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10:15 AM ET, February 18, 2009


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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.
Washington Post:
Buy-Buy, Mr. Burris  —  WHEN THEN-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested in December for, among other things, allegedly trying to auction off the U.S. Senate seat left open by Barack Obama's election to the presidency, we feared that whomever Mr. Blagojevich eventually chose would be tainted by the association.
Peter Slevin / Washington Post:
Burris Admits to Fundraising Attempt  —  Senator Now Says He Tried to Solicit Money for Blagojevich  —  In the latest in a series of shifting accounts of his conduct, Sen. Roland W. Burris (D-Ill.) told reporters that he tried to raise money for then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich at the same …
Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line:
Democratic Source on Burris: 'He's In Deep Sh*t'
Discussion: Politics Nation
Michelle Malkin:
Nutroots suddenly hypersensitive about Nazi/president comparisons  —  For eight years, we've heard “Bushitler” invoked endlessly.  —  Again:  —  And again.  —  And again.  —  And again.  —  And again:  —  Now, the tables have been turned.  Some folks are invoking Nazi allusions against Barack Obama.
Karl Frisch / Media Matters:
UPDATED: Michelle Malkin takes photo with man holding swastika Obama sign  —  Just the messenger.  According to ProgressNowColorado: … UPDATE: Ohhhh, wait a minute.  I get it.  The man with the sign isn't professing his affinity for Nazis.  He isn't even identifying himself as a Nazi.
Discussion: ProgressNow Colorado
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Cheney and the Goat Devil  —  I was dubious about Will Ferrell doing his Bush impersonation one more time on Broadway.  —  As we lurch through the disasters bequeathed by W. — the economy tanking, 17,000 more troops going to Afghanistan, Chrysler pleading for a total of $9 billion …
USA Today:
Obama's war: Deploying 17,000 raises stakes in Afghanistan  —  WASHINGTON — Barack Obama, whose presidential ambitions were launched by his opposition to one war, moved Tuesday to expand the U.S. deployment in another.  —  In his first such action as president, Obama ordered an additional 17,000 combat troops to Afghanistan.
Discussion: MSNBC and Washington Post
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 …
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 …
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Dem exclusive?  Reporters jump ship  —  In three months since Election Day, at least a half-dozen prominent journalists have taken jobs working for the federal government.  —  Journalists, including some of those who've jumped ship, say it's better to have a solid job in government than a shaky job …
Brian Mosely / Shelbyville Times-Gazette Headlines:
Islamic subversion alleged by speaker  —  A former FBI special agent told law enforcement and Homeland Security personnel that a network of Islamic organizations are working to incrementally implement Islamic law in the United States.  —  During a presentation at the Bedford County Emergency …
Robert / Jihad Watch:
Former FBI special agent: Every major Muslim organization in the U.S …
Discussion: The Corner
Rachel Weiner / The Huffington Post:
Michele Bachmann: “We're Running Out Of Rich People In This Country”  —  In an interview with a conservative talk show host, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has once again embarrassed herself.  Posted by the blog Dump Bachmann and picked up by the MN Progressive Project, the clip …
Lisa Demer / Anchorage Daily News:
Palin to pay tax on past per diem  —  EXPENSES: Governor received meal money while living in Wasilla.  —  —  Gov. Sarah Palin must pay income taxes on thousands of dollars in expense money she received while living at her Wasilla home, under a new determination by state officials.
Discussion: The Politico
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.
The Independent:
Howard Jacobson: Let's see the ‘criticism’ of Israel for what it really is  —  Emotions have run high over recent events in Gaza.  And in this impassioned and searching essay, our writer argues that just below the surface runs a vicious strain of ancient prejudice
Discussion: Israellycool and Augean Stables
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.
Los Angeles Times:
California budget negotiations hit a new snag  —  Senator Dave Cox talks on the cell phone in the senate chambers as lawmakers prepare for another late night at the State Capitol in Sacramento  —  Senate Republicans oust their leader, who had joined with Democrats to forge a budget package containing higher taxes.
Help Is on the Way?  Obama to Outline Mortgage Plan  —  President Will Unveil a Plan Today to Stop the Flood of Foreclosures  —  Perhaps no one word has defined this recession better than “foreclosure.”  —  In the last year, banks started foreclosure proceedings on more than 2.3 million households …
Discussion: Stephen C. Rose, The Note and Reason
Michael Leahy / Washington Post:
Back Home in Alaska, Palin Faces Scrutiny and Second-Guessing From All Sides  —  Scrutiny Has Been Intense Since Election  —  JUNEAU, Alaska — A couple of weeks before the Alaska legislature began this year's session, a bipartisan group of state senators on a retreat a few hours from here invited Gov. Sarah Palin to join them.
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Jindal Signals Louisiana May Not Take Stimulus Money  —  Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, a potential 2012 GOP presidential candidate, has suggested his state may not be interested in all of the roughly $4 billion allotted to it in the economic stimulus package to be signed by President Obama today.
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Mark Naymik / Openers:
Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner and Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher will run for U.S. Senate
Discussion: TPMDC
Wall Street Journal:
Dow Flirts With November Low
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Second stimulus?  —  Obama's press secretary told reporters …
Washington Times:
Spending the stimulus won't be easy
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Fundraiser for Murtha may have broken campaign finance rules
Discussion: protein wisdom
 Earlier Items: 
Megan McArdle:
Did World War II end the Great Depression?
Discussion: Political Machine
Free-speech hero or an anti-Islamic publicity hound? …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Andrew Clark / Guardian:
Mandelson launches Starbucks rant
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and marbury
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Libtalk Network NovaM To Shut Down
Steve Doughty / Daily Mail:
Libraries put Bible on top shelf in a sop to Muslims
Discussion: Hot Air