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12:10 PM ET, February 18, 2009


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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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
'HE'S IN DEEP SH*T'.... Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) is probably still getting settled in as a new U.S. Senator.  He was, after all, sworn in only 34 days ago.  But before Burris finishes unpacking, it'd be best if he didn't get too comfortable in his new job.
Newsdesk / Vox Pop:
Roland Burris, resign
Chicago Sun Times:
Senate opens Burris probe
Discussion: The Capitol Fax Blog and MSNBC
Chicago Tribune:
Burris' Senate-seat story changes again
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and TPMMuckraker
Peter Slevin / Washington Post:
Burris Admits to Fundraising Attempt
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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 …
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 …
Tami Luhby /
Obama's foreclosure fix on the way
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
The White House's missing documents  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  In his first weeks in office, President Barack Obama shut down his predecessor's system for reviewing regulations, realigned and expanded two key White House policymaking bodies …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Team Has Billions to Spend, but Few Ready to Do It
Discussion: Prairie Weather and MSNBC
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Brian Beutler
Paul Krugman:
Comrade Greenspan: Seize the economy's commanding heights!  —  Here.  Truly, it's amazing how compelling the logic of temporary nationalization is.  How long will it be before the Obama administration is ready to take the plunge?  —  The WaPo reports that Tim Geithner realized late …
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 …
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 …
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
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Workshop May Present Play Critical of Israel
Discussion: Elder of Ziyon
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 …
Discussion: Moonbattery
Robert / Jihad Watch:
Former FBI special agent: Every major Muslim organization in the U.S …
Discussion: The Corner
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.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama approval over 50  —  Obama Approval in North Carolina:  —  Approve 52  —  Disapprove 41  —  Barack Obama has the highest approval PPP has ever found for the President in North Carolina.  Of course that may have something to do with the fact that we were formed during the Bush administration...
Thomas H. Maugh II / Los Angeles Times:
Major cache of fossils unearthed in L.A.  —  Volunteer Judy Scharf, left, assistant lab supervisor Trevor Valle and volunteers Pat Simun and Linda Wright carefully brush away dirt surrounding the pelvis of a mammoth at the Page Museum in Rancho La Brea.  The mammoth, which museum researchers …
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Paul Rolly / GenRolly Speaking:
Try, Try Again  —  It appears that Leavitt will challenge …
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Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Ashcroft: Only difference between Bush and Obama is how they spell …
Discussion: ACLU
Agence France Presse:
Key US senator meets Lebanese leaders
Matt Lewis / Political Machine:
How Would Modern Americans React to a ‘Great Depression’?
Discussion: Megan McArdle and Right Wing News
Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
Japan's lessons for a world of balance-sheet deflation
Discussion: Paul Krugman and naked capitalism
US privately backs Pakistan's ‘Sharia law for peace’ deal with Taliban
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Elena Becatoros / Associated Press:
Police foil bomb attack at Citibank in Athens
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Ben Farmer / Telegraph:
Geography professor claims to have found Osama bin Laden
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Michael Leahy / Washington Post:
Back Home in Alaska, Palin Faces Scrutiny and Second-Guessing From All Sides
The Smoking Gun:
Student Arrested For Classroom Texting
Discussion: The Raw Story and PoliGazette
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Second stimulus?  —  Obama's press secretary told reporters …
Discussion: RBO