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The Palin family sparks commentary, and Santorum calls the Democratic Party 'narrow' and 'intolerant.' Plus: Geithner on the bank stress tests.

• In the New York Times, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner discusses the results of the administration's bank stress tests, which will be announced today.

• Today's stress test results "are a harsh judgment on the biggest US banks," John Gapper asserts.


• "Many months and many billions of dollars are being wasted by the administration's determination to spare the car companies, and especially the UAW, the rigors of a straightforward bankruptcy," George F. Will scoffs.

Ann Woolner doesn't think the plan to save Chrysler is even legal.

David Ignatius has been "gathering some data about what I'll call, with the usual boomer understatement, the 'retirement crisis.'"


• The Washington Post lauds President Obama for allowing D.C. students currently enrolled in the voucher program to continue in it and hopes Congress renews the program.

• Former senator and presidential candidate George McGovern expresses his dismay with the Employee Free Choice Act, especially the compulsory arbitration provision, in the Wall Street Journal.

USA Today supports Obama's plans to implement a government-run student loan program by ending the privately run Federal Family Education Loan Program.

Marcia Sullivan of the Consumer Bankers Association, which represents lenders, argues otherwise in an opposing view.


• "What Mr. Obama wants in a [Supreme Court] nominee isn't really 'empathy' and 'understanding.' He wants a liberal, activist Supreme Court justice," Karl Rove fumes.

• "So now we're to understand that" Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., "has left the small-tent GOP for the broad-minded, tolerant Democratic Party? Alas, voting records tell a different story," Rick Santorum maintains.

Daniel Henninger examines something former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said recently: Should the GOP forget Ronald Reagan?

David S. Broder explains what the Republican Party owes former Rep. Jack Kemp, R-N.Y., who passed away last weekend.

• "When it comes to temperament, accomplishments, and work/family balance, women always walk a line," Joan Vennochi notes. "The line" Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) "walks as a working mother of five and new grandmother continues to trip her up as a presidential candidate."

Gail Collins is seething over the news that Bristol Palin will be a teen ambassador for abstinence. "When it comes to combating teen pregnancy, the Palin family has done enough damage already."

Margaret Carlson reacts to the sex-focused headlines that John and Elizabeth Edwards, Eliot Spitzer and Bristol Palin have been making lately.

• In adjoining editorials, the New York Times laments the fact that the words of tortured detainees are still not known to the public but is encouraged to see the administration moving toward accountability for Bush administration lawyers.

• Obama's executive order closing the prison facility at Guantanamo Bay is "causing all kinds of practical and political problems in what used to be known as the war on terror," the Wall Street Journal contends.

• Writing in the Washington Post, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Rep. David Dreier, R-Calif., express their belief that "we should sign a free-trade agreement with Georgia" and discuss their "plan to introduce a resolution to this end today."

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