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Sens. Kennedy, Baucus push health care reform, and Kissinger lays out a new plan for Afghanistan. Plus: D.C. voters find an ally in Roland Burris.

• "Rather than offering new ideas," Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) "served up well-worn Republican mistrust of government and reliance on tax cuts" in his response to" President Obama's "speech Tuesday, the Washington Post editorial board chides.

• "The economic crisis, as it did for Franklin D. Roosevelt, will serve as a stepping stone to a radical shift in the relationship between the people and their government," Daniel Henninger declares.

 

• "No matter what Mr. Obama has done thus far, he has failed to lift the mood of deepening pessimism that blankets the investment community and the wider economy," Donald Lambro scoffs.

Stimulating Talk

Gail Collins concedes to Republicans that, in terms of spending the stimulus money, "the waste argument is a perpetual winner because there will always be some."

Caroline Baum doubts the usefulness of Obama's fiscal responsibility summit this week.

 

• The USA Today editorial board is open to the third round of bank bailouts if it's necessary, but insists that steadfast rules be put in place.

• "If the first three or four trillion dollars didn't do the trick, what makes us think the next trillion will fix things?" Rep. Scott Garrett, R-N.J., counters in an opposing view.

No Love for Burris Or D.C. Voting Rights

Dana Milbank finds a few awkward moments in Roland Burris' speech Tuesday on the Hill in support of the D.C. Voting Rights Act.

Steve Chapman disagrees with Burris and opposes the D.C. Voting Rights Act.

 

• The Chicago Tribune editorial board is seething over the Democratic leaders' handling of Obama's Senate seat and tells voters to remember the debacle in 2010.

Analyzing The Agenda

David S. Broder is baffled by the "size of the gambles" Obama has taken both in his rhetoric and legislative agenda.

William Kristol suggests ways Republicans can "obstruct" and "delay" Obama's agenda.

• The Wall Street Journal editorial board is skeptical about Obama's plan to pay for his "ambitious" and "expensive" agenda -- ending tax breaks for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans.

• The New York Times editorial board is impressed with Obama's moves so far in acknowledging the energy problem, but remarks that he has yet to follow through on many promises.

• "It is imperative that we turn our attention to comprehensive health-care reform and move quickly with" Obama "to fix our broken system," Sens. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and Max Baucus, D-Mont., contend in the Wall Street Journal.

Foreign Affairs

David Ignatius recounts a conversation he had with someone Obama looks to for advice on Iran: former Rep. Lee Hamilton, D-Ind., who co-chaired the 2006 Iraq Study Group urging engagement with the country.

• Former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger lays out a new strategy for Afghanistan in the Washington Post.

• Reporting from Africa, Nicholas D. Kristof senses that Darfur refugees hope for the Obama administration's help in ending the "long slaughter" in Sudan by backing an arrest warrant for the country's president.

Odds And Ends

• In the Los Angeles Times, American Civil Liberties Union's Jameel Jaffer encourages Obama to make public the rest of the memos drafted by George W. Bush's Office of Legal Counsel.

• In USA Today, Legal Times' Tony Mauro cautions that judicial elections are becoming increasingly vulnerable to cash donations and believes that a case the Supreme Court will soon consider could help solve the problem.

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