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10:55 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.
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: Taegan Goddard's … and RedState
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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
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 …
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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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.
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.”
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 …
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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
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Jenny Booth / Times of London:
Ex-spy chief Dame Stella Rimington says ministers have turned UK into police state  —  Dame Stella Rimington, the former head of MI5, has accused the Government of exploiting people's fear of terrorism to restrict civil rights.  —  Ministers risked handing a victory to terrorists who want people to …
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
Protectionism Anew  —  Some think the New Deal rescued America from economic crisis in the 1930s.  Others argue the opposite.  But whatever their ideology, and whatever their credentials, most of the pundits, historians and economists who debate the Great Depression agree about one thing …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Facebook's Users Ask Who Owns Information  —  Reacting to an online swell of suspicion about changes to Facebook's terms of service, the company's chief executive moved to reassure users on Monday that the users, not the Web site, “own and control their information.”
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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David Klepper / Kansas City Star:
Kansas budget crisis: State tax refunds on hold
Discussion: The Corner and naked capitalism
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
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
Discussion: PoliBlog
 
 
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James Morone / New York Times:
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Vikram Dodd / Guardian:
Anti-terror code ‘would alienate Muslims’
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Dante Atkins / Calitics:
Some more math  —  If tax cuts always stimulate growth …
Tom Brune / Newsday:
Gillibrand removes guns from under bed
Discussion: The Politico and Spin Cycle
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Pope Benedict to meet Pelosi
Philip Sherwell / Telegraph:
Israel launches covert war against Iran