Quick Takes

By Dan Froomkin
1:00 PM ET, 02/ 5/2009

Murray Waas writes for TPM Muckraker: "A federal grand jury probe of the firings of nine U.S. attorneys during the Bush administration is focusing on the role played by recently retired Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM) and former senior Bush White House aides in the 2006 dismissal of David Iglesias as U.S. attorney for New Mexico, according to legal sources familiar with the inquiry."

Robert Pear writes in the New York Times: "The House gave final approval on Wednesday to a bill extending health insurance to millions of low-income children, and President Obama signed it this afternoon, in the first of what he hopes will be many steps to guarantee coverage for all Americans."

The San Francisco Chronicle editorial board writes: "President Obama on Wednesday provided 11 million more reasons why the occupant of the Oval Office matters."

Michael D. Shear blogs for The Washington Post: "President Obama will address a joint session of Congress on Feb. 24, an administration official said, giving the equivalent of a State of the Union speech that promises to continue his grim assessments of the nation's struggling economy."

Juliet Eilperin writes in The Washington Post: "In a clear signal that the Obama administration is shifting the government's approach to energy exploration on public lands, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar yesterday canceled oil and gas leases on 77 parcels of federal land after opponents said the drilling would blight Utah's scenic southeastern corner."

DeNeen L. Brown profiles new White House Social Secretary Desirée Rogers in The Washington Post.

David Montgomery writes in The Washington Post about the Obama-inspired rise of community organizers.

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