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3:00 PM ET, February 6, 2009


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Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
Economy Shed 598,000 Jobs in January  —  WASHINGTON — The United States lost almost 600,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate rose to 7.6 percent, its highest level in more than 16 years, the Labor Department said Friday.  —  It was the biggest monthly job loss since the economy tipped …
God & Country:
Exclusive Interview: Conservative Evangelical Leader Tony Perkins Sours on the GOP  —  Doing some reporting on how the religious right is greeting the election of Michael Steele—who's been portrayed as squishy on some social issues—as Republican Party chairman, I called Family Research …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Mass Layoffs Hit RNC  —  Newly-elected RNC Chairman Michael Steele cleans house.  (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)  —  One week after Michael Steele won a hotly contested race to be the chairman of the Republican National Committee, he has cleaned house and laid off almost the entire RNC staff.
Discussion: NPR and
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
RNC shakeup as Steele asks for resignations
Farhan Bokhari / Financial Times:
AQ Khan freed by Pakistan high court  —  Abdul Qadeer Khan, Pakistan's best known nuclear scientist, was freed after five years of effective house arrest for his alleged role in sharing nuclear know-how and technology with Iran, Libya and North Korea.  —  Mr Khan, a metallurgical engineer …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The Fierce Urgency of Pork  —  “A failure to act, and act now, will turn crisis into a catastrophe.”  —  Catastrophe, mind you.  So much for the president who in his inaugural address two weeks earlier declared “we have chosen hope over fear.”  Until, that is, you need fear to pass a bill.
The Huffington Post:
Labor To Open Fire Over Solis Confirmation  —  The country's largest labor and Hispanic groups are ratcheting up the confirmation fight over Labor Secretary nominee Hilda Solis, preparing a full-out political and media blitz to get the California Democrat approved and into the Obama cabinet.
Discussion: The Plum Line, MSNBC and D-Day
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Dramatic tapes of Hilda Solis-White House emergency radio chatter
Discussion: American Power and Moe Lane
The Huffington Post:
Bush Jacketless In Oval Office: Photo Uncovered After Bush Chief Of Staff Slams Obama's Informal Appearance (SLIDESHOW)  —  One day after President Bush's former Chief of Staff Andrew Card blasted President Obama for breaking the Bush dress code, which reportedly required that a jacket be worn …
Martin Fackler / New York Times:
Japan's Big-Works Stimulus Is Lesson  —  HAMADA, Japan — The Hamada Marine Bridge soars majestically over this small fishing harbor, so much larger than the squid boats anchored below that it seems out of place.  —  And it is not just the bridge.  Two decades of generous public works spending …
The Huffington Post:
GOP Opposes Pay Limits On Bailed-Out Bankers  —  Wall Street bankers, with their $18 billion in bonuses, private jets and gaudy conferences, are causing headaches for the GOP.  —  President Obama has proposed capping compensation for executives at banks that take taxpayer bailout money at $500,000.
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Capitalist Punishment  —  We are in some ways still a nation …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Randy James / Time:
Mitt Romney: The GOP's Top MBA  —  It's been a year since Mitt Romney dropped out of the Republican presidential race, but he remains an influential conservative voice— particularly on economic issues.  The former Massachusetts governor and star business consultant earned ovations …
Think Progress:
REPORT: GOP Lawmakers Outnumber Dem Lawmakers By Almost 2 To 1 In Cable News Stimulus Debate Again  —  Last week, ThinkProgress released a report showing that, in the debate over the House economic recovery bill on the five cable news networks, Republican members of Congress outnumbered …
Discussion: D-Day
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
On the Edge  —  A not-so-funny thing happened on the way to economic recovery.  Over the last two weeks, what should have been a deadly serious debate about how to save an economy in desperate straits turned, instead, into hackneyed political theater, with Republicans spouting …
Wall Street Journal:
Bracing Ourselves  —  America prepares for the worst, and Republicans suddenly seem serious.  —  All week the word I kept thinking of was “braced.”  America is braced, like people who are going fast and see a crash ahead.  They know huge and historic challenges are here.
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
Tax Court Takes Swipe at Daschle-Geithner-Killefer-Solis in Making Koko Taylor Sing the Tax Blues  —  I previously blogged the sad case of Grammy-winning blues singer Koko Taylor, who is 80 years old and in poor health: … The Tax Court yesterday held that the IRS did not abuse its discretion …
Discussion: Riehl World View
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Harkin, Grijalva push Dean for HHS  —  Two prominent Democrats are urging President Obama to nominate former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (D) as secretary of Health and Human Services.  —  Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), who chairs the Appropriations subcommittee with jurisdiction over HHS and sits on the Health …
Discussion: Oregonian and Booman Tribune
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Obey on Stimulus Waste: ‘So What?’  —  How money is spent should be far from the biggest concern about the stimulus package, its chief author, House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey (D-Wisc.) said Friday.  —  “So what?”  Obey asked in response to a question on NPR's “Morning Edition” …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Gang System  —  Barack Obama is a potentially transformational figure.  In political style and intellectual outlook, he is unlike anything that has come before.  On matters of policy substance, however, he's been pretty conventional.  The policies he offered during the campaign matched those of just about every other Democrat.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Latest Cuts To The Stim Package: Head Start, Child Nutrition, Food Stamps Public Transit  —  I've just obtained an internal Senate committee memo detailing the latest cuts being eyed by the gang of Senators being led by Dem Ben Nelson and GOPer Susan Collins.  Here is what's being eyed in the bill right now:
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
As Layoffs Surge, Women May Pass Men in Job Force  —  With the recession on the brink of becoming the longest in the postwar era, a milestone may be at hand: Women are poised to surpass men on the nation's payrolls, taking the majority for the first time in American history.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
DeLauro For HHS?  —  Two Democratic sources say that White House is considering Rep. Rosa DeLauro for the now-vacated Health and Human Services Dept. nomination.  DeLauro has the health care chops; she knows the issues cold.  She is personally close to the two men who will lead healthcare through …
Val Kilmer / Associated Press:
Val Kilmer ponders running for governor  —  Democrat actor known for roles as ‘Batman’ and ‘Iceman’ eyes 2010 race  —  SANTA FE, N.M. - Holy hornet's nest, Batman!  The New Mexico governor's mansion?  —  Fresh from the inauguration, actor Val Kilmer is pondering running for governor in 2010 …
Dennis Jensen / Rutland Herald:
Museum stays mum on honoring Cheney … Published reports that former Vice President Dick Cheney will be the guest of honor at the Manchester-based American Museum of Fly Fishing's annual dinner at the New York Angler's Club on March 5 has the organization re-examining that decision.
Discussion: Think Progress and At-Largely
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
The Bredesen Experience  —  The White House and Gov. Phil Bredesen of Tennessee are in serious discussions about the Health and Human Services Secretary position; Bredesen is being vetted for the job.  Some activists and health care experts are very anxious because they know that Bredesen …
San Francisco Chronicle:
Despite Obama's promises, rival views are scrubbed from White House  —  Only weeks ago, the political world was buzzing about a “team of rivals.”  America was told that finally, after years of yes-men running the government, we were getting a president who would follow President Abraham Lincoln's lead …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Lisa de Moraes / Washington Post:
Obama's Preemptive Strike  —  President Obama's desire to talk — and talk, and talk — to the American public could cost broadcast networks millions, and millions, and millions of prime-time TV dollars.  —  Broadcasters are bracing themselves for the likelihood of three prime-time interruptions …
Discussion: CBS News and
2 face death over Quran translation  —  4 more jailed over pocket-size book deemed a mistranslation of God's word  —  KABUL - No one knows who brought the book to the mosque, or at least no one dares say.  —  The pocket-size translation of the Quran has already landed six men in prison …
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George Melloan / Wall Street Journal:
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘WHAT DO YOU THINK A STIMULUS IS?’....  I'm starting …
Discussion: The Politico and The RBC
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