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1:15 PM ET, February 5, 2009

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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!  —  After all, what better to fix the ailing economy than a giant, cumbersome product of questionable value and exorbitant expense?
Discussion: Ed Driscoll.com and BLACKFIVE
William Kristol / PostPartisan:
The Republicans' Opportunity  —  “This plan is more than a prescription for short-term spending — it's a strategy for America's long-term growth and opportunity in areas such as renewable energy, health care and education.”  —  With this key sentence from his op-ed in the Washington Post today …
The White House:
New rules  —  “Shameful.”  That was the President's response last week to the news that Wall Street had doled out $18 billion in bonuses, even after the government had propped up many of the Street's most prominent firms.  —  Today, he and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner took action …
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David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Centrists in Senate Push to Cut Billions From Stimulus
Discussion: TIME.com and Sound Politics
CNN:   Bipartisan meeting could determine stimulus bill's fate
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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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blogs:   Census stripped from Gregg?
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 …
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: BACK TO CANDIDATE OBAMA  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** Back to candidate Obama: The president is ramping up the rhetoric as he tries to get back on offense to sell his economic stimulus plan.  It started yesterday with two events …
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Obama losing the stimulus message war  —  At this crucial juncture in the push to pass an economic recovery package, President Obama finds himself in the most unlikely of places: He is losing the message war.  —  Despite Obama's sky high personal approval ratings, polls show support …
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 …
Discussion: Moonbattery, Wizbang and Gawker
Ed Glaeser / Wall Street Journal:
The GOP Has a Dumb Mortgage Idea  —  It contradicts the ideals of Republicanism and good economics.  —  Few philosophers have done more good than Locke and Montesquieu, whose advocacy of divided government inspired America's Founders.  Our history, and the less happy past of nations without checks …
Washington Times:
DEA continues pot raids Obama opposes  —  President vowed to end policy  —  Drug Enforcement Administration agents this week raided four medical marijuana shops in California, contrary to President Obama's campaign promises to stop the raids.  —  The White House said it expects those kinds …
Discussion: Reason, TalkLeft and Los Angeles Times
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Los Angeles Times:
Likely Justice Department nominee faces ethics hurdle
Discussion: The Swamp and DownWithTyranny!
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.
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Cooper in doghouse for remark  —  Rep. Jim Cooper is the Al Gore of financial collapse.  —  For decades, the Tennessee Democrat has warned that the country will be in dire straits if the government keeps borrowing billions from foreign creditors.  —  Those doomsday forecasts haven't always …
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The Politico:
The Blue Dogs bark
Discussion: Booker Rising
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Republicans Seize on Nominees' Tax Problems  —  WASHINGTON — Long after President Obama finds a new secretary of health and human services, presumably one who has paid his or her taxes, the damage from this week's failed nomination may still plague him and his party.
Discussion: theheretik.us
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
AN INSTAPUNDIT EXCLUSIVE: A report from Michael Yon.  —  It's Raining  —  By Michael Yon  —  05 February 2009  —  There had been a light, cold drizzle just before the Muslim taxi driver picked me up in Jerusalem.  It should be a 90-minute drive to Sderot, in southern Israel.
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Power Line
Albert Bozzo / CNBC.com:
White House Now Plans Limited Bank Aid Package  —  The Obama administration has decided on a new package of aid measures for the financial services industry, including a bad bank component, and is expected to announce them next Monday, according to a source familiar with the planning
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Time to Play Hardball  —  The irony of President Obama's Blue Tuesday is that the wall-to-wall television interviews he granted were designed not to apologize for Tom Daschle's fall from grace but to fight back against the Republicans' success in tarnishing his stimulus package.
Karl Ritter / Associated Press:
Sweden changes course on nuclear power  —  STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Swedish government agreed Thursday to scrap a three-decade ban on building new nuclear reactors, saying it needs to avoid producing more greenhouse gases.  —  Sweden is a leader on renewable energy but is struggling …
Discussion: The Foundry
The Hill:
Sen. Klobuchar steals show at Congressional dinner  —  Sen. Amy Klobuchar's (D-Minn.) surprisingly caustic humor elicited belly laughs from much of the Washington press corps Wednesday night at the Washington Press Club Foundation's Annual Congressional Dinner.
Discussion: Political Machine
Michael Barbaro / City Room:
New Jersey Plant Is Called Source of Sweet Smell  —  It wafted, seductively, over Staten Island, Brooklyn, then Manhattan, a smell that was sweet but indecipherable.  And now the mayor has revealed that the likely source was fenugreek seeds used to produce fragrances at a plant in Hudson County in New Jersey.
The Huffington Post:
Health Benefits For Unemployed Stripped From Stimulus, HuffPost Readers Find  —  Reading even a single page of a Senate bill is often no simple task, with legislative-ese obscuring the purpose behind the language.  Reading 736 pages of the stuff is like mountain climbing in a wheelchair.
Discussion: The Treatment
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
White House ‘hopeful’ on appointing Zinni  —  Despite Anthony Zinni's evident perception that he had the job of ambassador to Iraq proffered and then taken back, a senior White House official signaled that the retired Marine General is still a leading candidate for some administration post.
Discussion: Wizbang and ATTACKERMAN
Ynetnews:
Poll: Gaza war boosts Hamas support  —  Surveys indicates Islamist group would get 28.6 percent of vote compared with 27.9 percent for rival Fatah faction if elections were held today; Haniyeh most trusted Palestinian politician  —  Israel's Hamas in Gaza, which killed more than 1,300 people …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Megan McArdle:
Productivity, and unit labor costs, rise  —  Non-farm business productivity rose 3.2% in the fourth quarter of 2008, much higher than the consensus estimate of 2.1%.  Meanwhile, real compensation jumped by 15.6% in the fourth quarter, driven by a 5% wage increase and a 9.2% decrease in consumer prices.
Discussion: Will Wilkinson
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
GOP jams the airwaves  —  Rachel Maddow seemed pleasantly surprised when Republican Rep. Donald A. Manzullo turned up on her show last week to talk about his vote against the Democrats' stimulus plan.  —  “I can't tell you how many times a day Republicans say no to invitations to be on this show,” said the liberal MSNBC host.
Discussion: Think Progress and The Plum Line
 
 
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