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7:55 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.
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Associated Press:
AP Newsbreak: House GOP wants Burris investigated  —  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois House Republicans say they want U.S. Sen. Roland Burris investigated for perjury.  —  State Rep. Jim Durkin told The Associated Press he and GOP leader Tom Cross will ask for an outside investigation …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Chicago Tribune:
Burris changes story on Senate seat  —  U.S. Sen. Roland Burris, who repeatedly denied anyone tied to disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich solicited him for cash in exchange for his seat, now acknowledges Blagojevich's brother asked him three times to help with fundraising.
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Blagojevich Camp Asked Burris to Aid Fund-Raising  —  CHICAGO — Ronald W. Burris acknowledged Saturday that the brother of former Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich solicited a campaign contribution from him several times in the weeks and months before Mr. Blagojevich appointed Mr. Burris to succeed President Obama as Illinois's junior senator.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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: Political Machine and Moe Lane
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 …
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
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Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
Congress strengthens exec pay limits  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  CHICAGO - President Barack Obama's economic team tried to keep Democratic allies negotiating the stimulus bill from limiting paychecks for executives at banks in need of a bailout.
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 …
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Jonathan Singer / MyDD:
The Beltway Games Don't Really Matter
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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
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JammieWearingFool:
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?
Ronald Brownstein / National Journal Online:
An Eternal Optimist — But Not A Sap  —  THE COMMON THEME OF OBAMA'S EARLY EFFORTS HAS BEEN THE SOLIDITY OF HIS GOALS, AND THE PLIABILITY OF HIS MEANS FOR ACHIEVING THEM.  —  After the trials and triumphs of his tumultuous first weeks, President Obama appears increasingly focused on ends, not means.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Riehl World View and Tim Blair
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Elizabeth Dinan / Portsmouth Herald:
F-bomb: Threat or free speech? Court to hear 1st amendment debate
Discussion: Lean Left
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!
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Memphis Flyer:
Ford Still (or Again) a Candidate to Head Commerce Department  —  As the Memphis Flyer noted first, as long ago as January 15 ("Ford's Future"), Harold Ford Jr. may be in line to become Commerce Secretary in the Obama administration.  The admirable Chuck Todd of NBC and MSNBC is the latest …
Discussion: Post Politics and Moe Lane
 
 
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Bloomberg:
Geithner Reassures G-7 on Bank Plan, Is Urged to Act
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
2012 And Huntsman's Surprise  —  Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr. …
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Wall Street Journal:
GM: Bankruptcy or More Aid
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Sarah Boseley / Guardian:
Drug giant pledges cheap medicine for world's poor
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
LESSONS LEARNED, REDUX.... As part of his ongoing offensive …
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David Frum / THE WEEK - Online:
The stimulus roundabout
Discussion: Hot Air
Tom Kelly / Daily Mail:
Muslim girl in baptism row was fleeing an arranged marriage
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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
The Huffington Post:
Lieberman Stepped Up Role As Talks Ebbed
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Justice Dept. Lawyers in Contempt for Withholding Stevens Documents