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7:00 PM ET, February 24, 2009


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Associated Press:
Officials: US troops to exit Iraq by August 2010  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama plans to order that all U.S. combat troops be withdrawn from Iraq by August 2010, administration officials said Tuesday …
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Gibbs hints at ‘Reaganesque’ speech  —  President Barack Obama won't speak until prime-time, but his aides fanned out to the morning shows Tuesday morning to talk up his first speech before a joint session of Congress.  And the word they used to preview it: “Reaganesque.”
David Stout / New York Times:
Obama Expected to Deliver a ‘Sober’ but Hopeful Address  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama was preparing to appeal to the determination and optimism of the American people on Tuesday evening, telling them that it will take a long time for the teetering economy to right itself …
Discussion: The Swamp
Obama Claim: Done More in 30 Days Than Other Presidents
Associated Press:
Officials: Obama to announce Iraq withdrawal
Discussion: MyDD
Toby Harnden / Toby Harnden's blog listings:   Robert Gibbs: “Reaganesque” …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE PLAN EXPECTS AN INDIVIDUAL MANDATE.  —  I've now been able to confirm with multiple senior administration sources that the health care proposal in Obama's budget will have a mandate.  Sort of.  —  Here's how it will work, according to the officials I've spoken to.
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Scandal-plagued Republican says Burris should resign  —  Louisiana Sen. David Vitter (R), who survived a 2007 sex scandal, called on Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) to resign Tuesday for his ethical shortcomings.  —  Vitter was connected with a prostitution ring two years ago and dismissed …
Rachel Weiner / The Huffington Post:
GOP Governor: Congressional Leadership ‘Inconsequential’ (VIDEO)
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Joseph Ryan / Daily Herald:
Rove to local GOP: ‘You have a pretty easy message’  —  Karl Rove, the political brain trust of former President George W. Bush, told Northwest suburban Republicans they can win back the state if they don't rip the party apart in the primaries early next year.
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Obama Selling a New Deal, but Promising It Will Be Brief  —  It was only 13 years ago that Bill Clinton declared before a joint session of Congress that “the era of big government is over.”  President Obama's challenge on Tuesday night is to declare that, out of ugly necessity …
Caitlin Taylor / Political Punch:
Official: Obama Accomplished More in 30 Days Than Any President in Modern History
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Mark Knoller / CBS News:   Previewing Obama's “State Of The Economy”
Becky Yerak / Chicago Tribune:
Northern Trust defends spending on PGA event, parties  —  Rep. Barney Frank said he's going to ask for the money back.  —  Phil Mickelson of USA plays his approach shot on the 10th hole during the final round of the Northern Trust Open at the Riviera Country Club February 22, 2009 in Pacific Palisades, California.
Bailout Bank Blows Millions Partying in L.A.  —  A bank that received $1.6 billion in bailout money just spent a fortune last week in L.A. hosting a series of lavish parties and concerts with famous singers ... and TMZ cameras caught it all.  —  Northern Trust, a Chicago-based bank …
Discussion: Congress Matters and CBS News
Ryan Powers / Think Progress:
Schumer on governors rejecting recovery funds: The package is not ‘multiple choice.’  —  In response to several Republican governors declaring their intention to reject portions of the recently signed economic recovery package, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) sent a letter to OMB Director Peter Orszag …
Herman Wang / Chattanooga Times Free Press:
Perdue, Bredesen may reject jobless stimulus funding
Discussion: Washington Wire and Hullabaloo
Alexander Burns / The Politico:   POLITICO Interview: Gov. Bredesen
John Stamper / Bluegrass Politics:
Bunning: ‘I would have a suit’ if Republicans recruit an opponent  —  Sen. Jim Bunning is vowing to fight back as his feud with Republican leadership over his 2010 re-election bid spills into the national political scene.  —  If Republican campaign organizations tried to recruit another candidate …
James R. Carroll / Courier-Journal:
Bunning criticizes GOP Senate campaign chief
Bob Unruh / WorldNetDaily:
Soldier doubts eligibility, defies president's orders  —  ‘As an officer, my sworn oath to support and defend our Constitution requires this’  —  A U.S. soldier on active duty in Iraq has called President Obama an “impostor” in a statement in which he affirmed plans to join as plaintiff …
Senate Confirms Hilda Solis as Labor Secretary  —  Hilda Solis is the new secretary of labor.  After Republicans backed away from an expected filibuster and agreed to stop their weeks of delaying tactics, the Senate this afternoon approved Solis's nomination by an 80-17 vote.
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Senate Confirms Solis as Labor Secretary
Eve Fairbanks / The New Republic:
Newsflash: McCain Lost the Election!  —  Why are Republicans taking so many pages out of their failed candidate's campaign playbook?  —  The Republican Party has been using a grab-bag of strategies to counter Obama's policies over the past month.  They rail against the stimulus package for its (supposed) pork.
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Edward L. Glaeser / Economix:
Killing (or Maiming) a Sacred Cow: Home Mortgage Deductions  —  Edward L. Glaeser is an economics professor at Harvard.  —  The Great Depression provided an opportunity to rethink old policies in a major way.  In the current morass, everything should, once again, be open for debate.
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Rupert Murdoch / New York Post:
STATEMENT FROM RUPERT MURDOCH  —  As the Chairman of the New York Post, I am ultimately responsible for what is printed in its pages.  The buck stops with me.  —  Last week, we made a mistake.  We ran a cartoon that offended many people.  Today I want to personally apologize to any reader who felt offended, and even insulted.
Tim Paradis / Associated Press:
Bernanke: Recession may end in '09; Stocks climb  —  NEW YORK (AP) - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has steadied Wall Street by telling Congress the recession could end this year.  —  In his semiannual report to the Senate Banking Committee, Bernanke predicts the economy is likely …
New York Times:   Fed Chief Says Recovery May Wait Until 2010 or Later
John Tierney / New York Times:
Politics in the Guise of Pure Science  —  Why, since President Obama promised to “restore science to its rightful place” in Washington, do some things feel not quite right?  —  First there was Steven Chu, the physicist and new energy secretary, warning The Los Angeles Times that climate change …
San Francisco Chronicle:
Newsom sneaking around and sipping out of a bottle?  —  Is the Green Mayor holding out on us?  —  This week, the City Insider spotted an almost empty case of bottled water in the back of Mayor Gavin Newsom's hybrid sport utility vehicle as it was parked in front of City Hall.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Job Approval Dips Below 60% for First Time  —  Fifty-nine percent now approve as more express no opinion on his performance  — USA - Government - Government and Politics - Leadership - The Presidency - Americas - Northern America  —  PRINCETON, NJ — For the first time since …
IU News Room:
‘Liberal bias?’  IU professors find network TV election coverage favors Republicans  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Broadcast media: To arrange a live on-camera, studio interview with the professors via Indiana University's broadcast facilities, please contact George Vlahakis at 812-855-0846 or
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