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6:55 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:
'I couldn't be Judd Gregg'  —  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 - where some aides were caught off guard by the withdrawal …
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 Judd Gregg has withdrawn his name from consideration as President Obama's commerce secretary, a major blow to an administration seeking to put a series of Cabinet problems behind it.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 became clear to me to me that …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Breaking: Gregg withdraws at Commerce; Update: White House gobsmacked?  —  According to a breaking news alert from MSNBC, Judd Gregg has withdrawn from his nomination as Commerce Secretary.  If so, this makes the third Cabinet appointment from Barack Obama to fail, and the second one at Commerce.
The Huffington Post:
Judd Gregg's Refusal To Vote On Stimulus Provokes Firestorm At Home And In Washington  —  New Hampshire Senator Judd Gregg's decision to abstain from voting February 10 on the economic stimulus bill has not only left officials in Washington confused but has provoked a firestorm of protest in his home state.
Discussion: Hullabaloo, rubber hose and The E&P Pub
WMUR:
Gregg Withdraws Nomination For Commerce Secretary
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and TPMDC
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Gregg Was Pwned  —  It gets clearer.  When Judd Gregg approached …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
The Granite Cracks: Judd Gregg Withdraws
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Amanda Carpenter / Townhall.com:
Gregg is OUT as Commerce Secretary, Will Leave Washington in 2010
Discussion: Political Machine
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Gregg pulls out  —  Judd Gregg abruptly pulls out of the process …
Discussion: The Plum Line and MyDD
UnionLeader.com:
Gregg won't vote on economic stimulus
Discussion: TPMDC and Political Machine
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 …
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Jamison Foser / Media Matters:   Is NPR embarrassed to be seen with Juan Williams?
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: Kausfiles and Daily Kos
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Washington Times:
Pelosi's mouse slated for $30M slice of cheese
Discussion: Townhall.com, Indecision and The Corner
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The GOP Has Declared War On Obama  —  This much is now clear.  Their clear and open intent is to do all they can, however they can, to sabotage the new administration (and the economy to boot).  They want failure.  Even now.  Even after the last eight years.  Even in a recession as steeply dangerous as this one.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:   TIMING  —  According to our Matt Cooper, Gregg called New Hampshire …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 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.
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
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Megan McArdle:
It's just like a gang of white thugs are ransacking my house  —  THe “evidence” that Arnold Kling is racist rests on two quotes.  One seems to have originated with Adam Serwer of TAPPED, and I'm frankly shocked that his magazine let it stand, it's such a grievous selective quotation.
Discussion: Reason
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.
 
 
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