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Morning Cup: 2000th Stimulus Project

benderbending/Flickr; Krista Kjellman/ProPublicaSouth Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is running an ad campaign to explain his objections to stimulus money. The Washington Post examines the "case for waste" in a Sunday article subtitled "The idea's to stimulate the economy. So what if we blow a few billion on the wrong things?"

The U.S. Health and Human Services Department has announced state breakdowns for community service groups while the National Endowment for the Arts released $20 million in grants to state and regional arts organizations.

Ohio has passed over some shovel-ready projects in favor of $57 million for transportation planning studies. Meanwhile, Mineta San Jose International Airport will turn down $6 million in stimulus money because bids for a repaving project came in lower than expected.

Project of the day: A $68 million plan to widen an interchange in Portage, Mich., from four lanes to six, which the Obama administration says is the 2,000th stimulus project.

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