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10:10 PM ET, February 12, 2009

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Drudge Report:
OBAMA BURNED: GREGG WITHDRAWS AFTER POLICIES TOO MUCH TO STOMACH  —  For Immediate Release:  —  Senator Gregg Statement on His Withdrawal for Consideration of U.S. Commerce Secretary  —  Sen. Gregg stated, “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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Gregg Was Pwned  —  It gets clearer.  When Judd Gregg approached the Obama administration to see if he could be a part of it, he was assuming that his own party wasn't going to adopt a policy of total warfare against the newly elected president in a time of enormous economic peril.
Discussion: Liberal Values
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.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Gregg Ends Bid for Commerce Job, Citing Conflicts  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire abruptly withdrew Thursday as the nominee for commerce secretary, saying he had “irresolvable conflicts” with President Obama over his economic stimulus plan and a concern …
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 Judd Gregg has withdrawn his name from consideration as President Obama's commerce secretary, a major blow to an administration seeking to put a series of Cabinet problems behind it.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 …
Byron York / www.dcexaminer.com:
Who will investigate the Obama administration?  —  The census controversy brings the first test of accountability and oversight in the new administration  —  Rep. Darrell Issa is not working from a position of strength.  As the ranking Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee …
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
TIMING  —  According to our Matt Cooper, Gregg called New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch (D) a few hours ahead of releasing his withdrawal statement to alert him.  But the White House appeared blindsided by the Gregg withdrawal, according to various reports, so much so that some officials were first learning of the news from reporters.
Discussion: TigerHawk and Open Congress
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Census Canard  —  Again, this is not a real issue.
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Gregg Withdraws as Commerce Secretary Nominee
Discussion: CNN, techPresident and Prairie Weather
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
Discussion: Portfolio
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Projected job numbers don't add up
Discussion: RedState
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Pence: Remove Gregg or give him Census
Discussion: Open Left, DownWithTyranny! and D-Day
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Republican Gregg pulls name from Obama's Commerce job
Discussion: Associated Press and Donklephant
Federal Eye:
Gregg Links Withdrawal to Census Concerns
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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Ali Frick / Think Progress:
NPR embarrassed by Juan Williams after he compared Michelle Obama to Stokely Carmichael.»  —  Last month, conservative NPR pundit Juan Williams stoked outrage when he called Michelle Obama “Stokely Carmichael in a designer dress” on Fox News.  Today, NPR ombudsman Alicia Shepard sharply …
Jamison Foser / Media Matters:   Is NPR embarrassed to be seen with Juan Williams?
Tahman Bradley / Political Punch:
D'oh!  Caterpillar CEO Contradicts President on Whether Stimulus Will Allow Him to Re-Hire Laid Off Workers  —  EAST PEORIA, ILL. — President Obama today repeated the claim we asked about yesterday at the press briefing that Jim Owens, the CEO of Caterpillar, Inc., “said that if Congress passes our plan …
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
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CNN:   Reid Looking for GOP Votes
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
Kennedy's absence has Reid seeking votes
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Kausfiles and D-Day
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,
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 …
Connie Hair / Human Events:
SURPRISE!  Dems Break Promise: Stimulus Bill to Floor Friday  —  In a press conference Thursday, the House Republican leadership spoke candidly about being kept out of the House-Senate conference on the Obama-Pelosi-Reid so-called “economic stimulus” bill.  They confirmed they had not yet seen the text of the bill as of 4 p.m.
Alison Fitzgerald / Bloomberg:
Billionaire Stanford's Firm Said to Face U.S. Probe  —  Feb. 12 (Bloomberg) — Stanford Group Co., a Houston-based investment firm led by billionaire R. Allen Stanford, is under investigation by U.S. securities regulators over sales of certificates of deposit in its affiliated offshore bank …
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: Vanity Fair and Reason
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 …
 
 
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