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6:20 PM ET, February 14, 2009


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Chicago Sun Times:
Blago hit up Burris for cash  —  Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's brother solicited U.S. Sen. Roland Burris for up to $10,000 in campaign cash before Blagojevich named Burris to the coveted post — something Burris initially failed to disclose under oath before an Illinois House impeachment panel, records and interviews show.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Burris covered up Blago solicitation  —  Maybe Harry Reid should have stuck to his guns.  The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Roland Burris failed to disclose that impeached and former Governor Rod Blagojevich's brother solicited a $10,000 contribution just prior to Burris' appointment to the Senate.
Discussion: Moe Lane and Political Machine
Washington Post:
Obama Scores Early Victory of Historic Proportions  —  Twenty-four days into his presidency, Barack Obama recorded last night a legislative achievement of the sort that few of his predecessors achieved at any point in their tenure.  —  In size and scope, there is almost nothing in history …
New York Times:
Stimulus Plan Places New Limits on Wall St. Bonuses  —  WASHINGTON — A provision buried deep inside the $787 billion economic stimulus bill would impose restrictions on executive bonuses at financial institutions that are much tougher than those proposed 10 days ago by the Treasury Department.
Discussion: The Swamp and Congress Matters
Sneaky Dodd Slips Bank Pay Limits Into Porkulus Bill  —  No wonder so many people detest Connecticut's Christopher Dodd.  The guy who gets sweetheart mortgage deals for himself just can't accept the fact bank executives get paid more than he does.  So what does he do?
Geithner Hampered by Staff Deficit as Wall Street Demands Speed
Discussion: RedState
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Public still sky-high on Obama ‘brand’  —  With Barack Obama's victory in passing a massive stimulus package marred by days of bad press—as not a single House Republican backed the bill, his Health Czar went down in flames and his second pick for Commerce Secretary walked away …
Jonathan Singer / MyDD:
The Beltway Games Don't Really Matter
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Ed Henry / CNN:
Obama planning ambitious road ahead  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Fresh off victory on President Obama's signature $787 billion economic recovery plan, several top White House aides say they're planning an ambitious agenda for the rest of February.  —  The Senate had waited for the return …
Discussion: Riehl World View
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
NOW THAT IT'S PASSED, REPUBLICANS LIKE THE SPENDING.... As you may have heard, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) rushed back to Capitol Hill last night, giving the economic stimulus bill its 60th vote, and sending the package to the White House.  The final vote on the $787 billion measure broke down exactly as expected.
Atrios / Eschaton:
But That's Fine!  —  I don't have a problem with Republicans who, on balance, wanted the bill to pass but still voted against it.  I don't really think it's “cowardice” or whatever, they're simply making it clear that they're the opposition party.  And that's a good thing!
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Obama Levitates  —  But the train goes off the rails.  —  One of many highlights of the stimulus bill the Democrats just rammed through Congress is $8 billion for high-speed rail.  What makes this appropriation special is that there was no money for high-speed rail in the original House legislation.
Discussion: American Power and Commentary
Kevin Duchschere / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Recount trial: Coleman dealt blow, but no knockout  —  In a blow to Coleman, recount trial judges ruled out most rejected absentee votes.  —  Dealing a blow but not a knockout to Republican Norm Coleman's hopes, the judges in the U.S. Senate election trial on Friday tossed out most of the 19 categories …
Tom Kelly / Daily Mail:
Muslim girl in baptism row was fleeing an arranged marriage … The foster mother struck off for allowing a Muslim girl to convert to Christianity took the child in after she was threatened with an arranged marriage.  —  The woman, a devout Christian, was asked to care for the teenager …
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
Jules Crittenden:
F-Bomb Free Or Die!  —  It's kind of hard to tell from this Portsmouth Herald article.  But it sounds like your right to remove signs other people have planted without authority on your property, and to do so without interference from busybodies, and to express yourself when those things have transpired …
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
2012 And Huntsman's Surprise  —  Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr. …
Discussion: Eunomia, and MyDD
Wall Street Journal:
GM: Bankruptcy or More Aid
Discussion: Calculated Risk
Memphis Flyer:
Ford Still (or Again) a Candidate to Head Commerce Department
Discussion: Post Politics and Moe Lane
Sarah Boseley / Guardian:
Drug giant pledges cheap medicine for world's poor
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
LESSONS LEARNED, REDUX.... As part of his ongoing offensive …
Discussion: Reuters and
David Frum / THE WEEK - Online:
The stimulus roundabout
Discussion: Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
Fox News:
Gregg's Withdrawal Stirs Speculation Over Obama's Census Plan
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters:
What if the press did context?
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Joan Clements / Telegraph:
Geert Wilders to sue Jacqui Smith over decision to deport controversial filmmaker
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Jihad Watch
The Huffington Post:
Lieberman Stepped Up Role As Talks Ebbed
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Justice Dept. Lawyers in Contempt for Withholding Stevens Documents
Discussion: Associated Press and TalkLeft
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
A Smaller, Faster Stimulus Plan, but Still With a Lot of Money