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2:25 PM ET, February 15, 2009

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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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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.
Discussion: The Impolitic
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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.
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.
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
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 and Michelle Malkin
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Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Axelrod punts on fairness doctrine  —  Toward the end of David Axelrod's interview on Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace jumped into a lightning round of hot-button issues.  —  There, Wallace asked the top adviser about an issue making the rounds on both conservative and liberal radio shows …
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David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Some straight talk about the Fairness Doctrine
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 and TPMDC
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
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.
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?
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.
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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Open Letter to a Craven Reporter in Iraq
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Geithner Takes Plan To Global Leaders
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Ruthie Blum Leibowitz / Jerusalem Post:
One on One: ‘I was the resident skeptic’
Annys Shin / Washington Post:
Contemplating a Sequel to the Stimulus
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'Lieberman weakens Israel's cause in US'
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Obama warned over ‘welfare spendathon’
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