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12:55 AM ET, February 24, 2009

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New York Times:
Survey Reveals Broad Support for President  —  President Obama is benefiting from remarkably high levels of optimism and confidence among Americans about his leadership, providing him with substantial political clout as he confronts the nation's economic challenges and opposition from nearly …
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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 …
CNN:
Poll: 3 out of 4 Americans are scared about state of the country
Discussion: Indecision
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
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 …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Democrats Resisting Obama on Social Security
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Social Security: White House Triangulates Against Pete Peterson
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
How Entitlement Reform Became Health Reform
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.
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Washington Post:
TODAY'S NEWSPAPER  —  Don't want to miss out on the latest in politics?
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Mark Kleiman / The RBC:
Minnesota: Where's the outrage?
Discussion: Megan McArdle and Brian Beutler
Reuters:
‘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 …
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Helene Cooper / New York Times:
U.S. to Give $900 Million in Gaza Aid
Discussion: ThreatsWatch
Little Green Footballs:   During Financial Crisis, Obama Sends $1B to Gaza
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 …
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 …
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Michelle Malkin:
Document drop: The truth about ACORN's foreclosure poster child
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
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:   On Return to Court, Ginsburg Is Quick to Question
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: MyDD, TIME.com and George's Bottom Line
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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.
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New York Times:
U.S. Pressed to Add Billions to Bailouts
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 …
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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 …
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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.
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 …
Stephen Splane / Political Punch:
“Dear President Obama”: The President Reads 10 Letters a Day from the Public, With Policy Ramifications  —  The letter to President Obama came from a woman in Arizona whose husband lost his job.  He was able to find work, but the new gig came with one-third the pay; the family is struggling to make their mortgage payments.
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:   Obama - Feeling The Chill?
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.”
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 …
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
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.
Associated Press:
US lawmaker hosts anti-Islamic Dutch lawmaker  —  WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Jon Kyl is hosting a film screening at the Capitol building on Thursday for a far-right Dutch lawmaker who claims that Islam inspires terrorism.  —  Kyl is sponsoring the event for Geert Wilders …
 
 
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Theresa Cook / Political Punch:
At Fiscal Responsibility Summit, McCain Suggests Cost-Saving …
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Ali Frick / Think Progress:
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Rasmussen Reports:
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Discussion: Power Line and The Strata-Sphere
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Supporters Upbeat About Bill to Give D.C. a Vote in Congress
 Earlier Items: 
Andy Borowitz / The Huffington Post:
U.S. Nationalizes Illinois Senate Seat
Discussion: Indecision
Henry Blodget / Tech Ticker:
Citigroup's Clever Plan to Screw Taxpayers Again
Discussion: Cafe Talk Aggregator and TalkLeft
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Harry Reid: Economy starting to turn around
Michelle Malkin:
Hey, lady, your $800,000 house is NOT my problem
Discussion: The Corner, Hot Air and Wizbang