organized reciprocal Digg …
Discussion: Braublog and protein wisdom
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama to GOP: ‘Driving toward a cliff’  —  President Barack Obama, who has spent the better part of two weeks in office touting a bipartisan approach to the economic crisis, unloaded blunt words tonight for the Republicans insisting that tax cuts, not the massive new spending that he is seeking, will lift the nation from its doldrums.
Discussion: The Politico
Sarah El Deeb / Associated Press:
Hamas negotiators stopped with suitcases of cash  —  CAIRO - Hamas negotiators left Egypt without a long-term cease-fire with Israel on Thursday — but not before some members of the militant group's delegation were stopped at the Gaza border carrying millions in cash.
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Blue Dogs push back against stimulus  —  Conservative Democrats in the House are pushing back against their leaders' economic stimulus plan even as President Obama steps up his push for the spending package.  —  The leadership of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of conservative Democrats concerned …
Discussion: The Politico and Hullabaloo
 
 
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Alan Beattie / Financial Times:
Free-traders quiet on Buy American
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Robert Reich / TPMCafe:
Senate Republicans and the Stimulus: Playing Politics When the Economy Burns
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Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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 Earlier Items: 
Megan McArdle:
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Discussion: Hot Air and Deltoid
Financial Times:
GE chief warns on US depression threat
Discussion: On Deadline
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
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Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Rep. Maloney weighing primary challenge to Gillibrand
Conor Friedersdorf / The American Scene:
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Discussion: PoliBlog
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Vote for the Snuggie Stimulus!
Discussion: Hot Air and Outside The Beltway