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5:45 PM ET, February 12, 2009

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CNN:
BREAKING: Gregg withdraws  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire released a statement Thursday withdrawing from consideration to be President Obama's Commerce Secretary.  —  Full statement follows:  —  “I want to thank the President for nominating me to serve in his Cabinet as Secretary of Commerce.
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The Politico:
Gregg withdraws from Commerce post  —  Republican Sen. Judd Gregg abruptly withdrew his nomination as President Barack Obama's commerce secretary Thursday, telling Politico that he “couldn't be Judd Gregg” and serve in the Cabinet.  —  The White House responded harshly to Gregg's announcement.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Gregg Withdraws as Commerce Nominee  —  New Hampshire Republican Sen. Judd Gregg has withdrawn his name from consideration as President Obama's commerce secretary, a major blow to an administration seeking to put a series of Cabinet problems behind it.  —  “It has become apparent during …
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Gregg Withdraws as Commerce Secretary Nominee  —  Senator Judd Gregg with President Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.  —  Senator Judd Gregg, Republican of New Hampshire, has just issued a statement saying that he was withdrawing his name from consideration for Commerce Secretary.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
United States Senator Judd Gregg:
SENATOR GREGG STATEMENT ON HIS WITHDRAWAL FROM CONSIDERATION OF U.S. COMMERCE SECRETARY  —  Contact: Andrea Wuebker/Laena Fallon (GREGG)  —  Sen. Gregg stated, “I want to thank the President for nominating me to serve in his Cabinet as Secretary of Commerce.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Gregg pulls out  —  Judd Gregg abruptly pulls out of the process …
Discussion: The Plum Line and MyDD
Amanda Carpenter / Townhall.com:
Gregg is OUT as Commerce Secretary, Will Leave Washington in 2010
Discussion: Political Machine
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:   The Granite Cracks: Judd Gregg Withdraws
The Huffington Post:
Press, Milbank Protest David Plouffe's Speech  —  Barack Obama's campaign manager, David Plouffe, is slated to appear at the National Press Club to deliver the keynote speech for the Georgetown University and Politico sponsored event “Transition 2009.”  Except, before he even took the stage, things started to unravel.
NPR Blogs:
Juan Williams, NPR and Fox News  —  Juan Williams.  —  NPR has more than 400 reporters, editors, producers and analysts on its news team, and none is more of a lightning rod than Juan Williams.  But it's usually not for anything he says on NPR.  —  Williams joined NPR in 2000 …
Washington Times:
Pelosi's mouse slated for $30M slice of cheese  —  UPDATED:  —  Talk about a pet project.  A tiny mouse with the longtime backing of a political giant may soon reap the benefits of the economic-stimulus package.  —  Lawmakers and administration officials divulged Wednesday …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Pelosi's Office: Conservative Talking Point About $30 Million For Mice Is “Fabrication”  —  Is there really $30 million in the new stimulus package devoted to saving the salt marsh mouse in Nancy Pelosi's district?  —  That's what some conservatives are now charging, and the claim seems …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Joe The Plumber Conducts Live Hearing On Long-Term Economic Ramifications Of Stimulus Bill  —  I guess those clowns at Pajamas Media are gluttons for ridicule (beginning of video here).  —  After it's over, you must watch Joe's “investigation” of the stimulus bill, in which he shares priceless insights such as,
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
No Mandate for Criminal Probes of Bush Administration  —  Most favor investigations into controversial terror techniques, possible abuse of Justice Dept.  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Earlier this week, Sen. Patrick Leahy called for a special commission to investigate possible government wrongdoing …
Mark Tapscott / www.dcexaminer.com:
Obama is headed for a one-term presidency  —  Well, that didn't take long.  —  Less than a month ago, Barack Obama was sworn-in as chief executive amid historic promises of “change we can believe in.”  But there won't be a second Obama term if he doesn't admit that, no matter how adroitly …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Vox Popoli
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DealBook:
Greenspan Says He Was Mystified by Subprime Market  —  Alan Greenspan, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve, told CNBC in a documentary to be shown Thursday night that he did not fully understand the scope of the subprime mortgage market until well into 2005 and could not make sense …
Conn Carroll / The Foundry:
True Cost of Stimulus: $3.27 Trillion  —  All of the major news outlets are reporting that the stimulus bill voted out of conference committee last night has a meager $789 billion price tag.  This number is pure fantasy.  No one believes that the increased funding for programs the left loves …
Washington Whispers:
Congressional Offices Don't Have the Stimulus Bill, Lobbyists Do  —  We're receiving E-mails from Capitol Hill staffers expressing frustration that they can't get a copy of the stimulus bill agreed to last night at a price of $789 billion.  What's more, staffers are complaining about who does have a copy: K Street lobbyists.
Discussion: Hot Air
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Runaway Stimulus  —  The president, convinced that the only thing America has to fear is an insufficiency of fear, has warned that “disaster” and “catastrophe” are the certain alternatives to swift passage of the stimulus legislation.  One marvels at his certitude more than one envies his custody of this adventure.
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
More Employers Fight Unemployment Benefits  —  In Record Numbers, Employers Move to Block Unemployment Payouts  —  It's hard enough to lose a job.  But for a growing proportion of U.S. workers, the troubles really set in when they apply for unemployment benefits.
Erica Orden / New York Magazine:
Senator Charles Schumer in Hot Water With Local Arts Organizations  —  Arts organizations were hoping for some help from the economic-stimulus package.  But they may be left empty-handed, and they're blaming Senator Schumer, though Schumer's office says he was “not aware” …
Discussion: TPMDC
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HOW MANY WILL BREAK RANKS?.... By now, the numbers are familiar — zero House Republicans supported the stimulus package when it reached the floor, and only three Senate Republicans voted for it.  I've assumed, as have others, that we'd see similar vote totals when the chambers consider the compromise version announced yesterday.
Michelle Malkin:
Here it is: All 1,434 pages of the porkulus conference report; Detailed spending tables added; More paper waste to come; Update: Look what's back  —  Scroll for updates...updated with more details, docs...  Okay, people.  Now, hurry up and digest this entire 1,434 legislative text …
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Bill Ayers has an idea for Palin  —  (CNN) - Sarah Palin once accused Barack Obama of “palling around with terrorists,” a catchphrase intended to highlight Obama's connection to former Weather Underground member Bill Ayers.  —  Now that the campaign rhetoric has subsided, Ayers has an idea for a new show starring his Alaskan nemesis.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Gregg  —  It's hard to know what to make of this right away - so take this post in that instant spirit.  The notion that Gregg couldn't possibly have foreseen a stimulus package of $800 billion (including almost $400 billion in tax cuts) seems implausible to me.  I mean: we've known this was coming for months.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Lori Stahl / Dallas Morning News:
Bush to give speech at private event in Canada  —  lstahl@dallasnews.com  —  Former President George W. Bush's first confirmed speaking engagement since leaving office will take him from Crawford to Canada.  —  Invitations to the event, billed as “a conversation with George W. Bush,” …
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 …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: STIMULUS WINNERS, LOSERS  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** Stimulus winners and losers: For the fourth-consecutive day, President Obama hits the road to sell his stimulus — this time visiting Caterpillar in Peoria, IL, before heading to Springfield …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Hoyer: GOP can't write half of every bill  —  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Thursday dismissed Republican complaints about not being able to “write exactly half of every bill” as a “deeply elitist idea.”  —  Speaking at a forum sponsored by Georgetown University and Politico …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
GREGG?  —  Huh, I guess that didn't work out.  —  This is extremely weird.  Gregg is out at Commerce, withdrawing for what he appears to be calling irreconcilable differences on Stimulus and the Census.  —  Now, the Census is one thing because Census administration is a pretty touchy issue between …
Discussion: TPMDC and AmSpecBlog
Edwin Mora / CNSNews:
Facebook Removes Conservative Group's Anti-Stimulus Petition  —  (CNSNews.com) - Facebook, one of the Internet's top social networking sites, has kicked out a conservative group's Web site —"NoStimulus.com" — from its paid advertising space.  —  NoStimulus.com, which is promoting a petition …
Discussion: Political Machine and Redhot
Wall Street Journal:
Economists' Hopes for Second-Half Recovery Fade, Survey Finds  —  Prospects for an economic recovery this year are fading.  —  Economists in the latest Wall Street Journal forecasting survey, while still mostly projecting growth in the U.S. gross domestic product by the third quarter …
 
 
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