02/17/2009 11:31 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Feb. 16, 2009, News Update

Economic stimulus package passes with no Republican votes. Are Republicans so proud of mess they created they want to keep it going? New GOP slogan: Ask not what you can do for your country, ask what you can do for your party.

New Hampshire Rep. Sen. Judd Gregg withdraws consideration as Commerce Secretary. If you can't stand the heat, get out of the nomination.

President Obama 0-2 on Commerce Secretary nominations. Note to Obama: Fellow Illinoisan Rod Blagojevich looking for work, and he's apparently good at selling. Or maybe just eliminate Department and save some money.

Obama says he'll consider invitation from Sean Hannity to have a beer. Better bring a taster.

New York Times reports Obama's favorite beverages are Black Forest Berry and Green Dragon Honest Tea. Now aren't you glad you know that?

Senate hearing excoriates Big Bankers. Citibank chief says he'll work for $1/year. Is that a good idea? He won't be contributing a lot of revenue to IRS on that salary.

Bankers eschewed private jets on trip to DC. Would it be impertinent to ask why Nancy Pelosi doesn't fly coach to San Francisco?

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner unveils bank recovery program. Dow Jones reacts by plunging over 300 points. Apparently not change the stock market believes in.

Sports Illustrated models ring closing bell at NYSE. Dow drops 310 points. No jokes about going down please.

TARP...Troubled Assets Relief Program, renamed Financial Stability Program. Not a case of a rose by any other name.

NAACP celebrates 100th anniversary. Relevance of organization named National Association of Colored People?

Eric Holder sworn in as Attorney General. Hope for US Constitution to make a comeback.

Enforcement officer at SEC resigns. The SEC had an enforcement officer?

New list of presidential rankings puts Abe Lincoln at #1. No surprise. George W. Bush ranks 36th. He must be thrilled to see he's ranked ahead of 8 others.

Bernie Madoff's wife, Ruth, reportedly wrote kosher cookbook. Interesting chapter on cooking the books. Not entirely kosher.

Saudi Arabia names woman as deputy cabinet minister. Moving right along into 18th century.

Israel up in arms over Pope's reinstatement of Holocaust denier bishop. Hey, don't get mad, get even. Deny crucifixion of Christ.

Stump, a 10-year-old Sussex Spaniel, comes out of retirement to win Best of Breed at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Bret Favre returns to retirement after one year with NY Jets. He's 39. That's like 5 ½ in dog years.

Unmarried woman has octuplets. That's what she gets for going to a veterinarian instead of an OBGYN. Octuplets-fancy word for litter. Says she hasn't had sex in 8 years. So much for abstinence. She's asking for donations on line. What about making her fertility doctor pay for upkeep of the kids?

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez wins vote to overturn term limits. New title: President-for-Life. No wonder Fidel Castro is his role model.

Sports world going ballistic over revelation A-Rod (A-roid) used steroids from 200l-2003. Were they illegal? No. So what's the big deal? Barry Bonds says news won't affect A-Rod's reputation. Credible source? Pete Rose says he doesn't believe A-Rod hasn't used since. Another credible source?

Las Vegas Mayor demands apology from President Obama for denouncing corporate junkets to his city. All Obama was saying was, What happens in Vegas shouldn't happen in Vegas if you're taking federal bailout money.