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7:45 PM ET, February 24, 2009

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Associated Press:
Officials: Most troops out of Iraq in 18 months  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama plans to remove all U.S. combat troops from Iraq by August 2010, administration officials said Tuesday, ending the war three months later …
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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.”
ABCNEWS:
Obama Claim: Done More in 30 Days Than Other Presidents  —  Economy Will Dominate Obama Speech Tonight  —  The Obama administration is going into tonight's pivotal speech to Congress with the belief that President Obama has accomplished more in the first 30 days in office than any modern president.
David Stout / New York Times:
Obama Expected to Deliver a ‘Sober’ but Hopeful Address
Discussion: The Swamp
Associated Press:
Officials: Obama to announce Iraq withdrawal
Discussion: MyDD
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 …
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Lynn Sweet:
Burris tells Durbin he will not resign. …
Discussion: MyDD
Washington Times:
GOP governor: Congressional leadership ‘inconsequential’  —  S.A. Miller and Stephen Dinan, THE WASHINGTON TIMES  —  NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW:  —  The Republican governor of Utah on Monday said his party is blighted by leaders in Congress whose lack of new ideas renders them so “inconsequential” …
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Washington Wire:
Tennessee's Democratic Governor Weighs Rejecting Stimulus Funds  —  Brad Haynes reports on politics.  —  Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen says he's still among the top candidates for a post in the Obama cabinet, but that hasn't discouraged him from possibly rejecting some of the stimulus money …
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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.
Discussion: Political Machine and TPMMuckraker
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TMZ.com:
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: CBS News and Congress Matters
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 …
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.
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
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
END THE MORTGAGE DEDUCTION!
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Solis Confirmed as Labor Secretary  —  The Senate this afternoon confirmed Rep. Hilda Solis (D-Calif.) as labor secretary, more than two months after she was nominated for the post by President Obama.  —  The Senate voted 80 to 17 to confirm Solis, after Senate Republicans today assured Democrats …
Discussion: Associated Press
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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 …
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 …
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.
Washington Post:
Not So Obvious  —  HILLARY RODHAM Clinton says she was only “stating the obvious” when she played down the importance of U.S. pressure on China about human rights issues during a visit there over the weekend.  In fact, her comments understated the significance of what a secretary of state …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Harry's Place
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.
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 gvlahaki@indiana.edu.
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 …
John Kartch / Americans for Tax Reform RSS:
Join Us Tuesday Night for O-BINGO!  —  On Tuesday at 9:00 PM Eastern, President Obama will address a joint session of Congress.  To help get you through the 50-minute speech, use our handy Bingo card to check off terms and phrases likely to be used.  As a bonus, print out the different versions …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Townhall.com
Chicago Breaking News:
Armed guards pulled from Cicero polls  —  Cook County Sheriff's police ordered armed security personnel hired by Cicero President Larry Dominick to leave polling places during today's primary election, according to the Cook County Clerk David Orr.  —  Cicero President Larry Dominick inside his election headquarters today.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Poll: Majority Doesn't Want Obama To Be Bipartisan  —  You routinely hear it asserted that the public wants bipartisan comity in Washington, but some striking numbers buried in the internals of the new New York Times poll find that in the current context, precisely the opposite is true:
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Coleman may continue legal challenges  —  Republican Norm Coleman on Tuesday refused to rule out an appeal if a three-judge panel rules against his challenge in what he called “the race that never ends.”  —  Coleman, who now has no Senate office to call his own, lunched with Senate Republicans Tuesday …
Discussion: TIME.com and Capital J | JTA
Jack Shafer / Slate:
Plus, J. Edgar Hoover on how to spot a homosexual.  —  When Bill Moyers left his show Now With Bill Moyers at the end of 2004, he told the Associated Press that his immediate project would be a book about the year he worked for Lyndon B. Johnson.  Upon returning to PBS in the spring of 2007 …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Michael Steele Threatens To Withhold RNC Funds From GOP Senators Who Backed Stimulus  —  This one passed unnoticed last night, but it's definitely noteworthy — yet another measure of the degree to which the Republican Party has bet all its chips on opposing the stimulus package.
Caitlin Taylor / Political Punch:
Official: Obama Accomplished More in 30 Days Than Any President in Modern History  —  “President Obama has accomplished more in 30 days than any president in modern history,” a senior White House official said this morning in a background briefing for TV reporters.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
 
 
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Hutchison with large lead over Perry
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BBC:
US soldiers hurt in Iraq attack
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
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Megan McArdle:
The renter/owner divide
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