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6:30 AM ET, February 13, 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'  —  Sen. Judd Gregg abruptly withdrew his nomination as commerce secretary Thursday, telling Politico that he “couldn't be Judd Gregg” and serve in Barack Obama's Cabinet.  —  The White House — where some aides were caught off guard by the withdrawal …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Gregg Ends Bid for Commerce Job  —  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 over what many fellow Republicans believe …
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 …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Projected job numbers don't add up
Discussion: RedState and Balloon Juice
Matthew Cooper / TPMDC:
Why Gregg Withdrew  —  I won't claim to know the precise reasons …
Discussion: Guardian and WMUR
Washington Wire:   Sen. Gregg Unlikely to Seek Re-election in 2010
Amanda Carpenter / Townhall.com:
Gregg is OUT as Commerce Secretary, Will Leave Washington in 2010
Discussion: Political Machine
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.
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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: Political Machine
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
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.
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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.
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 …
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Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:   Kennedy's absence has Reid seeking votes
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Large Banks on the Edge of Insolvency  —  Some of the nation's large banks, according to economists and other finance experts, are like dead men walking.  —  A sober assessment of the growing mountain of losses from bad bets, measured in today's marketplace, would overwhelm the value of the banks' assets, they say.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Axelrod To Bush Advisers: Butt Out  —  David Axelrod, a senior adviser to President Barack Obama, had harsh words for some of former President Bush's closest advisers during an interview with the Post's Lois Romano yesterday, dismissing as “intramural stuff” the critiques offered by the former Administration.
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 …
Larry J. Sabato / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
SENATE 2010: A THREE-PEAT FOR DEMOCRATS OR COMEBACK FOR THE GOP?  —  It's never too early for the Crystal Ball to look ahead to the next election.  But unlike the Wizard of Oz's phony orb (when he's still the Kansas medicine man who peeks into Dorothy's purse for photos of Auntie Em), we try to run an honest Ball.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Menendez targets nine GOP seats
Discussion: MyDD
New York Times:
Judges Plead Guilty in Payoffs for Jailing Youths  —  At worst, Hillary Transue thought she might get a stern lecture when she appeared before a judge for building a spoof MySpace page mocking the assistant principal at her high school in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. She was a stellar student who had never …
Discussion: TalkLeft and DISSENTING JUSTICE
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.
 
 
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