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10:00 AM ET, February 11, 2009

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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.
Discussion: The Politico
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Lobbyist Inquiry Appears to Be Widening
Discussion: Hot Air
Washington Post:
Raided Firms Have Murtha Ties
Discussion: Moe Lane
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.
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 …
Discussion: Power Line
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The Brussels Journal:
Will Geert Wilders Be Arrested at Heathrow?  —  This morning Lord Malcolm Pearson, a member of the British House of Lords, announced that he has invited Geert Wilders, a member of the Dutch Parliament, to show the movie Fitna (see it here) in a committee room of the House of Lords next Thursday (12 February).
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Spectator:
Britain Capitulates To Terror
Discussion: ParaPundit and protein wisdom
Associated Press:   Dutch protest Britain's ban of right-wing lawmaker
John Derbyshire / The Corner:
Brits Ban Wilders
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 …
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James Hamilton / Econbrowser:
The Treasury's Financial Stability Plan  —  Here's my two cents on the latest two trillion.  —  Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner began his remarks to the Senate Banking Committee this morning as follows: … To which I responded, Amen!  And Amen!  And I continued reading:
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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.
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 …
John Dickerson / Slate:
The president ran his prime-time press conference like a grad-school class.  —  The East Room of the White House has to be the fanciest room in which Professor Obama has ever held class.  But for an hour Monday night, he didn't seem to notice as he held a graduate seminar on the first 20 days …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Clark / Show Me Progress:
“War of Northern Aggression”?  —  According to Republican State Rep. Bryan Stevenson, the proposed pro-choice “Freedom of Choice Act” is the biggest federal power grab since the “War of Northern Aggression.”  —  And I thought Scott Rupp was overly dramatic.
Discussion: Political Fix
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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.
Discussion: QandO
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.
New York Times:
Suicide Attackers Storm Kabul Justice Ministry  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — Attackers firing automatic rifles and apparently wearing explosive vests stormed the Justice Ministry in central Kabul on Wednesday while others burst into another government building, triggering chaos as ministry workers fled …
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Exclusive: Leahy Talks To White House About Investigating Bush  —  Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy and White House Chief Counsel Greg Craig discussed on Tuesday the Senator's proposal to set up a truth and reconciliation commission to investigate potential crimes of the Bush administration.
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
The Money Liberal Conspiracy At Work  —  As promised, here are the gory mechanics of the liberal conspiracy to expand welfare rolls through an insufficiently publicized provision in the stimulus bill: … The major difference between the House and Senate versions of this deeply troubling provision …
Discussion: Power Line and GINA COBB
CNN:
Palin won't be making CPAC appearance  —  (CNN) — Sarah Palin will not be attending the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington later this month, her office confirmed to CNN Tuesday.  —  The Alaska governor had been expected to serve as the headline attraction at the three day event …
Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
About Bailout Nation . . .  Alternative title: Adventures in Publishing  —  Since the news came out today, I might as well spill the details about my battle with McGraw Hill over the content in the book.  —  I did not release this news.  I got a message this morning (apparently left last night) …
 
 
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Simon Barnes / Times of London:
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Tax Cuts vs. Government Spending
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Media Matters for Obama
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