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12:10 PM ET, February 12, 2009

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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 …
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Legislative Victory Comes at High Cost  —  Republicans did well to oppose the spending bill.  —  Congressional Republicans lack President Barack Obama's bully pulpit and do not have the majorities that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid enjoy.
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 …
Discussion: The E&P Pub and BuzzFlash.org
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Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Press List
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Salon
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 …
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Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
Poll: Most want inquiry into anti-terror tactics  —  WASHINGTON — Even as Americans struggle with two wars and an economy in tatters, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds majorities in favor of investigating some of the thorniest unfinished business from the Bush administration: Whether its tactics in the “war on terror” broke the law.
BBC:
Banned Dutch MP to be sent home  —  A Dutch MP who called the Koran a “fascist book” is to be sent back to the Netherlands after attempting to defy a ban on entering the UK.  —  Freedom Party MP Geert Wilders was invited to show his controversial film - which links the Islamic holy book to terrorism - in the UK's House of Lords.
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Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Rahm's fingerprints all over package, tactics  —  Rahm Emanuel may have moved his office down Pennsylvania Avenue, but to stand in the hallways of the Capitol lately, it seems he never left.  —  And if anyone's fingerprints are on the nearly $800 billion economic stimulus package being sorted …
John Distaso / UnionLeader.com:
John DiStaso's Granite Status: Nashua man's two cents worth $100,000  —  A GRASSROOTS EFFORT.  Fred Tausch of Nashua is a frustrated, well-to-do businessman who got tired of watching politicians of both parties spending taxpayers' money.  And so, spending $100,000 of his own money, he's trying to do something about it.
Steven F. Hayward / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Misreads His Mandate  —  Reagan didn't assume his landslide was a license for whatever he wanted.  —  President Barack Obama's honeymoon period seems to have ended quickly.  That's because Mr. Obama doesn't grasp the essentials of presidential leadership.
Discussion: USA Today, The Mahablog and Babalu Blog
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.
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Biden in The House  —  When Joe and Jill Biden moved to Washington on Jan. 20 as he took up his duties as vice president, they brought their bed down from the family home in Wilmington, Del. But unlike their predecessors, the Gores and the Cheneys, who already lived in the Washington suburbs …
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blogs
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Breaking News: Late-night comedy shows make fun of Pres. Obama  —  Of course, one night does not a trend make.  —  But — Jumpin' Jon Stewart, Batboy — was that seven minutes of jokes about Barack Obama on late-night TV?  The Barack Obama.  The One who's president right now?
Hilary Leila Krieger / Jerusalem Post:
US worried over prospect of right-wing gov't  —  US officials are publicly taking a wait-and-see approach to the formation of a new Israeli government, but privately many have expressed concern that Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu might preside over a right-wing coalition.
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Steven J. Rosen / Jerusalem Post:
Assessing the Obama Mideast team
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and TPMCafe
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 like Head Start …
Robert F. Worth / New York Times:
Laid-Off Foreigners Flee as Dubai Spirals Down  —  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Sofia, a 34-year-old Frenchwoman, moved here a year ago to take a job in advertising, so confident about Dubai's fast-growing economy that she bought an apartment for almost $300,000 with a 15-year mortgage.
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,” …
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.
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Judges will hear which absentee ballots should count today  —  In a reverse from the recount, DFLer Al Franken wants to restrict the number, while Republican Norm Coleman wants more counted.  —  In what could prove to be the most important day of the U.S. Senate election trial so far …
Associated Press:
Court says measles vaccine not to blame for autism  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - In a big blow to parents who believe vaccines caused their children's autism, a special court ruled Thursday that the shots are not to blame.
Jim Abrams / Associated Press:
Meltdown 101: Highlights of economic stimulus plan  —  WASHINGTON - Now that there's a tentative agreement on the economic stimulus plan that President Barack Obama and other supporters hope will provide a considerable jolt to the economy, how long will it take to get infrastructure and other projects moving?
New York Times:
Following Mr. Murtha's Money  —  The mantra of criminal investigators — follow the money — often reveals a decidedly circular route when it comes to Capitol Hill politics.  Consider the recent raids by federal agents on the offices of a lobbyist and a Pentagon contractor …
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Media Matters for America:
Lack of demand: Cable channels, Sunday shows leave economists on the sidelines in recovery debate  —  In the hour following President Obama's February 9 press conference — during which he gave a brief address about the economic recovery legislation currently moving through Congress …
Wall Street Journal:
The Real Stimulus Burden  —  We'll be paying for this in many ways, for many years.  —  In 2003, amid debate about the Bush tax cuts and a budget deficit of merely $400 billion, Maine Senator Olympia Snowe demanded that any tax cuts be capped at $350 billion.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Congress takes first step to impose limits on Obama's executive power  —  Earlier this week, I wrote about the State Secrets Protection Act of 2008, which was co-sponsored by numerous key Senators [including Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton, as well as the Senate Judiciary Committee's Chair …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Hoyer: Bipartisanship on ‘life support’  —  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Thursday dismissed Republican complaints about not being able to offer alternative bills as a “deeply elitist idea.”  —  Speaking at a forum sponsored by Georgetown University and Politico …
José De Córdoba / Wall Street Journal:
Panel Calls U.S. Drug War a Failure  —  MEXICO CITY — As drug violence spirals out of control in Mexico, a commission led by three former Latin American heads of state blasted the U.S.-led drug war as a failure that is pushing Latin American societies to the breaking point.
Discussion: TalkLeft, PoliBlog and EconLog
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
Uncovering the Perks of Albany's Fallen G.O.P.  —  ALBANY — Democrats took control of the State Senate last month after more than four decades of Republican rule, then set out to determine how the Senate's own budget of nearly $100 million and its attendant perks were being distributed.
 
 
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