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9:50 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 …
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.”
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 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
David Stout / New York Times:
Amid Gloom, Obama Pledges a Recovery
Discussion: The Swamp and Sister Toldjah
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.
Washington Wire:   Tennessee's Democratic Governor Weighs Rejecting Stimulus Funds
Herman Wang / Chattanooga Times Free Press:
Perdue, Bredesen may reject jobless stimulus funding
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Alexander Burns / The Politico:   POLITICO Interview: Gov. Bredesen
The Politico:
Obama: ‘Day of reckoning has arrived’  —  We have lived through an era where too often, short-term gains were prized over long-term prosperity; where we failed to look beyond the next payment, the next quarter, or the next election.  A surplus became an excuse to transfer wealth …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Full text of Pres. Obama's speech to Congress and the nation  —  Here is the text of President Obama's first address to a joint session of Congress, as released by the White House moments ago:  —  Madame Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, and the First Lady of the United States:
Discussion: Althouse and Sister Toldjah
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 …
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
Rachel Weiner / The Huffington Post:
GOP Governor: Congressional Leadership ‘Inconsequential’ (VIDEO)
San Francisco Chronicle:
Hearst seeks changes at Chronicle  —  (02-24) 14:30 PST NEW YORK — The Hearst Corp. today announced an effort to reverse the deepening operating losses of its San Francisco Chronicle by seeking near-term cost savings that would include “significant” cuts to both union and non-union staff.
Hearst May Sell or Close San Francisco Chronicle
Discussion: The Daily Weekly
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
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 …
Mary Carole McCauley / Baltimore Sun:
WBAL-TV fires reporter over prank  —  John Sanders inserted a graphic phrase in a faked video that ended up on YouTube  —  WBAL-TV has fired a reporter who inserted a graphic phrase in a video for a prank — only to have the doctored version surface on Web sites nationwide.
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
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 …
Barry Rubin / Jerusalem Post:
The Region: America, look behind you!  Turn around!  Turn around!  —  America: A freight train is heading your way and you're standing right on the tracks, looking in the wrong direction.  —  Or perhaps it is like a horror film in which the killer sneaks up behind the hapless victim while the movie audience yells: “Turn around!
David S. Cloud / The Politico:
Obama to announce Iraq withdrawal  —  President Barack Obama is expected to announce that most U.S. troops will be withdrawn from Iraq by August 2010 - delaying by three months his pledge to remove combat units 16 months after taking office, an administration official said.
Discussion: New York Times
Associated Press:
Officials: Obama to announce Iraq withdrawal
Discussion: MyDD
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Jindal accuses Obama of pessimism  —  The early excerpts of Bobby Jindal's response to Obama's State of the Union are largely standard fare, but the conclusion strikes an interesting note — one hinted at recently by Bill Clinton — accusing the president, basically, of pessimism.
Fox News:
Durbin Meets With Intransigent Burris  —  Sen. Roland Burris would not talk about the hour-long meeting with Sen. Dick Durbin, which reportedly was going to include a pledge by Burris to abandon the appointed seat in 2010.  —  —  Sen. Dick Durbin asked new U.S. Sen. Roland Burris …
Discussion: The Hill and Pat Dollard
On Politics:
Durbin advises Burris to resign
Discussion: Hot Air and Weekly Standard
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
Seeking Alpha:
Why Obama's Deficit-Spending Plan Will (Probably) Work  —  Will the Obama deficit-spending plan work?  Will throwing $800 billion—$500 billion in extra government spending, and $300 billion in tax cuts—at the economy produce a world in which production and employment are higher …
Discussion: EconLog and Outside The Beltway
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 …
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 …
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 …
Spain makes Guantanamo offer  —  Spain's foreign minister has said his country is prepared “in principle” to take in some inmates released from the Guantanamo Bay US military camp.  —  Miguel Angel Moratinos was speaking after a meeting with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Not So Obvious  —  HILLARY RODHAM Clinton says she was only …
Discussion: Harry's Place and Matthew Yglesias
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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Coleman may continue legal challenges
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Megan McArdle:
The renter/owner divide
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Newsom sneaking around and sipping out of a bottle?
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
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