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11:25 AM ET, February 17, 2009

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Washington Post:
Late Change in Course Hobbled Rollout of Geithner's Bank Plan  —  Just days before Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner was scheduled to lay out his much-anticipated plan to deal with the toxic assets imperiling the financial system, he and his team made a sudden about-face.
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
In a World Not Wholly Cooperative, Obama's Top Economist Makes Do  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama has a few nicknames for Lawrence H. Summers, the brash and brainy former Harvard president who, as chief White House economic adviser, is guiding him through treacherous terrain.
Discussion: The New Republic, Corrente and TPMDC
Thomas M. Defrank / NY Daily News:
Cheney pushed Bush to grant Libby pardon  —  WASHINGTON - In the waning days of the Bush administration, Vice President Dick Cheney launched a last-ditch campaign to persuade his boss to pardon Lewis (Scooter) Libby - and was furious when President George W. Bush wouldn't budge.
Patrick Cockburn / The Independent:
A ‘fraud’ bigger than Madoff  —  Senior US soldiers investigated over missing Iraq reconstruction billions  —  In what could turn out to be the greatest fraud in US history, American authorities have started to investigate the alleged role of senior military officers in the misuse of $125bn …
Byron York / www.dcexaminer.com:
For Obama, it's more about showmanship than sunlight  —  After rushing Congress to act, why did he wait for days to sign the “emergency” stimulus bill?  —  Back during the presidential campaign, Barack Obama promised something he called “Sunlight Before Signing.”
Sara Just / Political Radar:
Bristol Palin Speaks Out  —  ABC's Teddy Davis and Sara Just report: Bristol Palin, the 18-year-old daughter of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, told Fox News in her first interiew since giving birth that she would like to be an advocate against teen pregnancy.  —  “Everyone should wait 10 years,” Palin said.
John Hawkins / Pajamas Media:
Six Keys to Turning Around the Republican Party  —  Here's how the GOP can charge into 2010 with a fired-up conservative base and appeal to a wider slice of the American public.  —  If we want to fix what ails the Republican Party, it's worth taking a few moments to diagnose what went wrong …
Discussion: Right Wing News
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Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
How to fix the GOP?  —  John Hawkins is the list-master …
Discussion: Redhot and MyDD
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Congress' Approval Rating Jumps to 31%  —  More positive ratings from Democrats largely responsible for increase  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup's latest congressional job approval rating, from a Feb. 9-12 poll, shows a sharp 12 percentage-point increase from last month, rising from 19% to 31%.
CNN:
Police: TV station founder beheaded wife  —  From Deborah Brunswick and LaNeice Collins  —  NEW YORK (CNN) — The founder of an Islamic television station in upstate New York aimed at countering Muslim stereotypes has confessed to beheading his wife, authorities said.
Discussion: PoliBlog and Pharyngula
Anne Schroeder Mullins / The Politico:
Going gray's just fine, man  —  Everyone seems to have an opinion about Howard Fineman's hair lately.  —  The Newsweek reporter and MSNBC commentator has let his hair go gray, and it's all anyone can talk about.  —  Perfect strangers, we hear, go up and talk to him about it.
Los Angeles Times:
Legislature adjourns with no budget; governor prepares to lay off 10,000  —  In addition to shutting down public-works projects, Schwarzenegger administration moves toward massive state layoffs as legislators again fail to garner the final GOP vote needed to pass a budget.
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Wall Street Journal:
Don't Believe the Stimulus Scaremongers  —  Americans are losing faith in the fairness and wisdom of economic policy.  —  Our ignorance of what causes economic ailments — and how to treat them — is profound.  Downturns and financial crises are not regular occurrences …
Discussion: Washington Post and EconLog
New York Times:
Japan's Finance Minister to Quit After G-7 Blunder  —  TOKYO — Japan's finance minister, facing ridicule and criticism for embarrassing behavior at the weekend Group of 7 meeting in Rome, said Tuesday he would resign.  —  Shoichi Nakagawa raised eyebrows for slurred speech …
Wall Street Journal:
Auto Maker Deadline Looms  —  GM, Chrysler Plans Due Today; U.S. Taps Car Adviser Known for Extracting Concessions  —  Troubled U.S. auto makers and union representatives dug in late Monday for all-night cost-cutting negotiations as the government advanced its point person on auto restructuring …
Discussion: Spin Cycle
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Paterson's weakness  —  New York Governor David Paterson received some terrible poll numbers today, suggesting Attorney General Andrew Cuomo would easily beat him in a primary, and that he might well lose to a Republican in November, 2010.  —  Cuomo probably doesn't want another racially charged primary …
Gale Holland / Los Angeles Times:
Student sues L.A. City College district over gay-marriage speech  —  Weeks after Proposition 8 passed, student says, his public-speaking professor reacted inappropriately to his stance against same-sex unions.  His lawyer alleges religious discrimination.  —  A classroom dispute …
Discussion: GayPatriot and QandO
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
STILL SPIRALING  —  Former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ) was on Hardball last night and put on a dizzying display as he tried to blame George Soros and Chuck Schumer for the economic collapse:
Bradley Burston / Haaretz:
Sure the Israeli right won?  Peace lost?  Look closer  —  To judge solely from the gloating, the right conclusively won last week's election.  Hawkish politicians were swift to crow triumph.  Hardline analysts and legions of talkbackers have positively glowed in pronouncing the end of the left …
David Rogers / The Politico:
Obama plots huge railroad expansion  —  Railroads made Chicago, and now a Chicago-rich White House wants to return the favor: remaking rail with a huge new federal investment in high-speed passenger trains.  —  The $787.2 billion economic recovery bill — to be signed by President Barack Obama on Tuesday …
Scott / Power Line:
Coleman's complaint  —  In its ruling Friday on the standards applicable to the 4,800 rejected absentee ballots raised by the Coleman campaign in the election contest, the three-judge panel insisted on compliance with Minnesota's absentee ballot statute.  The judges' ruling is reasonable on its face.
Mark Brown / Chicago Sun Times:
Transcript has Burris dancing around the truth  —  Here's the proof that he really is a lying little sneak  —  Sen. Roland Burris says the transcript of his Illinois House impeachment committee testimony proves he is not a lying little sneak.  —  It doesn't.  But judge for yourself.
Discussion: Hot Air
Micah Zenko / Boston Globe:
Reassessing ‘Af-Pak’ strategy  —  THE WHITE HOUSE, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and regional military commanders are reviewing US policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan, or “Af-Pak” in Washington-speak.  Initial news reports suggest similar shifts of strategy: adding US troops …
Gary Kamiya / Salon:
The death of the news  —  If reporting vanishes, the world will get darker and uglier.  Subsidizing newspapers may be the only answer.  —  Journalism as we know it is in crisis.  Daily newspapers are going out of business at an unprecedented rate, and the survivors are slashing their budgets.
Discussion: pandagon.net
Washington Post:
Pentagon Rethinks Its 18-Year Ban on Photos and Videos of Coffins Bearing War Dead Home  —  Every week, Air Force cargo jets land and taxi down the runway at Dover Air Force Base, Del., carrying the remains of fallen U.S. troops.  After a chaplain says a simple prayer, an eight-man military …
The Politico:
Hoyer to Pelosi: Stand up to Senate  —  House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) is pushing Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to take a harder line with the Senate after a trio of Republican senators forced Congress to trim billions from the $787 billion economic stimulus package.
 
 
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