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5:10 AM ET, February 24, 2009


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Washington Post:
Poll: Most Americans Back Obama on Stimulus, Mortgage Plans  —  Bipartisan Support Drops Significantly as More Republicans Disapprove of How President Is Handling Job  —  As President Obama prepares to address a joint session of Congress tomorrow night, he receives strong grades …
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
A Strong Start for Obama - But Hardly a Bipartisan One  —  Sixty-Eight Percent Approve of Obama's Performance  —  Barack Obama's month-old presidency is off to a strong start, marked by the largest lead over the opposition party in trust to handle the economy for a president in polls dating back nearly 20 years.
Discussion:, George's Bottom Line and MyDD
Poll: 3 out of 4 Americans are scared about state of the country
Discussion: Indecision and Hot Air
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 …
Andie Coller / The Politico:
Obama's challenge: A nation of Santellis
Discussion: Firedoglake
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
DANGEROUS BREW  —  That's what happens when you mix poll numbers …
Discussion: CNN
Capital Commerce:
Rick Santelli: The Man Who Talked Back
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and Pat Dollard
DougJ / Balloon Juice:
Say what?  —  I've been following the Franken-Coleman legal proceedings pretty closely and everything I've read suggests that Franken is getting the better end of it and will be certified in the next few months.  So where the hell does this come from? … Update: Murray did take this question from me, I'll give her that at least.
Washington Post:
TODAY'S NEWSPAPER  —  Don't want to miss out on the latest in politics?
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
U.S. to Give $900 Million in Gaza Aid  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration intends to provide some $900 million to help rebuild Gaza after the Israeli incursion that ended last month, administration officials said Monday.  —  In an early sign of how the administration plans to deal with Hamas …
Discussion: ThreatsWatch and Atlas Shrugs
‘U.S. plans to pledge $900 million for Gaza’  —  Preliminary estimates put the damage in Hamas-run Gaza after Israel's offensive at nearly $2 billion.  —  Clinton's bid to get the $900 million could face an uphill battle in Congress where requests for Gaza will likely meet resistance …
Little Green Footballs:
During Financial Crisis, Obama Sends $1B to Gaza
Discussion: Mere Rhetoric
The Politico:
Palin: Media sought to seek, destroy Politico - 40 minutes ago  —  Election News  — Obama pledges $15B for Medicaid, answers critics  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama promised quick help for strapped Medicaid programs Monday as he brought in advisers and adversaries …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Robert Wood / US Department of State:
Appointment of Dennis Ross as Special Advisor for The Gulf and Southwest Asia  —  Washington, DC  —  The Secretary is pleased to announce the appointment of Dennis B. Ross to the position of Special Advisor to the Secretary of State for The Gulf and Southwest Asia.
Discussion: The Washington Note
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Negotiator Picked for Post at State Dept.
Discussion: The Politico
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Three envoys, three titles
Discussion: The Cable
The Campaign Spot:
Meltdown on MSNBC: The Leg Tingle Is Gone?  —  I can hardly believe what I'm watching on MSNBC right now.  Chris Matthew is almost critical - no, not even almost, he's flat out critical of President Obama on the economic front.  He mentions an earlier conversation with CNBC's manic stock analyst Jim Cramer …
Discussion: Likelihood of Success and Wizbang
A.W.R. Hawkins / Human Events:
Eleven States Declare Sovereignty Over Obama's Action  —  State governors — looking down the gun barrel of long-term spending forced on them by the Obama “stimulus” plan — are saying they will refuse to take the money.  This is a Constitutional confrontation between the federal government and the states unlike any in our time.
Joshua Rhett Miller / Fox News:
Arrest Made in Home Foreclosure Civil Disobedience Program  —  Police in Baltimore today made what is believed to be the first arrest in a civil disobedience program aimed at supporting homeowners who refuse to vacate their foreclosed homes.  —  An activist with ACORN …
Discussion: The Other McCain
NYU Local:
REVOLUTION!  —  “He touched me, he touched me!”  LOL  —  I have a place you can occupy...Its called Rikers,  —  And if NYU had any balls, you would be there now.  —  uuggg....these are the types of looser college students that make the rest of us look bad  —  Their parents must be so proud of them.
Discussion: Gawker and The Daily Gut
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Comedy gold: The end of the NYU occupation  —  Don't be daunted by the length.  This is 24 karat.  To set the scene: A student group holed up in the campus cafeteria last week for three days with a list of demands including, among various other items, scholarships for Palestinian students …
New York Times:
U.S. Pressed to Add Billions to Bailouts  —  The government faced mounting pressure on Monday to put billions more in some of the nation's biggest banks, two of the biggest automakers and the biggest insurance company, despite the billions it has already committed to rescuing them.
Discussion: Crunchy Con
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Former Wash. Gov. Gary Locke Likely To Commerce  —  Former Washington governor Gary Locke, shown here in Jan. 2007, is expected to be named this week as President Obama's choice to head Commerce.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)  —  Former Washington State Gov. Gary Locke is the likely pick …
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:   Official: Obama likely to name Locke to Commerce
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
WHY SOCIAL SECURITY IS NOT IN DANGER.  —  As a quick clarification to Jane Hamsher's post, no one at the White House ever mentioned the Orszag-Diamond plan to me.  I brought it up in this post as an example of the sort of thinking that administration members had done on Social Security in the past …
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 …
Pakistan Daily Times:
Man slays sister for honour  —  KARACHI: A man surrendered himself after killing his elderly sister on the pretext of honour killing.  —  Elahi Bux, 45, surrendered himself after axing to death his 60-year-old sister, Shehla Bibi, at his house located in Sector 15, Mehran Town …
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At Fiscal Responsibility Summit, McCain Suggests Cost-Saving …
Discussion: The New Republic and Wonkette
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When Asked Whether He Would ‘Consider’ …
Discussion: and Pajamas Media
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