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March 7, 2009

TODAY'S TOP STORIES



NATIONAL

WSJ: Obama Touts New Hires Amid 'Challenges Ahead'
WaPo: Job Losses Could Drown Stimulus: Unemployment Soars to 1983 Level
WaPo: In Obama Tax Plan, A Shift of Wealth From the Top Down
WSJ: You Can't Spend Your Way Out of the Crisis
NYT: Job Losses Hint at Vast Remaking of Economy
Washington Times: Jobless rate reaches 25-year high
WaPo: Underwater Stock Options Get a Lifeline From Firms
WSJ: A 'Whoa' to Retirement-Plan Idea
NYT: Editorial: When Jobs Go Missing
NYT/Bob Herbert: Miracles Take Time
WSJ/Gov. David Paterson: Obama's Mortgage Plan Is What We Need
WSJ/James Taranto: Even Paul Krugman is losing confidence in Obama
NYT/Paul Krugman: The Big Dither
WaPo: Soaking the Rich? Jim Cramer, Greg Manikow...
George Will: Where the Obesity Grows
Kathleen Parker: A Cool Look At Those Trillions
NY Post: Scrimpers and savers being played for suckers
Washington Times: Spending bill keeps government open
Hill: Boehner calls on supporters to jam Senate on omnibus

WSJ: FDIC Bill Dodges a New TARP Fight
AP: Obama Treasury Sec. Geithner loses 2 key candidates for senior posts after they withdraw
Politico: Treasury island: Geithner's lost crew

WSJ: Geithner, Summers Hold Auto Meeting at White House Friday

WSJ: President Puts Defense Contractors on Notice: Crackdown on Costs Is Coming
John Yoo: Why the latest assault on Bush antiterror strategy could make us less safe
Politico: Obama Justice Dept. will defend Yoo

WSJ: Corporations Step Up Drive Against Bill to Ease Unionization

WSJ: The SEC's Annuity Grab
WaPo: Regulatory Reform Sought In Wake of Fraud Cases

WSJ: Obama to Reverse Policy on Stem Cells
NYT: Obama Set to Reverse Bushs Stem-Cell Restrictions
WaPo: Obama To Loosen Stem Cell Funding

NYT: In Divide Over Health Care Overhaul, 2 Major Unions Withdraw From a Coalition

Politico: Dean for surgeon general?
WSJ: Cybersecurity Chief Resigns
WaPo: Former NASA Official Is Accused of Steering Money to Private Client
Hill: Ex-congressional staffer faces corruption charges
CQ Politics: Former Aide to Rep. Don Young Indicted as Part of Abramoff Probe

WSJ: Industry Seeks to Raise Ethanol Levels in Fuel
NYT: House Bill for a Carbon Tax to Cut Emissions Faces a Steep Climb

NYT: For McCain, a Dual Role, Center Stage
WaPo: With Obama in Charge, Reid Returns to Preferred Role

WSJ: Obama adopts Bush view on the powers of the presidency
NYT: Their Ranks Bolstered, and With Big Issues Ahead, Democrats Stumble
NYDN: London aghast at President Obama over gifts given to Prime Minister Brown



WSJ: The GOP's Limbaugh Dilemma
WaPo: Limbaugh's Audience Size? It's Largely Up in the Air
NYDN: Limbaugh implies Ted Kennedy will be dead by the time health care reform bill passes



Wash Times: Steele calms some RNC members: New chairman airs 'missteps' in phone call
Chicago Tribune: GOP's Steele still ironing out the kinks
Politico: Steele pushes back; rivals gripe
Hill: Steele soothes jittery RNC nerves
NYT/Gail Collins: Just Steele Yourselves



Richmond T-D: Gingrich ponders White House run; says Cantor will be Speaker someday
NYDN: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich hints at 2012 presidential run

Politico: Jindal's Kenneth problem

Politico: Sunday talk show tip sheet

NEW YORK



Albany TU: Lawyers support embattled Bruno: Capital Region group says indictment flawed

Albany TU: Senate will fold Rocky drug law reform into budget proposal
Buffalo News: Bennett to leave chancellors post, stay on as regent
Albany TU: Bennett steps down as Regents chancellor
NYT: Democrats Agonize but Go Work for Bloomberg
WSJ: A Hole Grows in Brooklyn
DN: BoA threatens former employee with lawsuit over Cuomo Merrill Lynch bonus investigation

MINNESOTA

Pioneer Press: Franken loses argument for election certificate
Star Tribune: High court: Franken can't join Senate yet
NYT: Court Rules Franken Is Not Entitled to Election Certificate
CQ Politics: Coleman Court Case Will Run Course as Franken Petition Is Denied
Bemidji Pioneer: Minnesotans tired of Senate race, but know votes count
Star Tribune: Senate recount trial: Day 30

Rasmussen: 61% of Minnesota Voters Dont Think Pawlenty Should Seek Presidency in 2012
Politico: Pawlenty: GOP has 'bottomed out'

KARE: Casino proposed to fund new Vikings stadium

CALIFORNIA


Fox: Whitman Stumps In The South Bay
SacBee: State controller says checks to taxpayers, others are flowing again
SacBee: Gay marriage backers still hard at work in California

TEXAS

Rasmussen: 47% of Texas Voters Support Governor's Opposition to Stimulus Funds
AP/Hastings: To execute or not: A question of cost?
Star Telegram: Editorial: Texas GOP senators gain advantage on voterID bill

FLORIDA

Miami Herald: Fellow Democrat says Sen. Bill Nelson misfired on judicial panel nominees
AHN: GOP Warns Of Re-Election Defeat For Florida Rep. Alan Grayson
Politico: Rep. Grayson won't hold his tongue

GEORGIA

Macon Telegraph: Georgia senate fails to crack down on tax delinquent members

ALABAMA



NYT: Judges Uphold Bribery Conviction of a Former Alabama Governor

ILLINOIS

ABC7Chicago: Illinois GOP tries to restyle itself

PENNSYLVANIA

JTA: A repeat challenger for Specter

OHIO


Cleveland PD: Ohio Senate approves spending $360 million in state stimulus money

VIRGINIA

Daily Press: GOP chair loses support and a football pool

TENNESSEE

Tennessean: Tennessee to take stimulus cash






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March 6, 2009

TODAY'S TOP STORIES



NATIONAL

WaPo: Spending Bill Stalls in Senate, 1 Vote Shy of Breaking Filibuster
Politico: Omnibus still one vote short
NYT: G.O.P. Delays Fiscal Bill Over Earmarks
Washington Times: Senate delays spending bill vote
Politico: Dueling Dems have Obama in earmark jam
Hill: Spending-bill vote called off, lacking Dem support
CQ Politics: Senate Pulls Plug on Omnibus Spending Vote
CQ Politics: Pelosi Vows to Work With Obama to Examine Earmarking After Omnibus

WSJ: Obama's Radicalism Is Killing the Dow
WSJ: Obama Economy: Recessions don't last forever, but bad policies can prolong pain
WSJ: Obama Repeats Bush's Worst Market Mistakes
WaPo: U.S. to Invite The Wealthy To Invest in The Bailout
WaPo: Markets Resume Month-Long Sell-Off As Investors Brace for More Bad News
NYT: Slump Humbling Blue-Chip Stocks, Once Dows Pride
WaPo: Corporate America's Icons Crumbling Under Global Recession
WaPo: Senators Call AIG 'Lost Cause': Banking Panel Slams Insurance Giant's Bailout
NYT: A Trading Inquiry at Merrill Lynch
NYT: Handicapping the Jobless Report
NYT: Quiet Layoffs Sting Workers Without Notice
Politico: Frank pushes for punishment for crisis

WSJ: Bill Seeks to Let FDIC Borrow up to $500 Billion
Bloomberg: Fed Refuses to Release Bank Data, Insists on Secrecy

Hill: House approves cramdown legislation
CQ Politics: House Passes Mortgage Bill With 'Cramdown' Provision Included
WP: Homeowner Rescue Bill Passes House: Would Let Bankruptcy Judges Modify Mortgages
WSJ: Overdue Mortgages Increase
NYT: Obamas Housing Rescue Plan and You
NYT: Editorial: Helping the House Poor

WSJ: Top Treasury Candidates Pull Out: Decline to Endure Vetting Process
Politico: Treasury starved for appointees
Am Spectator/Prowler: Treasury This Moment: Another subcabinet nominee withdraws

Politico: Justice Dept Crim Div: Lanny Breuer's rogue's gallery

Charles Krauthammer: Great Non Sequitur: Sleight of Hand Behind Obama's Agenda
Matt Kinnaman: Coach Calhoun Rocks Obamanomics
Michael Gerson: GOP at the Abyss: Will the Party Face FDR, Clinton or Carter?
David Brooks: When Obamatons Respond
Peggy Noonan: A Tragedy of Errors, and an Accounting
Oliver North: Everyone But House Republicans Are Smiling
Chuck Norris: Obama Plus Congress Equals Economic Chaos
William Jacobson: New Song - "It Ain't Your Money To Spend"

WSJ: Obama, Health-Care Players Agree to Seek Overhaul
NYT: Obama Says He Is Open to Altering Health Plan
WaPo: Ex-Foes of Health-Care Reform Emerge as Supporters
WSJ: Health 'Reformers' Ignore Facts
Hill: Discord lurks beneath health summit
Rush Limbaugh: Tort Reform is Key Health Care Fix

NYT: Gupta Ends Surgeon General Candidacy
WaPo: CNN's Gupta Decides Against Surgeon General Position, Cites 'Timing'
Politico: Gupta withdraws surgeon general bid

American Thinker: The Obama Double Tax Whammy
American Thinker: Warning! Bracket Creep Ahead!

Am Spectator: Cox Exchange: Replacing smears with the truth about former SEC head

WSJ: Political Lobbying Drove FDA Process
NYT: Food Problems Elude Private Inspectors

Washington Times: 'Angry' Obama aides push Katrina recovery

Hill: Accurate 2010 Census count 'jeopardized'

WSJ: The Climate Change Lobby Has Regrets: Cap and trade is going to cost them
WaPo: Europe Advises U.S. Officials on Climate
WaPo: Ethanol Producers Press for Higher Limits

WSJ: House Outlines Obama Agenda Action
WSJ: Railroads, Customers Prepare to Spar Over Regulation Bill
WSJ: Biden Embraces Union Agenda at AFL-CIO Meeting
WSJ: Mayoral Control Makes the Grade: Unions want to take back the schools

AP: Live Coverage Boosts Access to Federal Courtrooms



Politico: House turns back call for PMA probe
Hill: Visclosky calls for PMA ethics investigation
Wikipedia: PMA Group

Politico: FEC: Obama mortgage a legal deal



WaPo: GOP Fights Back Over Criticism of Limbaugh
Washington Times: Voters disagree Limbaugh as poster boy
Fox: Dem Web Site Mocks Limbaugh, Republicans
BBC: Who leads the US Republican Party?
Politico: Trapped between Rush and hard place
Hill: Gibbs knows the art of war
Michael Reagan: The White House Vendetta
Rush Limbaugh: Obama "Tracking Poll" Plunges, While White House Plays Games
Rush Limbaugh: Creepy: Supreme Leader Wants You Desperate for His Salvation
Rush Limbaugh: Obama Disses Gordon Brown; Cozies Up to America's Enemies
Rush Limbaugh: The ChiComs are Now More Capitalist Than Obama's America
Rush Limbaugh: Liberal Jim Cramer Sees the Light
Rush Limbaugh: Suggest a Rush Billboard to the DNC
NYDN: Rush Limbaugh challenges President Obama to a debate



Kathleen Parker: As two messiahs duel, Romney shows GOP leadership



Politico: Did Palin's looks hurt?
Rasmussen: 75% Believe Constitution Guarantees Right To Own A Gun



SF Chronicle: CA state GOP head named by Steele to top Republican post
WaPo: RNC Online Director Resigns
WaPo: GOP Lawmakers Rally Around Steele
Politico: DLC on brink of a major shake-up

NEW YORK



Albany TU: Senate Republicans offer their no-tax budget plan
Newsday: Senate Republicans unveil alternative budget for 2010
NYT: Senate Majority Courts G.O.P. on Transit Plan
Albany TU: State insurance chief quits as agency under fire
NYT: Paterson Shifts on Emissions, Drawing Fire
NY Post: Gov: I'll take 10% pay cut
NYDN: Gov. Paterson makes a 'sacrifice' & takes pay cut
Albany TU: NRCC gets funny
Albany TU: Area's jobless rate surges to 7.1 percent
Albany TU: Millions at stake in bottle bill
Albany TU: Introducing: Lawyers for Bruno
NY Post: Spitz buys 'Ho Zone' property
WSJ: Spitzer Is Back in D.C. -- in Real Estate
NYDN: Pay-for-luv ex-gov Eliot Spitzer buys sexy view
NY Post: Weiner's 'naughty' hottie$: Foreign babes gave illegally
NY Post: State road projects set for stimulation
Buffalo News: On 2nd day of WNY visit, Paterson says local projects will proceed

MINNESOTA

Pioneer Press: Franken asks judges to toss Coleman's suit
AP/Bakst: Franken pushes to toss Coleman's Minn. Senate suit
Star Tribune: Minnesotans split again -- on a new Senate vote
CQ Politics: What About a Do-Over in Minnesota?
CQ Politics: More Questions Than Answers in Minnesota Senate Case
Rasmussen: Minnesota Voters See Franken As Winner

CALIFORNIA




SF Chronicle: California GOP head to lead state party chairs
NYT: California Court Weighing Gay Marriage Ban
WSJ: Drug Legalization Isn't the Answer

TEXAS

Dallas MN: While fighting earmarks, Sen. Hutchison tops list of Texas' earmarkers

FLORIDA

Miami Herald: Gov. Crist touts affordable health insurance plan
Tampa Tribune: Crist Spreads Word About Health Plan
Miami Herald: Florida's No. 2, under fire for air travel, takes to the road
Miami Herald: End of Florida's boom reveals the flaws in tax system
Miami Herald: Tax gap could cost schools

GEORGIA

Atlanta JC: Phil Gingrey on the topic of Rush Limbaugh, again

KENTUCKY



NYT: Republicans Look for a Reliever in Kentucky

ILLINOIS

St. Louis P-D: Illinois Republicans appear to be losing special-election battle
WaPo: Backers Resurrect Ill. 'Clean Coal' Project

PENNSYLVANIA

Morning Call: Toomey tells friends Senate run is on
RedState: Pat Toomey is In Against Specter
Politico: Toomey's running against Specter

OHIO


AP: 'Joe the Plumber' sues over Ohio records probe
WaPo: The Economy Has Put Columbus, Ohio, in A Tight Spot

MICHIGAN

Detroit News: State up for $187M in earmarks

VIRGINIA



Human Events: High Stakes Gov. Race

Virginian-Pilot: GOP officials file petition to oust Virginia party chairman
Richmond T-D: Va. Republicans are apparently ready to dump party chairman
Washington Times: Va. GOP chief asked to leave
AP: Major Va. donor named new state GOP finance chief

MARYLAND

American Spectator: O'Malley's Hot Air

SOUTH CAROLINA

Jed Babbin: Sanford Rising?

TENNESSEE

Chattanooga TFP: Lieutenant governor considering joining gubenatorial race
KnoxNews: Exploratory Ramsey Not Running Late, Todd Says

WASHINGTON STATE

Hill: Dems make 3rd try against Reichert

MASSACHUSETTS

Boston Globe: Bay State's jobless rate jumps to 7.4%








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March 5, 2009

TODAY'S TOP STORIES



NATIONAL

WSJ: Mortgage Bailout to Aid 1 in 9 U.S. Homeowners
NYT: U.S. Sets Big Incentives to Head Off Foreclosures
NYT: Mortgage Plan Targets Up to Four Million Homeowners
NYT: Unlucky or Unwise, Some Borrowers Are Left Out
WaPo: U.S. Launches Wide-Ranging Plan to Steady Housing Market
WaPo: Details on the President's Refinancing and Loan Modification Packages
Bloomberg: More Than 8.3 Million U.S. Mortgages Are Under Water

WSJ: White House Rethinks Tax Hikes

NYT: House to Try Again to Let Judges Alter Mortgages



WSJ: See No Earmarks: Defining spending deviancy down
Politico: Omnibus advances amid earmark fight
Politico: Martinez: GOP in 'striking distance'
Hill: McCain elbows his way back



WSJ: Ex-Fannie CEO's Loan Is Questioned
Bloomberg: Raines Was Offered 4.1% Countrywide Loan in 2003
WaPo: Republican Says Documents, Raines's Statements At Odds
Hill: Rep says Fannie Mae exec got loan perks
American Thinker: Who is Barney Frank? The man at the center of our financial crisis
Washington Times: Big donors dominate Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board

WSJ: Merrill Men Paid Over $10 Million Subpoenaed
WSJ: The Right Way to Determine Executive Pay

WSJ: Fault Found in Takeover of Banks

NYT: Fed Report Paints Bleak Economic Picture
AP/Aversa: Fed survey: Recession getting worse in almost all of US
WaPo: A Global Retreat As Economies Dry Up
WaPo: Recession Deepening Across Regions, Industries, Fed Says
Dick Morris: Coming next year: Obama's inflation

WSJ: Government Contracting Is Targeted
NYT: Obama to Change Contract Awarding
WaPo: President Orders Review of Federal Contracting System
Politico: Ag Sec Vilsack kills $500k consulting contract

WSJ: Let's Get Real About Renewable Energy
WSJ: Green Trade War: Warming to protectionism
Reuters: US Treasury secretary attacks oil, gas tax breaks

Politico: McConnell: No gov't health insurance

Human Events: Democrats Launch Effort to Repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Fox: D.C. Voting Rights Advocates Scramble to Save House Bill
Jed Babbin: Democrats Pull D.C. Voting Rights Act
Washington Times: Indefensibly unconstitutional: D.C voting rights is still wrong

Hill: White House taking a step back on line-item veto power



Karl Rove: Presidential Bait-and-Switch: What Obama once promised, & what he's delivering

NYT: Top Bush Aides to Testify in Attorneys Firings
WaPo: Deal Clears Rove, Miers to Discuss Prosecutor Firings
Hill: Deal means Rove, Miers will testify
Hill: Rove, Conyers reach deal on testimony
Politico: Rove, Miers to testify
CQ Politics: Rove, Miers to Be Questioned on U.S. Attorney Firings

McClatchy: Dispute over census could complicate Locke's confirmation hearing
Hill: Census plan gets counted out

WaPo: Fla. Official Chosen to Run FEMA
NYT: Obama Chooses Emergency Manager for FEMA
AP: Obama Taps Fugate for FEMA

Washington Times: Foreign ties of nominee questioned

Washington Times: Leahy battles alone for 'truth': Senators skip abuses hearing
Dana Milbank: Truth Commission: Facing the Cold, Hard Truth

Human Events: A new face and a new censorship strategy emerge at the FCC

WSJ: Pre-empting Drug Innovation: So much for the 'pro-business' Court
NYT: No Legal Shield in Drug Labeling, Justices Rule
WaPo: Justices Rule Against Drug Company in Injury Case

WSJ: Localities Facing Merger Push

James Taranto: Obama's Katrina? The new president seems dangerously out of touch



WaPo: Amid Criticism, RNC Chair Steele Says He'll Stay Focused on Remaking Party
Bill O'Reilly: Lack of Leadership Causing Chaos in Republican Party
WSJ: Has Obama Buried Reagan? The GOP is faltering in its defense of Republican ideals
CQ Politics: Republicans Go on the Record to Explain Their Earmarks
Fox: Where's Palin's $150G Wardrobe? RNC Doesn't Say



John Boehner: Democrats' Diversionary Tactics
Politico: Rush Job: Inside Dems' Limbaugh plan
Politico: Boehner now directly attacking Obama
Hill: Boehner: White House distracting with Rush
CQ Politics: In a Shift, House Republicans Take On Obama



Politico: Rush challenges Obama to debate
Rush Limbaugh: Rush to the President: Debate Me
Washington Times: 'Feeding' the beast on Rush attacks: Obama team admits input
Rush Limbaugh: Drive-Bys Fail to Ask Gibbs About Emanuel's WH Anti-Rush Operation
Rush Limbaugh: Obama Wants to Return the Wealth of the Nation to Its Rightful Owners
Time: Conservative Radio Host Rush Limbaugh
NYT: Fears of a Clown

ABC: A New Mystery for RNC Chief
Fox: Steele vs. Limbaugh: Who's in Charge of the GOP?
Rush Limbaugh: Drive-Bys Obsess on Steele Story



Ann Coulter: Olbermann's Plastic Ivy



Houston Chronicle: Barbara Bush undergoes heart surgery
AP: Barbara Bush rests comfortably after heart surgery
KHOU: Bio: Barbara Pierce Bush

NEW YORK



NYT: Albany Takes Step to Repeal Rockefeller Drug Laws
Albany TU: Drug law reforms await Senate vote
Albany TU: Assembly drug reform vote tally

NYT: Challengers to Gillibrand Emerging
US News: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Kirsten Gillibrand

NYT: Amid N.Y.s Budget Crisis, a Scramble to Spend Billions
Buffalo News: Paterson pressed on sarifices during town hall meeting
NYDN: Yeah, I'd take a pay cut, too, says Gov. Paterson
NY Post: Mike: Albany stealing our stimulus $$
NYDN: Brooklyn GOPers like Mayor Bloomberg for nod
NY Post: De Blasio a 'shill - board'

MINNESOTA



Star Tribune: Coleman wonders if judges can find a winner
Star Tribune: Senate recount trial, day 28
Star Tribune: Senate recount trial: Mistakes were isolated, Franken team contends
Pioneer Press: Franken witnesses ask if their votes counted
Star Tribune: Senate trial: Coleman side points to election errors
Star Tribune: No legal basis for Senate do-over
Hill: Dems, GOP take different approaches in Minnesota marathon battle for Senate

MPR: Sutton announces bid for state GOP chair
Star Tribune: Sutton to seek state GOP chairmanship

CALIFORNIA




LA Times: Panel votes to put California unemployment bill on fast track
LA Times: California has enough pork to be in hog heaven
NRO: Accounting for Californias Suicide
LA Times/Meyerson: As the GOP stands firm, California is changing direction

SacBee: Field Poll: Feinstein would be front-runner in race for governor
Politico: Brown strong in CA
Examiner: Schwarzenegger drops in polls among both parties

WSJ: Sides Prime for New Gay-Marriage Fights
NYT: California Court to Weigh Gay Marriage Ban
Seattle Times: Is Prop. 8 a constitutional wrong?

PC Magazine: Calif. Bill Would Blur Online Mapping Programs

AP/Reiterman: Lawyer: Feds in Sacramento resurrect Perata probe

TEXAS

AP/Shannon: Gov. Perry wants to lure Hollywood lights to Texas
AP/Burns: Texas postpones school bond guarantee
Austin AS: Kinky Friedman's back

FLORIDA

Miami Herald: Stimulus could mean billions in Florida for unemployment aid, food stamps
Orlando Sentinel: Indian gaming is long shot in Florida Legislature
Daytona Beach N-J: Senate fights over state's commuter rail
Miami Herald: Republicans are trying to find a voice and a direction

St. Petersburg Times: Get your bets down on Crist's next move
MSNBC: Competition Heating Up Race For Putnam's Seat
TampaBay: Victor Crist has challenger for Hillsborough commission seat

SOUTH CAROLINA

CQ Politics: Barrett To Run For South Carolina Governor
AP/Davenport: Sanford to divvy stimulus next week

ARIZONA

Arizona Republic: Brewer steps up with robust plan to quell crisis

MISSISSIPPI

Jackson Clarion-Ledger: House goes around Barbour for stimulus
Jackson Clarion-Ledger: Barbour objects to $50M in stimulus funds

GEORGIA

Atlanta JC: Perdue cuts deep, wont refuse funds
Atlanta JC: Nearly $99 million in Georgia earmarks
Atlanta JC: Proof-of-citizenship bill for voters passes Senate
Atlanta JC: Sunday alcohol sales stumble
Athens Banner-Herald: Kemp, ex-lawmaker, files for secretary bid
Atlanta JC: Kemp jumps into secretary of state race, shows backing
AP/Bluestein: Ga. Senate targets tax-delinquent legislators
AP/McCaffrey: Senate: Would-be voters must prove citizenship
AP: Voters would have to prove citizenship

ILLINOIS

St. Louis PD: Illinois Republicans still agitating for special election
News-Herald: Illinois GOP Grapples With More Party Input
AP: Blagojevich book deal sparks legislation
Chicago Tribune: City Hall hiring back on trial

PENNSYLVANIA

Philadelphia Daily News: Is it time for Arlen to rejoin Democrats?

OHIO


Columbus Dispatch: GOP can't stop governor's rail idea

MICHIGAN

Detroit FP: Will mortgage plan be any help in Michigan?

VIRGINIA



Moment: Can Eric Cantor Save the GOP?
Fairfax Times: McDonnell says history favors him in governor's race

TENNESSEE

Tennessean: Tennessee should stick with open primary voting




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March 4, 2009

TODAY'S TOP STORIES



NATIONAL

WSJ: What Are the Odds of a Depression?
WaPo: As Markets Slump, U.S. Tries to Halt Cycle of Fear
NYT: Job Losses Show Breadth of Recession
WSJ: Geithner Defends Budget, Warns on Deficits
AP/Ohlemacher: Obama's plan to hike taxes meets fierce opposition
WaPo: Republicans Criticize Tax Increases, Plan to Cap Pollution
Dick Morris: Waging War on Prosperity
CNBC: Cramer to White House: Wealth Destruction Is Real
Politico: White House takes swipe at Cramer (video)
Michael Gerson: How Obama Will Bleed the Rich Dry
Rich Lowry: The Spending Is the Thing
NRO: An Assault on Authentic Compassion
Bloomberg: Rich Donors May Be Undeterred by Tax Caps on Charitable Gifts
WaPo: Obama Touts Investing With 'Long-Term Perspective'
William Kristol: Don't Worry, Be Happy: Obama gives the markets the back of his hand

WaPo: Democrats to Temper Mortgage Relief Bill: Bankruptcy Judges Given Less Leeway
WSJ: Hoyer Anticipates Mortgage 'Cramdown' Vote Thursday
WaPo: Mortgage Bill Language Undermines Protections, Critics Say
CQP: Bankruptcy Judges Would Get More Payment-Reducing Power Under Capitol Hill Deal

WaPo: Bernanke Blasts AIG For 'Irresponsible Bets' That Led to Bailouts
NYT: Fed Chief Says Insurance Giant Acted Irresponsibly
WaPo: Financial Rescue Turns to Toxic Assets
NYT: Ex-leaders of Countrywide Profit From Bad Loans
WSJ: Rethinking the Fan and Fred Takeover
WSJ: Bank Robbery: Depleting capital when it's most needed
Sen. Evan Bayh: Deficits and Fiscal Credibility
Wowowow: The MBAs of the Meltdown Where Did Those Bankers Go to Business School?

NYT: Stimulus Flows Into Patchwork of State Transport Projects

WaPo: Tough Test Emerges as Administration Aims to Bolster Automakers, Cut Pollution
Politico: Car sales nosedive; another bailout?

WaPo: Picks for Key Government Posts Play Long Waiting Game
WSJ: Obama Signals Backing for Union Law
CQ Politics: Can Card Check Alter Unions State?
WSJ: Intelligence Pick Faces Criticism
WSJ: LaHood Encourages Private Funds for Transportation and Mass Transit
WSJ: U.S. Willing to Roll Back Missile-Defense Plans in Europe
WSJ: U.S. Climate Official Urges Congress To Curb Greenhouse-Gas Emissions
WSJ: GOP Attacks Climate Plan as Too Costly
WSJ: U.S. Pushes for Crackdown on Tax Havens
WaPo: Bill Would Put Tobacco Under FDA Control
American Spectator: New Health Czar Challenges Obama's Ethics Reforms
American Spectator: Sebelius and Kmiec Catholicism

Stanley Kurtz: UCLA Tests Congress
NYT: Senator Asks Pfizer About Harvard Payments

NYT: Justice Dept. May Release More Terrorism Memos
Chicago Tribune: Bush memos on presidential power shock legal experts

WaPo: Senate Rejects McCain Earmark Amendment to Omnibus
Washington Times: Obama's reform on earmarks exposes rifts
NYT: McCain Loses Fight Over Earmarks
AP/Espo: Senate ignores McCain, keeps thousands in earmarks
SF Chronicle: Congress spending vote stirs earmarks debate
Boston Globe: McCain loses earmarks battle
WaPo: President Walks Tightrope on Earmarks
Politico: Angry McCain slams Obama
Hill: GOP lawmaker targets lobbying firm

WSJ: Obama Gets Strong Support in Poll

AP/Abrams: Democrats show little appetite for gun control

Hill: Inside the nations top 10 House races
AP: Judge Reinstates Subpoena Seeking Testimony From Cheney

WaPo: Justices Consider When a Judge Should Bow Out



WaPo: GOP Seeks Balance With Conservative Icon Limbaugh
Hill: Limbaugh basks in Obamas spotlight
American Thinker: Obama appoints Rush Limbaugh leader of the opposition
Jonah Goldberg: The tired war on Rush Limbaugh
WaPo/Cillizza: White House Cheat Sheet: (Re)Defining Rush
WaPo/Achenbach: Rush Limbaugh vs. David Brooks
CQ Politics: Reid Ties the Republicans to Rush
Politico: Inside the Dems' anti-Rush plan
WaPo: Rush and Response
US News: Rush Limbaugh: The Bull in the GOP's China Shop
David Plouffe: Minority Leader Limbaugh
Kathleen Parker: Rush to the Wrong Choice
Clarence Page: Limbaugh profits at the GOP's expense



Politico: Steele trap? GOP fears grow

NRO: Republicans should not build a strategy around courting 'upscale' voters
Reuters: Republicans search for path out of wilderness

James Taranto: An Honest Leftist
WSJ: Conservatives and Their Pity Parties
Politico: Love spat: GOP splits with big business

Washington Times: Evangelicals ponder 'who's the next Dobson?'

WaPo: Illegal Immigrant to Be Charged With Chandra Levy Murder

NEW YORK

Albany TU: Debate proves spectator sport
AP/Bauman: Candidates for NY's 20th District seat debate
Capital News 9: Tedisco and Murphy debate
Albany TU: Murphy, Tedisco debate in Saratoga Springs
Hill: Hopefuls for Gillibrand's seat debate stimulus

Buffalo News: Golisano meetings with Republicans in Albany raise eyebrows
Newsday: Fed spending bill contains billions in earmarks for LI
Albany TU: Inspector general begins investigation into the State Insurance Fund
NY Post: Gov runs into foto flak
NY Post: Gov's $48B pension fix
NY Post: The biggest loser: Paterson poll NY's worst ever
NYDN: DA Morgenthau's top deputy Castleman quits over reported support for rival successor

MINNESOTA



Bemidji Pioneer: Coleman hints at new election
Pioneer Press: Franken team presents case as Coleman suggests election redo
Star Tribune: Coleman questions whether election can be decided
CQ Politics: More Questions Than Answers in Minnesota Senate Case
USA Today: Coleman says new election may be needed in Minnesota
KSTP: GOP chair solicits donations for Coleman

Bemidji Pioneer: Federal money helps lower state budget deficit to $4.6 billion
Pioneer Press: Minnesota gets a break on its bad budget news
Star Tribune: Earmarks for Minnesota? Not so much...

CALIFORNIA




LA Times: Villaraigosa wins 2nd term; Greuel leads

SacBee: GOP recruiter's pay, results questioned
AP: GOP recruiter receives $900,000 to find candidates

LA Times: California Supreme Court may reveal stance on Prop. 8 on Thursday
UPI: Calif. Senate takes anti-Prop 8 stand

SF Chronicle: Poll: GOP, Dems equally dislike Schwarzenegger
SF Chronicle: California featured at world IT trade show
SacBee: Lockyer, other California officeholders earn outside income
Human Events/DeVore: Huge Tax Increases Are Roiling California GOP

TEXAS

Austin AS: Schieffer says he's looking into a run for governor
AP: Highlights from the Texas Legislature
Dallas MN: Dallas Fed estimates Texas may reach 8% unemployment
El Paso Times: Gov. Rick Perry urged to OK money for jobless
Dallas MN: Tax issues won't derail Kirk, key senators, experts say

OKLAHOMA



Tulsa World: J.C. Watts running for Oklahoma governor?
Fox: Former Rep. Watts Stirs Speculation About Possible Run for Oklahoma Governor
AP: Watts stirs speculation on governor's race with Capitol visit
CQ Politics: Fallin in the Oklahoma Governors Race
Southern Political Report: Oklahoma 2010 governor's race could be crowded

FLORIDA



Fox: Gov. Crist delivers State of the State
Pensacola News Journal: Crist delivers State of the State address
Bradenton Herald: Crist, GOP again at odds over stimulus
Palm Beach Post: Crist: No tax hikes or budget cutbacks
St. Petersburg Times: Legislature opens today with new stimulus buzz, speaker
St. Petersburg Times: Florida Senate, House leaders discuss issues facing Legislature
Orlando Sentinel: Florida Legislature kicks off session under cloud of economic worry

GEORGIA

Atlanta JC: Bill would bolster food inspection
Atlanta JC: Chambliss pushes stronger food safety legislation
Atlanta JC: House has approved legislation creating a statewide 1-cent sales tax

ILLINOIS

Chicago Tribune: Quigley claims Democratic nomination in race to replace Rahm Emanuel
Chicago Sun-Times: Quigley takes the 5th
Hill: Quigley wins Dem nod for Rahm Emanuel's seat
CQ Politics: Primary for Emanuel's House Seat Under Way Today

PENNSYLVANIA

Michael Barone: Specter v. Toomey, again? PA Will Be Tough For a Conservative to Win
NYT: Philadelphia Mayor Plans Rise in Taxes
Philly News: GOP candidate well ahead in state Senate race

OHIO


Cleveland PD: Ohio House, Senate pass dueling film tax credits
AP/Majors: Ohio Legislature approves cash bonuses for vets
Vindy: Voters to decide on bonuses for vets
Western Star: Voters to decide on cash benefits for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan

WISCONSIN

AP/Bauer: Wis. Republican lawmakers seek business input

KANSAS

KC Star: Parkinson poised to become next governor of Kansas

COLORADO

Denver Post: Repeal of budget growth lid gets initial OK

SOUTH CAROLINA



Hill: Rep. Barrett to run for S.C. governor
Greenville News: Rep. Gresham Barrett says hes running for governor






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March 3, 2009

TODAY'S TOP STORIES



NATIONAL

WSJ: The Obama Economy: Dow keeps dropping, Obama is running out of people to blame
WaPo: Markets Sink Globally as Government Actions Fail to Reassure Investors
WaPo: Stock Sell-Off Spurs Fears That Slump Will Worsen
WaPo: Many Hires Needed for Budget Goals: 10,000s Could Be Added to Federal Payroll
NYT: Steep Market Drops Highlight Despair Over Rescue Efforts
Boston Globe: Stocks plunge on a wave of worry

WaPo: AIG Posts $61.7 Billion Loss, Faces Grim Future
WSJ: AIG's Black Box: The fourth rescue is not a charm
Politico: Senator: AIG bailout a 'tar baby'
NYT: Editorial: The Never-Ending Bailout
WaPo: Editorial: AIG Agony: The never-ending rescue of an insurer that was too big to fail

WSJ: Citi to Allow Jobless to Pay Less on Loans
WSJ: 'Bad Bank' Funding Plan Starts to Get Fleshed Out
American Thinker: Rewriting Mortgages and the American Social Contract
NYT: U.S. Likely to Keep the Reins on Fannie and Freddie
WaPo: Government-Picked Leader Resigns as Losses Pile Up
WSJ: Buyers Should Pay for Bond Ratings
NYDN: Sen. Chuck Schumer takes stock of Wall Street compensation
Politico: Tough talk to banks could backfire

WaPo: Sebelius, DeParle Named to Health-Care Posts
Hill: Senate expected to approve Sebelius nod
WSJ: Tough Questions Dog Health-Care Overhaul
NYT: On Health, President Takes Team Approach
NYT: Obama Taps Health Aide With Links to Industry
Politico: Group launches health care offensive
Politico: Will DeParle bring ethics conflicts?
WaPo: Nominations on Hold For 2 Top Science Posts
AP: Kansas Gov. Sebelius faces backlash from abortion foes if she is next health secretary
Rasmussen: 49% Say Obama Should Delay Health Care Reform Until Economy Is Better

Hill: House, Senate tackle cramdown, omnibus
WaPo: Legislation Calls For Independent Census Bureau

WaPo: Obama Makes Overtures to Russia on Missile Defense
NYT: Obama Offered Deal to Russia in Secret Letter

WSJ: Budget Chief Set to Defend Blueprint
WSJ: States Give Gambling a Closer Look

WSJ: Obama Pick for Trade Job Agrees to Pay Back Taxes
WaPo: Obama's Trade Pick Owes IRS $10,000
NYDN: Tax man nails 5th Obama appointee

Hill: Obama urged to think bipartisan on judges
Politico: Republicans warn Obama on judges

Politico: K Street cash lures Dem aides
Politico: Obama has messages whites don't hear

William Jacobson: Proof Obama's Fear Mongering Hurts The Economy
Patrick Buchanan: Pitchfork Time
David Brooks: A Moderate Manifesto
James Taranto: Red States, Blue Movies



Dana Milbank: McCain Stands Agape With Wrath
Hill: Analysis: Obama-McCain relationship deteriorates
AP: President Obama to sign budget despite earmarks breaking campaign pledge

Hill: GOP leader Mitch McConnell's earmarks give critics $75M target
McClatchy: 16 Emanuel earmarks in federal spending bill



NYDN: John McCain's daughter, Meghan, having trouble dating after campaign

WSJ: Can Congress Regulate All Political Speech?
WSJ: Activists want to redistribute foundation wealth based on racial quotas

Politico: DOJ releases Bush post-9/11 memos
Washington Times: Bush reversed wartime powers in final days
NYT: In Legal Memos, Clearer View of Power Bush Sought

NYT: Suit Seeks to Force Government to Extend Benefits to Same-Sex Couples
CQ Politics: Political Gender Bias Remains Alive and Well



LA Times: Painting Limbaugh as GOP's leader
WaPo: White House Lets Limbaugh Be Voice Of GOP Opposition
NYT: R.N.C. Chairman Apologizes to Limbaugh in Flap Over His Role
AP/Kuhnhenn: GOP chairman apologizes for Limbaugh remarks
Rush Limbaugh: A Few Words for Michael Steele
NYDN: GOP chairman Michael Steele and pundit Rush Limbaugh in war of words
Human Events: Steele's Wrong on Rush, Say Past Rivals For RNC Chair
Politico: Steele to Rush: I'm sorry
Hill: Limbaugh slams RNC head for 'shaky start'
Rush Limbaugh: CPAC Speech: Rush's First Televised Address to the Nation
Rush Limbaugh: Rush Analyzes the CPAC Speech
Rush Limbaugh: I Want Every American to Succeed. What Does President Obama Want?
Rush Limbaugh: Obama Wants America to Fail
Rush Limbaugh: The Definitions of Socialism
Washington Times: Hispanics wary of future in GOP
Hill: White House fires back at Rush Limbaugh

NEW YORK



Albany TU: Tedisco and Giuliani in Dutchess County
Albany TU: Murphy and Tedisco debut contrast TV ads
Albany TU: Ad watch: 20th Congressional District
AP/Bauman: Tedisco dismisses address issue

AP/Hill: States' budget woes to outlast recession
Albany TU: State offers gas cards to job-seekers
Albany TU: Albany treasurer denies knowing of 'no-fine' tickets
AP: Bruno hurt in car crash
NY Post: Gov gets a leg up: Tells of new love: Jogging

MINNESOTA



Michael Barone: MN Senate Race, Plagued With Defects, Could End in Supreme Court
Star Tribune: Coleman camp asks that election result be 'set aside'
Hill: Coleman's lawyer: Vote is hopelessly flawed
CQ Politics: Coleman Side Rests in Minnesota Senate Recount Case
MinnPost: Is Coleman v. Franken headed for a re-do?
Pioneer Press: Coleman wraps up -- sort of -- in U.S. Senate contest trial
USA Today: RNC escalates battle to hold Minnesota Senate seat

Hill: Minn. Gov. Pawlenty: GOP must modernize to win back electorate

CALIFORNIA


LA Times: California delegation to try a bipartisan meeting
SacBee: Field Poll shows early backing for budget items on ballot
SF Chronicle: Carly Fiorina has surgery for breast cancer
Mercury News: Carly Fiorina undergoes surgery for breast cancer
SacBee: GOP recruiter's pay, results questioned

TEXAS

Houston Chronicle: Schieffer mulls joining race for Texas governor
Dallas MN: Ethics ruling against former state Rep. Toby Goodman is overturned
Star Telegram: Former Arlington lawmaker wins appeal of ethics commission fine
Dallas MN: Texas Legislature news
AP/Shannon: Measure would move sex ed in Texas away from abstinence-only
Dallas MN: Cabinet-pick Kirk owes $10,000 in back taxes

FLORIDA



Washington Times: 'Bridge to nowhere' OK'd for Everglades

GEORGIA

WSJ: In-Vitro Fertilization Limit Is Sought

ILLINOIS

Daily Egyptian: Republican Sen. Brady announces 2010 gubernatorial bid in Marion
NYDN: Rod Blagojevich to tell all in six-figure book deal for former Illinois governor
AP/Babwin: Publicist: Blagojevich Signs Six-Figure Book Deal
Politico: Race re-emerges in Burris dispute

PENNSYLVANIA

Allentown Morning Call: Pat Toomey may challenge Arlen Specter for Senate seat
Philadelphia Inquirer: Toomey weighs challenge to Specter
MSNBC: A Specter-Toomey rematch?
AP/Hefling: Toomey weighs 2010 primary challenge to Specter

CONNECTICUT



Politico: CNBC's Kudlow mulls Senate bid

OHIO


Toledo Blade: Ohio auditor calls late '08 figures 'unprecedented'
Cleveland PD: Ohio Auditor criticizes Strickland's administration for delay in budget figures
Columbus Dispatch: State's finances only a guess right now, auditor says

VIRGINIA

NRO: Will Offshore Drilling Be a Big Issue in Virginia's Governor's Race?

TENNESSEE

Tennessean: 'Closed' primary has pros and cons

KENTUCKY



Politico: GOP strategy: Shunning Bunning








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March 2, 2009

TODAY'S TOP STORIES



NATIONAL

ABC: Budget Battle Begins: Historic Ideological Shift
NYT: White House Poised for Budget Fight
Hill: Budget battles loom as Obama team heads to Hill
Politico: Budget gamble: Why Obama went big
WaPo: Aides Defend Budget: White House and Fiscal Conservatives Set for Showdown
WSJ: Regulators See Big Funding Boost
Hill: Obama may use 50-vote tactic on energy, healthcare
CQ Politics: Budget Process Likely to Be Bitter and Sweet
WSJ: Republicans Concede Budget Is Hard to Block
Examiner: Are Specter, Collins and Snow backing away from spending?
WSJ: A Republican Road to Economic Recovery
Washington Times: Obama's cap, trade irk some in party

NYT: U.S. Is Said to Offer $30 Billion More to Help A.I.G.
WaPo: AIG Said To Receive Access to More Cash: Insurer Expected to Report Record Loss
WSJ: Call Them Irresponsible: Rewarding those who put the 'liar' in liar loans
WSJ: Would a GM Bankruptcy Crash Its Suppliers?
WSJ: Too Risky for Venture Capitalists: Why proposals for a gov't bailout were rejected
WaPo: On Economy, Two United Voices Steer Obama Agenda
NYT: In Obama, Labor Finds the Support It Expected

Fox: Limbaugh the Leader? Obama Chief of Staff Calls Talk Show Host a Barrier to Progress
Washington Times: Emanuel: GOP relies on Limbaugh
Bloomberg: Emanuel Says GM Is Example of Day of Reckoning
CBS: Emanuel: Obama Doesn't Like Spending Bill
CQ Politics: Transcript: Rahm Emanuel on CBSs Face the Nation
UPI: Emanuel forecasts budget approval by April

WSJ: Health-Care Effort Ascends Agenda
Hill: Sebelius to face questions over abortion

WaPo: Case May Define When a Judge Must Recuse Self

Human Events: Conservatives Have Reason to Cheer After CPAC 2009
Fox: Transcript of Rush Limbaugh's Address at CPAC
Human Events: A New Vision for America: Reducing Government to its Right Size
American Spectator/Prowler: To the Left

AP/Kuhnhenn: White House, GOP avoid direct confrontation
Politico: Boehner's job on the line in 2010
Hill: House GOP still divided over earmark report
AP/Babington: to win could be a loser for GOP

CBS: Bobby Jindal: The GOP's Rising Star?



Politico: The GOP's rising stars: U.S. attorneys

Politico: Moderate Dems confront Pelosi
Politico: Pelosi's list: Who's on her bad side?

NEW YORK

NY Post/Dicker: Gov dragging Dems down with him: Diaz
NYDN: Gov. Paterson strikes out on three pitches for a leader of state Democratic Party
Albany TU: Passing the budget on time is a crucial test for governor
NY Post: GOP lease furor: $8m deal amid contributions: Dems
NY Post: Pol's pick for bench under fire
Albany TU: Agencies could be hiring hundreds when the federal stimulus money arrives
Albany TU: Murphy wins the Independence endorsement in 20th CD
NYDN: Red flags raised by Rep. Anthony Weiner's 'earmarks'
NYDN: Sen. Schumer skewers hefty hunk of pork - $750M - for state in '09 budget
Buffalo News: Bob McCarthy: Flawed system yields spoiled fruit
Buffalo News: Democratic challenger sought to face Howard

MINNESOTA

Bemidji Pioneer: Gaertner seeks DFL backing in run for governor
Star Tribune: Capitol crowd braces itself for wild budget ride

CALIFORNIA


Fresno Bee: Conditions for ditching two-thirds budget majority
SacBee: Unions hold the wild card on proposed state spending cap
SacBee: A proposal to tax meat
SF Chronicle: Roll through a red, fork over the green
AP/Gouras: Some states picking economy over environment regs
Modesto Bee: Campaign afoot to oust Radanovich
LA Times/Skelton: New Assembly panel goes on a quiet hunt for Capitol waste
San Diego Union-Tribune: Air regulators show no letup in their war on emissions

TEXAS

AP/Shannon: Texas ready to use stimulus money on roads
Dallas MN: Drive to choose judges on merit intensifies
Dallas MN: Cases with TX justices' big donors raises question: Does money rule the courts?

FLORIDA

AP/Farrington: New RNC chair says GOP middle ground fine for Fla.
St. Petersburg Times: Stimulus stirs the pot as hard budget choices await FL lawmakers
Orlando Sentinel: Sin taxes, closed exemptions: Florida lawmakers look for money
St. Petersburg Times: Issues and people in Legislature to watch
News-Press: Crisis stirs radical, lasting changes to Fla. economy
Sun-Sentinel: Florida Legislature faces growing budget crunch, even with stimulus
St. Petersburg Times: Florida seeks per-gallon water fee from bottlers

GEORGIA

Atlanta JC: Georgia Power gets its wish as opponents fume
Macon Telegraph: As legislative session passes halfway mark, much remains to be done

ILLINOIS



Chicago Tribune: Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington to enter governor's race
Daily Herald: Suddenly, GOP has plenty of candidates for governor
WEEK: Brady Running for Governor Again



NYT: A Line Forms to Succeed Burris, Sooner or Later
WSJ: Race to Fill Emanuel's Seat Is a Free-for-All
Politico: The senator who wasn't Obama
Daily Herald: What suburban lawmakers say about Burris

Chicago Sun-Times: Rod's dash for cash
Chicago Sun-Times: State pension fund dumps firm run by Cellini's son, daughter
Daily Herald: Staring down economic despair, lawmakers getting used to saying 'no'

PENNSYLVANIA



AP/Levy: Maverick Specter's toughest vote could be ahead
Philadelphia Inquirer: Pa. senator wants panel to monitor stimulus spending

OHIO


Dayton Daily News: Senate race keeps Ohio in national spotlight
Toledo Blade: Ohio budget keeps growing even in bad times
Columbus Dispatch: How Ohioans voted last week

MICHIGAN

Mlive: Tax cuts have left Michigan unable to invest in itself

VIRGINIA

NV Daily: Contenders in governor race debate drilling
Winchester Star: Stimulus gives state budget a boost
Roanoke Times: State budget passes both houses

TENNESSEE

AP: Democrats join race for governor seat
Tennessean: Tennessee bill would ban adoptions by unwed couples

UTAH



Politico: Huntsman takes aim at GOP
Washington Times: Drugmaker money to Utah senator's charity escaped disclosure

KENTUCKY

LA Times: Jim Bunning: Republican senator, Republican irritant

LOUISIANA



CQ Politics: After Scandal, Sen. Vitter Regains Political Footing

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March 1, 2009

TODAY'S TOP STORIES



NATIONAL

WSJ: Budget Burden Falls to Congress
WaPo: Battle Lines Quickly Set Over Planned Policy Shifts
Hill: GOP slams Obama spending plan
Richmond Times-Dispatch: Cantor: Republicans will fight Obamas tax plan for wealthy
NYT: Obama Defends His Budget as a Threat to the Status Quo
NYT: Enjoying New Muscularity, Liberals Rejoin Lobbying Fray
NYT: Frustrated G.O.P. Tries to Drive Wedge Between Obama and Pelosi
PR Newswire: Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) Delivers Weekly Republican Address

NYT: Obamas Backing Raises Hopes for Climate Pact

WSJ: Obama Taps Sebelius for Health and Human Services Secretary
WaPo: Governor Of Kansas Tapped to Lead HHS
NYT: Kansas Governor Sebelius Accepts Offer as Health Secretary | Bio
Washington Times: 2 lobbyists eyed for food-safety post: Would violate Obama ban

NYT: Editorial: A Line for General Motors

LA Times: Weekend Talk Shows



Washington Times: Limbaugh steals CPAC spotlight
Rush Limbaugh: CPAC Speech
YouTube: Video: Rush Limbaugh Gives Speech To CPAC
Hill: Limbaugh lights up CPAC
Fox: Limbaugh Rallies Conservatives to Fight Democrats, Find 'Right Candidate'
Politico: Rush rouses CPAC faithful
Hill: Limbaugh speaks to GOP faithful in search of leader



WaPo: The Conservatives' 'Cleansing' Moment
Boston Globe: Reeling conservatives assess damage
American Thinker/Moran: A final thought on CPAC and the future



NYT: In Conservatives Straw Poll, Romney Still Tops
CQ Politics: Conservative Activists Still Favor Romney
Deseret News: Right wing group still likes Mitt for 2012
Washington Times: Youthful GOP leader sought for '12



LA Times: Back already, George W. Bush hits the lecture trail
Politico: Bush a four-letter word at CPAC
Dallas MN: Conservatives have met the enemy. And it's Bush

NYT: Conservatives Ponder Way Out of Wilderness
Politico: Top RNC staffer forced to quit
CQ Politics: Foggo Saga Doesnt Reflect Well on Much of Anybody
CNN: GOP presidential movie: '2012: The sequel'
NYDN: Republicans undercut by a series of recent blunders

Kathleen Parker: A Better Bobby Jindal
Michael Barone: Liberals Turning Blind Eye to Human Rights



Boston Globe: RNC chairman plans turnaround for battered party
Politico: Steele pledges to fight for black vote

NEW YORK


Weekly Standard: Tedisco to the Rescue? Rebuilding the GOP in the Northeast
Schenectady Gazette: Editorial: Tedisco: Yea or nay on stimulus?

WaPo: Clinton's Successor Has No Shortage of Critics
Press & Sun-Bulletin: Gillibrand marks her first month as senator

AP/Gormley: NY governor changes staff, tone
Newsday: Skelos presses Paterson on stimulus for Long Island
NYT: Legislation to Overhaul Rockefeller Drug Laws Moves Ahead Swiftly
Politics on the Hudson: Skelos To Dems: Repeal Taxes In 2008-09 Budget
Albany TU: Budget story extras: Incomes over $250k by Senate District

NYDN: Mayor Mike Bloomberg and GOP tell different tales of meeting on endorsement
NY Post: Thompson's 'Rich' slap at Bloomy
NYT: His Story Told, Koch Makes His Peace and Dares to Look Ahead

MINNESOTA

Star Tribune: Senate decision: Are we there yet?
Bemidji Pioneer: Senate trial: Whats a witness worth?
Bemidji Pioneer: Franken drops Becker County ballot claim
Hill: Pawlenty: Coleman chances still 'plausible'

Pioneer Press: Gov. Tim Pawlenty ranks low in conservatives' straw poll

CALIFORNIA


LA Times: State's middle class getting less for its tax dollars
LA Times: Lawmakers seek billions to expand, improve California's water supply
SF Chronicle: Cities face 20% cuts in water use during crisis
SacBee: California budget election is the next step
WSJ: California's Jobless Rate Soars to 10.1%
SacBee: Dueling lawyers in California Prop. 8 case are a study in opposites
SF Chronicle: Bay Area nonprofits brace for 2010 Armageddon

TEXAS

Dallas MN: Dallas names among Dems' possible U.S. attorney choices
Dallas MN: Texas' Rep. Barton presses Obama on bipartisanship
Dallas MN: Bush, Hutchison dine in Dallas

FLORIDA



Miami Herald: Florida Legislature set for clash on economic stimulus
Florida Times-Union: With $6 billion hole, nothing seen sacred
Orlando Sentinel: Florida Legislature returns Tuesday to face painful budget cuts
Tampa Tribune: Budget 'Gunfight' Expected In Legislative Session
Sun Sentinel: Session's top issues include Indian gambling, taxes, & Everglades land deal
Miami Herald: Generous benefits for top government workers safe from cuts
News-Press: Florida's work force cheapest in U.S.

Ledger: Ross Announces He'll Seek 12th District Seat in Congress
News-Press: Indictment says Jordanian made illegal donations to Crist, others
St. Petersburg Times: Crist-Obama lovefest not for all

GEORGIA

Atlanta JC: State transportation board fires Commissioner Evans

NORTH CAROLINA

AP: NC Sen. Burr gives Republican radio address
Winston-Salem Journal: Burr airs views on swelling federal deficit in GOP radio speech

ILLINOIS

Chicago Tribune: Roland Burris' attorney warns against special election
AP: Rep. Davis says he sees black support for Burris
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Blacks rally to defense of embattled Burris
LA Times: More entertaining Sen. Burris news, this time on son Burris II
NYT: Illinois: A Burris Worked for Governor

INDIANA

Hill: Rep. Burton goes on 2010 fundraising kick

PENNSYLVANIA

Pittsburgh T-R: Specter could be 'toast' in 2010 election, pollster says
PennsylvaniaAve: Specter, Harkin Lay Down Gauntlet on Stem Cells

RHODE ISLAND

William A. Jacobson: High Taxes And Union Pensions Are Killing Rhode Island. Duh!

NEW JERSEY

Philadelphia Inquirer: In N.J., questions on GOP's Lonegan

MISSOURI



St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Roll Call story looks at Blunt-Steelman race for Senate
Joplin Globe: State senator to run for U.S. seat

OHIO


Toledo Blade: Ohio jobless rate leaps to 24-year high of 8.8%
Columbus Dispatch: Ohio jobless rate rockets to 8.8 percent

KENTUCKY

Courier-Journal: Bunning's had an eventful year
Chicago Tribune: Kentucky Sen. Bunning becoming the GOP's Burris
Courier-Journal: Sen. Bunning's talk creates a buzz

VIRGINIA

WaPo: McConnell Helps McDonnell
WHSV: McDonnell Asks Candidates to Support Offshore Drilling
WaPo: Lawmakers Approve Revisions to 2-Year Budget

TENNESSEE



Greeneville Sun: Lt. Gov. Ramsey Declares Candidacy For Governor

ARIZONA

Arizona Republic: Arizona has to pick up the pace

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April 15-21, 2007

April 8-14, 2007

April 1-7, 2007


March 22-31, 2007

March 15-21, 2007

March 8-14, 2007

March 1-7, 2007


February 22-28, 2007

February 15-21, 2007

February 7-14, 2007

February 1-7, 2007


January 22-31, 2007

January 15-21, 2007
January 8-14, 2007
January 1-7, 2007


2006

December 22-31, 2006
December 15-21, 2006
December 8-14, 2006
December 1-7, 2006

November 2006