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3:25 AM ET, February 15, 2009

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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
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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.
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
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Burris Now Says He Was Asked for Donations
Discussion: TalkLeft
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Burris covered up Blago solicitation
Discussion: Political Machine and Moe Lane
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 …
Discussion: Oliver Willis
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Eric Boehlert / Media Matters:
What if the press did context?
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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:
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 …
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics and Swampland
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?
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Tony Allen-Mills / Times of London:
Obama warned over ‘welfare spendathon’  —  The new administration's economic stimulus plan may undo reforms that cut the dole queues, critics say  —  RONALD REAGAN started it, Bill Clinton finished it and last week Barack Obama was accused of engineering its destruction.
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
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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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
China Is at the Heart of Clinton's First Trip  —  Bush Solidified Relations; Now the Obama White House Will Push for Broader Cooperation  —  When Hillary Rodham Clinton was running for president last year, she raised eyebrows in foreign policy circles — especially in Japan …
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Talks Could Clear Way for Congressional Testimony by Rove
Mark Potok / Hatewatch:
Columnist Ann Coulter Defends White Supremacist Group
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Evan Halper / Los Angeles Times:
Business the big winner in California budget plan
Discussion: Hullabaloo and L.A. Now
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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