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3:17 AM ET, February 12, 2009

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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Did Reid roll Pelosi?  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid played a little high-stakes chicken with each other at the tail end of Wednesday's shotgun stimulus talks.  —  It's not clear who won - or who blinked.  —  According to a half dozen Congressional aides and members …
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New York Times:
Deal Reached in Congress on $789 Billion Stimulus Plan  —  WASHINGTON — House and Senate leaders on Wednesday struck a deal on a $789 billion economic stimulus bill after little more than 24 hours of rapid-fire negotiations with the Obama administration, clearing the way for final Congressional action later this week.
Connie Hair / Human Events:
Republicans Shut Out of Stimulus Conference Negotiations  —  Republicans have caught the Democrats in a midnight “stimulus” power play that seeks to cut Republican conferees out of the House-Senate negotiations to resolve a final version of the Obama “stimulus” package.
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
It's a Deal.  Uh, Maybe Not.  Maybe a Little Premature  —  The much-anticipated conference session — where a $789 billion deal on the economic stimulus package was about to become formal — has just been postponed.  It was quite a spectacle, with several veteran senators and chairmen waiting …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Will Any Other Republicans Support the Stimulus Deal?
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Dave / GOP Leader Blog:
DEMOCRATS' MIDNIGHT “STIMULUS” POWER PLAY
Discussion: Political Machine
Gallup:
Stimulus Support Edges Higher, Now 59%  —  Support up mainly among Democrats; flat among independents  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Public support for an $800 billion economic stimulus package has increased to 59% in a USA Today/Gallup poll conducted Tuesday night, up from 52% in Gallup polling a week ago, as well as in late January.
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Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Change: Triangulation Becomes 11 Dimensional Chess  —  I watched with inappropriate amusement as Obama DOJ spokesman reporter Marc Ambinder relayed Glenn Greenwald's queries to anonymous Justice Dept officials.  The upshot? … (Emphasis supplied.)  As I wrote earlier in a comment …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
On State Secrets, Why Didn't The Administration Seek A Continuance?
Discussion: The Daily Dish
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Rep. Eric Cantor sends out anti-Italian American, Union bashing, profanity laced video!  —  The second most powerful Republican House member, Eric Cantor sent out the above disgusting video bashing AFSCME because AFSCME has targeted him as a “just say no” man to the stimulus package.
Discussion: Democrats.com and The Plum Line
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Nick Gillespie / Reason:
Remember This Catchphrase: “Maybe Too Little, Always Too Late”  —  Now that the stimulus package is about to become law (likely signed by Barack Obama on President's Day next Monday no less!), here's something to keep in mind.  And on file.  —  And if this chart is correct …
Discussion: Dean's World
Jeffrey Goldberg:
A Stunning Israeli Election  —  As I noted, I'm pretty far from Israel (geographically, that is), but my cell phone works in the western desert, and I've been talking to friends in Tel Aviv.  A number of quick observations:  —  1. The stunner, for me at least: The Labor Party is dead.
Igor Kossov / CBS News:
Murtha May Be In Hot Water  —  This week might bring another ethical embarrassment to the Democrats, who have been stung in recent weeks by revelations of misconduct by some of President Obama's nominees for key positions.  The FBI is investigating Representative John P. Murtha's relationship …
Joan Lowy / Associated Press:
69 computers missing from nuclear weapons lab  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - The Los Alamos nuclear weapons laboratory in New Mexico is missing 69 computers, including at least a dozen that were stolen last year, a lab spokesman said.
Discussion: On Deadline
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Give Geithner a Break  —  I don't think he did well yesterday.  I don't know that he's the right guy for the job.  But what I do know is the following:  —  1. Nobody, absolutely nobody, has more incentive to get this right than the Obama Administration.  If the economy collapses — well …
The Age:
Angry survivors blame council ‘green’ policy  —  ANGRY residents last night accused local authorities of contributing to the bushfire toll by failing to let residents chop down trees and clear up bushland that posed a fire risk.  —  During question time at a packed community meeting …
News Press:
Opportunites pour in for Cape teen who captured Obama's attention  —  Julio Osegueda's 15 minutes of fame is starting to bring in opportunity.  —  Since the 19-year-old Cape Coral resident had the opportunity to ask the president about receiving better benefits at his McDonald's job Tuesday during …
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Harkin: ‘We need the Fairness Doctrine’  —  Just this morning, I reported that Sen. Debbie Stabenow has backed off on the idea of holding hearings for radio accountability, something she discussed last week with liberal radio host Bill Press (leading to an uproar on conservative talk radio over the Fairness Doctrine).
Discussion: RedState and NewsBusters.org
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Ben Leach / Telegraph:
Female FBI officer ‘tortured Mumbai terror attacks suspect with sex’  —  A female FBI officer tortured a suspect in the Mumbai terrorist attacks by performing a sex act on him during interrogation, it has been claimed.  —  Fahim Ansari is accused of helping to plan the attacks in which 173 people were killed in November.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Prosecutor to Interview Key Witnesses About U.S. Attorney Firings  —  A federal prosecutor investigating the dismissal of nine U.S. attorneys during the Bush administration has issued a subpoena to former senator Pete V. Domenici (R-N.M.) and is preparing to interview key witnesses, lawyers following the case say.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Key GOP Senator in Stimulus Deal Is Known for Centrist Approach  —  Six years ago, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) was working to broker a deal with a Democratic colleague that would steer $20 billion in relief to struggling state governments when she was abruptly called into the office of House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R).
Discussion: Booman Tribune and American Street
Eric Dash / New York Times:
Bank Test May Expand U.S. Regulators' Role  —  Nearly 100 federal banking regulators descended on Citigroup in New York on Wednesday morning.  Dozens more fanned out through Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and other big banks across the nation.  —  It was just another workday.
Discussion: Calculated Risk
Robert Farley / Lawyers, Guns and Money:
Why Tom Zarek Was Right  —  The following is a Letter to the Editor from “Concerned Colonial Citizen”, regarding the prospects of a permanent alliance between the Colonial government and the rebel Cylon.  It is titled “Why Tom Zarek Was Right”.  The letter is spoileriffic.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Los Angeles Times:
Schwarzenegger, legislative leaders settle on budget framework  —  Participants in the negotiations say the spending proposal, aimed at closing a $42-billion budget gap, would lower investment in schools and other programs while imposing temporary tax increases.
Discussion: Townhall.com
Richard W. Stevenson / New York Times:
Stimulus Victory for Obama, but in a New Political Climate  —  WASHINGTON — It is a quick, sweet victory for the new president, and potentially a historic one.  The question now is whether the $789 billion economic stimulus plan agreed to by Congressional leaders on Wednesday is the opening act …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Subir Bhaumik / BBC:
Pair held for ‘offending Islam’  —  The editor and publisher of a top English-language Indian daily have been arrested on charges of “hurting the religious feelings” of Muslims.  —  The Statesman's editor Ravindra Kumar and publisher Anand Sinha were detained in Calcutta after complaints.
Congress Matters:
Banking CEOs: We didn't think the bailout was necessary  —  by David Waldman aka Kagro X  —  Hey, who knew?  —  At the House Financial Services Committee hearing minutes ago, Rep. Joe Baca (D-CA-43) asked the following question: … I thought that was just about the biggest softball I'd ever heard.
Discussion: New York Times
Cade Metz / The Register:
‘Network management’ meets child porn  —  US Senator Dianne Feinstein hopes to update President Barack Obama's $838bn economic stimulus package so that American ISPs can deter child pornography, copyright infringement, and other unlawful activity by way of “reasonable network management.”
Discussion: Balloon Juice
José De Córdoba / Wall Street Journal:
Panel Calls U.S. Drug War a Failure  —  MEXICO CITY — As drug violence spirals out of control in Mexico, a commission led by three former Latin American heads of state blasted the U.S.-led drug war as a failure that is pushing Latin American societies to the breaking point.
Rasmussen Reports:
67% Say They Could Do A Better Job On The Economy Than Congress  —  When it comes to the nation's economic issues, 67% of U.S. voters have more confidence in their own judgment than they do in the average member of Congress.  —  Nineteen percent (19%) trust members of Congress more …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Jared Bernstein Explains the Connection Between Stimulus and Banking Rescue  —  Politically speaking, both the idea of a fiscal stimulus package in general and the specific stimulus plan working its way through the legislative process are quite possible.  Rescuing—or “bailing out”—the financial system is another matter.
Discussion: D-Day and Wonk Room
 
 
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