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11:40 PM ET, February 24, 2009

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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Full text of 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:
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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: Reason
The Huffington Post:
Obama Speech Tonight: Video, Text
Discussion: Think Progress and Hullabaloo
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.
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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.”
Caitlin Taylor / Political Punch:   Official: Obama Accomplished More in 30 Days Than Any President in Modern History
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.
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 …
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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David S. Cloud / The Politico:
Obama to announce Iraq withdrawal
Discussion: New York Times and The Plank
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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DealBook:
Hearst May Sell or Close San Francisco Chronicle  —  Hearst said on Tuesday that it may sell or close The San Francisco Chronicle if it cannot wring enough savings from the money-losing newspaper.  —  The announcement is the latest in a string of bad news for the newspaper industry …
Discussion: The Daily Weekly
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San Francisco Chronicle:
Hearst seeks changes at Chronicle
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: Neptunus Lex and Matthew Yglesias
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 …
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.
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.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Full text of Gov. Bobby Jindal's Republican response  —  Here is the full text of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's Republican response to President Obama's address to Congress tonight:  —  Americans Can Do Anything  —  “Good evening.  I'm Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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!
Cato @ Liberty:
Live Blogging Obama's Speech  —  Click below for live commentary on Obama's address to Congress, beginning Tuesday at 9:00 PM EST.  —  Obama's Address to Congress
Discussion: The Corner and Sister Toldjah
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.
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 …
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: Outside The Beltway and EconLog
Ashley Rindsberg / Blogs and Stories:
Likely Obama Appointee Had Ties to Bin Laden Family  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Charles Freeman, Obama's reported pick for chairman of the National Intelligence Council, talked business with the Bin Laden family even after September 11.  —  Amid the criticism that has already emerged …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
JINDAL BLOGGING  —  “Pre-existing condition”?  Is it just me or is this absolutely cringeworthy?  I mean, I really don't like Jindal.  But this is awful.  —  10:26 PM ... Is he going to talk about his work as an exorcist?  —  10:28 PM ... Katrina as metaphor for opposing the Stimulus Bill.
Discussion: MyDD
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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” …
BBC:
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
Jeffrey / ArmsControlWonk:
Nine Cascades In Vacuum  —  Nine Cascades In Vacuum  —  I wanted to talk about Joby Warrick's story, Iran Easing Aspects Of Nuclear Program, Report Cites Lag at Centrifuge Facility.  A senior UN official told journalists that Iran has slowed installation of a second module of 3,000 centrifuges:
Discussion: Total WonKerr
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.
Lisa Demer / Anchorage Daily News:
Palin to reimburse state for family travel  —  Gov. Sarah Palin has agreed to reimburse the state for the costs of nine trips for her children.  An agreement announced today settles an ethics complaint filed in October.  —  The charges that Palin has agreed to reimburse include the cost …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and La Figa
 
 
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Associated Press:
GOP's Jindal calls Obama's plan irresponsible
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
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