Tuesday edition - February 10, 2009
Obama says government must solve economic crisis
Banks Rescue Will 'Make Things Worse': Rogers
State of pain: Obama is in Florida to focus on economy
Obama, getting very tough now, has imposed a $500,000 salary cap for executives
getting federal bailout money. And, listen to this: Now on weekends, they can
only play miniature golf. No more 18 holes." --Jay Leno
The-World-Will-Be-A-Safer-Place-Without George W. Bush
US military deaths in Iraq war at 4243 Washington Post
4 US Troops, Interpreter Killed in Blast in N. Iraq Washington Post
Bush, Cheney Should Pay Impoverished Iraq War Widows U.S. News & World Report, DC
Mullen Talks of Limit To Force in Afghan War Washington Post
National Guard band readies for its tour of duty in Iraq Minneapolis Star Tribune, MN
North Korea raises tensions ahead of Clinton visit The Christian Science Monitor
The Obama administration invoked the same "state secrets" privilege as its predecessor in federal court in San Francisco yesterday in opposing the reinstatement of a lawsuit that alleges that a Boeing Co. unit flew people to countries where they were tortured as part of the CIA's "extraordinary rendition" program.
of his top Cabinet nominees withdrew their bids on Tuesday because of their
failure to pay back taxes, President Obama said, 'This was a mistake; I screwed
up.' That was your mistake? I don't know if you remember, but the last guy broke
the world [on screen: photo of George W. Bush]." --Seth Meyers
Australia Fire Toll Could Exceed 200
The Truth? Can We Handle The Truth?
A U.S. "truth commission"
should investigate Bush administration policies including the promotion of war
in Iraq, detainee treatment and wiretapping without a warrant, an influential
senator proposed on Monday.
Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, urged a commission as a way to heal what he called sharp political divides under former President George W. Bush and to prevent future abuses.
"On Friday, the Senate agreed to an economic stimulus package of at least $780 billion, which I know sounds like a lot of money, but, remember, that's in American dollars." --Seth Meyers
Firm tied to Iraq electrocution deaths gets $35M contract
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, PA
Obama Up, Republicans down in Gallup Poll Seattle Post Intelligencer
Republican Meg Whitman to Run for California Governor U.S. News & World Report, DC
Tennessee: Republicans boot Speaker Williams Chattanooga Times Free Press, TN
The Party of No? New York Times
Palin sees off snowmachine racers, including husband, Todd McClatchy Washington Bureau, DC
Let's Try Trickle Up Economics
The stimulus package the U.S. Congress is completing would raise the government’s commitment to solving the financial crisis to $9.7 trillion, enough to pay off more than 90 percent of the nation’s home mortgages.
"Monday is the Westminster Kennel Club's 133rd Annual Dog Show. As you know, these just aren't regular dogs. These dogs are scrutinized and gone over, literally, with a fine-tooth comb. And they're judged, here's how they're judged: appearance, of course, appearance. Silky coat, silky coat. Firm hindquarters, firm hindquarters. It's also how John McCain chose his running mate." --David Letterman
Texas Messes In Alaska
You can't see
Russia from Texas.
But that's where some of the money that helped an effort aiming to kill a probe investigating whether Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin acted inappropriately in firing the state's public safety chief came from.
Gift records show that an evangelical group and two law firms working with it shelled out $185,000 to represent six Alaska legislators in an unsuccessful bid to quash the state legislature's investigation into "troopergate."
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4 Iraqis transferred from Guantánamo to Iraqi custody International Herald Tribune
Teenage terrorist or confused kid -- Gitmo's youngest prisoner CNN International
Lawyer of alleged torture victim makes plea to MPs guardian.co.uk, UK
A cry of "not in my
backyard" is growing louder over where to relocate terrorism suspects held at
Guantanamo Bay once the military-run prison is closed.
"We're the new Guantanamo Bay if they move to Indiana and what does that mean for us?" said Republican state Senator Marlin Stutzman, who wants detainees kept away from the prison in Terre Haute, site of the federal execution chamber.
Senate Should Pursue Truth About Bush-Cheney Abuses The Nation., NY
An artist who created a
famous image of Barack Obama before he became president sued The Associated
Press on Monday, asking a judge to find that his use of an AP photo in creating
the poster did not violate copyright law.
The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan said street artist Shepard Fairey did not violate the copyright of the April 2006 photograph because he dramatically changed the nature of the image.
"They're giving a special Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys this year. The Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Aretha Franklin's hat." --David Letterman
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A-Rod admits using performance-enhancing drugs
Woods Announces Birth of a Son, but Not a Return New York Times
British bishop who denied scale of Holocaust loses job guardian.co.uk
carved in wood, which locals believe were made by a worshipper who prayed at the
same spot for decades, are seen at a monastery near Tongren, Qinghai province
February 5, 2009. Local Tibetan monks and pilgrims gather to celebrate Monlam,
or Great Prayer Festival, one of the most important festivals in Tibetan