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12:45 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.
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.
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 …
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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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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.
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 …
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?
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,” …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Rasmussen Reports:
Obama Campaigning Builds Support for Stimulus Program  —  President Obama's prime-time press conference and his campaign-style events this week have boosted support for the economic recovery plan working its way through Congress.  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds …
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Senate Panel O.K.'s Bill to Give Washington a Voting Representative  —  WASHINGTON — This could be the year that Washington gets a voting member of Congress.  —  “There is finally a light at the end of what has been a really long tunnel,” said the city's nonvoting delegate, Eleanor Holmes Norton.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and SENATUS
BBC:
Russian and US satellites collide  —  US and Russian communications satellites have collided in space in the first such reported accident.  —  A satellite owned by the US company Iridium hit a defunct Russian satellite at high speed nearly 780km (485 miles) over Siberia on Tuesday, Nasa said.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
ABCNEWS:
Kidnapping Capital of the U.S.A.  —  Washington Too Concerned With al Qaeda Terrorists to Care, Officials Say  —  In what officials caution is now a dangerous and even deadly crime wave, Phoenix, Arizona has become the kidnapping capital of America, with more incidents than any other city …
Discussion: Hot Air and Wonk Room
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Source: Collins Strips Stim Bill Of Whistleblower Protections  —  Another great coup for the centrists!  —  Sen. Susan Collins, the Maine GOP dealmaker who's been in the limelight this week for helping to pass a watered down stimulus, has been talking a good game about the need to avoid wasting taxpayer money.
 
 
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