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12:10 PM ET, February 11, 2009

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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Obama Allies Launch New Ad Directly Attacking GOP Leaders — White House Told In Advance  —  President Obama's allies on the left, AFSCME and the labor-backed Americans United for Change, are ramping up with a massive advertising blitz containing the most direct and hard-hitting attack yet …
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CNN:
House and Senate close in on compromise  —  From CNN's Brianna Keilar, CNN's Dana Bash, CNN's Deirdre Walsh, CNN's Ted Barrett  —  WASHINGTON (CNN)- Top lawmakers and White House officials ended more than nine hours of closed-door negotiations on the economic stimulus bill shortly …
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blogs:   Senate will yield — a bit — on stimulus
Andy Kessler / Wall Street Journal:
Why Markets Dissed the Geithner Plan  —  Here's how he should handle the banks.  —  One of the cool things about being Treasury Secretary is that you get your signature on dollar bills, giving them authority, defending their honor.  Timothy Geithner's plan to save the struggling banking system probably does …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Obama on Sweden  —  In response to a very good question for ABC News' Terry Moran, President Barack Obama specifically addressed why he's rejected a “Swedish” approach to the financial crisis: … Obama makes two arguments here, one about scale and one about national tradition.
David Horovitz / Jerusalem Post:
Analysis: Election arithmetic puts Netanyahu in the driving seat  —  For all the confusion prompted by the near parity of Kadima and the Likud in Tuesday's election, and even before final adjustments necessitated by Thursday's release of soldiers' votes and the complex surplus-vote distribution …
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Geoff Earle / New York Post:
CONGRESS $HOPPING CARTS  —  WASHINGTON - “Fore!”  —  The federal government is preparing to spend millions to purchase a fleet of small electric vehicles that critics compare to golf carts.  —  The $838 billion economic stimulus bill that passed the Senate yesterday contains $300 million …
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Dems' ethical troubles reminiscent of GOPers' headaches as majority  —  Despite President Obama's repeated pledge to usher in a new, more ethical climate in Washington, House Democrats' ethical troubles have begun to resemble those the GOP had when it occupied the majority just three years ago.
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Lobbyist Inquiry Appears to Be Widening
Discussion: Hot Air and TPMMuckraker
The Huffington Post:
Bailed-Out Firms Distributing Cash Rewards: “Please Do Not Call It A Bonus”  —  Two Wall Street firms that received at least $60 billion in government bailout funds will be rewarding their financial advisers with controversial retention payments, the terms of which one senior executive described as …
Camille Paglia / Salon:
A rocky first few weeks  —  Obama sputters out of the gate — but don't fear yet.  Plus: Buxom foodies, frocks for the ages, and the eternal appeal of Mary McCarthy and Justin Timberlake.  —  Money by the barrelful, by the truckload.  Mountains of money, heaped like gassy pyramids in the national dump.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
As Mainstream Exits D.C., Niche Media Tide Rises  —  The growing exodus of mainstream reporters from the nation's capital has ceded much of the turf to a new, more specialized kind of journalism.  —  Just as newspaper, magazine and television bureaus here are shrinking or shutting …
Newt Gingrich / Washington Times:
Where does the conservative movement go from here?  —  ANALYSIS/OPINION:  —  The conservative movement has a simple and almost certainly successful future if it does three things:  —  1. Advocate first principles with courage, clarity, persistence and cheerfulness.
Jebediah Reed / INFRASTRUCTURIST:
How to Save the Suburbs: Solutions from the Man Who Saw the Whole Thing Coming  —  For a half century, it's been easy to mock suburbia for being too comfortable, white-bread and conformist.  That's all changed in the last 18 months as many suburbs have abruptly taken on a sense of tragedy …
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Agent Claims Evidence on Stevens Was Concealed  —  WASHINGTON — An F.B.I. agent who worked on the investigation of Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, who was convicted on ethics charges, has said in a stunning formal complaint that a fellow agent and prosecutors contrived to improperly conceal evidence from the court and the defense.
Dick Morris / The Hill:
Hillary's incredible, shrinking role  —  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is finding that her job description is dissolving under her feet, leaving her with only a vestige of the power she must have thought she acquired when she signed on to be President Obama's chief Cabinet officer.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Fighting over bipartisanship  —  There's been some back-and-forth about whether it was worth it for Obama to take such a publicly, determinedly “bipartisan” tack, inviting Republicans over for cookies and, yesterday, campaigning with a Republican governor — when he's been totally unable …
Discussion: CBS News
The Politico:
For senators, tax questions are taxing  —  When Timothy Geithner appeared before the Senate Finance Committee last month, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) accused the soon-to-be treasury secretary of “dancing around” questions about his taxes.  —  When news broke that Tom Daschle had failed …
Discussion: The Daily Briefing
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Israel: What a Center-Right Nation Looks Like  —  I read some folks in comments yesterday suggesting that somehow the outcome of the Israeli elections debunks my preference for parliamentary systems.  Indeed, I recently heard Hubert Védrine, the former Foreign Minister of France …
Discussion: American Footprints
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
On War Criminals' Trail, NBC News Stirs Criticism  —  NBC News, which teamed up with local police officers to trap sex offenders for its successful but scandalous “To Catch a Predator” series, is now using similar tactics to hunt bigger game: war criminals.  —  But one of the first efforts …
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
Big Lessons in Finance From a Little Bank You've Never Heard Of  —  Wall Street is not pleased.  —  Hunkered-down executives and hyperactive traders were more than a little disappointed with what they heard from our straight-shooting new Treasury secretary as he unveiled his plans for Bank Bailout 2.0.
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Group pledges to fight GOP senators who support stimulus  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — An influential conservative political action committee is pledging to support primary challenges to any Republican senator who backs the economic stimulus package — the latest public show of dissatisfaction …
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Solicitor general nominee says ‘enemy combatants’ can be held without trial  —  Elena Kagan tells a senator she agrees with Attorney General Holder that the U.S. is at war and therefore may detain suspected terrorists indefinitely.  —  Reporting from Washington — Harvard Law Dean Elena Kagan …
Jonathan Riskind / dispatchpolitics.com:
Strickland opposes Senate bailout bill  —  Proposal would hurt states, he says  —  WASHINGTON — Gov. Ted Strickland says the $827 billion stimulus package the Senate is expected to approve today would be “hugely harmful” to Ohio.  —  Because the revamped measure reduces money for states …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Katie Thomas / New York Times:
10-Year-Old Spaniel Completes Comeback  —  At 10 years old, Stump the Sussex spaniel should be well into his dotage.  Instead, the dog who technically retired four years ago took home Best in Show on Tuesday at the 133rd Annual Westminster Kennel Club show at Madison Square Garden, becoming the oldest to win the award.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A CONSERVATIVE LIE CASE STUDY.... To paraphrase Twain, a right-wing talking point can travel the media world, while the truth is still getting its pants on.  We've seen a classic example over the last 48 hours.  —  On Monday, Bloomberg ran an opinion piece from Betsy McCaughey …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Best President?  Lincoln on Par With Reagan, Kennedy  —  However, Lincoln has unique bipartisan appeal  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Less than a month into Barack Obama's presidency, Obama's desire to emulate Abraham Lincoln can be found in his speeches, his bipartisan gestures, and his “team of rivals” approach to picking a cabinet.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
A Time to Reevaluate Family Ties  —  Brian Moran's Famous Brother Could Be Boon or Bane in Va.  —  When Democrat Brian Moran recently assembled top elected officials in Arlington County to announce that they were endorsing him for Virginia governor, one notable figure was absent: his older brother, U.S. Rep. James P. Moran Jr.
Discussion: MSNBC and The Campaign Spot
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: NEGOTIATING TIME  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** Negotiating time: This is Susan Collins', Olympia Snowe's, and Arlen Specter's world, and we're all just lucky to live in it, right?  With House and Senate negotiators working with the White House …
 
 
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Brad DeLong / THE WEEK - Online:
End times for Milton Friedman?
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New York Times:
Banning Books in Miami
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The Open-Door Bailout  —  Leave it to a brainy Indian to come …
Eli Lake / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Gear for Iraq may extend U.S. stay
Discussion: Hot Air and The Campaign Spot
Bruno Waterfield / Telegraph:
European bank bailout could push EU into crisis
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