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3:50 AM ET, February 10, 2009


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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama fails his first test on civil liberties and accountability — resoundingly and disgracefully  —  Two weeks ago, I interviewed the ACLU's Ben Wizner, counsel to 5 individuals suing the subsidiary of Boeing (Jeppesen) which had arranged the Bush administration's rendition program …
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Obama Backs Off a Reversal on Secrets  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In a closely watched case involving rendition and torture, a lawyer for the Obama administration seemed to surprise a panel of federal appeals judges on Monday by pressing ahead with an argument for preserving state secrets originally developed by the Bush administration.
Huma Khan / Political Punch:
Obama Administration Maintains Bush Position on ‘Extraordinary Rendition’ Lawsuit  —  From Jake Tapper and Ariane de Vogue:  —  The Obama Administration today announced that it would keep the same position as the Bush Administration in the lawsuit Mohamed et al v Jeppesen Dataplan, Inc.
Darren Lenard Hutchinson / DISSENTING JUSTICE:
Just As I Predicted: Obama Administration Invokes State Secrets …
Discussion: Moe Lane
Justice Department Stands Behind Bush Secrecy In Extraordinary Rendition Case
Discussion: TalkLeft
Michelle Malkin:
Savior holds first fear-mongering press conference  —  The wealth-redistributor-in-chief, his High Holiness, is set to begin his first official prime-time press conference at 8pm Eastern.  —  Will he go all Howard Dean?  —  Will he get snippy?  —  Drinking game buzzwords: “Bipartisan …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Live-blogging Obama's first press conference.  —  6:38: Starting soon.  Think he'll get the hard questions?  Think he'll use his boring professorial mode or his testy exasperated mode or might he attain true presidentiality?  —  7:02: He begins.  If you don't believe we're in a crisis …
Discussion: TigerHawk, TalkLeft, GayPatriot and The Note
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Liveblogging The Obama News Conference  —  After the jump.  —  20:58: Obama says that some Democrats have been “too resistant to reform” in education.  Says bad teachers need to be fired.  That “we should have high standards” ... “My whole goal over the next four years is to make sure …
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Live Blogging the Obama News Conference
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   ECONOCALAMITY PRESSER LIVEBLOG
New York Times:
Geithner Said to Have Prevailed on the Bailout  —  WASHINGTON— The Obama administration's new plan to bail out the nation's banks was fashioned after a spirited internal debate that pitted the Treasury secretary, Timothy F. Geithner, against some of the president's top political hands.
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Senate Clears Path for Vote on $838 Billion Stimulus  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Monday advanced the $838 billion economic stimulus bill, clearing a major procedural hurdle by a razor thin margin with the help of just three Republicans.  A vote on final passage of the bill is expected on Tuesday.
Stuart Rothenberg / Real Clear Politics:
This Can't Be What Obama, Pelosi and Reid Expected  —  Either Congressional Democrats went from undeniably brilliant to unbelievably inept in just a few weeks, or being in the majority in Congress isn't nearly as easy as being the opposition.  —  Those seem to be the two obvious alternatives …
Discussion: CNN and The Moderate Voice
Fox News:
Obama: ‘Only Government’ Can Break Cycle of Job Loss, Economic Downturn
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blogs:
Manley sacks Shuler  —  Harry Reid spokesman Jim Manley on Heath Shuler's comment that Reid and Nancy Pelosi “failed” on bipartisanship.  —  It's a good one: … In four years as an NFL QB — three with the Redskins, one with the Saints — Shuler threw 32 INTs while tallying only 15 TDs.
Transcript: Obama takes questions on economy  —  (CNN) — President Obama held the first evening press conference of his presidency Monday, with the financial crisis as the main topic.  Before taking questions, he gave a brief speech.  Here is a transcript of the speech and news conference:
The Huffington Post:
Dean Gets HHS Endorsement From Patrick Leahy  —  Chalk up another endorsement for Howard Dean taking over the reins of the Department of Health and Human Services.  —  On Monday, Sen. Patrick Leahy said that the former DNC header and fellow Vermont Democrat would be the ideal candidate …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Betsy McCaughey / Bloomberg:
Ruin Your Health With the Obama Stimulus Plan: Betsy McCaughey  —  Feb. 9 (Bloomberg) — Republican Senators are questioning whether President Barack Obama's stimulus bill contains the right mix of tax breaks and cash infusions to jump-start the economy.  —  Tragically, no one from either party …
Justin Fox / The Curious Capitalist:
Comparing this recession to the last five  —  The dramatic chart Nancy Pelosi's office put out comparing job losses so far in the current recession with those in 2001 and 1990-1991 has gotten a lot of play in the Internets.  As well it should-it paints a dramatic picture (job losses in the current recession have been much more severe).
New York Times:
President Obama in Elkhart, Ind.  —  Remarks of President Obama at the town-hall style meeting in Elkhart, Ind., as provided by the White House  —  President Barack Obama traveled today to Elkhart, Indiana for a town hall on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan.
Sharon Otterman / The Caucus:
Meg Whitman Entering the Race for Governor  —  It's official: Meg Whitman, the former chief executive officer of eBay, is planning to run for the governorship of California.  —  She announced on Monday that she had formed an exploratory committee, the first step in seeking the Republican nomination for governor for the 2010 race.
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
Meg Whitman, EBay's former CEO, joins California governor's race
Discussion: La Figa and Calitics
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Obama: Scaring us straight  —  Barack Obama has a tough act to pull off.  He must simultaneously petrify people and also restore their confidence.  He must scare us to death and calm our fears.  —  He must convince the nation that the times are so dire we must carry out his bold plans immediately …
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Obama On Lessons Learned: I Should Have Started With No Tax Cuts And Let GOP Take Credit For Them  —  At tonight's White House press conference, NPR's Mara Liasson asked President Obama what lessons he has learned through the process of negotiating with Republicans over the economic recovery package.
Discussion: The Reaction
EXCLUSIVE: FBI Raided Lobbying Firm Connected to Murtha  —  Feds Narrowing In On Companies With Ties To Congressman  —  The FBI raided the offices of a defense lobbying firm with close ties to Democratic Rep. John Murtha (Penn.), sources tell ABC News.  —  The FBI searched the Virginia headquarters …
Michael Rothfeld / Los Angeles Times:
Judges back a one-third reduction in state prison population  —  Jurists issue tentative ruling in lawsuit brought by inmates, who say overcrowding in state prisons violates their right to adequate healthcare.  —  Reporting from Sacramento — A panel of three federal judges …
You Decide / FOX Forum:
House and Senate ‘Spendulus’ Bills: Hunt for the Bacon!  —  At more than 1,500 pages, the House and Senate versions of the economic stimulus bill aren't exactly a light read.  —  That's why we're counting on our FOX Forum audience to help us all get through it.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and News Hounds
Jeremy Wallace / SH |
Question: ‘Morning Joe’ or Sen. Joe?  —  Television host Joe Scarborough has a new radio show and is feeling good about the influence he's having on politics.  —  But the former congressman from Pensacola said he may run for office again, maybe even the U.S. Senate in 2010.
Obama: This isn't run-of-the-mill recession  —  (CNN) — President Obama appeared before a national audience Monday night to make the case for his economic stimulus plan, saying this is not your “run-of-the-mill recession.”  —  “My bottom line is to make sure that we are saving or creating 4 million jobs …
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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
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Livni closes on Netanyahu in polls
Discussion: Jerusalem Post
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Army Suspends Germ Research at Maryland Lab
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Bredesen defends his record
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Obama Aides Rip Cable News, D.C. Media And Political Elite
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Associated Press:
Obama faces tough question over Cabinet picks
Discussion: Reuters
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
“Take a moment... take an hour... to try to revive and savor …
Walter Shapiro / The New Republic:
Meet the Press  —  What were JFK's fabled press conferences really like?
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