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Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
‘NY Times’ Settles Lobbyist Lawsuit Over McCain Report  —  NEW YORK Vicki Iseman, the Washington, D.C., lobbyist who had sued The New York Times for $27 million over an article last year that she claimed wrongly depicted her as having an affair with Sen. John McCain, has reached a settlement with the newspaper.
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Frank James / The Swamp:
NYT settles with lobbyist on McCain story  —  A Washington lobbyist who said the New York Times implied she had an improper relationship with Sen. John McCain will drop her defamation lawsuit against the newspaper, which today said it never intended that readers conclude the two were having an affair.
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Libel Suit Against The Times Ends
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
New York Post:
THAT CARTOON  —  Wednesday's Page Six cartoon - caricaturing Monday's police shooting of a chimpanzee in Connecticut - has created considerable controversy.  —  It shows two police officers standing over the chimp's body: “They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill,” one officer says.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HOUSE GOP DISCOVERS THE IMPORTANCE OF WH EMAILS.... I'm sorry, the Irony-O-Meter I keep on my desk just burst into flames. … Issa, easily a #2 seed on my bracket for Most Ridiculous Member of Congress competition, also asked the White House to respond to a series of additional questions about the administration's email archiving.
Discussion: CNN, Think Progress and MoJo Blog Posts
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Rove testimony hangs in balance
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Daniel Dombey / Financial Times:
Iran holds enough uranium for bomb  —  Iran has now built up a stockpile of enough enriched uranium for one nuclear bomb, United Nations officials acknowledged on Thursday.  —  In a development that comes as the Obama administration is drawing up its policy on negotiations with Tehran …
The Huffington Post:
New York Post Employees Unhappy, Ashamed Of Offensive Cartoon  —  The mood inside the New York Post, it seems, is a mix of anger and bewilderment that the paper published a cartoon depicting the authors of the stimulus as a dead, crazed chimpanzee.  —  On Wednesday, an employee of the paper told …
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CNN:
Spokesman for embattled Sen. Burris resigns  —  (CNN) — A spokesman for Illinois Sen. Roland Burris resigned Thursday in the wake of new disclosures about requests that Burris raise money for disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich while seeking a U.S. Senate appointment.
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THE PROBLEM OF THE POLITICO.  —  I love Mike Allen's Playbook.  Unabashedly.  I wouldn't even deny that it's “the 4chan of political reporting.”  But it's the best guide to the morning news, and Allen mixes “drive the day” trivia — and there is a lot of that — with a good eye for the substance in stories.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Greed is Not a Defense  —  I found Ezra Klein's defense of Politico to be pretty weak stuff.  —  Ezra's main point is that coverage that's utterly trivial and that poisons public understanding of crucial issues that effect the lives of billions of people is rewarded by the market …
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Watch for the Palin-Santelli 2012 Signs  —  I've had a case of deja vu today.  —  I'm noticing the tone.  I'm seeing the enthusiasm.  And I'm digging out from the sheer volume of e-mails I've been getting today about that CNBC dude.  The reaction to Rick Santelli's Chicago-trading-floor incident …
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Nicholas Carlson / The Business Insider:
Obama Stimulus Saves Microsoft Billionaire Hundreds Of Millions  —  Billionaire Paul Allen is a Microsoft cofounder, the owner of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks and the owner of the NBA's Portland Trailblazers.  —  And, thanks to the stimulus bill President Obama signed this week, he's also about to be as much as a billion dollars richer.
Jonathan Tilove / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Two ministers leading recall effort against Cao face long odds  —  WASHINGTON — A group spearheaded by two ministers has filed papers with the Louisiana secretary of state's office to recall U.S. Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao, R-New Orleans, who has been on the job only six weeks.
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Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Steele: GOP needs ‘hip-hop’ makeover  —  NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW:  —  Newly elected Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele plans an “off the hook” public relations offensive to attract younger voters, especially blacks and Hispanics, by applying the party's principles to “urban-suburban hip-hop settings.”
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CNN:
RNC chair plans ‘off the hook’ campaign, tells critics to ‘stuff it’
Kamran Pasha / The Huffington Post:
“Honor Killing” and Islam  —  The American Muslim community is reeling this week from news of the horrific beheading of Aasiya Hassan, allegedly by her husband Muzzammil Hassan.  They were respected members of the community and co-founded BridgesTV, a television network ironically dedicated to fighting negative stereotypes of Muslims.
Radley Balko / Reason:
Manufacturing Guilt?  —  Editor's Note: The following article contains graphic and disturbing photographs and video excerpts of an examination conducted on the body of a 23-month-old girl.  The images are the basis of claims that forensic experts fabricated evidence in a case that put a man on death row …
Rasmussen Reports:
45% Oppose Government Mortgage Help for Troubled Homeowners  —  Forty-five percent (45%) of Americans oppose the federal government subsidizing mortgage payments for financially troubled homeowners, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.
Discussion: Michael Barone
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
Oh Schadenfreude, You Capricious Sprite!  —  There are few things more insufferable than Bill Moyers on PBS every week holding forth on how intolerant conservatives are.  This is because given his history of political activities in LBJ's administration, he has no standing to do so.
Megan McArdle:
Do you mind if I rant a minute?  —  Here's my position on what ended the Great Depression: I don't know.  There are a whole lot of theories out there, but with an “n” of 1, no overwhelming evidence in favor of any of them.  There are a few that I think most economists agree are not true …
Discussion: Dean's World and Lean Left
Jamison Foser / Media Matters:
Here we go again ...  Politico's Glenn Thrush, seeing a news report that Hillary Clinton said she likes the Rolling Stones and the Beatles, “decided to fact-check.”  —  What would make him decide to fact-check the unremarkable statement by a baby boomer that she likes the two most popular band …
Jacob Sullum / Reason:
Obama Plans Indefinite Military Detention of Terrorism Suspects  —  Last month I worried about Attorney General Eric Holder's declaration at his confirmation hearing that “we are at war” with terrorists, noting that such language has often been used to justify legal shortcuts and abridgements of civil liberties.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
VIDEO: Group counters stimulus with Jesus in TV ad  —  After watching liberal allies of President Barack Obama flood the airwaves in support of the stimulus bill, a conservative third-party group is countering with a provocative new commercial using Jesus Christ to emphasize the scale of the $787 billion package.
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Alberto Gonzales: I'll Cooperate with Leahy Truth Commission  —  Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales appeared at a forum on Republicans and the Hispanic vote at the Capitol Hill Club this morning, getting a standing ovation from the crowd when he was pointed out by the moderator.
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Google Earth Shows U.S. Drones at Pakistani Base?  —  Don't take a Senator's word for it.  Old Google Earth satellite photos, dug up by the News of Pakistan, show U.S. drones, parked on a Pakistani runway, back in 2006.  —  The paper ID's the robotic planes as massive Global Hawk drones — unlikely, the shape's all wrong.
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
President Obama And PM Harper On NAFTA  —  One of the more interesting exchanges in today's press conference with President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Harper was the discussion of trade, NAFTA and the Buy American provisions in the stimulus.  On the flip is the pertinent excerpts:
 
 
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