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    • Inside the frustration of Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Congress' livable-communities stalwart (NYT)
    • Transportation expert and former Bush-Cheney adviser Jack Schenendorf calls out today's GOP: If Reagan and Eisenhower could preside over gas tax increases to pay for infrastructure, why can't you guys get on board? (Williston Herald)
    • Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE) takes some heat back home for being his party's designated objector to using bailout money to close an $8.7 billion transportation contracting gap (Journal-Star)
    • The White House's stimulus job-creation estimates are still just as fuzzy as ever ... (ProPublica)
    • ... and the jury's still out on whether the stimulus' investment in high-tech research will help the economy in the short term (NYT)
    • Sarah Palin's back with a familiar energy policy mantra -- "drill, baby, drill" (Nat'l Review)

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