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10:35 AM ET, February 6, 2009


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Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
Economy Sheds 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 …
Chris Isidore /
Job loss: Worst in 34 years  —  Employers slashed 598,000 more jobs in January as unemployment rate climbed to 7.6%.  —  NEW YORK ( — Employers slashed another 598,000 jobs off of U.S. payrolls in January, taking the unemployment rate up to 7.6%, according to the latest government reading …
Jeannine Aversa / Associated Press:
Jobless rate jumps to 7.6 percent, 598K jobs lost
Discussion: Donklephant
Brian Blackstone / Wall Street Journal:
Recession Job Losses Hit 3.6 Million
Discussion: Think Progress and The Big Picture
The Politico:
At Dem retreat, a partisan love fest  —  WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — A fired-up Barack Obama ditched his TelePrompter to rally House Democrats and rip Republican opponents of his recovery package Thursday night - at one point openly mocking the GOP for failing to follow through on promises of bipartisanship.
Washington Post:
Bipartisan Group of Senators Seeks to Cut $100 Billion From Stimulus Bill
CNN:   Obama fires up House Dems to help push stimulus bill
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama to GOP: ‘Driving toward a cliff’
Discussion: MSNBC
Washington Post:
Obama to Discuss Guantanamo With Victims of Terror Attacks, Their Relatives  —  President Obama will meet today with victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the USS Cole bombing and their families as his administration reviews how to handle detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
“To Retain and Detain”  —  The president is scheduled to meet today …
Discussion: Wizbang
Adam Levine / CNN:
Charges dropped against suspect in USS Cole bombing
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
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.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Dramatic tapes of Hilda Solis-White House emergency radio chatter  —  In an amazing news coincidence, on the very same day as the US Air Flight 1549 emergency radio tapes were released, The Ticket has exclusively obtained the tapes of recent emergency radio conversations between ground traffic controllers …
Discussion: Moe Lane
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
RNC shakeup as Steele asks for resignations  —  Top staffers at the Republican National Committee were told to submit their resignations today, with some being told they will not get their jobs back in what insiders call a top-to-bottom review of the entire organization.
Discussion: American Street
Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
My Preferred Fiscal Stimulus  —  Regular readers of this blog have a pretty good sense of my policy preferences.  But for those occasional readers who might be stopping by, let me reiterate what I would do right now if I were the fiscal king.  —  I would institute an immediate …
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 …
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
Wanted: Personal Economic Trainers.  Apply at Capitol.  —  As long as we're about to spend gazillions to stimulate the economy, I'd like to suggest we throw in another $53.5 million for a cause dear to all business journalists: economic literacy.  And what better place to start than right here in Washington.
Paul Romer / Wall Street Journal:
Let's Start Brand New Banks  —  A clean slate would keep TARP money away from bad banks.  —  Everyone agrees that the United States urgently needs a few good banks.  Turning bad banks into good banks is a difficult and risky way to get them.  It's simpler and safer to start entirely new banks.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Campbell Brown / CNN:
Campbell Brown: Congress clueless about retreats  —  Editor's note: Campbell Brown anchors CNN's “Campbell Brown: No Bias, No Bull” at 8 p.m. ET Mondays through Fridays.  She delivered this commentary during the “Cutting through the Bull” segment of Thursday night's broadcast.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
You'll Never Get This 21 Minutes Of Your Life Back  —  Instapundit, Malkin, and Joe the Plumber discuss politics for PJTV.  —  There is so much to love about this, I don't know where to start, but certainly Joe the Plumber bemoaning the lack of spending cuts and general program cuts in the stimulus bill was a highlight.
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 …
Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
Obama to Name Economic Panel  —  Making good on a promise to name a diverse outside economic advisory panel, President Barack Obama Friday will appoint a slate of business, economic and labor leaders - from conservative economist Martin Feldstein to AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer Richard Trumka …
Discussion: Capital Commerce
Christi Parsons / The Swamp:
Obama taps right, left for econ advice
Discussion: The Politico
Lyndsey Layton / MSNBC:
Suspect peanuts sent to schools  —  Firm accused of having ‘no conscience’ for selling tainted products to USDA  —  WASHINGTON - Peanut Corporation of America sold 32 truckloads of roasted peanuts and peanut butter to the federal government for a free-lunch program for poor children …
Discussion: MomLogic
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.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
New York Times:
The Taxing of Broadway  —  Anybody who has paid for theater tickets recently in New York City knows what a big hole they can leave in the family budget.  Gov. David Paterson of New York wants to make that hole even deeper with a new theater ticket tax.  —  The proposal could increase ticket prices …
Discussion: Commentary
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Contra Stimulum  —  The president's WaPo op-ed has generated some reaction from stimulus skeptics.  A round-up.  Matt Welch: … Steve Verdon: … Ed Morrissey: … Wilkinson:
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Sharon Lafraniere / New York Times:
Possible Link Between Dam and China Quake  —  BEIJING — Nearly nine months after a devastating earthquake in Sichuan Province, China, left 80,000 people dead or missing, a growing number of American and Chinese scientists are suggesting that the calamity was triggered by a four-year-old reservoir built close …
Discussion: Right Wing News and James Fallows
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