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9:28 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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International Free Press Society:
An Open Letter to the Government of the UK  —  On Tuesday, February 10, 2009, Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders, leader of the Partij voor de Vrijheid (Party for Freedom), received a letter written on behalf of British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith.  It informed Mr. Wilders that on traveling …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Israpundit
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
WSJ Editorial Page: Can a newspaper be more misleading than this?  —  Wall St. Journal Editorial Page, today: … Ari Fleischer, Tuesday night, The Bill O'Reilly Show: … Eric Boehlert, Lapdogs: … Michael Crowley, The New York Observer: … Deliberate deceit or complete editorial recklessness …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and BuzzFlash.org
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Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Press List
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Salon
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
Poll: Most want inquiry into anti-terror tactics  —  WASHINGTON — Even as Americans struggle with two wars and an economy in tatters, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds majorities in favor of investigating some of the thorniest unfinished business from the Bush administration: Whether its tactics in the “war on terror” broke the law.
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Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Prosecutor to Interview Key Witnesses About U.S. Attorney Firings
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics
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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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 …
Jim Abrams / Associated Press:
Meltdown 101: Highlights of economic stimulus plan  —  WASHINGTON - Now that there's a tentative agreement on the economic stimulus plan that President Barack Obama and other supporters hope will provide a considerable jolt to the economy, how long will it take to get infrastructure and other projects moving?
Henny Sender / Financial Times:
China to stick with US bonds  —  China will continue to buy US Treasury bonds even though it knows the dollar will depreciate because such investments remain its “only option” in a perilous world, a senior Chinese banking regulator said on Wednesday.  —  China has used the dollars …
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.
Discussion: EconLog
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.
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.
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
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Breaking News: Late-night comedy shows make fun of Pres. Obama  —  Of course, one night does not a trend make.  —  But — Jumpin' Jon Stewart, Batboy — was that seven minutes of jokes about Barack Obama on late-night TV?  The Barack Obama.  The One who's president right now?
Steven F. Hayward / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Misreads His Mandate  —  Reagan didn't assume his landslide was a license for whatever he wanted.  —  President Barack Obama's honeymoon period seems to have ended quickly.  That's because Mr. Obama doesn't grasp the essentials of presidential leadership.
Discussion: Babalu Blog
Claudia Rosett / Forbes:
Commerce Department Waives Syria Sanctions  —  Is an olive branch to Damascus really in U.S. interests?  —  “We will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.”  This was President Obama's inaugural offer last month to troublesome tyrants around the world.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Robert F. Worth / New York Times:
Laid-Off Foreigners Flee as Dubai Spirals Down  —  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Sofia, a 34-year-old Frenchwoman, moved here a year ago to take a job in advertising, so confident about Dubai's fast-growing economy that she bought an apartment for almost $300,000 with a 15-year mortgage.
Shuja Nawaz / Foreign Policy:
Panic in Kabul  —  Is Islamabad next?  —  By Shuja Nawaz  —  The coordinated attacks by the Taliban in Kabul on the eve of U.S. Amb.  Richard Holbrooke's arrival were no coincidence.  Apart from ratcheting up fear among the citizens of Kabul, these attacks may well reflect a sense of desperation on the part of the Taliban.
Hilary Leila Krieger / Jerusalem Post:
US worried over prospect of right-wing gov't  —  US officials are publicly taking a wait-and-see approach to the formation of a new Israeli government, but privately many have expressed concern that Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu might preside over a right-wing coalition.
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Dems worry about Burris in 2010  —  Democrats in Washington and Illinois are becoming increasingly concerned that Sen. Roland W. Burris will be a weak Senate candidate if he runs in 2010, giving the GOP a shot at winning President Barack Obama's old Senate seat.
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
All stimulus politics is local  —  President Barack Obama insists there's no pork in the massive economic stimulus bill, but just the same, the White House is stepping up its efforts to make sure you know what highway projects the legislation will deliver near you.
Discussion: The Swamp
Richard W. Stevenson / New York Times:
Obama's Battle on Stimulus Shows Threats to His Agenda  —  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
 
 
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
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Los Angeles Times:
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Obama: ‘Help Is on the Way’  —  President Obama holds …
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