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1:30 AM ET, February 6, 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
CBS News:
CBS Poll: Support For Stimulus Falls
Discussion: Hot Air
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Harry Hangs It Up For the Night; Stimulus Vote Postponed Until Tomorrow
Discussion: Wizbang
Matt Kelley / USA Today:
Tax snafus add up for Obama team  —  WASHINGTON — The confirmation of another Cabinet member stalled Thursday because of unpaid taxes after USA TODAY disclosed that the husband of Labor secretary nominee Hilda Solis paid about $6,400 this week to settle numerous tax liens against his business dating to 1993.
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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.
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 Politico and Jihad Watch
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Washington Post:
Obama to Discuss Guantanamo With Victims of Terror Attacks, Their Relatives  —  President Obama will meet today with victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the USS Cole bombing and their families as his administration reviews how to handle detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Military Drops Cole Bombing Charges ... For Now and Possibly Forever
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
The Politico:
At retreat, Obama goes on the offensive  —  WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — A fired-up Barack Obama ditched his TelePrompter to rally House Democrats and rip Republican opponents of his recovery package Thursday night - at one point openly mocking the GOP for failing to follow through on promises of bipartisanship.
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:   Obama to GOP: ‘Driving toward a cliff’
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 …
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John Cole / Balloon Juice:
You'll Never Get This 21 Minutes Of Your Life Back  —  Instapundit, Malkin, and Joe the Plumber discuss politics for PJTV.  —  There is so much to love about this, I don't know where to start, but certainly Joe the Plumber bemoaning the lack of spending cuts and general program cuts in the stimulus bill was a highlight.
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 …
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: The Swamp, Gawker and Salon
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: Forbes and Media Matters
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
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
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 …
Discussion: The Plum Line, AlterNet.org and QandO
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
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
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Justice Ginsburg Undergoes Cancer Surgery  —  Listen: NPR's Madeleine Brand And Nina Totenberg Discuss Ginsburg's Illness On ‘Day To Day’  —  Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg talks about constitutional law in Princeton, N.J., on Oct. 23.  AP  —  About Pancreatic Cancer
Discussion: Associated Press
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Associated Press:
Ginsburg is hospitalized with pancreatic cancer
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 …
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 …
Gene Warner / Buffalo News:
Frigid temperatures take WNY by surprise  —  Talk about great timing.  —  Buffalo State College hosts the national teach-in on Global Warming Situations today — a day the local temperature bottomed out at minus 6 degrees.  —  No evidence of global warming here, at least not this morning …
Discussion: Don Surber
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Watchdog: Treasury overpaid for bank stocks  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - A government watchdog group says the federal government overpaid for stocks and other assets from financial institutions under its $700 billion rescue program.  —  The chairwoman of the Congressional Oversight Panel …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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
Robert Reich / TPMCafe:
Senate Republicans and the Stimulus: Playing Politics When the Economy Burns  —  Tomorrow's job report is likely to be awful.  January's job losses could easily top half a million.  We're deep into the most vicious of economic cycles: Consumers are slashing their spending because they're perilously …
Discussion: Big Brass Blog, Hullabaloo and D-Day
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 …
 
 
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Solomon Moore / New York Times:
Science Found Wanting in Nation's Crime Labs
Discussion: Reason and LewRockwell.com Blog
John / Power Line:
WHAT'S THE RUSH?  —  As Paul notes below, neither Barack …
Newsdesk / Clout St:
Daley refuses to release stimulus project list
Discussion: Say Anything and Progress Illinois
Alan Beattie / Financial Times:
Free-traders quiet on Buy American
Discussion: Open Left
Lindsey Ellerson / Political Radar:
Exclusive: Gates Delays Troop Decision
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Top of the Ticket
Kendra Marr / Washington Post:
GM's Volt to Debut in Washington, Bay Area
Discussion: The Bellows
Nicholas Kristof / Nicholas D. Kristof:
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Inmates marched to segregated area of Tent City
Megan McArdle:
More on Burnham  —  Tim Lambert snarks: “McArdle does not seem …
Discussion: Hot Air and Deltoid
Sarah El Deeb / Associated Press:
Hamas negotiators stopped with suitcases of cash
Discussion: Ynetnews and Israel Matzav
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
National Review:
50 De-Stimulating Facts  —  Senate Democrats acknowledged Wednesday …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Townhall.com
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