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3:35 PM ET, February 13, 2009


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Byron York /
Why Gregg Bailed  —  When he took the job, Republicans searched for a diplomatic way to ask: Are you crazy?  —  After 16 years as a Republican senator from New Hampshire, Judd Gregg has a lot of friends among GOP lawmakers, and in the past two weeks, many of them — perhaps most of them …
William Kristol / PostPartisan:
Why Gregg Withdrew
The Politico:
Hardened Obama plans new fights  —  Emboldened by his victory on the stimulus package — but chastened by the pothole-pocked road that got him there —President Barack Obama and his aides are plunging ahead on a large and expensive agenda that virtually assures 2009 will be marked …
David Stout / New York Times:   House Approves Stimulus With No Republican Support
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Friday Senate Line: Gregg Adds to GOP Pain  —  The withdrawal of Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) as President Obama's commerce secretary nominee on Thursday was initially greeted with relief by Senate Republicans who believed that the incumbent might now stay on and seek reelection in 2010.
Senate Democrats optimistic about 2010, targeting nine states
Greg Miller / Chicago Tribune:
Predator drones flown from base in Pakistan, U.S. lawmaker says  —  Sen. Feinstein's surprise disclosure likely to complicate joint campaign against Taliban militants  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - A senior U.S. lawmaker said Thursday that unmanned CIA Predator aircraft operating in Pakistan are flown …
Greg Miller / Los Angeles Times:
Feinstein comment on U.S. drones likely to embarrass Pakistan
Discussion: The Swamp, ATTACKERMAN and On Deadline
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Feinstein blows our Pakistani cover
Discussion: Danger Room and Weasel Zippers
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Ever-Bolder GOP  —  It seems that Republicans are feeling pretty good about themselves these days: … This reminds me of what Eve Fairbanks wrote back on February 9 when she observed that they are “completely obsessed with winning the media “cycle” and getting the sexiest …
Gene Warner / Buffalo News:
Prominent Orchard Park man charged with beheading his wife  —  Orchard Park police are investigating a particularly gruesome killing, the beheading of a woman, after her husband — an influential member of the local Muslim community — reported her death to police Thursday.
The Stimulus Plan: A Detailed List of Spending  —  Congress released its compromise of the economic stimulus plan at 11 p.m. Thursday.  Debate began in the House at 9 a.m., with voting set for 1 p.m. Want to know what's in it?  You could read the 1,071-page gorilla they've posted.
Discussion: D-Day, ProPublica and TalkLeft
The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Are Dems Secretly Gutting Welfare Reform?
Discussion: Reason
Kevin G. Hall / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Will the stimulus actually stimulate?  Economists say no  —  WASHINGTON — The compromise economic stimulus plan agreed to by negotiators from the House of Representatives and the Senate is short on incentives to get consumers spending again and long on social goals that won't stimulate economic activity …
Rasmussen Reports:
Specter Vote For Stimulus Hurts Him Back Home  —  Senator Arlen Specter is one of only three Republicans to support the economic stimulus bill in Congress, and the latest Rasmussen Reports survey in Pennsylvania shows that his position is costing him support back home.
John B. Judis / The New Republic:
End The Honeymoon  —  Why the left is to blame for the lackluster stimulus and bank bailout.  —  There are many good things to say about the stimulus bill.  But all in all, it wasn't as good as it could be: It's probably too small and too skewed toward tax cuts, and particularly cuts …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The Audacity of Audaciousness  —  It takes a certain amount of nerve to have an event at the National Press Club and then ban the press from covering it.  —  It takes another level of chutzpah entirely to admit members of the general public to your event at the National Press Club …
Dems target right-wing talk radio  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — More and More Democrats in Congress are calling for action that Republicans warn could muzzle right-wing talk radio.  —  Representative Maurice Hinchey, a Democrat from New York is the latest to say he wants to bring back the …
Washington Post:
Nationalize the Banks!  We're all Swedes Now  —  The U.S. banking system is close to being insolvent, and unless we want to become like Japan in the 1990s — or the United States in the 1930s — the only way to save it is nationalization.  —  As free-market economists teaching at a business school …
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
In Japan's Stagnant Decade, Cautionary Tales for America
Discussion: Portfolio and naked capitalism
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
If The Right Were Intellectually Honest ...  This Manzi post would be their argument going forward.  Here's why they are not being intellectually honest, and Manzi's post includes the relevant facts.  The GOP has passed what amounts to a spending and tax-cutting and borrowing stimulus package …
John Byrne / The Raw Story:
Unrest in Tennessee: House GOP chairman joins suit to overturn Obama's presidency  —  Democrats say GOP congressman joining suit is ‘from Mars’  —  A Supreme Court decision apparently isn't enough for Tennessee lawmakers in the House.  —  Despite the fact that the Court rejected an effort …
Sarah Pulliam / Christianity Today:
Phrase ‘Religious Right’ Misused, Conservatives Say  —  The term “Religious Right” pops up every election cycle, but leaders often identified with the political movement say that while their constituencies remain strong, the catchphrase deserves a proper burial.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Kyle / Right Wing Watch:
The Religious Right's New Demand: Stop Calling Us the Religious Right
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Bush Aide: Leahy Truth Commission Is ‘Terribly Dangerous’ Idea, Possibly ‘Deadly’  —  Last night on The O'Reilly Factor, Bill O'Reilly showed a clip of a Fox News producer ambushing Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) to accuse him of political hypocrisy for urging an investigation into Bush crimes after he had opposed the Clinton impeachment.
Discussion: Big Brass Blog
Todd J. Zywicki / Wall Street Journal:
Don't Let Judges Tear Up Mortgage Contracts  —  That's the last thing troubled securities markets need.  —  The nation faces a foreclosure crisis of historic proportions, and there is an understandable desire on the part of the federal government to “do something” to help.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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City Journal:
The New Book Banning  —  It's hard to believe, but true …
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Wall Street Journal:
Consumers Cut Food Spending Sharply
Discussion: Megan McArdle
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David M. Herszenhorn / The Caucus:
Final Draft on Stimulus Bill, Complete With Last-Minute Edits
Discussion: Political Machine
Mike Allen / The Politico:
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Timothy J. Burger / Bloomberg:
California's Napolitano Makes $220,000 From 1998 Campaign Loan
Discussion: D-Day, Swampland and The Swamp