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4:40 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?  —  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.
National Review:   50 De-Stimulating Facts  —  Senate Democrats acknowledged Wednesday …
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:
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 …
Discussion: The Swamp and Salon
Fox News:
Graham Says Obama Is ‘AWOL’ on Stimulus Debate
Discussion: Firedoglake
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.
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  —  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent surgery at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York on Thursday for what was apparently early-stage pancreatic cancer, according to a statement released by the Supreme Court.
Discussion: The Politico, The Swamp and Spin Cycle
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized for Cancer
Discussion: TalkLeft
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:
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The Huffington Post:
Nelson Backing Off Proposed Stimulus Cuts
Discussion: The Plum Line
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   SAUSAGE FACTORY UPDATE
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Senate Dems Eying Cuts In Domestic Violence Crime Programs
Discussion: Wonk Room and The Seminal
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, The Mahablog and Wonkette
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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 …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's prime-time news conference
Discussion: Riehl World View
The Politico:
SCHIP signing jumper ID-ed
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
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?
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
A Cabinet Loss and Gain
Discussion: Commentary
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 …
The Aspen Institute:
A Bold, Old Idea for Saving Journalism: The 2009 Hays-Press Enterprise Lecture  —  Thank you.  It's a great honor to be giving this year's Hays-Press Enterprise Lecture and to be doing it here at the beautiful campus of the University of California Riverside.
Discussion: The Opinionator
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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
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.
 
 
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Conservatism Lives!  —  The key point in Sam Tanenhaus's new essay …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Dems to introduce controversial card check bill ‘soon’
Discussion: Wonk Room
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Republicans Seize on Nominees' Tax Problems
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Washington Times:
DEA continues pot raids Obama opposes
Discussion: Reason, Los Angeles Times and TalkLeft
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
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The Hill:
Sen. Klobuchar steals show at Congressional dinner
Discussion: Political Machine
 

 
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Financial Times:
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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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