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11:00 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
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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.
The White House:
Help for homeowners  —  The President's strategy for economic recovery is a stool with several legs, as he's said, and one of them is solving the foreclosure crisis.  —  “We must stem the spread of foreclosures and falling home values for all Americans, and do everything …
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 …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's housing plan: ‘All of us pay’  —  President Barack Obama, announcing a $75-billion federal aid plan for millions of homeowners facing mortgage foreclosures, today will say the nation is facing “a crisis unlike any we've ever known.”  —  Appearing in Mesa, Arizona …
Discussion: The Politico
Wyatt Buchanan / San Francisco Chronicle:
GOP ousts Senate leader, budget deal in question  —  (02-18) 02:28 PST Sacramento — A state budget deal to close a $41 billion shortfall has been put further into question early this morning after Senate Republicans ousted their leader who had helped negotiate the long-awaited plan with other top lawmakers in California.
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.
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 …
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: Ben Smith's Blogs
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 …
New York Times:
Aides Say No Pardon for Libby Irked Cheney
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Charlie Savage on Obama's embrace of Bush/Cheney “terrorism policies”  —  During the Bush presidency, there were few reporters, if there were any, who were better on issues of civil liberties and executive power abuses than Charlie Savage, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his work exposing …
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 …
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
Matt Lewis / Political Machine:
How Would Modern Americans React to a ‘Great Depression’?  —  Megan McArdle and Jonah Goldberg are both asking an interesting question — whether or not WWII ended The Great Depression.  —  As they point out, despite its nearly universal acceptance as a historical fact, even this “fact” is disputable.
Discussion: Right Wing News
Megan McArdle:   Did World War II end the Great Depression?
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
More Troops Headed to Afghanistan  —  Obama Boosting U.S. Force by Nearly 50% to Address ‘Deteriorating Situation’  —  President Obama has ordered the first combat deployments of his presidency, saying yesterday that he had authorized an additional 17,000 U.S. troops “to stabilize a deteriorating situation” in Afghanistan.
USA Today:
Obama's war: Deploying 17,000 raises stakes in Afghanistan
Discussion: MSNBC and New York Times
Arizona Republic:
Obama in Valley to unveil foreclosure plan  —  President to outline foreclosure strategy during stop at Mesa's Dobson High School  —  President Barack Obama will unveil a plan today to combat the nation's foreclosure crisis, a plan expected to offer assistance to struggling homeowners …
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
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.
US privately backs Pakistan's ‘Sharia law for peace’ deal with Taliban  —  American officials have privately backed Pakistan's “Sharia law for peace” deal with Taliban militants in the Swat Valley despite publicly criticising it as a “negative development”.  —  By Dean Nelson, Javed Siddiq in Islamabad and Emal Khan in Peshawar
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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The White House's missing documents
Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
Japan's lessons for a world of balance-sheet deflation
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Elena Becatoros / Associated Press:
Police foil bomb attack at Citibank in Athens
Ben Farmer / Telegraph:
Geography professor claims to have found Osama bin Laden
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New York Post:
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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
Michael Leahy / Washington Post:
Back Home in Alaska, Palin Faces Scrutiny and Second-Guessing From All Sides
 Earlier Items: 
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Second stimulus?  —  Obama's press secretary told reporters …
Discussion: RBO
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Fundraiser for Murtha may have broken campaign finance rules
Discussion: protein wisdom
Steve Doughty / Daily Mail:
Libraries put Bible on top shelf in a sop to Muslims
Discussion: Hot Air