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10:50 AM ET, February 8, 2009


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Washington Post:
Another Right-Wing Conspiracy in Washington?  —  If you're looking for a break from those conservative voices that dominate talk radio, take time out today to listen to local station OBAMA 1260 AM.  You'll hear the progressive voices of Stephanie Miller, Ed Schultz, Lionel — or …
Times of London:
Obama puts brake on Afghan surge  —  PRESIDENT Barack Obama has demanded that American defence chiefs review their strategy in Afghanistan before going ahead with a troop surge.  —  There is concern among senior Democrats that the military is preparing to send up to 30,000 extra troops without a coherent plan or exit strategy.
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
The Dissenter Who Changed the War  —  As the No. 2 Commander in Iraq, Raymond Odierno Challenged the Military Establishment, Pressing for More Troops and a Long-Term Strategy to Guide Them  —  Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno was an unlikely dissident, with little in his past to suggest …
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Congress Is Divided Over Competing Stimulus Bills  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate agreement on a roughly $827 billion economic stimulus bill sets up tough negotiations with the House, primarily over tens of billions of dollars in aid to states and local governments, tax provisions, and education, health and renewable energy programs.
Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
Afghan Leader Finds Himself Hero No More  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — A foretaste of what would be in store for President Hamid Karzai after the election of a new American administration came last February, when Joseph R. Biden Jr., then a senator, sat down to a formal dinner at the palace during a visit here.
Discussion: Commentary
Charles Platt / New York Post:
FLY ON THE WAL  —  UNDERCOVER AT WAL-MART, THE HEARTLAND SUPERSTORE THAT MAY SAVE THE ECONOMY  —  Some people, usually community activists, loath Wal-Mart.  Others, like the family of four struggling to make ends meet, are in love with the chain.  I, meanwhile, am in awe of it.
Discussion: Power Line and Betsy's Page
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Official: Sebelius near top for health post  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius was very near the top of President Barack Obama's list of candidates to head the Health and Human Services Department, a senior administration official said Saturday.
Discussion: Washington Monthly, and MyDD
Reuel Marc Gerecht / Weekly Standard:
A Drama-Free Election  —  The Iraqi vote was a victory for Prime Minister Maliki.  Now he'll need to do something for the Shiite masses.  —  Baghdad  —  Sitting in front of the golden, double-domed Kazimiyya shrine, one of Iraq's Shiite pilgrimage sites, I asked a young man …
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Obama's NSC Will Get New Power  —  Directive Expands Makeup and Role Of Security Body  —  President Obama plans to order a sweeping overhaul of the National Security Council, expanding its membership and increasing its authority to set strategy across a wide spectrum of international and domestic issues.
Italy in crisis over coma woman  —  The Italian government has been plunged into a constitutional crisis over the fate of a 38-year-old woman who has been in a coma for the past 17 years.  Eluana Englaro was left in a vegetative state after a car crash in 1992.
Discussion: Pharyngula
Clark Hoyt / New York Times:
Reporting in Real Time  —  LAST Wednesday, The Times lifted the curtain on the origins of a nasty political attack against Caroline Kennedy, who had sought appointment to Hillary Clinton's Senate seat and then withdrew for unexplained “personal reasons.”  —  The newspaper said that Gov …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and
Washington Post:
Economists Agree Time Is of the Essence for Stimulus  —  With Congress moving closer to adopting a $820 billion stimulus package and the Obama administration poised to unveil a new bank bailout plan, economists say that the federal government is taking its biggest role in the economy in a generation.
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Discussion: MyDD
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Double Blow for Police: Less Cash, More Crime
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Discussion: Wizbang
Nancy Coppock / American Thinker:
The Cloward/Piven Strategy of Economic Recovery
Discussion: GINA COBB and Atlas Shrugs
N. Gregory Mankiw / New York Times:
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 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Paul Krugman:
What the centrists have wrought  —  I'm still working on the numbers …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Payroll Tax Cuts as Stimulus
Discussion: The Corner and Kevin Drum
Orange County Register:
Mark Steyn: Obama mythology could use some stimulus
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Tim Shipman / Telegraph:
CIA warns Barack Obama that British terrorists are the biggest threat to the US