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6:25 PM ET, February 11, 2009

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New York Times:
Senators Announce Stimulus Agreement  —  WASHINGTON — Senate negotiators announced on Wednesday an agreement on a $789 billion economic stimulus bill, apparently clearing the way for final Congressional action and President Obama's signature.  But House conferees were not so quick to endorse the package.
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Washington Post:
House, Senate Negotiators Reach Agreement on Stimulus  —  Final Bill Scales Down Total Package to About $789 Billion  —  House and Senate negotiators reached agreement today on a stimulus plan with a cost of about $789 billion after scaling down the versions passed by both houses, congressional leaders announced.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Will Any Other Republicans Support the Stimulus Deal?  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid emerged just before 3 p.m. today with a passel of senators in tow to announce that a compromise between the House and Senate on President Barack Obama's economic stimulus package had been reached.
David Espo / Associated Press:
Congress, Obama clear way for huge stimulus  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - Moving with lightning speed, Congress and the White House agreed Wednesday on a compromise $790 billion economic stimulus bill designed to create million jobs in a nation reeling from recession.
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
House Dems work to reinstate cuts  —  Some House Democrats are working furiously to reinstate funds the Senate cut from an $789 billion economic stimulus package speeding to the floor this week.  —  In particular, progressive Democrats and members of the Congressional Black Caucus …
CNN:
Deal on stimulus bill struck, not finalized
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
It's a Deal. Uh, Maybe Not. Maybe a Little Premature
Discussion: Open Left and Prairie Weather
Connie Hair / Human Events:
Republicans Shut Out of Stimulus Conference Negotiations
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Flopping Aces
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Cantor's Office Responds: Video Depicting AFSCME Members As Goons  —  Updated below with call on Cantor to apologize.  —  This isn't going to make the big unions very happy.  GOP House leader Eric Cantor's office has come up with an intriguing response to the AFSCME ad bllitz targeting GOP leaders …
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Bobby Jindal / The Huffington Post:
GOP Rep. Cantor Attacked For Profanity-Laced Web Video  —  UPDATE: Rep. Eric Cantor has apologized, via a spokseperson: … As first reported by The Plum Line, Virginia Republican Eric Cantor is in hot water after responding to critics with a profane web video.
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blogs:
Cantor's effin' response
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and The Note
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:   Cantor's Spokesperson Apologizes For Labor Goon Video
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 …
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Louise Story / New York Times:
Lawmakers Challenge Bankers on Bailout
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Chicago Tribune:
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner offers up revised financial bailout plan
Discussion: RedState
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 …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Steve Austria (R-OH) Doesn't Know When the Depression Happened  —  Austrian economics (pardon the pun) continues to take over the Republican Party: … Probabilities indicate that this is not the stupidest conservative in congress.
Discussion: Democracy in America and TalkLeft
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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 …
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Darren Lenard Hutchinson / DISSENTING JUSTICE:
So Exactly When Does “Change” …
Associated Press:
Salmonella found at Ga. plant as early as 2006  —  Owner Stewart Parnell refused to testify at hearing; 9 have now died  —  Stewart Parnell, owner of Peanut Corp. of America, invoked his right not to incriminate himself after a House subcommittee hearing on a national salmonella outbreak blamed on his company.
Discussion: Cafe Talk Aggregator
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CNN:
Peanut butter officials spurn Congress' questions
Discussion: Indecision
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
So Far, Amateur Hour  —  The first however-many days of Barack Obama's presidency have been a study in amateurism.  —  Many suspected that Obama wasn't quite ready, but kept their fingers crossed.  Optimistic disappointment is the new holding pattern.  —  What's missing from Obama's performance …
Discussion: Cold Fury and Commentary
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.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
On State Secrets, Why Didn't The Administration Seek A Continuance?  —  Of all the responses to the administration's endorsement of the state secrets privilege in Mohamed et. al. v. Jeppesen, one question pops out: why, if the administration were simply overwhelmed with information …
Discussion: New York Times and The Daily Dish
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Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
RIGHT BEFORE THE ELECTION OF PRESIDENT HUSSEIN: “A $550 Billion Electronic Run on the Banks” … This is un-frickin-believable.  The financial crisis was deliberate, planned, staged.  Who made the run? … Electronic Run On Banks - $550 Billion Withdrawn In 1 Hour, Federal Reserve Halts Withdrawals …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Theo Spark
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 …
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 …
Justin Miller / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Behind The Palin Pull Out  —  Sarah Palin is pulling back from her post-election media spree by withdrawing from CPAC, a move that can only help her if she wants a national political role.  —  Palin's pull out CPAC is striking because it represents a break in her media modus operandi …
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
Megan McArdle:
Maxine Waters brings the crazy  —  Her questions to the bankers are so bizarre that they don't know what to do.  Ken Lewis looks like a deer in the headlights as Waters asks her about offshore loss mitigation efforts.  He can't even figure out what she's talking about …
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.
MSNBC:
Town hall: House offered to homeless woman  —  LEE COUNTY  —  One moment from Tuesday's town hall touched the hearts of our viewers.  Henrietta Hughes has been living in her car and made an emotional plea to the president for help.  —  “I have an urgent need,” Hughes told the president.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Ari Fleischer on “the grid in front of” the President  —  (updated below)  —  Daily Kos' Meteor Blades points to a rare moment of television candor last night, as Ari Fleischer explained to Bill O'Reilly how and why the White House determined which reporters were allowed to ask questions …
Discussion: BuzzFlash.org
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.
Walter Griffin / Bangor Daily News:
Report: ‘Dirty bomb’ parts found in slain man's home  —  Agency says radioactive materials recovered in home of man allegedly slain by his wife  —  BELFAST, Maine — James G. Cummings, who police say was shot to death by his wife two months ago, allegedly had a cache of radioactive materials …
Discussion: Riehl World View
 
 
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Rep. John D. Dingell / The Huffington Post:
Why Health Care Can't Wait
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Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Obama lauds Intel plan to invest $7B in chip plants
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
A WIN IS A WIN  —  Longtime reader commenting on the stimulus deal:
Brian Riedl / The Foundry:
President Obama Set to Exceed President Bush's Deficits
Subir Bhaumik / BBC:
Pair held for ‘offending Islam’
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Robert Farley / Lawyers, Guns and Money:
Why Tom Zarek Was Right
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John M. Donnelly / CQ Politics:
Hoekstra Faces Heavy Criticism for Twittering Delegation's Mideast Trip
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Tom Baldwin / Times of London:
Show ‘torture’ evidence, US politician Bill Delahunt demands
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Mary Beth Sheridan / Washington Post:
D.C. Voting Rights Passed by Senate Committee
Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama speech to be rebutted by Jindal
Discussion: The Politico
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Trillion Dollar Baby
Discussion: NY Daily News and The Swamp
Brad DeLong / THE WEEK - Online:
End times for Milton Friedman?
Discussion: Will Wilkinson