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12:40 PM ET, February 15, 2009

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Tim Shipman / Telegraph:
Barack Obama sends bust of Winston Churchill on its way back to Britain  —  Barack Obama has sent Sir Winston Churchill packing and pulse rates soaring among anxious British diplomats.  —  A bust of the former prime minister once voted the greatest Briton in history, which was loaned …
Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
A Torture Report Could Spell Big Trouble For Bush Lawyers  —  From the magazine issue dated Feb 23, 2009  —  An internal Justice Department report on the conduct of senior lawyers who approved waterboarding and other harsh interrogation tactics is causing anxiety among former Bush administration officials.
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Emptywheel:
The Push to Publish the OPR Report  —  I was wondering when this would come out.  After all, one of the advantages of having an easily-used journalist like Mikey Isikoff around is that when someone needs to leak something to increase political pressure, they know whom to go to.
Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
Gingrich's obstructionism becomes role model for House GOP.»  —  In 1993, former Speaker Newt Gingrich notoriously whipped the House GOP into opposing President Clinton's major initiatives, ranging from the budget to health care reform.  The New York Times reports that Gingrich …
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Congress Matters:
From the files  —  by David Waldman aka Kagro X  —  What files?  The insane pack-rat files, of course.  —  I have with me a hard copy of a collection of Republican quotes predicting doom and disaster in the wake of the 1993 Clinton economic stimulus plan, and much of the rhetoric is eerily similar to today's.
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:   In Gingrich Mold, a New Voice for Solid Republican Resistance
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's Denver signing; ‘Good as any’  —  President Barack Obama will fly to Denver, the place where he accepted the Democratic Party's nomination last summer, to sign the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act” into law on Tuesday.  —  It's “as good” a place “as any” …
Discussion: The Politico
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John O'Connor / Associated Press:
Burris confirms request for Blagojevich donation  —  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Raising fresh questions about his appointment to Congress, Sen. Roland Burris admitted in a document released Saturday that former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's brother asked him for campaign fundraising help before the governor named Burris as Illinois' junior senator.
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Associated Press:
WHAT'S THE RUSH?  —  ‘URGENT’ $TIMULUS ON HOLD FOR BAM'S WEEKEND OFF  —  After pushing Congress for weeks to hurry up and pass the massive $787 billion stimulus bill, President Obama promptly took off for a three-day holiday getaway.  —  Obama arrived at his home in Chicago on Friday …
Washington Post:
Israel's Step Backward  —  How the Obama administration should react to the rightward swing in last week's election  —  ISRAEL'S ELECTION last week propelled the country back in time to a political era when the parliament was sharply divided between parties that favored or opposed a two-state settlement with Palestinians.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
TIME TO REFORM THE FILIBUSTER.... One of the striking aspects of the political process on the Hill is how quickly everyone has adapted to a once-rare tactic becoming routine.  Senate filibusters used to be exceedingly rare — a dramatic challenge only to be used under extraordinary circumstances.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and The Impolitic
Hilary Leila Krieger / Jerusalem Post:
'Lieberman weakens Israel's cause in US'  —  Former administration officials and American Jewish leaders are warning that the rise of Avigdor Lieberman could hurt Israel's image in the US, particularly if he is given a top portfolio or his positions on Israeli Arabs become government policy.
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Obama's To Do List  —  Everyone has a to-do list around the house.  —  In an interview Friday afternoon on Air Force One en route to Chicago, President Obama shared his with a small group of columnists.  —  Now that Congress has approved his economic recovery plan, he was asked, what's his plan for the rest of 2009?
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Rise in Jobless Poses Threat to Stability Worldwide  —  PARIS — From lawyers in Paris to factory workers in China and bodyguards in Colombia, the ranks of the jobless are swelling rapidly across the globe.  —  Worldwide job losses from the recession that started in the United States …
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
China Is at the Heart of Clinton's First Trip
 
 
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Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
Stimulus exec pay caps roil Wall Street
Ruthie Blum Leibowitz / Jerusalem Post:
One on One: ‘I was the resident skeptic’
Discussion: The Washington Note and Commentary
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Axelrod punts on fairness doctrine
Discussion: Hot Air and NewsBusters.org
Reuters:
Iraqis open arms to romance as violence fades
Discussion: Wizbang and Discovery Blog
Annys Shin / Washington Post:
Contemplating a Sequel to the Stimulus
Discussion: QandO and Hot Air
Jerome R. Corsi / WorldNetDaily:
Federal obligations exceed world GDP
Discussion: Sense of Events and Don Surber
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Ray Rivera / New York Times:
Fifty Varied Lives, Ended on a Cold, Foggy Night
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Talks Could Clear Way for Congressional Testimony by Rove
Tony Allen-Mills / Times of London:
Obama warned over ‘welfare spendathon’
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Case May Alter Judge Elections Across Country
Evan Halper / Los Angeles Times:
Business the big winner in California budget plan
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Adam B. Vary / Variety:
The Blair Witch Project cast requests retroactive residuals and “meaningful consultation” on future projects, after Lionsgate and Blumhouse announced a reboot

Tariq Panja / New York Times:
Sources: FIFA is close to giving Apple the global rights for its 2025 World Cup-style soccer competition in the US, likely for ~25% of FIFA's first $4B estimate

Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
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