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7:30 PM ET, February 5, 2009

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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.
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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 …
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”  —  Scroll for updates...Collins falls; Voino a no?...6:15pm Eastern...Reid on floor...will work into night …
Discussion: Hot Air
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Graham goes nuclear on Obama over stimulus: “Scaring people is not leadership”; Update: Stimulus worse than doing nothing, says CBO  —  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.
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Democrats Ready to Press Ahead on Stimulus Vote  —  WASHINGTON — Even as a bipartisan group of senators worked furiously on Thursday afternoon to scale back the more than $900 billion economic stimulus plan, Senate Democratic leaders insisted that they had the votes needed to approve the bill …
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Dems: Bipartisanship 'isn't working'
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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.
The Politico:
Solis nomination vote delayed
Discussion: Think Progress
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.
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Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Vote for the Snuggie Stimulus!
Discussion: Hot Air
William Kristol / PostPartisan:   The Republicans' Opportunity
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 …
Discussion: TIME.com
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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, Gawker and Ben Smith's Blogs
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's prime-time news conference
Discussion: The Politico and Riehl World View
Associated Press:
Ginsburg is hospitalized with pancreatic cancer … WASHINGTON (AP) - Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had surgery Thursday after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the court said.  —  Ginsburg, 75, had the surgery at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Ginsburg Has Surgery for Pancreatic Cancer
Discussion: The Politico, The Swamp and Spin Cycle
The Huffington Post:
Nelson Backing Off Proposed Stimulus Cuts  —  Sen. Ben Nelson, a centrist Democrat from Nebraska, is backing off of cuts he recently proposed to the economic stimulus package.  —  A discussion draft prepared by Nelson's staff has been circulating and became public Thursday.
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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 …
Fox News:
Bill Gates Unleashes Swarm of Mosquitoes on Crowd  —  Microsoft founder turned philanthropist Bill Gates released a glass full of mosquitoes at an elite technology conference to make a point about the deadly disease malaria.  —  “Malaria is spread by mosquitoes,” Gates said while opening …
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David Gardner / Daily Mail:   'There's no reason only poor people should get malaria' …
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
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 …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Dean For HHS Gains Momentum  —  I confess I don't know whether there is room in this world for Howard Dean to be in a cabinet that reports to Rahm Emanuel.  I know that Gov. Phil Bredesen of Tennessee is a top candidate.  That said, the former Vermont governor, DNC chair, NGA chair …
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The Huffington Post:
Sen. Harkin Backs Dean For HHS Secretary
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 …
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
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
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 …
Eddi Trevizo Derek Cooley / Arizona Republic:
Inmates marched to segregated area of Tent City  —  Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio marched 220 chained illegal immigrant inmates into a segregated enclosure of Tent City Wednesday afternoon, despite protests from some County officials and civil rights groups who thought the procession violated human rights.
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Rep. Maloney weighing primary challenge to Gillibrand  —  Rep. Carolyn McCarthy isn't the only New York Democrat named Carolyn to consider a primary challenge to newly crowned Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.  —  NBC New York is reporting that Rep. Carolyn Maloney is also weighing a campaign, and Maloney isn't disputing it.
Bloomberg:
Volcker Chafes at Obama Panel Delay, Strains With Summers Rise  —  Feb. 5 (Bloomberg) — Paul Volcker has grown increasingly frustrated over delays in setting up the economic advisory group President Barack Obama picked the former Federal Reserve chairman to lead, people familiar with the matter said.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Open Left
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
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: protein wisdom and Braublog
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“A False Premise”  —  E.D. Kain sums up neoconservatism: … But not in Egypt or Saudi Arabia or Gaza (where an actual free election that gave Hamas power was rewarded by a blockade!).  And then we patiently listened as neocons told us that the Palestinians are too dysfunctional a people ever …
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 …
Lindsey Ellerson / Political Punch:
President Obama Likely to Order Military Commission Charges Dropped Against Terrorist Suspect Al-Nashiri Friday  —  ABC News has learned that on Friday, President Obama will likely order the Department of Defense's Military Commission to withdraw charges against terrorist suspect Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri.
 
 
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Lisa Desjardins / CNN:
Unhappy voters jam Capitol Hill lines
Discussion: Political Machine and Power Line
Sarah El Deeb / Associated Press:
Hamas negotiators stopped with suitcases of cash
Huma Khan / Political Punch:
With Campaign-Like Rhetoric, President Obama Assails Stimulus …
Discussion: Government Bytes
Financial Times:
GE chief warns on US depression threat
Pauline Jelinek / Associated Press:
Army reports alarming spike in suicides last month
Arik Ben-Zvi / The New Republic:
House Party  —  The alarming rise of radical nationalism in Israel.
Discussion: Eunomia and Swampland
Gautham Nagesh / Nextgov.com:
Kundra said to be Obama's pick for OMB e-gov chief
 Earlier Items: 
The Aspen Institute:
A Bold, Old Idea for Saving Journalism: The 2009 Hays-Press Enterprise Lecture
Discussion: Time
National Review:
50 De-Stimulating Facts  —  Senate Democrats acknowledged Wednesday …
Conor Friedersdorf / The American Scene:
What Exactly Does PJTV Do Well?
Discussion: PoliBlog
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Conservatism Lives!  —  The key point in Sam Tanenhaus's new essay …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Karl Ritter / Associated Press:
Sweden changes course on nuclear power
 

 
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Financial Times:
Sources: Axel Springer CEO Mathias Döpfner and KKR are in talks to break Axel Springer in two, separating media assets from its digital classifieds business

Phil Lewis / What I'm Reading:
CNN says it has integrated its Race and Equality team of reporters in other areas across its platforms, instead of the team existing in an “organizational silo”

Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: comedian Dax Shepard signs an $80M podcasting deal with Amazon, shifting his Armchair Expert show to Amazon's Wondery service from Spotify

 
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