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A $789 billion stimulus package is likely to pass the House and the Senate. We look at what's in the bill and what's not. Did Republicans force enough compromises to tarnish a victory for President Obama? Also, special envoy Richard Holbrooke arrives in Kabul as security in the capital worsens, and on this 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln, President Obama talked about the predecessor he admires most.

Banner image of Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images

The Second Civil War

Ron Brownstein

Making News Holbrooke Arrives in Kabul as Security in Capital Worsens 6 MIN

President Obama's special envoy, Richard Holbrook, has arrived in Afghanistan, just one day after Taliban suicide bombers penetrated security and killed 20 people in Kabul, the capital city. Richard Oppel is there for the New York Times.

Richard Oppel, New York Times

Main Topic House and Senate Agree on Stimulus Package 38 MIN, 6 SEC

Despite all their differences over the stimulus bill, Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate reached a $789 billion compromise in a little over one day.  President Obama calls the stimulus package "enormous" in "scope and scale," but it's not as big as he wanted. It would likely create or save 3.5 million jobs instead of 4 million. There's less aid to the states and schools than he asked and a lot more in tax cuts. Most Republicans still say it's way too expensive, while many supporters complain it won't be enough to restart the economy. We debate the pros and cons and analyze the political fallout for Democrats and Republicans.

Jonathan Weisman, New York Times (@jonathanweisman)
Robert Barro, Professor of Economics, Harvard University
Daniel Gross, Strategy + Business (@grossdm)
Ron Brownstein, Atlantic / CNN (@RonBrownstein)

Reporter's Notebook Celebrations Abound in Honor of Lincoln's Bicentennial 4 MIN, 58 SEC

team_of_rivals.jpgIn the Capitol Rotunda today, President Obama paid homage to the predecessor he admires most. "What Lincoln never forgot, not even in the midst of civil war, was that despite all that divided us -- north and south, black and white -- we were, at heart, one nation and one people, sharing a bond as Americans that could not break." Obama observed that he was speaking in a building constructed in part by slaves and immigrants, and that Lincoln insisted the work go on during the Civil War, even though the metal supporting the Capitol Dome might have been used for bullets.

Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian (@DorisKGoodwin)
David Reynolds, Professor of American Studies, City University of New York

Team of Rivals

Doris Kearns Goodwin

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