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Written by: Diana West
Tuesday, March 03, 2009 6:32 AM 

First David Brooks, now (via Powerline) the Associated Press?

Headline: "Obama beats early retreat on promise to fight pork"

How straightforward, how un-spun.

But get the lead:

WASHINGTON – Despite campaign promises to take a machete to lawmakers' pet projects, President Barack Obama is quietly caving to funding nearly 8,000 of them this year, drawing a stern rebuke Monday from his Republican challenger in last fall's election.

Arizona Sen. John McCain said it is "insulting to the American people" for Obama's budget director to indicate over the weekend that the president will sign a $410 billion spending bill with what Republicans critics say is nearly $5.5 billion in pet projects known as earmarks.

"So much for the promise of change," McCain said in the first of many assaults he is likely to make against pork-barrel spending this year.

Sounds like it's time for the White House to push another in-depth report on Michelle Obama's arms.

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