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4:10 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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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: CANNONFIRE and Hullabaloo
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
How Entitlement Reform Became Health Reform  —  Why progressives should stop worrying and learn to love today's White House Fiscal Summit.  —  It's testament to how deeply the idea of an entitlement crisis has embedded itself in Washington that news that Obama planned a “fiscal accountability summit” …
Michael Kranish / Boston Globe:
A warning for Obama on deficits
Discussion: The Caucus, New York Times and The Note
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Obama vs The Left
Discussion: TalkLeft
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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CBS News:
Obama Vows To Halve Deficit In 4 Years
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama vs GOP: ‘Fiscal responsibility’
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 …
Washington Wire:
Lawmakers Say N.Y. Will Gladly Take Funds GOP Governors Reject  —  Naftali Bendavid reports on Congress.  —  In the ongoing political jockeying over the stimulus package, some New York lawmakers have come up with a response to Republican governors who've suggested they may not accept money …
Discussion: TIME.com
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Capital Commerce:
Rick Santelli: The Man Who Talked Back  —  Which, do you suppose, would be the bigger draw right about now: a) a Barack Obama house party supporting the housing bailout package, or b) a Rick Santelli-inspired “Chicago Tea Party” opposing the bailout package?
Discussion: Pat Dollard
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Phil Rosenthal / Chicago Tribune:
Rant raises profile of CNBC on-air personality Rick Santelli
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.
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
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
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 …
Discussion: The Sleuth and Wonkette
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.
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.”
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 …
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
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 …
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. ...
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
 
 
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Mark Kleiman / The RBC:
Minnesota: Where's the outrage?
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Newsday:
Janison: Campaigns shedding donors in financial scandal
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Henry Blodget / Tech Ticker:
Citigroup's Clever Plan to Screw Taxpayers Again
Discussion: TalkLeft
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
Government Gets Chance To Prove It Can Work
Discussion: The Campaign Spot and The Caucus
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE SHOCKING MARSH-MOUSE TRUTH.... The New York Times …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Americans Growing Kinder to Bud
Discussion: The Opinionator and The RBC
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Lieberman meets Lieberman  —  This hasn't been widely noted …
Discussion: Jerusalem Post and Firedoglake
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New York Times:
Why Can't Cerberus Foot the Bill?
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Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Federal prosecutors charge Marco Gaudino with one count of conspiracy for allegedly giving Tim Burke credentials to access systems used by Fox News and others

Aaron Fritschner / @fritschner:
[Thread] Uri Berliner's essay on NPR bias has significant problems, including verifiable falsehoods, flawed arguments, and questionable voter registration data

Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:
Sources: former Disney TV chief Ben Sherwood and former Hearst Magazines exec Joanna Coles will buy a 49% stake in The Daily Beast; Barry Diller will retain 51%

 
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