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Obama, Jindal Trade Barbs on Economy; Banks Lag on Bailout Details; Palin to Pay for Family Travel

POSTED: 09:22 AM ET, 02/25/2009 by Amanda Zamora

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We have lived through an era where too often, short-term gains were prized over long-term prosperity; where we failed to look beyond the next payment, the next quarter, or the next election."
President Barack Obama, on the roots of economic crisis during address before Congress

Instead of trusting us to make wise decisions with our own money, [Democrats] passed the largest government spending bill in history - with a price tag of more than $1 trillion with interest. While some of the projects in the bill make sense, their legislation is larded with wasteful spending."
Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.), offering the Republican response to Obama's presidential address

Few Banks Offer Bailout Details » Neil Barofsky, the special inspector general for the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program, told a House subcommittee yesterday that fewer than 5 percent of banks receiving government aid have responded to a request about what they have done with their bailout money. — Wall Street Journal

Texas Still Owes for Storm Aid » Hundreds of businesses, nonprofit groups and local governments are still waiting for Texas to pay them $134 million for services like bus transportation, portable restrooms and shelters provided when Hurricane Ike and two smaller storms battered the Gulf Coast last summer. — Associated Press

Palin to Repay State » Gov. Sarah Palin has agreed to reimburse the state an estimated $6,800 to cover assorted costs related to nine trips taken by her children in 2007 and 2008, but she's not admitting that she did anything wrong. — Anchorage Daily News

Burris Sits Tight » As senators walked two-by-two from the Senate chamber to the House on Tuesday night for President Barack Obama's first address to a joint session of Congress, the embattled Sen. Roland Burris walked alone. — Associated Press

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» Senate To Weigh D.C. Vote Measure (WaPo)
» Corruption Touched CIA's Covert Operations (ProPublica)
» Senate will advance torture commission (Salon)
» Rich Americans Sue UBS to Keep Names Secret (NYT)
» Feds Interview Accused Fraudster's Dad (ABC)
» Mistaken identity donor embroiled in PMA controversy (TheHill)
» Friel: Is Opulence In or Out? (GovExec)

By Amanda Zamora |  February 25, 2009; 9:22 AM ET The Daily Read
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