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10:50 PM ET, February 23, 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 …
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
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
How Entitlement Reform Became Health Reform
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Obama vs The Left
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Elana Schor / TPMDC:
The Story Behind That Scrapped White House Social Security Task Force
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Paul Krugman:
Entitlements on the back of an envelope
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 …
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 …
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 …
Capital Commerce:
Rick Santelli: The Man Who Talked Back
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
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
Mark Kleiman / The RBC:
Minnesota: Where's the outrage?
Discussion: Megan McArdle and Brian Beutler
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
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.”
Jack Healy / New York Times:
Stocks Slump on Corporate Woes; Indexes Fall by 3.4%  —  Investors called it another day of water-torture declines on Wall Street: drop, drop, drop.  —  A broad sell-off sent Wall Street staggering lower in the last hour of trading on Monday as the banking system continued to worry investors.
Discussion: Firedoglake, Portfolio and Gothamist
Theresa Cook / Political Punch:
At Fiscal Responsibility Summit, McCain Suggests Cost-Saving: Cancel the President's New Chopper  —  “I'm going to start with John McCain, because, know, he and I had some good debates about these issues,” President Obama said in the final session of the Fiscal Responsibility Summit.
Discussion: The New Republic and Wonkette
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Three envoys, three titles  —  The State Department, finally, announced the appointment of Dennis Ross, with the title “Special Advisor to the Secretary of State for The Gulf and Southwest Asia.”  —  Ross's portfolio seems , technically at least, keep him from stepping on George Mitchell's toes …
Discussion: The Cable
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: and George's Bottom Line
The Politico:
Obama talks helos with McCain  —  President Barack Obama opened Monday's economic summit by taking 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.
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 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.
Discussion: Wizbang, Hot Air and The Corner
‘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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US lawmaker hosts anti-Islamic Dutch lawmaker
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
When Asked Whether He Would ‘Consider’ …
Discussion: Hot Air and The New Republic
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Regulator Faces Fresh Scrutiny Over Trading Inquiry at Lehman
Discussion: Balloon Juice and AMERICAblog News
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A collapsing carbon market makes mega-pollution cheap
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Andy Borowitz / The Huffington Post:
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