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2:10 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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Robert Kuttner / Washington Post:
The Deficit Hawks' Attack on Our Entitlements  —  With the enactment of a large economic stimulus package, fiscal conservatives are using the temporary deficit increase to attack a perennial target — Social Security and Medicare.  The private-equity investor Peter G. Peterson …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Social Security: White House Triangulates Against Pete Peterson
Discussion: Salon
Diane / cab drollery:
Sometimes Screaming Works
Discussion: The Sideshow and Washington Post
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 …
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 …
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.
Manu Raju / The Politico:
How Burris blew it  —  CHICAGO — The crisis now threatening Sen. Roland Burris' political career started with revelations about his entanglements with disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.  —  But it was the way the situation was handled by Burris and his advisers …
Discussion: The New Republic, MSNBC and TIME.com
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Lynn Sweet:
Burris consultant dumps on Burris p.r. team. Memo.
Discussion: Wonkette and Arkansas News
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Forget change: GOP eyes retro strategy  —  Republicans are hatching a political comeback by dusting off a strategic playbook written nearly two decades ago.  —  Its themes: Unite against Democrats' economic policy, block and counter health care reform and tar them with spending scandals.
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.”
Discussion: The Fix and Tech President blogs
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Anchors Oblige Public's Craving for Tweets
Discussion: The Politico
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
REMOVING ALL DOUBT.... Five years ago, Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ken.) won re-election despite odd and erratic personal behavior.  Now, in advance of another re-election fight, Bunning is acting strangely again.  —  Last month, Bunning decided not to show up for work for a while, and refused to say publicly where he was.
Rick Santelli / CNBC:
Santelli's Manifesto: Why He Called for a ‘Tea Party’  —  CNBC's Rick Santelli called for a “Chicago Tea Party” Thursday, leading the charge for calls to revolt against the Obama Administration's mortgage bailout plan.  —  He touched a nerve, not only on the trading floor that day …
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Phil Rosenthal / Chicago Tribune:
Rant raises profile of CNBC on-air personality Rick Santelli
Discussion: TalkLeft
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Legal Experts Propose Limiting Justices' Powers, Terms  —  If we had it to do all over again, would we appoint Supreme Court justices for life?  Allow the chief justice to keep the job forever?  Let the court have the final word on which cases it hears and those it declines?
Mark Blumenthal / Pollster.com:
Dispatches: Greenberg vs. Penn  —  Of the many stories in Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg's new book, Dispatches from the War Room, the most newsworthy may be his slashing condemnation of Mark Penn, the pollster that displaced him within the inner circles of both President Bill Clinton and British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Anne Bayefsky / Forbes:
The Obama Administration Sacrifices Israel  —  The cover-up on Durban II's anti-Semitic agenda.  —  The Obama administration's decision to join the planning of the U.N.'s Durban II “anti-racism” conference has just taken a new twist: cover-up.  On Friday, State Department officials …
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. ...
Sam Dillon / New York Times:
Rename Law?  No Wisecrack Is Left Behind  —  WASHINGTON — Two years ago, an effort to fix No Child Left Behind, the main federal law on public schools, provoked a grueling slugfest in Congress, leading Representative George Miller, Democrat of California, to say the law had become “the most negative brand in America.”
Discussion: Christy Hardin Smith and QandO
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.
Discussion: Hot Air
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
You, Me, and David Gregory  —  I think everyone understands the human phenomenon whereby we mistaken deem our own personal experiences to be more typical than they are.  People who attended selective colleges tend to talk as if they don't realize that the majority of the minority of Americans …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
VOTER, BEWARE  —  The Voting Rights Act, which passed in 1965, stands as one of the great monuments to civil rights in American history.  The Fifteenth Amendment, ratified in 1870, purported to give Americans the right to vote regardless of “race, color, or previous condition of servitude …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
The Huffington Post:
The Myth Of The Filibuster: Dems Can't Make Republicans Talk All Night  —  Hoping for a C-SPAN spectacle of GOP obstruction, some impatient Democrats are urging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to call Republicans on their filibuster bluff.  —  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer …
Real Clear Politics:
Obama's Stimulus: A Colossal Waste?  —  WASHINGTON — Judged by his own standards, President Obama's $787 billion economic stimulus program is deeply disappointing.  For weeks, Obama has described the economy in grim terms.  “This is not your ordinary run-of-the-mill recession,” he said at his Feb. 9 news conference.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
The Moderate Voice:
Let's Grow Up And Raise Taxes (Guest Voice)  —  LET'S GROW UP AND RAISE TAXES  —  by Marc Pascal  —  The first of several stimulus packages has just passed but it is just the beginning of our efforts to address our immediate and long-term economic problems.
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
What Iran's Jews Say  —  At Palestine Square, opposite a mosque called Al-Aqsa, is a synagogue where Jews of this ancient city gather at dawn.  Over the entrance is a banner saying: “Congratulations on the 30th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution from the Jewish community of Esfahan.”
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Woodhouse Replacing Finney As DNC Comms Director  —  The Democratic National Committee will soon announce that Democratic coalitions guru Brad Woodhouse will become communications director, an official said today.  Woodhouse, a senior campaign adviser to Obama, has served as executive director …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
John McCain Repeats Vegas HSR Lie, Adds New Non-True Details  —  Given that legislators who want to provide accurate information to their constituents have no had ample time to learn that the stimulus package does not contain an $8 billion earmark for high-speed rail between LA and Las Vegas …
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Dana Linton / WPIX-TV:
Sharpton Calls On FCC To Investigate News Corp … NEW YORK (WPIX) — Outrage and protests continue to mount over The NY Post's controversial cartoon interpreted by many as comparing President Obama to a chimpanzee that was shot and killed by police in Stamford, Connecticut last week.
 
 
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Americans Growing Kinder to Bud
Discussion: The Opinionator and The RBC
W. David Stephenson / The Huffington Post:
Recovery.gov: the First Step Toward Smart Regulation?
Timothy Williams / New York Times:
Iraq's War Widows Face Dire Need With Little Aid
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Lieberman meets Lieberman  —  This hasn't been widely noted …
Discussion: Jerusalem Post and Firedoglake
Wall Street Journal:
The War on Drugs Is a Failure
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy and Reason
Adele M. Stan / ReligionDispatches:
Mormon Milk Author to Gay and Lesbian Kids: “God Does Love You”
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Pat Doyle / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Rulings have diminished Coleman's recount chances
Discussion: TIME.com
Fox News:
Obama Taps Biden to Oversee Stimulus Package Implementation
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Ta-Nehisi Coates:
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Peter Suderman / The American Scene:
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Rajiv Chandrasekaran / Washington Post:
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