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7:45 PM ET, February 23, 2009

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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Democrats Resisting Obama on Social Security  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama is eager to seek a bipartisan solution to ensure the long-term solvency of Social Security, people who have spoken with him say, but he is running into opposition from his party's left and from Democratic Congressional leaders …
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Social Security: White House Triangulates Against Pete Peterson  —  Rob Kuttner writes in the Washington Post this morning that billionaire Social Security slasher Pete Peterson was originally scheduled to be a keynote speaker at today's fiscal responsibility summit (as reported here last Wednesday) …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Hullabaloo
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
How Entitlement Reform Became Health Reform  —  Why progressives should stop worrying and learn to love today's White House Fiscal Summit.  —  It's testament to how deeply the idea of an entitlement crisis has embedded itself in Washington that news that Obama planned a “fiscal accountability summit” …
Paul Krugman:
Entitlements on the back of an envelope
Discussion: TalkLeft
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
WHY SOCIAL SECURITY IS NOT IN DANGER.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Robert Kuttner / Washington Post:
The Deficit Hawks' Attack on Our Entitlements
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   Obama vs The Left
Elana Schor / TPMDC:
The Story Behind That Scrapped White House Social Security Task Force
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Michael Kranish / Boston Globe:
A warning for Obama on deficits
Discussion: The Caucus and New York Times
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Obama Hits GOP Governors Rejecting Stimulus Funds: There'll Be ‘Ample Time For Campaigns Down The Road’  —  This morning, President Obama addressed members of the National Governors Association, focusing his remarks on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
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Washington Post:
Well Before the 2012 Season, Obama Kicks the GOP a Political Football  —  One month into the Obama presidency, the race for the 2012 GOP nomination appears very much underway.  —  Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, before heading to the National Governors Association annual meeting that started …
William Branigin / Washington Post:
Obama Says Critics are Playing Politics With Stimulus Plan
Discussion: AlterNet.org
Washington Wire:
Lawmakers Say N.Y. Will Gladly Take Funds GOP Governors Reject
Discussion: TIME.com
The Politico:
Obama slams Bush budget ‘dishonesty’  —  President Barack Obama took aim at the “casual dishonesty” of Bush administration budgets Monday, saying he'll abandon accounting “tricks” used to hide the ballooning deficit and pledging to cut a $1.3 trillion federal shortfall in half during his first term.
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Say Anything
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama vs GOP: ‘Fiscal responsibility’
Discussion: New York Times and The Caucus
Ben Smith / The Politico:
No rest for Rahm at the movies  —  A surprised fellow moviegoer passes on word that Rahm Emanuel took time out Saturday night to see The Wrestler at the E Street Cinema last night with a Secret Service Agent.  —  It was not a quiet night out.  —  “The guy sitting next to Rahm …
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Santelli Claims The White House Is Threatening Him: ‘My Kids Are Nervous To Go To School’  —  CNBC's Rick Santelli appeared on at least two radio programs today to promote his “rant” against President Obama's housing program.  On G. Gordon Liddy's radio program, Santelli called attention …
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Capital Commerce:
Rick Santelli: The Man Who Talked Back
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and Pat Dollard
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Official: Obama likely to name Locke to Commerce  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior administration official says that President Barack Obama's likely third pick for Commerce secretary is former Washington Gov. Gary Locke.  —  The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement has not yet been made.
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Former Wash. Gov. Gary Locke Likely To Commerce
Discussion: TIME.com, Gawker and Political Machine
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HSR LIE JUST WON'T GO AWAY.... Once a claim makes its way onto the approved list of Official Republican Talking Points, it's there to stay.  Even after a claim has been exposed as completely false — sometimes, especially after it's been proven false — GOP figures will just keep repeating it.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and The RBC
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Assessing Obama's Job Approval at the One-Month Mark  —  Receives solid approval, but not extraordinary in historical terms  — USA - Government and Politics - Presidential Job Approval - The Presidency - Americas - Northern America  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Barack Obama remains …
Michelle Malkin:
Hey, lady, your $800,000 house is NOT my problem  —  Repeat after me: Property value-preservation is not a civil right.  —  Craig Meister at the Examiner.com points me to this typical CNN sob story clip of a bus driver named Minta Garcia who is demanding that President Obama halt all foreclosures.
Henry Blodget / Tech Ticker:
Citigroup's Clever Plan to Screw Taxpayers Again  —  From The Business Insider, Feb. 23, 2009:  —  So Citigroup (C) has proposed that the US taxpayer and other preferred shareholders convert up to $75 billion of preferred stock into common stock, thus bolstering the company's tangible equity …
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Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
The 10 most influential D.C. Twitterers  —  When you talk about Twitter, you might as well be talking about the Snuggie: People around you swear that it's actually useful, but you can't help thinking it silly and declaring, “I just don't get what all the buzz is about.”
David Faber / CNBC:
AIG Seeks More US Funds As Firm Faces Record Loss  —  American Insurance Group, the insurance giant that is 80-percent owned by the US government, is in discussions with the government to secure additional funds so it can keep operating after next Monday, when it will report the largest loss in U.S. corporate history, CNBC has learned.
Nick Gillespie / Reason:
One More Reason To Fear the Stimulus Package: Joe Biden, Computer Illiterate and Gaffemeister Extraordinaire, Is In Charge of It All  —  Fox News delivers the bad news: … More here.  —  The idea of Joe Biden—the feller who created the position of the drug czar; plagiarized from Robert Kennedy …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Pat Dollard
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Fox News:
Obama Taps Biden to Oversee Stimulus Package Implementation
Discussion: RedState
Tim Paradis / Associated Press:
Major stock market indexes fall to 1997 levels  —  NEW YORK - Wall Street has turned the clock back to 1997.  Investors unable to extinguish their worries about a recession that has no end in sight dumped stocks again Monday.  The Dow Jones industrial average tumbled 251 points …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
CBS News' New Right-Wing PR Chief: “I Never Said Democrats Are Evil”  —  CBS News kicked up a big controversy over the weekend when the news broke that the network had hired as its new public relations chief one Jeff Ballabon, a conservative Orthodox Jew who helped Bush's reelection campaign in 2004.
David Shepardson / Detroit News:
Auto team drives imports  —  Fed task force has few new U.S. cars  —  WASHINGTON — The vehicles owned by the Obama administration's auto team could reflect one reason why Detroit's Big Three automakers are in trouble: The list includes few new American cars.
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Harry Reid: Economy starting to turn around  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said on Monday that the banking industry is “very close” to being stabilized and the nation's economy is starting to rebound.  —  “We tend to talk about the negative. ...
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 …
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Sanford Offers Unemployed South Carolina Resident ‘Prayers’ Instead Of Stimulus Funds  —  Following the lead of a number of his fellow Republican governors, Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC) has given some indication that he will not accept some of the money slated for South Carolina …
 
 
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Mary Beth Sheridan / Washington Post:
Supporters Upbeat About Bill to Give D.C. a Vote in Congress
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CNN:
Poll: 3 out of 4 Americans are scared about state of the country
Discussion: Indecision and Hot Air
David Rogers / The Politico:
Dems add $20.5B to appropriations bill
Discussion: Say Anything
Andy Borowitz / The Huffington Post:
U.S. Nationalizes Illinois Senate Seat
Discussion: Indecision
Mark Kleiman / The RBC:
Minnesota: Where's the outrage?
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