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1:15 AM ET, February 18, 2009


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Newsdesk / Clout St:
Burris open to ethics probes, will cooperate with perjury review  —  U.S. Sen. Roland Burris said today he is open to a Senate ethics investigation into how he got the Senate seat from ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich and that he has reached out to a Sangamon County prosecutor who is reviewing Burris' sworn testimony before Illinois lawmakers.
Newsdesk / Vox Pop:
Roland Burris, resign  —  The benefit of the doubt had already been stretched thin and taut by the time Roland Burris offered his third version of the events leading to his appointment to the U.S. Senate.  It finally snapped like a rubber band, popping him on that long Pinocchio nose of his, when he came out with version four.
Associated Press:
Burris tried to raise funds for Blagojevich  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - U.S. Sen. Roland Burris now acknowledges attempting to raise money for ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich — an explosive twist in his ever-changing story on how he landed …
Discussion: Reuters
New York Times:
2 Investigations Into New Illinois Senator Are Begun  —  CHICAGO — The United States Senate Ethics Committee and a local Illinois prosecutor began investigations on Tuesday into the recently appointed junior senator for Illinois, Roland W. Burris, over Mr. Burris's shifting …
Discussion: The Politico and Political Machine
Frank James / The Swamp:
Burris ouster by Senate looks unlikely
Michelle Malkin:
“Yes, we care!”  Porkulus protesters holler back Updated  —  Scroll for updates...more vid and pic links below...  Hundreds of taxpayers took time out of their busy day to protest President Obama's “stimulus” bill-signing in Denver today.  Jim Pfaff of Colorado Americans for Prosperity …
Looking at the Left:
Colorado Says No To Obama's Package of Pork  —  Today in Denver, hundreds of citizens gathered on the steps of the Colorado State Capital to let their disagreement with Obama's economic policies be known.  —  Last week President Obama stated that “economists from across the political spectrum agree” …
Karl Frisch / Media Matters:
UPDATED: Michelle Malkin takes photo with man holding swastika Obama sign
Discussion: ProgressNow Colorado
Michelle Malkin:
Nutroots suddenly hypersensitive about Nazi/president comparisons
Discussion: Riehl World View
Zombiehunter / Peoples Press Collective:
Oink - The Denver Pork Roast for Obama's Stimulus Package
Discussion: The Jawa Report and RBO
Wall Street Journal:
GM to End Brands, Cut 47,000 More Jobs  —  Saturn, Hummer Could Be History by 2011 as GM Plans to Slash Dealers; Chrysler Mentions Bankruptcy Option for First Time  —  General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC on Tuesday told the federal government they need at least $21.6 billion more combined …
New York Times:   Automakers Seek $14 Billion More in Aid
Financial Times:
Bank nationalisation gains ground with Republicans  —  Long regarded in the US as a folly of Europeans, nationalisation is gaining rapid acceptance among Washington opinion-formers - and not just with Alan Greenspan, former Federal Reserve chairman.  Perhaps stranger still …
Discussion: The New Republic and Wizbang
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Obama to Send 17,000 More Troops to Afghanistan  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama will send an additional 17,000 American troops to Afghanistan this spring and summer in the first major military move of his presidency, White House officials said on Tuesday.  —  The increase would come on top …
New York Post:
RAHM'S ‘RENT’ IS JUST THE TIP OF ETHICS ICEBERG  —  NEWS broke last week that Rahm Emanuel, now White House chief of staff, lived rent- free for years in the home of Rep. Rosa De Lauro (D-Conn.) - and failed to disclose the gift, as congressional ethics rules mandate.
Gebe Martinez / The Politico:
Rahm's immigration turnabout
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Politico's David Rogers Catches Republicans Lying About High-Speed Rail, Won't Call Them Liars  —  David Rogers has a piece in Politico that offers a nice summary of the recovery plan's actual high-speed rail provisions and the direct role of the White House in securing them:
Discussion: Gristmill and Left in the West
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Accused fraudster gave big to Dems  —  The Texas financier accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission Tuesday of “massive ongoing fraud” was a generous political donor who gave more heavily to Democrats.  —  Since 2000, R. Allen Stanford, the chief of the Stanford Financial Group in Houston …
Paul Krugman:
Apocalypse now  —  Everyone should be paying attention to the political/fiscal catastrophe now unfolding in California.  Years of neglect, followed by economic disaster — and with all reasonable responses blocked by a fanatical, irrational minority.  —  This could be America next.
Discussion: The Mahatma X Files and Wonkette
Bristol Palin: Abstinence for all teens ‘not realistic’  —  (CNN) — In her first interview since giving birth, the teenage daughter of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said having a child is not “glamorous,” and that telling young people to be abstinent is “not realistic at all.”
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Air Force chief to ask Gates for more F-22s  —  The Air Force chief of staff is going to make his case with Defense Secretary Robert Gates in the coming weeks for more F-22 Raptor jets.  —  Gen. Norton Schwartz said that the Air Force is looking to buy more than the 183 radar-evading F-22s now ordered …
Discussion: New York Times and The Swamp
Colin Clark / DoD Buzz:
AF Likely to get 60 More F-22s; Allies Out of Luck
A new jihad?  —  Turkey witnesses some of the most passionate demonstrations in support of Gaza  —  At a weekend meeting in Istanbul, 200 religious scholars and clerics met with senior Hamas officials to plot a new jihad centred on Gaza.  —  The BBC's Bill Law was the only Western journalist at the meeting.
Edward L. Glaeser / Economix:
If You Got Money, It's Time to Spend Some  —  Edward L. Glaeser is an economics professor at Harvard.  —  In the last eight years, Americans have spent an extraordinary amount of money and borrowed a lot to make that spending possible.  Total outstanding consumer credit was $1.7 trillion in 2000; the current figure is $2.6 trillion.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and
Wall Street Journal:
McCain's Vote Should Trouble Obama  —  By the president's own standard of bipartisanship, he has failed.  —  “John McCain Was Right.”  —  That's one headline we ought to see when President Barack Obama puts his name to the stimulus bill in Denver later today.  But we won't.
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.
US News:
Exclusive: Pat Robertson Says Obama ‘Showing Partisanship,’ Denounces Rush Limbaugh's ‘I Hope He Fails’ Remark  —  Interviewing Christian Broadcasting Network founder Pat Robertson recently for a forthcoming piece on the possibility of a Fairness Doctrine revival, I threw in a couple questions about President Obama.
Anne Bayefsky / The Corner:
A Foreign Policy of Obsequiousness  —  Yesterday in Geneva, President Obama unveiled the new look of America's foreign policy — obsequiousness.  It was Day One for his emissaries to the U.N. planning committee of the Durban II conference.  This is the racist “anti-racism” bash to be held in Geneva in April.
Discussion: Power Line, Cold Fury and TigerHawk
Steve Doughty / Daily Mail:
Libraries put Bible on top shelf in a sop to Muslims … Librarians are being told to move the Bible to the top shelf to avoid giving offence to followers of Islam.  —  Muslims have complained of finding the Koran on lower shelves, saying it should be put above commonplace things.
Discussion: Hot Air
Fernanda Santos / New York Times:
Effort Takes Shape to Support Families Facing Foreclosure  —  As resistance to foreclosure evictions grows among homeowners, community leaders and some law enforcement officials, a broad civil disobedience campaign is starting in New York and other cities to support families who refuse orders to vacate their homes.
Discussion: QandO
Chicago Breaking News:
Willow Creek Chicago pastor resigns, admits to ‘sexual impurity’  —  The pastor of Willow Creek Chicago — the city campus of the evangelical megachurch known as Willow Creek Community Church — has resigned and admitted to “sexual impurity,” according to a church spokesman.
Howard Dean / The Huffington Post:
The Far Right's All Out Offensive Against Medical Research  —  Opponents of fixing our broken health care system are at it again, attempting to use their same old scare tactics and falsehoods to kill a common-sense health care provision is the economic recovery package.
Alexandra Gutierrez / American Prospect:
THIS BIKE IS NOT A PIPE BOMB.  —  Jeffrey Goldberg wasn't trying hard enough.  Despite stuffing Hezbollah flags into his carry-ons and waving fake boarding passes under the noses of security employees, Goldberg was unable to get TSA sufficiently riled up.  —  His efforts were wasted.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CONGRESS GETS APPROVAL BOOST.... Republicans have spent quite a bit of time lately criticizing Congress.  By now, the arguments are probably familiar: the Democratic leadership hasn't been “bipartisan” enough.  They completed a stimulus package behind closed doors.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IDIOCY WATCH.... A friend passed along an item from the weekend, with an audio clip of Michele Bachmann chatting with a conservative talk-show host in Minnesota.  In the ongoing debate as to which member of Congress is the single most ridiculous, this interview is very compelling evidence that Bachmann is …
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Obama's War on Terror May Resemble Bush's in Some Areas
Washington Post:
Obama Signs $787 Billion Economic Stimulus Bill
Discussion: MSNBC, Reason and Gristmill
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Feeling Good About What You've Bought
Newsdesk / Vox Pop:
Democrats' best choice in the 5th: Mike Quigley
Michelle Malkin:
The next anti-porkulus protest: Mesa, Arizona
Discussion: KFYI
Jim Morrill / The Charlotte Observer:
Sen. Graham defends view on nationalizing banks
Discussion: Balloon Juice
 Earlier Items: 
Newt Gingrich / Human Events:
The Plan  —  Democrats in Congress have made a $1.14 trillion bet on big government.
Discussion: Think Progress and MyDD
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
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Jessica Levin / Media Matters for America:
Discussion: MyDD, Seeing the Forest and News Hounds
Wall Street Journal:
Geert Wilders Is a Test for Western Civilization
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Atlas Shrugs
Ex-Border Patrol agents released early from prison
Chris Matthews / The Daily Beast:
Stop the Democratic Suicide
Discussion: Eunomia, The New Republic and Open Left
Tara Parker-Pope / New York Times:
Vitamin Pills: A False Hope?
Discussion: The Corner
Jeff Bercovici / Portfolio:
Barbara Walters: Only the Morning Shows Will Last
Discussion: Gawker and TVNewser