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11:35 AM 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 …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: THIS JUDD'S (NOT) FOR YOU  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** This Judd's (not) for you: Just when you thought the news was getting a bit stale — after the deal on the stimulus — came the latest twist and turn on the Obama White House's four-week-old rollercoaster ride.
William Kristol / PostPartisan:
Why Gregg Withdrew
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.
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air and protein wisdom
Greg Miller / Los Angeles Times:
Feinstein comment on U.S. drones likely to embarrass Pakistan
Discussion: The Swamp and New York Times
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 …
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 …
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.
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 and Shakesville
Kyle / Right Wing Watch:
The Religious Right's New Demand: Stop Calling Us the Religious Right
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 …
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blogs:
Clinton wants ‘more balance’ on airwaves
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 …
Dan / Riehl World View:
Will The Media Stoop To Lying To Protect Obama?  —  It seems this nonsense from Sullivan about a GOP war on Obama is gaining traction.  I've even read some media outlets that are beginning to sniff around it.  Why not?  It stinks!  —  Evidently they must come up with something as their newly crowned …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The GOP Has Declared War On Obama
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 …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama and liberals: a counter-productive relationship
Discussion: TalkLeft
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 and Swampland
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 …
Democratic Senator Predicts None of His Colleagues ‘Will Have the Chance’ to Read Final Stimulus Bill Before Vote  —  ( - Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) predicted on Thursday that none of his Senate colleagues would “have the chance” to read the entire final version …
Tini Tran / Associated Press:
China to create blacklist of local journalists  —  BEIJING (AP) — China plans to create a blacklist of journalists who break its reporting rules, state media reported Friday, adding to an array of controls used to restrict its domestic media.  —  According to a report in the China Press …
The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Are Dems Secretly Gutting Welfare Reform?  —  Is this the return of welfare wars?  —  The final compromise of the economic stimulus bill includes $5 billion for states that anticipate a larger than expected increase in welfare claims.  But to give states maximum flexibility …
Discussion: ProPublica, Spin Cycle and Reason
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Presented by Starbucks — Day 25: A tougher Obama plans huge agenda after stimulus fight — No dialing back, in a town as divided as ever  —  EXCLUSIVE: House Republicans are banding together once again and leaders now expect to lose at most 8 members on the final stimulus bill, after losing 0 the first time.
Discussion: Think Progress
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.
Discussion: Hot Air
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Alan Gomez / USA Today:
General says security permanent in Iraq's south
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Max Boot / Washington Post:
Anyone But Karzai?  —  The Push for New Afghan Leadership Misses the Big Picture
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Ralph Atkins / Financial Times:
Eurozone contracts at record rate
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Reihan Salam / The Atlantic Business Channel:
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Ross Douthat:
The Future of Liberaltarianism
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Discussion: Post Politics and protein wisdom
Ashby Jones / Law Blog:
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Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Enablers in Chief
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Larry J. Sabato / Sabato's Crystal Ball: