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9:15 PM ET, February 23, 2009

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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
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: Salon, CANNONFIRE and Hullabaloo
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Balloon Juice
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
How Entitlement Reform Became Health Reform
Paul Krugman:
Entitlements on the back of an envelope
Discussion: TalkLeft
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
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
Stephen Splane / Political Punch:
“Dear President Obama”: The President Reads 10 Letters a Day from …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:   Obama - Feeling The Chill?
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 …
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New York Times:
Poll Shows Broad Support for Obama's Leadership  —  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 …
Discussion: Writes Like She Talks
CNN:
Poll: 3 out of 4 Americans are scared about state of the country
Discussion: Indecision
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  —  Former Washington State Gov. Gary Locke is the likely pick to be commerce secretary, according to several senior White House officials.  —  Locke is the third nominee put forth by President Obama to head the Commerce Department.
Discussion: TIME.com, Gawker and Political Machine
Ed Henry / CNN:
Sources: Obama likely to tap Locke for commerce
Discussion: The Intersection
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The Politico:
Obama's 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.
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David Rogers / The Politico:
Dems seek billions more for 2009
Discussion: Say Anything
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Forget change: GOP eyes retro strategy
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 …
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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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.
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 …
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.
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 and Gateway Pundit
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.
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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