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9:05 AM ET, February 11, 2009


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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).
Britain Capitulates To Terror
Discussion: ParaPundit and protein wisdom
John Derbyshire / The Corner:
Brits Ban Wilders
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.
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 …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama allies attack GOP leadership  —  The labor-backed, pro-stimulus group Americans United for Change and the public workers' union AFSCME are going up with a national cable spot, also airing in Washington D.C., with the sharpest attack yet on Republican leaders in the House and Senate.
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.
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.
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:
Craig Torres / Bloomberg:
Bernanke Begins ‘Thorough Review’ of Fed Disclosure
Discussion: TPMDC, Open Left, The Gavel and On Deadline
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
David Rogers / The Politico:
Progress in late-night stimulus talks  —  With Senate approval in hand, Barack Obama's economic recovery program moved quickly Tuesday into late night negotiations in the Capitol with the president stepping forward more to put his stamp on the package and to expedite final passage.
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
House Dems to give up pay raise
Discussion: New York Times
Tom Junod / Esquire:
Because They Hate Shepard Smith and Want Him to Fail  —  Shep Smith leads the happy warriors of Fox News into a new political age.  —  Shepard Smith has a face made for television, a face seemingly created not just for the cameras but by them, a brand-name face that could be made into a mask and worn on Halloween.
Media Matters for America:   Fox passes off GOP press release as its own research — typo and all
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 …
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
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 …
Stephen M. Walt:
What do we do if the “two-state” solution collapses?  —  Lots of smart people have been focusing on the Israeli elections and trying to make sense of their immediate implications for the peace process.  I can't improve on the analyses provided by Glenn Greenwald, Yossi Alpher, Bernard Avishai …
Gideon Rachman / Financial Times:
Only Obama offers change for Israel
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Media Matters for Obama  —  Like pretty much everyone in Washington, I don't take Media Matters for America very seriously.  But, I sometimes find it funny how seriously it takes itself.  A good example is Eric Boehlert's hysterical fit about my recent USA Today column on Obama's press coverage …
PR Newswire:
Public Rejects Obama Stimulus Bill According to New ATI-News/Zogby Poll  —  90 Percent of Republicans and 60 Percent of Independents Oppose Obama Economic Recovery Plan  —  Amidst all the rhetoric surrounding President Barack Obama's first signature piece of legislation, a massive $800 billion economic …
Frank Quimby / U.S. Department of the Interior:
Secretary Salazar Details Strategy for Comprehensive Energy Plan on U.S. Outer Continental Shelf  —  Provides More Time for Public Comment; Incorporates Renewable Energy  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Saying he needed to restore order to a broken process, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced …
Discussion: Wonk Room, Shopfloor and Think Progress
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Lobbyist Inquiry Appears to Be Widening  —  WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors are looking into the possibility that a prominent lobbyist may have funneled bogus campaign contributions to his mentor, Representative John P. Murtha, as well as other lawmakers, two people familiar with the investigator's questions said Tuesday.
Justin Wolfers / Freakonomics:
Tax Cuts vs. Government Spending  —  As the Senate and the House look to reconcile competing stimulus plans, the big debate is whether to emphasize government spending or tax cuts.  A new paper by the New York Fed's Gauti Eggertsson argues that the risk of deflation should tilt the balance to government spending.
Discussion: Economist's View
Brian Doherty / Reason:
Second Circuit to Second Amendment: Drop Dead... still don't apply to state and local regs.  Well, the federal Second Circuit Court of Appeals has said it before (in the 2005 case Bach v. Pataki), and now they've said it again, in Maloney v. Cuomo.  CrimProf Blog has some details:
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 …
Discussion: RedState and White House Watch
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Simon Barnes / Times of London:
Champagne, lobster and caviar: Robert Mugabe plans binge in land of hunger
Mark Landler / New York Times:
U.S. Prepares to Broach Hard Issues With China
Steve Huntley / Chicago Sun Times:
Obama must do more to get GOP on board
Sara Robinson / Orcinus:
“Know This If Nothing Else: This Was A Hate Crime”
Discussion: Hullabaloo and D-Day
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Judge: Force-feeding fine for Gitmo
PZ Myers / Pharyngula:
They are as stupid as you think they are...even stupider
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Survey: 31% of Europeans blame economic crisis on Jews
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
New York Times:
Sirius XM Prepares for Possible Bankruptcy
Discussion: Engadget
Washington Whispers:
Busy Sarah Palin Backs Out of CPAC; Rush Limbaugh Is Still Speaking