CBS News (USA)
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner has been working the phone lines and it may be bearing fruit. After meeting with Geithner, Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) offered praise for the work done on the bill. Are the Democrats ready to trade the $50 billion fund, which was supposed to be funded by the financial services industry, in return for GOP support? If so, they probably can afford to negotiate that one away.
Washington Post (Washington, DC)
Obama will meet today with top congressional leaders to discuss the vacancy created by Justice John Paul Stevens, who plans to retire at the end of this court term. Some Democrats have called for Obama to select someone who didn’t attend an Ivy League law school, or for a liberal voice to rival conservative justice Antonin Scalia.
Naples News (Naples, FL)
The list of people supporting Gov. Charlie Crist’s bid for the U.S. Senate just got smaller. On Tuesday night, Rep. Tom Grady, R-Naples, resigned as regional chairman of Charlie Crist’s Senate campaign and from the statewide finance team.
Miami Herald (Miami, FL)
Federal law enforcement agencies have launched a criminal investigation into the use of American Express cards issued by the Republican Party of Florida to elected officials and staff, according to sources familiar with the probe. Marco Rubio is one of those being investigated.
New York Post (New York, NY)
Republicans yesterday called on President Obama to return the nearly $1 million in campaign contributions he has accepted from employees of Goldman Sachs in light of the civil fraud charges filed last week by the Securities and Exchange Commission.