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8:50 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  —  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”  —  Scroll for updates...Collins falls; Voino a no?...6:15pm Eastern...Reid on floor...will work into night …
Discussion: Hot Air
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: Washington Post and 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.
CBS News:
Another Obama Nominee Faces Tax Questions
Discussion: USA Today and Truthdig
The Politico:
Solis nomination vote delayed
Discussion: Think Progress and Daily Kos
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 and Political Punch
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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: 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
Nina Totenberg / NPR:   Justice Ginsburg Undergoes Cancer Surgery
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
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
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
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' …
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 …
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 …
Kendra Marr / Washington Post:
GM's Volt to Debut in Washington, Bay Area  —  General Motors' new plug-in electric car, the Chevrolet Volt, will go on sale in Washington and San Francisco first, the automaker announced this week, as it began laying plans to work with area government and power companies to ease the car's introduction.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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.
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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.
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
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 …
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.
Nicholas Kristof / Nicholas D. Kristof:
The Senate discovers women  —  The U.S. Senate is taking a welcome step: empowering a subcommittee specifically charged with global women's issues.  It's the first time a subcommittee has had that mandate, and it will be led by Barbara Boxer of California, who will surely use her voice and spotlight to do some good on these issues.
National Review:
50 De-Stimulating Facts  —  Senate Democrats acknowledged Wednesday that they do not have the votes to pass the stimulus bill in its current form.  This is unexpected good news.  The House passed the stimulus package with zero Republican votes (and even a few Democratic defections) …
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.
 
 
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Brad Plumer / Environment and Energy:
Climate Policy? Industrial Policy? Or Both?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Think Progress:
ABC: Obama Is Hypocritical For Limiting Wall Street Pay While Having …
Discussion: Media Matters and Forbes
Lindsey Ellerson / Political Radar:
Exclusive: Gates Delays Troop Decision
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Stephen Farrell / Baghdad Bureau:
Election: Preliminary Results
Discussion: Weekly Standard and LT Nixon Rants
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Blue Dogs push back against stimulus
Discussion: The Politico and Hullabaloo
Financial Times:
GE chief warns on US depression threat
Discussion: On Deadline
Arik Ben-Zvi / The New Republic:
House Party  —  The alarming rise of radical nationalism in Israel.
Discussion: Eunomia and Swampland
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Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Rep. Maloney weighing primary challenge to Gillibrand
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Boxer v. Barrasso On Enviro Rules
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Foundry
The Aspen Institute:
A Bold, Old Idea for Saving Journalism: The 2009 Hays-Press Enterprise Lecture
Discussion: Time
Conor Friedersdorf / The American Scene:
What Exactly Does PJTV Do Well?
Discussion: PoliBlog
Karl Ritter / Associated Press:
Sweden changes course on nuclear power
Bloomberg:
Volcker Chafes at Obama Panel Delay, Strains With Summers Rise
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