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11:55 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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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.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Swamp
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: MyDD and Daily Kos
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Burris covered up Blago solicitation
Discussion: Political Machine and Moe Lane
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Burris Now Says He Was Asked for Donations
Discussion: TalkLeft
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 …
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
In Gingrich Mold, a New Voice for Solid Resistance in G.O.P.  —  WASHINGTON — The last time Congressional Republicans were this out of power, they turned to a college professor from Georgia, Newt Gingrich, to lead the opposition, first against President Bill Clinton in a budget battle in 1993 …
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Eric Boehlert / Media Matters:
What if the press did context?
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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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Bloomberg:   Geithner Reassures G-7 on Bank Plan, Is Urged to Act
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:   Congress strengthens exec pay limits
Jonathan Singer / MyDD:
The Beltway Games Don't Really Matter  —  Ben Smith makes some very good points and draws out some great quotes: … Smith, and the pollsters he quotes, are speaking directly to a point I have been driving at for some time: Perhaps more than ever, there is a real divide between …
Discussion: The Sideshow and Hullabaloo
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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.
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.
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Julia Preston / New York Times:
U.S. Military Will Offer Path to Citizenship  —  Stretched thin in Afghanistan and Iraq, the American military will begin recruiting skilled immigrants who are living in this country with temporary visas, offering them the chance to become United States citizens in as little as six months.
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
New York Times:
Inquiry on Graft in Iraq Focuses on U.S. Officers  —  Federal authorities examining the early, chaotic days of the $125 billion American-led effort to rebuild Iraq have significantly broadened their inquiry to include senior American military officers who oversaw the program …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Case May Alter Judge Elections Across Country  —  MATEWAN, W.Va. — Don L. Blankenship, the chief executive of the nation's fourth-biggest coal mining company, is not shy about putting his money where his mouth is when it comes to West Virginia politics.  —  In 2004, he spent $3 million …
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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Elizabeth Dinan / Portsmouth Herald:
F-bomb: Threat or free speech? Court to hear 1st amendment debate
Discussion: Lean Left
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.
Evan Halper / Los Angeles Times:
Business the big winner in California budget plan  —  Firms would get nearly $1 billion in breaks, while the average person would pay higher taxes five ways.  Republicans say the plan would create jobs, but others dispute the claim.  —  Reporting from Sacramento — The average Californian's taxes …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and L.A. Now
 
 
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Mark Potok / Hatewatch:
Columnist Ann Coulter Defends White Supremacist Group
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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
Discussion: Calculated Risk
Sarah Boseley / Guardian:
Drug giant pledges cheap medicine for world's poor
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The stimulus roundabout
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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
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