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8:50 AM ET, February 23, 2009

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Joseph Gerth / Courier-Journal:
Bunning: Justice Ginsberg likely will be dead in 9 months  —  ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. — U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning predicted over the weekend that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would likely be dead from pancreatic cancer within nine months.  —  During a wide-ranging 30-minute speech …
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Brett Hall / Kentucky Politics:
BOMBSHELL: Williams meets with NRSC, eyes run for U.S. Senate  —  A political bombshell this weekend from several well-placed GOP sources, in Frankfort and Washington: State senate President David Williams met with officials at the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) …
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Kentucky legislator courted to face Bunning
MSNBC:
Feb. 22: Jindal, Crist, roundtable  —  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, Al Hunt, Michele Norris, Becky Quick  —  MR. DAVID GREGORY: Our issues this Sunday: An unprecedented economic crisis grips the nation, and it's the states at a breaking point.
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Joe Klein / Swampland:
Bobby Jindal's Blustery Day  —  Bobby Jindal is a very smart fellow.  Back when he was in Congress, I'd try to check in with him every six months or so, just to see what he was thinking about.  At first, we talked about health insurance—his specialty.  Then, about the federal response to Hurricane Katrina (he was appalled).
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Eyes Large Stake in Citi  —  Taxpayers Could Own Up to 40% of Bank's Common Stock, Diluting Value of Shares  —  Citigroup Inc. is in talks with federal officials that could result in the U.S. government substantially expanding its ownership of the struggling bank, according to people familiar with the situation.
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Financial Times:
US government ‘open’ to Citi stake
Discussion: The Big Picture and Firedoglake
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Banking on the Brink  —  Comrade Greenspan wants us to seize the economy's commanding heights.  —  O.K., not exactly.  What Alan Greenspan, the former Federal Reserve chairman — and a staunch defender of free markets — actually said was, “It may be necessary to temporarily nationalize …
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Anne Bayefsky / Forbes:
The Obama Administration Sacrifices Israel  —  The cover-up on Durban II's anti-Semitic agenda.  —  The Obama administration's decision to join the planning of the U.N.'s Durban II “anti-racism” conference has just taken a new twist: cover-up.  On Friday, State Department officials …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Words Of Alan Keyes  —  Watch this astonishing video.  I've posted about Keyes's remarks before but the full text of what he's saying is truly disturbing.  He calls Obama an “abomination.”  He says that “we have to stop him” or the US will cease to exist.
Discussion: PoliGazette and Political Machine
Wall Street Journal:
Bankruptcy Funding Solicited for Car Makers  —  Outside advisers to the U.S. Treasury have started lining up the largest bankruptcy loan ever, talking with banks and other lenders about at least $40 billion in financing for General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC, in case the two auto makers need it …
Manu Raju / The Politico:
How Burris blew it  —  CHICAGO — The crisis now threatening Sen. Roland Burris' political career started with revelations about his entanglements with disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.  —  But it was the way the situation was handled by Burris and his advisers …
Discussion: TIME.com
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Milwaukee Archbishop Chosen to Succeed Egan  —  Pope Benedict XVI on Monday named Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, who has led the archdiocese of Milwaukee for the last seven years, to succeed Cardinal Edward M. Egan as the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York.
Will Hide / Times of London:
Iran: the friendliest people in the world  —  Beaming smiles, gel and a joke about lavatory brushes and weapons of mass destruction - Iran overturns all expectations  —  The metal door to the synagogue swung open and a small boy skipped across the courtyard.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
David Jackson / USA Today:
Obama aims to cut deficit in half by 2013  —  WASHINGTON — Now that his $787 billion stimulus bill is law, President Obama plans to spend this week promoting a budget plan designed to cut the federal deficit in half by the end of his first term.  —  The president will host a …
Discussion: MyDD and TIME.com
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Victoria McGrane / The Politico:
GOP out of touch, says Arnold
Discussion: Don Surber and Right Wing News
 
 
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David Warren / Real Clear Politics:
Back to Carter  —  Barack Obama was at his best in Ottawa this week …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Associated Press:
Condoleezza Rice agrees to a three-book deal
Discussion: Firedoglake
Paul Lewis / Guardian:
UK faces summer of rage, say police
Discussion: Riehl World View
John / Power Line:
ASTRONOMY PICTURE OF THE DAY  —  Astronomy Picture of the Day …
Discussion: APOD
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Palin shuns spotlight to pick up the pieces
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Rahm Emanuel Suggests He Agrees Stimulus Package Wasn't Big Enough
John / Power Line:
EUROPE'S POLITICIANS DON'T PAY THEIR TAXES, EITHER
Discussion: Telegraph
Scott / Power Line:
REMEMBERING THE INDISPENSABLE MAN
Janine Davidson / SWJ Blog:
USG COIN Guide
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Jeff Donn / Associated Press:
Army charity hoards millions, investigation finds