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Obama Vows to Slash Federal Deficit New York Times | Obama wants to cut deficit in half, but how?
Obama: $15B From Stimulus Going to Medicaid plan Associated Press | This should make some of those governors happy.
Why Is Palin Snubbing the Conservatives? David Corn - CQ Politics | .Palin skipped governor's meeting, and not going to CPAC either. But at least she went to that Alfalfa dinner
Locke for Commerce? Politico | It's a third-hand rumor, but it could also be true.
Rift Over Stimulus Embroils G.O.P. New York Times | How many Republican governors are both refusing the money AND not running for president?
Obama Seeks New Momentum in Pivotal Week Reuters | The way news cycles work now, every week is "pivotal," and presidents can make a "comeback" only a month into office.
The Gatekeeper New Yorker | Ryan Lizza delivers a lengthy profile of the second-most powerful man in the White House. (No, it's not Biden.)
Bobby Jindal's Big Moment Politico | How often does the governor of a smallish state get the kind of exposure he's getting this week?
Obama Stimulus: More Old School Fix-ups, Less New Deal Grandeur Los Angeles Times | Just think how many potholes a good mayor or governor could fill with $787 billion.

By Ben Pershing  |  February 23, 2009; 7:53 AM ET
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