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10:30 AM ET, February 22, 2009

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The White House:
The quickest and broadest tax cut ever  —  Two important takeaways from the President's Weekly Address this morning.  —  #1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will start having an impact as soon as a few weeks from now, in the form of the quickest and broadest tax cut in history:
Discussion: CBS News and Political Machine
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Obama's Budget  —  Clearly the big story of the day is the deliberate leakage of Obama budget plans.  The highlights:  — Obama wants the 2013 deficit to be half the size of the 2009 deficit he inhereted.  — The 2010 deficit is going to be large.  — Specifically …
Discussion: TIME.com
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama: Deficit is big, my plan is bigger  —  Last week, America ran up the credit card.  This week, the statement arrives.  —  President Barack Obama is set to deliver the worst fiscal news since the Great Depression.  —  On Monday, he'll outline a deficit of $1.3 trillion …
Discussion: Agence France Presse and Truthdig
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Has Plan to Slash Deficit, Despite Stimulus Bill
Discussion: marbury and Marginal Revolution
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama vows to cut huge deficit in half
Discussion: Commentary and Reuters
Washington Post:
Obama to Unveil an Ambitious Budget Plan
New York Times:
A Reconciliation on Gay Marriage  —  IN politics, as in marriage, moments come along when sensitive compromise can avert a major conflict down the road.  The two of us believe that the issue of same-sex marriage has reached such a point now.  —  We take very different positions on gay marriage.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Reuters:
Swiss party wants to punish U.S. for UBS probe  —  The right-wing Swiss People's Party (SVP) called on Saturday for retaliation against the United States over a U.S. tax probe into the country's biggest bank UBS that threatens prized banking secrecy.  —  The populist SVP, the country's biggest party …
Wall Street Journal:
J. Edgar Moyers  —  The TV moralist's government record.  —  One of the darker periods of modern American history was J. Edgar Hoover's long reign over the FBI, as we have learned since he died in 1972.  So it is more than a historical footnote to discover new records showing …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Former Chief of eBay Tries a New Bid.  It's Political.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Meg Whitman, a former chief executive of eBay, once said that running the Internet auction site was like being the mayor of a large city, with the mix of politics, competing constituencies and widespread resistance to change.
Discussion: TIME.com and Cafe Talk Aggregator
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Dark Dark Dark  —  Barack Obama's grandmother told him to smile more.  Bill Clinton tells the new president to strut more.  —  As the country takes a bullet train to bankruptcy, the last Democratic president urged the current one to “embody” that old American spunk.
Discussion: Don Surber
Mark Steyn / National Review:
From Islamabad to Bradford  —  'It is hard to understand this deal," said Richard Holbrooke, President Obama's special envoy.  And, if the special envoy of the so-called smartest and most impressive administration in living memory can't understand it, what chance do the rest of us have?
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and The Corner
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Should Minnesota lower the drinking age to 18?  —  The argument over the legal drinking age will once again arise in Minnesota, and along with it, issues of states' rights, citizenship, and public safety.  Four members of the state legislature will introduce a bill to lower the age to 18 …
Discussion: PoliGazette
Charles J. Hanley / Associated Press:
Mass migrations and war: Dire climate scenario  —  CAPE TOWN, South Africa - If we don't deal with climate change decisively, “what we're talking about then is extended world war,” the eminent economist said.  —  His audience Saturday, small and elite, had been stranded here by bad weather and were talking climate.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Obama Upholds Detainee Policy in Afghanistan  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has told a federal judge that military detainees in Afghanistan have no legal right to challenge their imprisonment there, embracing a key argument of former President Bush's legal team.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and The Reaction
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Josh Meyer / Los Angeles Times:   Guantanamo meets Geneva Convention standards, Pentagon study finds
Deborah Solomon / New York Times:
The Anti-Bono  —  Q: As a native of Zambia with advanced degrees in public policy and economics from Harvard and Oxford, you are about to publish an attack on Western aid to Africa and its recent glamorization by celebrities.  “Dead Aid,” as your book is called, is particularly hard on rock stars.
 
 
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Chicago Sun Times:
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Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
Governor's rift with GOP grows wider
Discussion: Calitics and The Note
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New York Times:
Paterson Had Staff Deny Kennedy Was Top Choice
Discussion: The Daily Politics
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Gov. Rendell skeptical about stimulus potential
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Hold the Eulogies, Kennedy Says
Discussion: The Note and The Moderate Voice