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9:55 AM ET, February 17, 2009

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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 …
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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Nichola Groom / Reuters:   With no budget, California to cut 20,000 state jobs
Stu Woo / Wall Street Journal:
California Vies to Close Budget Gap
Discussion: PoliGazette
The Politico:
Obama takes econ campaign to Denver  —  President Barack Obama has a busy week of travel ahead of him, including more campaign-style stops to boost his recently passed economic stimulus package, the rollout of his long-awaited housing plans and a quick hop over the border to Canada for his first foreign trip.
Discussion: The Swamp
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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Gains Support From G.O.P. Governors  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama must wish governors could vote in Congress: While just three of the 219 Republican lawmakers backed the $787 billion economic recovery plan that he is signing into law on Tuesday, that trifling total …
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.”
James Morone / New York Times:
One Side to Every Story  —  Providence, R.I.  —  “THIS is not a time for partisanship,” declared Senator Judd Gregg, Republican of New Hampshire, when he accepted President Obama's invitation to serve as commerce secretary.  By last week, Mr. Gregg had changed his mind, citing “irreconcilable conflicts.”
Discussion: Townhall.com
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.
Discussion: RedState
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
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Phyllis Chesler / Writings from the Middle East Forum …:
Are Honor Killings Simply Domestic Violence?  —  Spring 2009, pp.  61-69 … When a husband murders a wife or daughter in the United States and Canada, too often law enforcement chalks the matter up to domestic violence.  Murder is murder; religion is irrelevant.
Wall Street Journal:
Auto Maker Bankruptcy 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 …
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.
Discussion: TBogg
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: Pharyngula
Chris Peck / Memphis Commercial Appeal:
Inside the Newsroom: Case for gun-permit listings trumps emotional opposition  —  Misunderstandings with people who carry guns can turn ugly.  —  This past week it has been ugly at the newspaper, after passionate gun owners latched onto three very wrong ideas about why The Commercial Appeal's Web site …
Vikram Dodd / Guardian:
Anti-terror code ‘would alienate Muslims’  —  The government is considering plans that would lead to thousands more British Muslims being branded as extremists, the Guardian has learned.  The proposals are in a counterterrorism strategy which ministers and security officials are drawing up that is due to be unveiled next month.
Discussion: Harry's Place
Tom Brune / Newsday:
Gillibrand removes guns from under bed  —  Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) has moved the two rifles that she kept under the bed to protect her upstate New York home, her spokesman said Monday.  —  “Given that the location of the guns has been disclosed, they have been moved for security reasons …
Discussion: The Politico and Spin Cycle
The White House:
The story of the economic recovery package (photos)  —  As President Obama says, the economic recovery package is just one of three “legs of the stool” — a milestone, but an early one, the very beginning of the long process of fixing the economic crisis we inherited.
Discussion: The Politico and Political Punch
CNN:
Historians rate Lincoln best president, Bush 36th  —  (CNN) — It's been 145 years since Abraham Lincoln appeared on a ballot, but admiration for the man who saved the union and sparked the end of slavery is as strong as ever, according to a new survey.  —  Lincoln finished first in a ranking …
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Eric Posner / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Bush: Lincoln's heir?  Such is the surprising albeit unintended message …
Discussion: Moe Lane
 
 
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Dante Atkins / Calitics:
Some more math  —  If tax cuts always stimulate growth …
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Pope Benedict to meet Pelosi
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Revelations by Senator Are Raising Concerns
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