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6:10 PM ET, February 15, 2009

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Michelle Malkin:
Taxpayer revolt: Porkulus protest in Seattle, Obama to sign theft act in Denver  —  There should be one of these in every town in America.  What are you doing?  Liberty Belle announces a taxpayer protest against the porkulus tomorrow in Seattle: … If you can get a real pig roast going, all the better!
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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
The Politico:
Axelrod hints pay limits not binding
Discussion: Townhall.com and Associated Press
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 …
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.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The New Filibuster  —  Kevin Drum raises an important point, namely that “The filibuster was never intended to become a routine requirement that all legislation needs 60% of the vote in the Senate to pass.”  —  Indeed, the filibuster was never intended at all.
The Huffington Post:
Graham: Nationalizing Banks Should Be On The Table  —  In a gloomy segment about the financial sector on ABC'S This Week, two self-avowed fiscal conservatives said that the U.S. Government should at least consider nationalizing the country's banking system as a means of moving beyond the current lending crisis.
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Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line:
Graham on Bipartisanship: 'The Country's Screwed'  — Sen. Graham Open to ‘Nationalizing the Banks’  — Gregg Withdrawal Embarrasses White House  — Obama's $2-3-Trillion Political Gamble  — Stimulus Agreement: $789.5-Billion Price Tag  — Report Card on Obama's First Presidential News Conference
Discussion: Washington Monthly, TPMDC and RBO
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
S.D. Liddick / The Huffington Post:
Open Letter to a Craven Reporter in Iraq  —  I'm an independent reporter in Iraq, on assignment for a U.S. magazine (as well as a Huffingtonpost.com blogger).  I've just come off a three-week civilian tour of Anbar Province, living with sheiks and Iraqi civilians, trying to get a feel …
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Why Americans Hate the Media  —  In the late 1980s public-television stations aired a talking-heads series called Ethics in America.  For each show more than a dozen prominent citizens sat around a horseshoe-shaped table and tried to answer troubling ethical questions posed by a moderator.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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 …
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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Peter Slevin / Washington Post:
Burris Discloses Fundraising Requests
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?
Discussion: The Mahablog
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
The 7 stimulus lessons for the Dems  —  The stimulus fight is now history — but Democrats who don't study their stimulus mistakes are doomed to repeat them.  —  Two weeks of highly concentrated debate, backroom maneuvering, internecine fighting and reconciliation have taught …
Saeed Shah / Guardian:
Pakistan makes sharia law concession  —  Pakistan is to impose Islamic law in a vast region of the north-west called Malakand in an attempt to placate extremists, even as President Asif Zardari warns that they are “trying to take over the state”.  —  Pakistani Taliban militants who are in control …
Discussion: Harry's Place and Jihad Watch
Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
Stimulus exec pay caps roil Wall Street  —  An effort to curb executive pay at the nation's most troubled banks, inserted at the last minute into Congress' mammoth economic stimulus bill, has sparked an outcry from financial services groups and others who warn the caps could harm the government's efforts to revive the economy.
 
 
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Simon Romero / New York Times:
Chávez Reaches Out to Obama Ahead of Vote
Ariel Leve / Times of London:
Found: Robert Mugabe's secret bolthole in the Far East
Washington Whispers:
George W. Bush is Fundraising Personally for His Library
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Death Before Disorder: Health Care and “The Reader”
David Cho / Washington Post:
Geithner Takes Plan To Global Leaders
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
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Ruthie Blum Leibowitz / Jerusalem Post:
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Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
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Reuters:
Iraqis open arms to romance as violence fades
Discussion: Wizbang and Mudville Gazette
Jerome R. Corsi / WorldNetDaily:
Federal obligations exceed world GDP
Discussion: Sense of Events and Don Surber
Hilary Leila Krieger / Jerusalem Post:
'Lieberman weakens Israel's cause in US'
Discussion: Israel Matzav