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9:50 AM ET, February 13, 2009


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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  —  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 …
BREAKING: Gregg withdraws
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Gregg Was Pwned  —  It gets clearer.  When Judd Gregg approached …
Discussion: CNN and The Huffington Post
Washington Post:
Gregg Withdraws As Commerce Pick
Discussion: On Deadline and The Plum Line
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
TIMING  —  According to our Matt Cooper, Gregg called New Hampshire …
Byron York /
Who will investigate the Obama administration?
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Pence: Remove Gregg or give him Census
Discussion: The Politico, Open Left and D-Day
Associated Press:   Gregg withdraws as commerce secretary nominee
Buffalo News:
49 KILLED AS PLANE CRASHES INTO HOME IN CLARENCE CENTER  —  Forty-nine people died when a Continental Connection airplane crashed into a house in Clarence Center shortly after 10:15 p.m. Thursday, setting off a huge fire that could be seen miles away.  —  The dead included 44 passengers, four crew members and a person on the ground.
Police: 50 killed in Buffalo-area plane crash  —  CLARENCE CENTER, New York (CNN) — A Continental Airlines plane crashed into a home near Buffalo, New York, late Thursday, killing all 49 passengers and crew members and a person in the home, authorities said.
John Wawrow / Associated Press:   Fiery plane crash in upstate NY kills 50
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Conference tactics leave deep House resentment  —  Leading House Democrats were smiling on Thursday, but some of them are furious with the Senate on its handling of the economic stimulus bill.  —  Even though House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid …
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Enablers in Chief  —  Three Republicans voted for stimulus.  —  “I have worked with my colleagues — Republicans and Democrats — to cut wasteful spending in this bill and focus taxpayer dollars where they will do the most good.”  — Sen. Kent Conrad, one extremely relieved man.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Failure to Rise  —  By any normal political standards, this week's Congressional agreement on an economic stimulus package was a great victory for President Obama.  He got more or less what he asked for: almost $800 billion to rescue the economy, with most of the money allocated to spending rather than tax cuts.
Discussion: Salon, TalkLeft, Balloon Juice and EconLog
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
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.
Discussion: RedState, The Next Right and Power Line
Connie Hair / Human Events:
SURPRISE! Dems Break Promise: Stimulus Bill to Floor Friday
Discussion: RedState and Weekly Standard
Marc Santora / New York Times:
Suicide Attack on Iraq Pilgrimage Kills 30  —  BAGHDAD — A female suicide bomber with explosives hidden under flowing black garments blew herself up in a crowd of Shiite pilgrims including many women and children south of Baghdad on Friday, killing at least 30 people and injuring dozens more …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and TalkLeft
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.
Timothy J. Burger / Bloomberg:
California's Napolitano Makes $220,000 From 1998 Campaign Loan  —  Feb. 13 (Bloomberg) — During a decade in Congress, California Representative Grace Napolitano has pocketed more than $200,000 of political contributions by charging as much as 18 percent interest on money she loaned to her own campaign.
Discussion: The Swamp
Ashby Jones / Law Blog:
2.12.09: The Darkest Day Ever for Big Law Firms?  —  We don't know if we're quite ready to answer the above question in the affirmative, but we're getting close.  What a day.  The folks over at Above the Law have done yeoman's work tallying up the damage.  (That is, so far.  The day ain't even over.)
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Iraq: Good News Is No News  —  Preoccupied as it was poring …
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John Schwartz / New York Times:
An Effort to Upgrade a Court Archive System to Free and Easy
Discussion: Crooked Timber
Barbara Kiviat / Time:
Who Deserves the Most Blame?
Brian / Six Meat Buffet:
The Revolutionary War Was Started Over Less
Discussion: Post Politics and protein wisdom
Shankar Vedantam / Washington Post:
U.S. Court Finds No Link Between Vaccines, Autism
Stephanie Mencimer / Mother Jones:
“Diaper Dave” Vitter Says Obama Adopts Judicial Standards of a “Dictatorship”
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blogs:
Clinton wants ‘more balance’ on airwaves
Discussion: and Redhot
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Joshua Foust /
Dispatches from FOBistan: Fixing Afghanistan Starts With Fixing Ourselves
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Axelrod To Bush Advisers: Butt Out
Discussion: THE WEEK - Online
Jimmie / The Sundries Shack:
Pray Your Members of Congress Took Speed Reading Lessons
Discussion: Betsy's Page and The Foundry
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
NPR embarrassed by Juan Williams after he compared Michelle Obama …
Discussion: American Power
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Projected job numbers don't add up
Discussion: Hot Air and RedState