Pelosi told Obama that the earmarks were to stay in the Stimulus bill

While Obama told the country that there were no earmarks in the stimulus bill, Pelosi was telling him that she wasn't going to remove earmarks from the bill. John Fund has this from the WSJ Political Diary today:

Ms. Pelosi, for her part, let it be known in a recent meeting with the president that his requests to hold down the number of earmarked pork-barrel projects were encroaching unacceptably on Congressional prerogatives. "We are reducing them, but members still want them," she told the president, according a Democratic insider's account related to the Web site Politico.com.

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