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February 21, 2009

TODAY'S TOP STORIES





NATIONAL

Politico: Nation's governors prep for spotlight
Hill: Governors' meeting a key time to raise cash
Politico: RGA to announce record cash haul
Hill: RNC tops DNC; Congress Dems lead in funds
MSNBC: A Peek at the 2012 Republican Field

NYT: 6 Governors May Reject Portions of Stimulus
Politico: Jindal to refuse some stimulus money
WaPo: Stimulus Spin War Escalates
WaPo: Obama to Watch Cities' Stimulus Spending
NYT: Obama Tells Mayors to Spend Wisely
Human Events: Another Huge Spending Bill Planned For Next Week

WaPo: Bear Market's Bite Could Go Deeper
WaPo: Bank Shares Topple on Talk Of Possible U.S. Takeover
WSJ: 'Good Banks' Are the Cost Effective Way Out of the Financial Crisis
WaPo: Obama Plans Summit Next Week On Long-Term Budget Difficulties
WaPo: Mortgage-Aid Tiff May Portend a New Wave of Class War
WSJ: Finessing 'Moral Hazard' Is Tough in Housing Plan
WSJ: 'Nationalize' the Banks: A takeover and resale is the market-friendly solution
WaPo: Extent of Bankruptcy Reform Hinges on Details
NYT: Worries Over Banks Keep Pulling Stock Markets Back
WSJ: Campaign Pledges Collide With New Fiscal Reality
Ricardo J. Caballero: How to Lift a Falling Economy

WSJ: Geithner, Summers Lead Task Force on Auto-Maker Bailout
WSJ: Stringent Hiring Rules Leave Treasury in Need of Staff
WSJ: Sen. Reid: Aiming to Debate Climate Bill by Summer

James Taranto: White Cower: If Holder is serious, he'll say a word in defense of NY Post

WaPo: LaHood Talks of Mileage-Based Tax: White House Dismisses Controversial Idea

WaPo: Abramoff Scandal Yields More Charges

WSJ: Jobs Still Elude Some Bush Ex-Officials

Politico: Sunday talk show tip sheet

NEW YORK

NYT: Paterson Had Staff Deny Kennedy Was Top Choice
NY Post: Gov cracks open door to taxing the rich
LoHud: Pataki Senate bid seen as unlikely
NYT: Editorial: Albany, Dont Bank on the Feds
Albany TU: Where in the world is Tedisco's top staff?



Buffalo News: Reynolds feels political itch but wants flexibility in life
Buffalo News: Makowski resigns as State Supreme Court justice

MINNESOTA



Star Tribune: Coleman challenges legality of already counted votes
Star Tribune: Rhetoric over Senate trial gets angrier
Pioneer Press: Coleman wants ability to revisit ballots already counted; Franken cries foul
MPR: Coleman moves to preserve information from counted ballots
Politico: RNC sends $250K for Coleman recount

CALIFORNIA




NYT: The Budget Crisis May Yield Sea Change in Election Politics
LA Times: Governor's rift with GOP grows wider
WSJ: How California Became France
Hill: Movies or politics for Schwarzenegger?

SF Chronicle: Battered state GOP gathers to plot future
Fox: California GOP Officials Clash Over Gubernatorial Race
SacBee: Issa backs Whitman
SF Chronicle: Whitman names team for financing campaign
SF Chronicle: Whitman makes first public pitch for governor
Mercury News: Whitman opposes new taxes; seeks 2 million California jobs by 2015

TEXAS

AP: Cornyn to make up for contributions from Stanford
Dallas MN: GOP's solid hold in Texas is slipping
AP/Shannon: State senator eyes statewide run

FLORIDA



Fox10: Crist releases $66.5B budget plan
NYT: Florida Leader Wants U.S. Money to Fill Budget Gap
Orlando Sentinel: Crist: Let's tap fees, gambling, federal aid

GEORGIA

AP/McCaffrey: Plan to revamp transportation unveiled for Georgia

ILLINOIS



NYT: Illinois Governor Urges Senator to Quit and Calls for a Law on Special Elections
Chicago Tribune: Quinn calls on Burris to quit
NYT: Illinois Governor Calls for Burris to Step Down
WaPo: Pressure on Burris Could Lead to Special Election
CQP: Senate Ethics Panel Could Act on Burris Without Waiting for Criminal Investigation
Hill: Sen Burris's chief of staff resigns

Daily Herald: Top Republican rallies the troops in DuPage
Naperville Sun: GOP chair gives tough love at DuPage dinner

OHIO


Ashland Times Gazette: Portman touts Senate run
Toledo Blade: On radio, Latta ridicules proposals for new Fairness Doctrine

MICHIGAN



Detroit FP: Michigan GOP prepare for 2010 elections
Detroit News: Ann Arbor mogul takes reins of Michigan GOP
Detroit News: Michigan's political parties gather
AP: Barbour to speak at Michigan Republican convention
WHMI: Rogers Declines Run For Governor In 2010

VIRGINIA

WaPo: Va. Senate Democrats' Edge Little Comfort

TENNESSEE

KnoxNews: Corker says banks insolvent

SOUTH CAROLINA



LA Times: South Carolina's governor may turn down stimulus money

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February 20, 2009

TODAY'S TOP STORIES



NATIONAL

Wash Times: States to combat stimulus strings: Assert sovereignty with 10th Amendment

WaPo: Mortgage Rescue Eligibility Still Being Finalized
NY Post: America Split Over Big Rescue
Rasmussen: 45% Oppose Government Mortgage Help for Troubled Homeowners
NYDN: City torn on mortgage plan: Debate rages if it will save economy or kill it
Larry Kudlow: Subsidize Bad Behavior?

NYT: U.S. Tries a Trillion-Dollar Key for Locked Lending
WSJ: Policing TARP Proves Tricky
Hill: Bank nationalization would pose hurdles for Obama
WaPo: Trouble Trickles From Steep Drop in Oil Prices

David Brooks: Money for Idiots
Phil Gramm: Loose money and politicized mortgages are the real villains
Peggy Noonan: Remembering the Dawn of the Age of Abundance

WSJ: Congress Turns to Budget Bill

WaPo: Dow Closes at Lowest Level in More Than 6 Years
NYT: Late-Day Drop Sends Dow Below 7,500 Threshold
AP/Crutsinger: Wholesale Inflation Takes Biggest Jump in 6 Months

Times-Picayune: Gov. Bobby Jindal vs. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist on stimulus?
LA Times: Jindal vs. Crist: GOP govs at war over Obama stimulus package: preview of 2012?
WSJ: Two Governors and the GOP Future
Fox: Obama's Approval Rating Drops 5 Points, to 60 Percent
Reuters: Republicans tap Louisiana governor for big speech

WSJ/Rush Limbaugh: Mr. President, Keep the Airwaves Free
St. Pete Times: Republicans worry that Democrats want to bring back Fairness Doctrine
American Spectator: Conservatives and Liberals, Come Together
NewsMax: DeMint to Force Vote on Fairness Doctrine

Rush Limbaugh: The Pulse of Revolution Has Begun

Dick Morris: Obama AWOL in Terror War

Wash Times: Napolitano debates Real ID: Will examine alternatives to driver's licenses

Wash Times: Holder's remarks draw mixed opinions
Rush Limbaugh: Holder and the Obama Crowd See America as a "Nation of Cowards"

Politico: Rove testimony hangs in balance
Politico: The Obama Cabinet is a CEO black hole

Charles Krauthammer: Obama's Supine Diplomacy



WSJ: Justice for Ted Stevens: Signs of prosecutorial misconduct

Politico: NRCC blasts Dems in robocalls

James Taranto: Superfluous Senator: Dems didn't even need Burris to pass "stimulus"



Politico: Iseman claims win; NYT stands ground
Hill: Lobbyist settles with New York Times
NYT: Libel Suit Against The Times Ends



RNC CHAIR

NYDN: GOP head Steele promises PR blitz in 'hip-hop settings' and for 'one-armed midgets'
National Journal: Steele's First Fundraising Letter: Help Me "Clean House"

NEW YORK



NY Post: Cocky Pataki Flirts With 2010 Senate Run
Hill: Cornyn meets with Pataki about Senate run
Ithaca Journal: GOP reaches out to Pataki about 2010 Senate run
AP/Gormley: Senate talk includes Pataki
AP/Gormley: GOP considers Pataki for US Senate run

NYDN: Pataki, Saul, Steele For Tedisco
Troy Record: Murphy opens office in Saratoga
CQ Politics: N.Y. Special Election A Test Ground On Stimulus Politics

NYT: Paterson Weighs Rehiring Top Aide Caught in Scandal
NY Post: Gov Rethinks Tax-Woe Aide

WSJ: Judge to Unseal Wiretap Documents in Spitzer Case

MINNESOTA

Star Tribune: Coleman team cites ruling in challenge to recount tally
Pioneer Press: Coleman team puts testimonies on fast track in Senate election case
Bemidji Pioneer: Cass County election official criticizes campaigns
Star Tribune: GOP heavyweights make a Coleman fundraising push
CNET: Minnesota Senate fight continues on YouTube

AP: GOP lawmakers propose pay cut for Minnesota legislators
Pioneer Press: Republican lawmakers propose 5% cut in pay of state elected officials

CALIFORNIA




SacBee: At long last, a budget deal dawns in the capital
SacBee: Maldonado draws GOP's wrath
SacBee: California budget's higher taxes 'ugly' but necessary, experts say
LA Times: Schwarzenegger eager to sign budget, stump for measures
CNN: Schwarzenegger praises California budget deal
NYT: Budget Clears Legislature in California After Scathing Battle
LA Times: California's budget fiasco legacy could be reform
AP/Thompson: Calif. Republicans keep their no-new-taxes promise
AP: Highlights of plan to close Calif. budget deficit
AHN: Maldonado Agrees To Be Third GOP Vote On California Budget
Contra Costa Times: Republican lawmaker extracts open primary out of budget accord
SacBee: What Maldonado got
San Diego UT: GOP senators oust leader as budget stalls

SF Chronicle: GOP, Dems agree on dislike of open primary



TEXAS



Dallas MN: Pace of Texas stimulus spending called 'staggering'
Gov Rick Perry: Belief in individual at conservatism's core
NBCDFW: Gov. Perry Pitches "Return to Conservatism" in Column
Dallas MN: Angry words fly between Texas legislator, lawyer after immigration discussion
AP: Heated words fly after immigration discussion



Austin AS: Judge faces ethics trial
NYT: Texas Judge May Lose Job Over Appeal in Death Case

Houston Chronicle: Dodd, under fire for Stanford ties, points finger at Cornyn

FLORIDA



Miami Herald: Crist budget proposals roil wary lawmakers
Miami Herald: Florida Gov. Crist defends stimulus package support
Herald Tribune: Dems to Crist: Cut chef, butler
TampaBay10: Obama enjoys lofty job approval among Floridians
MediaGeneral: Crist, Other Guvs Headed to DC this Weekend
AP: Republican Congressman to seek state Cabinet post
Herald Tribune: More property tax cuts for Florida?

GEORGIA

WTOC: Senator Isakson campaigns in Savannah
Atlanta Business Chronicle: Perdue announces transportation system overhaul
AP/Bluestein: Ga. seeks more control of public defender system
AP/Bluestein: Georgia Republicans pushing wide-ranging tax cuts

ILLINOIS

WaPo: Embattled Ill. Senator in Series of 'Private Meetings'
Weekly Standard: Illinois GOP Renews Calls for Special Election
Chicago ST: In wake of Burris mess, Illinois GOP launches petition drive for special election
Chicago Daily Herald: Hynes calls for Burris to resign
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Ill. GOP reiterates protest on Burris affidavit
CQ Politics: Burris Lobbying Disclosures Dont Add Up
State Journal-Register: Burris list of clients doesn't match records
American Thinker: Sen. Durbin all but calls on Burris to resign
ABC: Could the Senate Expel Roland Burris?

Chicagoist: Quinn Picks Former Blago Aide For COO Position

PENNSYLVANIA

Times Leader: Bonus probe has already cost Pa. Legislature $5.8M

OHIO


NewsMax: Senate Candidate Brunner is ACORN Loyalist

MICHIGAN



LegalNewsLine: Michigan Senate leader considers AG run
WSGW: Michigan Secretary Of State To Run For Governor
Detroit FP: Who wants to be next Michigan governor? Parties to hear hopefuls over weekend

VIRGINIA

AP: How delegates and senators voted on Virginia smoking ban

TENNESSEE

AP/Rucker: Alexander says TVA, public should rethink coal use

MISSOURI



NYT: Blunt Says He Will Seek Missouri Senate Seat

CONNECTICUT

WSJ: Friend of Chris: Connecticut's AG says Connecticut's senator is outside his jurisdiction

MASSACHUSETTS

Boston Globe: Patrick seeks hike of 19 cents in gas tax

WASHINGTON STATE

Hill: Sen. Murray leads top Evergreen Republicans

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February 19, 2009

TODAY'S TOP STORIES



NATIONAL

WSJ: Housing Bailout at $275 Billion
NYT: $275 Billion Plan Seeks to Address Crisis in Housing
WaPo: Obama Proposes Package To Stave Off Foreclosures
NYT: Modifying Mortgages Can Be a Tricky Business
NYT: Obamas Housing Plan: Who Will Benefit?
LA Times: Obama's mortgage plan up against fast-rising defaults
WaPo: How the Program Would Work
WaPo: U.S. Doubles Fannie, Freddie Backing to $400 Billion
WSJ: Homeowner Aid Seen as Risky to Banks
WSJ: Obama: Mortgage Plan Will Not Help Speculators
WSJ: Democratic Praise, Republican Doubts for Obama Housing Plan
Politico: Housing plan leaves out critical pieces
NYT: Editorial: Mr. Obamas Foreclosure Plan
WaPo: Editorial: President Obama's cautious plan to help homeowners
WSJ: Assessing the President's Mortgage Plan: Judicial 'cramdowns' could roil the markets
Rush Limbaugh: Obama Announces Rezko Rescue: Bail Out Losers, Punish Achievers

WaPo: Fed Leaders Issue Bleak Forecast

Politico: GOP governors rift over stimulus
AP: Some GOP governors may reject stimulus aid

Karl Rove: Is the Administration Winging It? Obama's reputation for competence is at risk
Ann Coulter: Why we don't celebrate 'Historian's Day'
Pat Buchanan: Metrics of National Decline
Dick Morris: Obama needs to talk the talk
James Taranto: The New Federalism: NOW and wife-beheading: an issue for the states

NYT: Kansas Governor Seen as Top Choice in Health Post

NYT: E.P.A. Expected to Regulate Carbon Dioxide

Washington Times: Swiss bank to ID U.S. tax evaders
Rasmussen: CEOs Hit Rock Bottom, Less Popular Than Congress

NYT: LaHood Disappointed by the Lack of G.O.P Votes on Stimulus

Washington Times: Holder says U.S. cowardly on race: Vows fight for civil rights
CQ Politics: Attorney General Says America Nation of Cowards on Race

Washington Times: Spy agency focus of shakeup

Rush Limbaugh: Libs Still Fear the Silent Majority

CQ Politics: Firm with Murtha Ties Got Earmarks From Nearly One-Fourth of House

RNC CHAIR



Washington Times: Steele: GOP needs 'hip-hop' makeover

NEW YORK

Post-Star: Giuliani to campaign for Tedisco
Newsday: Cuomo: Health insurers rigged out-of-network rates
Newsday: Poll: More Dems would back McCarthy over Gillibrand
NYT: In Reversal, NYC Mayor Now Woos Political Parties
NY Post: Mayor eyes Dem line
Poughkeepsie Journal: Poll: Cuomo would crush Paterson

MINNESOTA

Pioneer Press: Judges shoot down Coleman request on excluded ballots
Star Tribune: Coleman lawyers blast judges
Bemidji Pioneer: Coleman team: Judges created fatal flaw
NYT: Coleman Camp Warns of Legal Quagmire in Minnesota
Examiner: Coleman v. Franken aims toward Bush v. Gore in Washington
PowerLine: Ben Ginsberg responds
CQ Politics: Colemans Latest Vote-Count Setback Could Be Fodder for Appeal
Politico: Coleman needs a miracle
CBS: Republicans Ask For Money For Coleman Legal Effort

CALIFORNIA




LA Times: California Senate prepares to vote on plan to end fiscal crisis
WSJ: Maldonado Agrees to Back California Budget
SacBee: Maldonado's price for budget vote: 3 constitutional amendments
AP/Young: GOP senator invokes Reagan in pondering tax hikes
SacBee: Flawed unemployment insurance call center system costing California millions
SacBee: Mortgage relief: Will Obama's plan help Californians enough?
SF Chronicle: Schwarzenegger won't reopen talks on taxes
San Diego UT: County home prices sink under weight of distressed properties

TEXAS

Star Telegram: Perry says Texas will take its share of stimulus, but he has reservations
Austin AS: Perry relents on stimulus money
AP/Castro: Lawmakers learning details of stimulus

FLORIDA

Miami Herald: $75B housing rescue plan could bring relief to South Florida
Miami Herald: Gov. Charlie Crist opposes pipeline off Fort Lauderdale
AP/Kaczor: More spending cuts likely for Florida budget
News-Press: Poll: Florida is Crist's oyster
Jax Daily: Crist leading whichever race he enters
Palm Beach Post: Frankel hands Crist nearly $120M stimulus wish-list

GEORGIA

Atlanta JC: Georgia benefits of stimulus package greatest in Republican north metro Atlanta
Ledger-Enquirer: Bishop, Isakson promise to work together on stimulus funds
AP/McCaffrey: Isakson launches bid for second term in Senate
Atlanta Business Chronicle: Georgia Republicans launch state economic recovery plan
Atlanta JC: State GOPs tax package aims for jobs

ILLINOIS



WSJ: Burris Defends Himself Amid Public Doubt
WaPo: Clouds Gather Over Roland Burris
Politico: Dems abandon Burris
Hill: Burris on the ropes, fighting for his political life
CQ Politics: Illinois Voters Favor Quinn Over Burris in 2010
LA Times: Senate not likely to oust Sen. Roland Burris anytime soon



PENNSYLVANIA

WSJ: Arlen's Fatal Stimulus: For his next escape

OHIO


Columbus Dispatch: Bonuses for recent war veterans sail through Senate
Cleveland PD: Ohio housing experts like Obama foreclosure reduction plan
Cleveland PD: Hard U.S. stimulus figures lessen Ohio budget fears
Cleveland PD: Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner and Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher will run for Senate

MICHIGAN

Detroit News: Bing, Cockrel lead tight Detroit mayoral primary race

VIRGINIA

WaPo: Va. Senate Committee Approves Revised Spending Plan
Richmond Times-Dispatch: State Senate approves budget plan
WSLS: Republican candidates for Virginias Attorney General debate in Roanoke
Roanoke Times: GOP hopefuls debate for top prosecutor job

TENNESSEE

Tennessean: Bill Frist unveils plan to turn around Tennessee schools

ALASKA

Politico: Palin disputes 'fantasies' in new book
WaPo: Palin Now Owes Taxes on Payments for Nights at Home, State Rules

MISSOURI



Fox: Rep. Roy Blunt to Run for Senate in 2010
Politico: Blunt running for Senate
Hill: Blunt to run for Senate

NEW JERSEY

North Jersey: Christie looking beyond primaries
Hackensack Chronicle: Christie enters race for governor
Star-Ledger: Giuliani comes to Corzine's backyard to back a GOP rival
CNN: Giuliani endorses New Jersey Republican for governor


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February 18, 2009

TODAY'S TOP STORIES



NATIONAL

WSJ: Obama to Unveil Plan to Help Troubled Homeowners
WaPo: New Mortgage Plan to Focus on Lowering Payments
NYT: A Bailout Aimed at the Most Afflicted Homeowners
NYT: Effort Takes Shape to Support Families Facing Foreclosure
CQ Politics: Obama to Unveil Mortgage Mitigation Plan
WSJ: Housing Fix's Challenge: Making Modified Loans Attractive

WSJ: Obama Signs Stimulus Into Law
NYT: Signing Stimulus, Obama Doesnt Rule Out More
NYT: Recovery Measure Becomes Law and Partisan Fight Endures
WaPo: Obama Signs $787 Billion Economic Stimulus Bill
Recovery.gov: Where is Your Money Going?
US News: Key Republican Governors Like Palin Oppose the Obama Stimulus Package
NYT: Editorial: An $80 Billion Start
WSJ: A Short History of the National Debt
Kathleen Parker: Be Calm and Prosper
Washington Times: GOP to hound pro-stimulus Blue Dogs
American Spectator: The Hidden Healthcare Horror

WSJ: GM Seeks $16.6 Billion More in U.S. Aid
NYT: Automakers Seek $14 Billion More in Aid
WaPo: GM, Chrysler Ask for Billions More in Federal Aid
Detroit News: GM, Chrysler raise aid request by $21.6B
Detroit News: Big 3, UAW reach pact on givebacks
WaPo: Detroit, Prepare For Big Changes
NYT: Obama Takes On Auto Crisis Without a Czar
NYT: A Painful Departure for Some G.M. Brands

WSJ: Treasury Report Claims Aid Recipients Still Not Lending
Hill: Govt.s TARP losses $86.5B since October
NYT: OpEd: The Bailout Is Robbing the Banks
WSJ: How Democracy Ruined the Bailout
FT: Bank nationalisation gains ground with Republicans

WaPo: Swift, Steep Downturn Crosses Globe
NYT: Dow Drops Nearly 300 Points
WaPo: Stocks Tumble as Recession Appears to Worsen

NYT: E.P.A. to Consider Rollback of Bush Coal Policy

CQ Politics: New Team Repackages The Rights Thinking
Human Events: Gingrich Says Dems Are 'Anti-Business, Anti-Entrepreneur and Anti-Jobs'
Human Events: 'Steeling' the Show

Hill: Visclosky, Nelson returning cash from raided firm
Politico: Daschle, Obama aides join K Street
Politico: Rahm's immigration turnabout
Hill: Dem family politics blocks Dean at HHS

American Spectator: New Republican Opportunity: Welfare Reform

American Spectator: Obama's Enemies List



NYT: Aides Say No Pardon for Libby Irked Cheney
Politico: Rove: Cheney's fight 'overblown'
NYDN: Ex-VP Dick Cheney outraged President Bush didn't grant 'Scooter' Libby full pardon
Maureen Dowd: Cheney and the Goat Devil



WaPo: Former Attorney General Mukasey Joins Law Firm
NYT: Mukasey to Join New York Law Firm

WaPo: In Unusual Move, Justice Dept. Pulls Prosecutors From Stevens Case
CQ Politics: New Prosecutors Assigned To Handle Case Against Stevens

WaPo: A Setback For Whistleblowers

WSJ/Taranto: Man allegedly beheads wife. Feminists shrug.



WaPo: Bristol Palin on Abstinence, Motherhood

NEW YORK

NYDN: Paterson trails Cuomo by 32 points in new 2010 Democratic primary poll
NY Post: Paterson pounded by 32 pts. vs. Andy: Poll
Albany TU: Approval poll: Paterson down, Cuomo up
Hill: Poll finds Gillibrand, Paterson in trouble
NYDN: Poll: Don't get used to Gillibrand; L.I. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy would win primary
Politico: Tedisco lining up GOP starpower
Albany TU: Cities eager for stimulus dollars
Albany TU: 115 donors spend large
NYDN: Adolfo Carrion heads to White House for new urban policy position
NYDN: Caroline Kennedy goes public again, mum on Gov. Paterson
NYDN: Gov. Paterson rises in defense of staff's raises
NY Post/Dicker: Dave has second thoughts on pay hikes

MINNESOTA

Pioneer Press: Coleman lawyers underscore argument about absentee ballot unfairness
Star Tribune: Carver County's handling of absentee ballots a focus of Coleman's argument
Bemidji Pioneer: Signatures key Senate trial issue
AP/Jackson: Stimulus highlights stakes of Minnesota recount
AP: Minnesota Senate Trial Speeds Up, but End Still Far Off
Star Tribune: Editorial: Ritchie kicks off election law debate
Bemidji Pioneer: Editorial: Time for election reforms

CALIFORNIA




LA Times: California budget negotiations hit a new snag
SacBee: Senators in lockdown struggle to make deal
SacBee: Poizner explains views on California budget
CNN: Schwarzenegger sends out 10,000 layoff notices
WaPo: Budget Mire Forces Calif. Senate Lockdown
WSJ: California Senator Feels Heat
NYT: California, Almost Broke, Nears Brink
AP/Lin: Key votes for Calif. budget come with a price
WSJ: Lawmakers Weigh Hollywood Tax Break
WSJ: The Decline of California
Rush Limbaugh: Attaboy! California Assembly Republicans Refuse to Give In

SacBee: California's Prop. 8 legal challenge harkens back to 1966 housing measure

TEXAS

Austin AS: Perry draws line between good stimulus, bad stimulus
AP/Vertuno: Perry: Be cautious with federal stimulus

FLORIDA

Palm Beach Post: Rooney decries partisanship in stimulus debate

GEORGIA

AP/McCaffrey: Perdue signs homeowner tax grant bill, reluctantly

ILLINOIS



Hill: Ethics panel opens probe on Sen. Burris
Politico: Senate Ethics may investigate Burris
WSJ: Sen. Burris Admits Seeking Donations for Blagojevich
NYT: Burris Tried to Raise Money for Blagojevich

PENNSYLVANIA

Daily Times: Former U.S. attorney takes first step to being governor

OHIO


Hill: Two Dems jump into Ohio Senate race

KANSAS

Hill: Kansas GOP Senate nominee may be matter of personality
AP/Hanna: Kansas budget impasse ends

CONNECTICUT

Politico: Mortgage deal may hurt Dodd in 2010

ALASKA



WaPo: Back Home in Alaska, Palin Finds Cold Comfort




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February 17, 2009

TODAY'S TOP STORIES



NATIONAL

Washington Times: Obama to sign $787 billion stimulus
WSJ: Obama Strategy: Keep Lawmakers Close
NYT: G.O.P. Governors Support Obama
AP: States prioritize stimulus funds
WSJ: McCain's Vote Should Trouble Obama

WSJ: Don't Believe the Stimulus Scaremongers
WaPo: Big-City Leaders Call Stimulus a Fine Start
WaPo: After Stimulus Battle, Liberals Press Obama
NYT: For Education Chief, Stimulus Means Power and Risk
WSJ: Congress Gets Punitive on Executive Pay
Dick Morris: Obama's Trojan Horse
Rasmussen: 38% Say Stimulus Plan Will Help Economy
AP/Sidoti: Republicans using economic stimulus debate to restore image of fiscal discipline

WSJ: Auto Maker Bankruptcy Looms
Detroit FP: GM, Chrysler race to meet U.S. deadline: More job cuts, plant closings expected
NYT: G.M. Presses Union for Cuts in Health Care
WaPo: GM, Chrysler Finalize Plans To Restructure
AP: GM to get $4 billion in loan agreement
Hill: Levin criticizes Obama's auto panel
American Spectator: The Future of the Car Industry
Jed Babbin: Don't Bail Out the UAW (Again)

NYT: Obama Plan on Housing Said to Push on Lenders
WSJ: Axelrod: Obama Has 'Solid' Housing Plan

WaPo: Late Change in Course Hobbled Rollout of Geithner's Bank Plan
Hill: Conservative group sues for TARP details



Dick Morris: Rahm's 'rent' is just the tip of the ethics iceberg

WSJ: Congressional Junkets Defended as Work-Based
Politico: Hoyer to Pelosi: Stand up to Senate
Politico: Obama vets seek change on K street
CQ Politics: Wall Street Woes Make Their Way to K Street
Government Executive: Record Vacancies
Hill: Western swing reflects 2012 campaign strategy

Washington Times: Postmaster got $800,000 in pay, perks

American Spectator: Alternative Energy: The Next Subprime Mortgage Meltdown



Boston Globe: 2 Romney estates hit the market



NYDN: Ex-VP Dick Cheney outraged President Bush didn't grant 'Scooter' Libby full pardon

RNC CHAIR

Washington Times: GOP jumps on tech bandwagon

NEW YORK

NY Post: All sides 'raise' hell over Gov's pay hikes
NYDN: The kingmakers of N.Y.: High-ranking pols to rain stimulus dough on state
Newsday: Gillibrand removes guns from under bed
NYDN: Gillibrand still has guns, but they're no longer under bed because of 'security' issues
NYDN: Adult download tax proposal awaits climax in Albany

MINNESOTA



Star Tribune: Coleman asks court to reconsider ruling on rejected ballots
Star Tribune: Not-a-senator-but-ready-to-serve Franken meets mayors
Pioneer Press: Franken takes state's economic pulse
American Spectator: Al in a Box

CALIFORNIA






LA Times: Legislature adjourns with no budget; governor prepares to lay off 10,000
WSJ: California Vies to Close Budget Gap Amid Dire Conditions
NYT: California, Almost Broke, Nears Brink
AP: Ca. budget likely to cut 10,000 jobs

TEXAS

AP/Vertuno: Texas lawmaker moves to impeach judge for refusing after-hours appeal in death penalty case

FLORIDA

WBBH: Crist talks stimulus with agencies
WPTV: How stimulus plan will help Florida
Orl Sentinel: Federal stimulus plan gives Florida $12B - and a way out of budget problems
Herald Tribune: Florida's stimulus: $12 billion
Miami Herald: Editorial: Gov. Crist extends political courtesy

GEORGIA

AJC: No Isakson opponents in line: Republican senator to announce re-election run today
AP: Isakson announcing bid for second Senate term
Beaconcast: Isakson, Chambliss Rebuke Obama Spending Bill
Athens Banner-Herald: Chambliss: Fix housing market first

ILLINOIS



WSJ: Burris Defends Actions, Fights Calls to Leave Senate
NYT: Revelations by Senator Are Raising Concerns
Politico: Dems hold breath on Burris

PENNSYLVANIA

Philadelphia Inquirer: Specter: A $10 billion act of courage

OHIO




Mansfield News Journal: Ohio GOP chair in Mansfield to lay out plan for change
WHIO: Ohio Stimulus Payment: $600 Million Short

VIRGINIA

CNS: Virginia Governors Race Potential Bellwether for Nation in 2009
WaPo: Va. Budget Shortfall Reaches $3.7 Billion
Washington Times: Virginia has shortfall covered

TENNESSEE

Tennessean: To retake legislature, Tennessee Democrats need a better farm team
Tennessean: Tennessee gets a jump on 2010 census work

ALASKA



AP/D'Oro: Sarah Palin faces first major challenge in office with Alaska's sickly oil revenues

KANSAS



KC Star: Kansas tax refunds, state paychecks in limbo over budget dispute
Wichita Eagle: Kansas may delay tax refunds, paychecks

MAINE

WTMW: Snowe Makes No Apologies For Supporting Stimulus






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February 16, 2009

TODAY'S TOP STORIES



NATIONAL

NYT: White House Wants to Revise Compensation Part of Stimulus
NY Post: Top Dem balks as O hints at Stim Change
Hill: Obama, Dodd clash on executive compensation
NYT: States and Cities in Scramble for Stimulus Cash
WaPo: Politically, Stimulus Battle Has Just Begun
WaPo: Obama Advisers Defend Stimulus Bill
NYT: White House Says Stimulus Wont Be a Quick Fix
WSJ: 1,073 Pages: A stimulus bill that's anything but transparent

Detroit News: Geithner to lead auto panel: White House won't rule out bankruptcies
Detroit FP: New team will steer a new auto industry
WSJ: Obama Will Not Name 'Car Czar' to Oversee Detroit
NYT: To Fix Detroit, Obama Is Said to Drop Plan for Car Czar
WaPo: White House Won't Appoint a 'Car Czar'

Hill: Once radical, nationalization attracts GOP support

WSJ: Axelrod: Obama Has 'Solid' Housing Plan

WaPo: Two Moderate GOP Senators Give Big Voice To Little Maine

John Fund: A Census of One: Wanted: GOP figurehead for Census bureau

Washington Times: Ken Starr: Obama's Supreme Court picks will face trouble

Washington Times: Editorial: Did blabbermouth Feinstein spill secrets?

CQ Politics: A Party Fractured, GOP Conservatives Regroup
Human Events: Will GOPers, Dems Leave House In Big Numbers in 2010?

NEW YORK

NYDN/Benjamin: Gov. Paterson's team for next year's vote 'in shambles'
NY Post/Dicker: Gov's Hy-Pay-Crisy: Staffers get secret raises amid 'freeze'
NY Post: Dave warms to 'rich tax'
Albany TU: Alternative Senate tax proposal in the works
NYT: Gillibrands Affinity for Asia Becomes an Asset
Buffalo News/McCarthy: Mining nuggets in campaign reports
AP/Gormley: State share of aid hits $24.6B

CALIFORNIA



LA Times: She ran EBay, can she run California?

LA Times: One vote shy, state budget still in limbo
SacBee: California lawmakers fail to pass budget deal
SF Chronicle: Talks fail to end California budget impasse
WSJ: California Lawmakers Fail to Pass Budget
AP/Young: Calif. budget fix stalls with too few GOP votes
Mercury News: Sweeping budget plan in trouble; Dems still need one more GOP vote
SF Chronicle: State lawmakers still lack votes to pass budget
LA Times/Skelton: California's GOP lawmakers should do the budget math
SacBee: Budget pressure puts unions on the spot
AP/Young: Calif. Senate adjourns without voting on tax hikes

ILLINOIS

WSJ: Burris Defends Himself Amid Calls for His Resignation
NYT: Burris Defends His Evolving Description of Talks
WaPo: Sen. Burris Denies Intent to Mislead; GOP Seeks Probe
Washington Times: Burris denies lying to impeachment panel
AP: Burris denies affidavit contradicts testimony
Rick Moran: IL House Republicans looking into perjury charges against Burris
Politico: Burris under an ethical cloud
AP/Shenoy: Illinois GOP Leader Calls on Sen. Burris to Resign

MINNESOTA

Duluth News Tribune: Winner in Senate race? It could be early voting
Star Tribune: How many jurisdictions does it take to run a region?
Hotline: Key Coleman Staffer Up For State Job

OHIO

Columbus Dispatch: Ex-Rep. Pryce joins D.C. law firm, will work here

VIRGINIA

WaPo: Democrats' Slim Victories In Va. Build GOP's Hopes

FLORIDA



St. Petersburg Times: Florida's governor readies four proposals for property tax relief

IOWA

AP: Republican Party of Iowa announces new director
Des Moines Register: Hope exists for Iowa Republicans

TEXAS

Dallas MN: Democratic strategist says when Hutchison leaves Senate, party will pounce
Houston Chronicle: Big donors fill state's governing boards

SOUTH CAROLINA

Hill: S.C. senator to governor: take stimulus money
Hill: Clyburn, Sanford feud over stimulus

TENNESSEE

Red County: Wamp and Haslam Duke it Out for Republican Gubernatorial Money

ARIZONA

Hill: Conyers seeks DoJ probe into controversial sheriff

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February 15, 2009

TODAY'S TOP STORIES



NATIONAL

McClatchy: McConnell, Senate Republicans helpless to shape stimulus bill
LA Times: Stimulus struggle hints at a party showdown
AP/Espo: Stimulus bill a 'major milestone' to recovery, Obama says
AP: Obama plans to sign stimulus measure Tuesday

WaPo: Geithner Takes Plan To Global Leaders

Washington Times: Dodd stiffened executive pay limits
WaPo: Getting a Grip on Pay: More Rigorous Limits Trigger Concerns

Politico: Sunday talk show tip sheet

GOP



NYT: Eric Cantor: In Gingrich Mold, a New Voice for Solid Resistance in G.O.P.

NEW YORK

Albany TU: 20th CD: Image crucial in quick campaign
Albany TU: Tax war in the 20th

NY Post: Gov fighting for his political life
NYDN: Gov. David Paterson: Obama stimulus plan will bring New York State $24.6 billion
NYT: Paterson Lowers Expectations on Soda Tax, Calling Approval Unlikely
NYDN: Michelle Paterson stands by David Paterson's performance as governor

ILLINOIS



Chicago Sun-Times: Lawmakers call for Burris perjury investigation
Chicago Tribune: Burris changes story on Senate seat
Chicago Tribune: Roland Burris statement and affidavit
WSJ: Burris Says Blagojevich's Brother Sought Donation
NYT: Burris Now Says He Was Asked for Donations
WaPo: Burris Discloses Fundraising Requests
Washington Times: GOP may seek Burris perjury probe
AP/O'Connor: Senator says Blagojevich kin asked for help in fund-raising

Chicago Sun-Times: Emanuel keeping his options open

MINNESOTA

WaPo: Would-Be Senators From Minn. Describe Life in Election Limbo

Pioneer Press: Panel wants to replace business tax with sales tax increases

CALIFORNIA




SF Chronicle: State GOP convenes amidst falling fortunes

LA Times: California legislators begin voting on state budget
SacBee: Budget marathon, midnight oil
SF Chronicle: Lawmakers still debating budget
AP: Highlights of Calif. budget proposal

SacBee: California union cuts furlough in pact with Schwarzenegger
LA Times: California's largest employee union reaches deal to reduce furlough days
SacBee: SEIU union deal halves state employee furloughs

LA Times: Republicans cry foul over $8 billion for high-speed rail

TEXAS

Dallas MN: Immigration a hot-ticket item for Texas Legislature

WISCONSIN



Milwaukee JS: GOP makeover gets fresh face from Wisconsin

FLORIDA



Herald Tribune: Will Gov. Crist run for Senate? Signs point to yes
Miami Herald: Crist reads polls well on stimulus plan
EV Journal: 5th DCA judge pressures Crist on court vacancy
Miami Herald: Crist to unveil tax cut proposals

Miami Herald: Florida could get $12 billion in stimulus

GEORGIA

Atlanta JC: Billions headed for Georgia

PENNSYLVANIA

Pittsburgh PG: Pa. senators, representatives will be in the thick of things

OHIO


Cleveland PD: Ohio legislature, especially on GOP side, is Boys Town

MICHIGAN

Detroit FP: What's in the stimulus for Michigan

VIRGINIA

Richmond TD: GOP chairman to give up House seat
AP: Va GOP chief won't seek re-election to House seat
WaPo: Frederick Urges Wife to Run for Seat

WaPo: Brash and Loaded With Cash, McAuliffe Skips Past The Experience Issue

TENNESSEE

Business Week: Former GOP head to become new TVA chairman
Chattanooga TFP: GOP political figure named TVA chairman
AP/Mansfield: Former GOP head to become new TVA chairman

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