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The U.S. Senate remains in session considering amendments to S.1. at 11:15 PM EST

Nobody has seen the final bill. Two GOP Senators Arlen Specter and Susan Collins have sold out the Republican Party and now will prevent a filibuster of the bill.

A final vote is expected sometime this weekend. A cloture vote is now expected on Monday.

Stay tuned for updates.

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A tentative deal reached?

Amid stunning new job losses and yet another bank failure, key senators and the White House reached tentative agreement Friday night on an economic stimulus measure at the heart of President Barack Obama’s recovery plan. Two officials said the emerging agreement was for a bill with a $780 billion price tag, but there was no immediate confirmation.

The Senate is in recess until 7 PM EST.

Stay tuned…..

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Cher talking to CNS News

Funny that when Flap saw Cher at Caesar’s in Las Vegas last summer that she didnm’t mind taking this Republican’s money. She did make a crack at the beginning of her show about right-wing Christians though.

I am sure the folks at Harrah’s who own Caesar’s Palace told her to keep it on the downlow so that there would not be a walk out like Linda Ronstadt had a year ago or so.

Here are the quotes:

Grammy award-winning singer and Academy award-winning actress Cher told CNSNews.com that living under Republican rule almost “killed” her, and she does not understand why anyone would want to be a Republican.

She also said that President Barack Obama’s “intelligence” and “spirit” are “so great” he will be able to do “more than anyone could possibly do.”

“His intelligence is so great and his spirit is so great, I believe he will be able to do as much if not more than anyone could possibly do,” Cher told CNSNews.com at the “Declare Yourself” inaugural ball. 

“I just think he’s totally the right person at this time in our history,” she said. “He brings something more in his spirit than maybe another president could be even with the same intelligence. There’s something about him that brings more with his spirit, and that’s what Americans need right now. Republicans almost killed me.”

When asked to explain how Republicans somehow “killed” her, Cher was not specific.

“You know what? I have so – I try to be charitable and there are some really good Republicans, but I just don’t understand how anyone would want to be a Republican. I just can’t figure it. I don’t understand,” she said. “If you’re poor, if you’re any kind of minority – gay, black, Latino, anything. If you’re not a rich – I don’t know. If you’re not a rich born-again-Christian, I don’t get it.”

You know, Cher’s show was actually pretty good despite her “UNHINGED” politics and Flap enjoyed it. But, Elton John’s was better and he certainly stayed away from any political commnentary during his show.

But, then again, Elton John endorsed Hillary Clinton and not the Obamessiah like Cher.


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Dianne Feinstein and Leon Panetta

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. talks with Central Intelligence Agency Director nominee Leon Panetta on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Feb. 6, 2009, prior to the start of Panetta’s nomination hearing before the committee. Feinstein initally voiced concerns over Panetta’s appointment.

This is not too much of a surprise. In a previous poll, it is apparent that California voters like Feinstein and prefer her over the rest of the Democrat field.

The poll results:

  • U.S.Senator Dianne Feinstein: 36%
  • Attorney General Jerry Brown: 14%
  • San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom: 9%
  • Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: 9%
  • Lt. Gov. John Garamendi: 4%
  • Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell: 3%
  • Ex-Controller Steve Westly: 1%
  • Undecided: 22%

But will the DiFi run for Governor? She is 75 years old and is the new Chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Jerry Brown is definitely running but can Feinstein who has always coveted the Governorship ignore these poll results?

Stay tuned…….


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Deal or No Deal?

Unknown but specualtion is running rampant.

Byron York of National Review says possibly.

Just got off the phone with an influential Republican senator.  I asked how things stood with the stimulus, and he answered instantly, “They’ve cut a deal with three of our guys.  They’re delaying us from offering amendments.  I suspect that as soon as they’ve got it written, they will offer it as an amendment, vote on it, and that will be it.”  He didn’t have details on what the deal might be, but most Republicans seem to suspect it will involve relatively small cuts — and very little change in the price tag of the bill from the House version — that will be touted as a major bipartisan compromise.  My senator suspects — hopes? — that no more than four Republicans will vote for the bill.

Jay Newton-Small over at Time’s Swampland says possibly.

The debate this morning, according to members of the Gang of 18, is about size and scope. The group is meeting in Senate Minority Majority Leader Harry Reid’s office as I type this. Ben Nelson, whom I profiled this morning, and Claire McCaskill both expressed optimism heading into the meeting. As did Reid on the Senate floor this morning, “I’m cautiously optimistic,” he said, though he went on to threaten a weekend “test vote” if an agreement is not hammered out today – a marked retreat from his boast yesterday on the floor that he had the 60 votes and he wouldn’t necessarily wait forever for the Gang of 18 to come to an agreement.

“Composition and size are still sticking points at this point, but I think we’re getting there on both of them,” McCaskill told reporters in front of Reid’s offices.

“The hope is we will still be able to pick up two more Republicans and if we’re able to do that then I think we’ll have sufficient numbers to get a vote,” Nelson told reporters. Nelson said they have some Republican support though they are still short a few votes of the 60 needed to overcome a filibuster, meaning they may well have lost some moderate Dems since Democrats control 58 seats.

Maine Senator Susan Collins, who has been the lead Republican negotiator, was less optimistic. “We don’t have a deal,” she barked at press this morning. “We’re still working on it. I can’t talk right now.”

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