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3:35 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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Michelle Malkin:
Alert: Who are the Senate GOP wobblers?  ; Update: Reid says he has two Republicans; Collins is sold; Voino no?  —  Scroll for updates...Collins falls; Voino a no?  —  Buzz on the Hill is that the Senate may vote today on the Generational Theft Act of 2009.  Harry Reid and the Dems are desperate to end public debate.
Discussion: Reuters and Hot Air
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Centrists in Senate Push to Cut Billions From Stimulus  —  WASHINGTON — Anxious over the ballooning size of the proposed economic stimulus package, now at more than $900 billion, lawmakers in both parties were working Thursday on a last-minute plan to strip tens of billions of dollars from the bill.
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
It's All Part of My Stimulus Fantasy
Discussion: The Plank, Matthew Yglesias and D-Day
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?  —  Update: A slightly more risque, great stimulus parody from Reason.tv.  Click the pic to watch:
Discussion: Hot Air and Ed Driscoll.com
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 …
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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Washington Wire:
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized  —  US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized for surgery for pancreatic cancer.  Here is the court's statement:  —  February 5, 2009  —  U. S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had surgery …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Adam Liptak / New York Times:   Ginsburg Has Surgery for Pancreatic Cancer
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized for Cancer
Discussion: TalkLeft
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Justice Ginsburg hospitalized
Discussion: The Swamp
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.
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.
Discussion: The Plum Line and Open Left
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Brian Beutler / Matthew Yglesias:
The Nelson-Collins Cuts  —  Josh Marshall got a hold of the Collins-Nelson group staff paper, outlining almost $80 billion in potential cuts to the stimulus.  Maybe none of it will matter-Reid now seems to think he has the votes.  But I just wanted to highlight a couple that jumped out at me:
Elana Schor / TPMDC:
Collins-Nelson Group Wants Upwards Of $80B Slashed From Stimulus  —  Sens. Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have come up with a list of about $100 billion* in programs they want slashed from the stimulus package, according to a working draft of a staff paper outlining the cuts.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   SAUSAGE FACTORY UPDATE
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Obama losing 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 has declined …
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Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Raccoons Invade White House Grounds
Discussion: TIME.com and Political Punch
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's prime-time news conference
Discussion: The Politico
Jeff Woods / Nashville Scene:
Cooper Finds New Ways to Piss Off Everyone
Discussion: Liberadio and The Politico
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: Runnin' Scared, Moonbattery and Wizbang
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.
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 Senator Debbie Stabenow, and talked about whether there needs to be a balance to right wing talk on the radio dial.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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.
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 …
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
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
McCain Claims FDR ‘Exacerbated The Great Depression,’ Calls For Counterproductive Balanced Budget Provisions  —  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), a top Senate critic of President Obama's economic recovery plan, has been complaining that the package “has no provisions to put us on the path of a balanced budget.”
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
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.
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 …
 
 
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Conor Friedersdorf / The American Scene:
What Exactly Does PJTV Do Well?
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
Panetta Took Trips on EduCap Jet
Frank Strategies:
VIDEO: UNION OFFICIALS AT RALLY CAN'T ANSWER SIMPLE QUESTION ABOUT CARD CHECK
Discussion: Hot Air
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blogs:
Webb sees “$100 billion” in possible stim cuts
Discussion: Open Congress
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Conservatism Lives!  —  The key point in Sam Tanenhaus's new essay …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Michael Kranish / Boston Globe:
Stimulus funding for arts hits nerve
Discussion: Townhall.com
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
A Cabinet Loss and Gain
Discussion: Commentary
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Dems to introduce controversial card check bill ‘soon’
Discussion: Los Angeles Times, Wonk Room and Redhot
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Republicans Seize on Nominees' Tax Problems
Discussion: theheretik.us
Karl Ritter / Associated Press:
Sweden changes course on nuclear power
Jeffrey A. Miron / CNN:
Miron: Libertarian ideas to stimulate economy
The Huffington Post:
Health Benefits For Unemployed Stripped From Stimulus, HuffPost Readers Find
Discussion: The Treatment
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
GOP jams the airwaves
Scott Mayerowitz / ABCNEWS:
Obama's Perks: Private Jet, Chef Tax-Free
Discussion: Wonkette and Townhall.com
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
AN INSTAPUNDIT EXCLUSIVE: A report from Michael Yon.  —  It's Raining