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3:00 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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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Social Security: White House Triangulates Against Pete Peterson
Discussion: Salon
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
How Entitlement Reform Became Health Reform
Discussion: Wonk Room and Economist's View
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.
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Obama - Feeling The Chill?  —  Obama was widely mocked for running up the White House thermostat to the point where, as his adviser David Axelrod explained, “You could grow orchids in there.”  —  But check out these new photos of Obama At Work from ABC News.  Is that a fashionable non-Carteresque non-cardigan sweater we see?
Discussion: Political Punch
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama vs GOP: ‘Fiscal responsibility’  —  President Barack Obama hopes to turn the tenor of the political debate this week from unprecedented and massive new spending to “fiscal responsibility.”  —  He will do this with the presentation of the outline of a new federal budget …
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
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.
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 …
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?
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 …
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.”
Bracken Hendricks / Center for American Progress:
Wired for Progress  —  Building a National Clean-Energy Smart Grid  —  Our electricity transmission and distribution grid has been largely unchanged for generations.  We need an energy grid to meet today's challenges.  —  Background: Energy grid 101  —  Infographic: Building …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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.
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. ...
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.
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: The Corner and Hot Air
Ryan Powers / Think Progress:
Rove ignores House Judiciary Committee subpoena.  —  Pursuant to a subpoena issued earlier this month, Karl Rove was due to appear for a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee today.  But as CongressMatters reports, despite being “expected” to appear this time, Rove was a no show.
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
Reuters:
Pelosi sees bankruptcy bill this week  — Pelosi sees bankruptcy bill this week  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The leader of the U.S. House of Representatives said on Monday lawmakers expect to begin debating legislation this week that would let judges erase some mortgage debt for borrowers who file for bankruptcy.
Discussion: TIME.com
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Americans Growing Kinder to Bud  —  We all know that Michael Phelps was on something.  But perhaps he was also onto something.  Three recent polls show that Americans are more sympathetic to the idea of legalizing marijuana than ever before.  —  The first poll, conducted last week by Rasmussen Reports …
Discussion: The Opinionator and The RBC
Fox News:
Obama Taps Biden to Oversee Stimulus Package Implementation  —  With Vice President Joe Biden at the helm, $15 billion from the recovery package will be freed up Wednesday for state Medicaid programs, President Obama says.  —  FOXNews.com  —  President Obama has turned to his own vice president …
Discussion: Reason, Moe Lane and Gateway Pundit
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 …
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
Felix Salmon / Portfolio:
Parsing Treasury  —  I just ran this morning's joint statement from Treasury, the Fed, and just about every other regulatory institution in the US through a readability calculator.  It scored 15 out of 100 on reading ease; apparently you need a grade level of 16 to understand it.
Adele M. Stan / ReligionDispatches:
Mormon Milk Author to Gay and Lesbian Kids: “God Does Love You” … At last night's Academy Awards America met the God to whom many progressives pray—the God who is justice and love.  —  Anyone who believes that all of God's children are created in God's image is likely celebrating …
Washington Post:
Editor's Note  —  The headline, illustration and text of “Below the Beltway,” a column in The Washington Post Magazine today, may cause offense to readers.  The magazine was printed before a widely publicized incident last week in which a chimpanzee attacked and badly mauled a woman in Stamford …
Gary Emerling / Washington Times:
Voting rights near for District?  —  Senate seems to hold key  —  This is what they've been waiting for.  —  Buoyed by the election of President Obama and additional Democratic gains in Congress, backers of a bill granting the District full representation in the House perceive Senate action …
Discussion: The Corner and AmSpecBlog
Rajiv Chandrasekaran / Washington Post:
A ‘Ticking Time Bomb’ Goes Off  —  When Abdallah Al-Ajmi Returned to Kuwait After Nearly Four Years at Guantanamo, His Family Tried to Get Him to Move On.  But He Didn't Want to Let Go.  —  KUWAIT CITY — After arriving here from Guantanamo Bay in November 2005, Abdallah Saleh al-Ajmi …
Discussion: The BLT
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.”
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
 
 
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Mark Landler / New York Times:
A Clinton Listening Tour, but China Gets an Earful
Discussion: The New Republic
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Lieberman meets Lieberman  —  This hasn't been widely noted …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Jerusalem Post
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
John McCain Repeats Vegas HSR Lie, Adds New Non-True Details
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Phil Rosenthal / Chicago Tribune:
Rant raises profile of CNBC on-air personality Rick Santelli
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