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10:55 AM ET, February 10, 2009


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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.
Washington Post:
New Bailout May Top $1.5 Trillion  —  Plan Aims to Aid Banks, Spur Lending, Push Private Investors to Buy Toxic Assets  —  The gravity of the financial crisis confronting the Obama administration will come into stark focus today when officials unveil a three-pronged rescue program that may commit …
New York Times:
Calls for Clarity in New Bailout for U.S. Banks
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
At His First Prime-Time News Conference, Obama Is Serious and Expansive  —  In a prime-time debut for the new Oval Office occupant and a press corps often accused of being too enamored of him, President Obama faced journalistic skepticism from the opening question.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
HHS Candidate Draws Fire, Fights Back
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Taking on Critics, Obama Puts Aside Talk of Unity  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama has made a show of reaching across the aisle since taking office, inviting three Republicans into his cabinet and wining and dining other opposition leaders.  But by Monday, he sounded like a candidate back on the trail …
Discussion: Commentary, The Agonist and MSNBC
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Harvard Dean, Chosen as Solicitor General, Goes Before Senators  —  When Harvard Law School hosted a huge dinner a few years ago for the conservative Federalist Society, the school's dean, Elena Kagan, received such long and enthusiastic applause that she felt compelled to hold up her arms in mock protest.
Discussion: and SCOTUSblog
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Is solicitor hearing a trial balloon?  —  With the revelation last week that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is suffering from pancreatic cancer, the political stakes for Tuesday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the next solicitor general were raised dramatically.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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:
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blogs:
Schultz gets front row seat  —  What if Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh were up front at Bush's press conferences in the East Room?  —  Well, as network correspondents sat in the second row, liberal radio host Ed Schultz managed to snag a seat up front, right next to Helen Thomas.
Discussion: The Foundry and The Seminal
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Obama snubs black press  —  After the first black president completed his first prime-time press conference, the black press was red hot.  —  “We were window dressing,” said Hazel Edney, a reporter with the National Newspaper Publishers Association, also known as the Black Press of America.
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Why Obama Wants Control of the Census  —  Counting citizens is a powerful political tool.  —  President Obama said in his inaugural address that he planned to “restore science to its rightful place” in government.  That's a worthy goal.  But statisticians at the Commerce Department …
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
The Chess Master  —  It was just a week ago that the bad-mouthing of Barack Obama seemed to be reaching a fever pitch.  —  The president was taking heat for the tax problems of Tom Daschle, Timothy Geithner and other appointees and nominees.  Liberal supporters of the president were upset …
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.
Evan Perez / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Backs Rendition in Case
Discussion: The Corner
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Roll Over the Republicans  —  Bipartisanship is safe and effective when used as directed.  In the present circumstance, however — dire economic crisis, hardheaded Republicans, time running out — bipartisanship is doing more harm than good.  President Obama and the Democratic majorities …
Amnesty accuses Hamas of eliminating opponents  —  ‘Islamist group forces in Gaza engaged in campaign of abductions, deliberate and unlawful killings, torture and death threats against those they accuse of collaborating with Israel,’ human rights group says  —  The human rights group …
Damien McElroy / Telegraph:
Hamas leader ready for truce with Israel
Discussion: The Muqata and Jihad Watch
Quinnipiac University:
Connecticut's Rell Is Queen Of The Hill At Midterm, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Dodd Has Worst Approval Ever  —  Halfway through her first elected term as Connecticut Governor and one week after a grim budget message, Jodi Rell has a 75 - 19 percent approval rating and tops …
Discussion: TPMDC, and MSNBC
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Bush Faithful Rewarded With Jobs  —  On the Way Out, He Placed Aides and Big-Money GOP Donors  —  Fred F. Fielding, Emmet T. Flood, William A. Burck and Daniel M. Price worked together at the White House under George W. Bush.  Less than two weeks before leaving office …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Los Angeles Times:
Miranda rule may hamper detainee trials  —  None of the men held at Guantanamo were advised of their rights against self-incrimination.  That and other issues may cause problems for President Obama's goal of trying them in a civil legal system.  —  Reporting from Washington …
Discussion: Flopping Aces
Los Angeles Times:
Suspect leads police on low-speed pursuit in a Bentley, kills self during standoff  —  A businessman of Pakistani origin who led police on a more than three-hour chase in a luxury Bentley sedan shot himself to death early today after more than a dozen police cruisers surrounded …
Discussion: Scripting News
Del Quentin Wilber / Washington Post:
Prosecutors Want Barry Jailed Over Tax Returns  —  For the second time in two years, frustrated federal prosecutors took aim at Marion Barry's chronic failure to file his tax returns and urged a judge to put him in jail.  —  The move by authorities is the latest act in a long-running tug …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Solomon Moore / New York Times:
Court Orders California to Cut Prison Population  —  The California prison system must reduce overcrowding by as many as 55,000 inmates within three years to provide a constitutional level of medical and mental health care, a federal three-judge panel tentatively ruled Monday.
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Charm Isn't Working Wonders Abroad  —  Policy does matter after all.  —  Barack Obama has now been president for 21 days, following an inauguration that was supposed to have pressed the reset button on America's relations with the wider world and ushered in a new period of global cooperation against common threats.
Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
FACT CHECK: Obama has it both ways on pork  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - At least Route 31 is a road to somewhere.  —  President Barack Obama had it both ways Monday when he promoted his stimulus plan in Indiana.  He bragged about getting Congress to produce a package with no pork …
Randy Kennedy / New York Times:
Artist Sues The A.P. Over Obama Image  —  In a pre-emptive strike, the street artist Shepard Fairey filed a lawsuit on Monday against The Associated Press, asking a federal judge to declare that he is protected from copyright infringement claims in his use of a news photograph as the basis …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Left silent on Social Security, Medicare  —  President Barack Obama plans a busy February.  The new administration hopes to have a stimulus package passed by Congress, a new plan in place to shore up ailing banks and, by month's end, to hold a “fiscal responsibility” summit.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and Neptunus Lex
Anita Kumar / Washington Post:
Va. House Approves Ban on Smoking  —  The Virginia House of Delegates approved a plan for a ban on smoking covering most of the state's restaurants and many of its bars Monday, marking a significant political and cultural shift for a state whose history has been intertwined with tobacco for centuries.
Discussion: Climate Progress and AmSpecBlog
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Deborah Seward / Associated Press:
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Javier Blas / Financial Times:
Bullion sales hit record in rush to safety
Aussie Dave / Israellycool:
Liveblogging The Israeli Elections 2009
Discussion: Daled Amos
Nazila Fathi / New York Times:
Iran Offers ‘Dialogue With Respect’ With U.S.
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Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
Israelis Vote in Volatile Contest for New Leader
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Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Obama On Lessons Learned: I Should Have Started With No Tax Cuts …
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