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Daschle Withdraws as Nominee for HHS Secretary Associated Press | The first genuine defeat of the Obama administration.
Performance Czar Killefer Withdraws Candidacy Wall Street Journal | Two withdrawals in a day, and the day's only half over.
J. Bonnie Newman Called Tough, Smart New Hampshire Union Leader | Meet the soon-to-be newest senator.
New Face of G.O.P. Brings a Brash Style New York Times | You may not have known what Mike Duncan looked like, but you will definitely know his successor.
Stimulus: How Porky Is It? Business Week | One man's pork is another's "investment in the future."
Obama’s Pledge to Reform Ethics Faces an Early Test New York Times | There are enough examples now to start writing the trend stories. Watch for this one to trickle down through the media.
Daschle Pushed Hindery for Obama Job Politico | Another headline that doesn't sound so good for Daschle. The "no comment" response not good either.
Republican Rhetoric Hardens on Stimulus Financial Times | If GOP support is coming, there's no sign of it yet.
Cabinet Deal Is Set for Gregg Boston Globe | The deal is done, but it's still not clear why Gregg really wants this job.
The Most Powerful Women in America FiveThirtyEight | The four Senate GOP women have a huge amount of clout right now.

By Ben Pershing  |  February 3, 2009; 7:48 AM ET
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