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5:55 AM ET, February 21, 2009

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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Gibbs rebukes CNBC's Santelli  —  White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs jumped at the chance Friday to rebuke a CNBC reporter whose attack on President Barack Obama's anti-foreclosure plan caught fire on the Internet.  —  Gibbs took on CNBC's Rick Santelli in unusually personal terms …
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Business Channel:
The White House encourages Santelli, on purpose  —  This is very simple.  White House press secretary Robert Gibbs went out of his way today to blast CNBC's Rick Santelli for his “rant” yesterday against Obama's mortgage assistance plan.  The early press reaction asks why the White House …
Discussion: Instapundit
The Huffington Post:
Gibbs V. Santelli: He Should Read President's Plan (VIDEO)  —  Rick Santelli, the CNBC reporter who went into a certifiable rant against the Obama housing plan Thursday, found himself in the White House bullseye 24-hours later: the object of scorn and humorous derision from the president's press secretary Robert Gibbs.
Manu Raju / The Politico:
WH to Burris: Think again
Discussion: The New Republic and AmSpecBlog
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Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to refuse part of stimulus funds Politico - 44 minutes ago  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Friday that he will decline stimulus money specifically targeted at expanding state unemployment insurance coverage …
Discussion: Hot Air
Peter Finn / Washington Post:
Report Finds Guantanamo Prison Meets Standards of Geneva Convention  —  A Pentagon review of conditions in the Guantanamo Bay military prison has concluded that the treatment of detainees meets the requirements of the Geneva Convention but that prisoners in the highest-security camps …
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Pamela Hess / Associated Press:
Official: Pentagon report defends Guantanamo
Discussion: Reuters and Corrente
William Glaberson / New York Times:
Guantánamo Meets Geneva Rules, Pentagon Study Finds
Steve Clemons / The Huffington Post:
Darrel Thompson Jumps Off Burris Ship  —  Acting Chief of Staff to Senator Roland Burris, Darrel Thompson, has resigned his position, according to senior staffers in the US Senate.  —  Darrel Thompson, a former Senior Adviser to Senator Harry Reid, had been dispatched by Senator Reid …
Agence France Presse:
Activists ‘shocked’ at Clinton stance on China rights  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON (AFP) - Amnesty International and a pro-Tibet group voiced shock Friday after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton vowed not to let human rights concerns hinder cooperation with China.
Forbes:
Laissez-Faire Capitalism Has Failed  —  The financial crisis lays bare the weakness of the Anglo-Saxon model.  —  It is now clear that this is the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression and the worst economic crisis in the last 60 years.  While we are already in a severe …
mikero.com:
More Darwin  —  Update: 2pm CST: (I've rewritten most of the post so that it reflects the current state of affairs.  Many comments below were made before the storefront was open, so that is why they say what they do)  —  So, I made some Darwin artwork that parodies the famous Shepard Fairey Obama poster.
Con Coughlin / Telegraph:
British Muslims ‘providing Taliban with electronic devices for roadside bombs’  —  British Muslims are providing the Taliban with electronic devices to make roadside bombs for use in attacks against British forces serving in southern Afghanistan, The Telegraph can disclose.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Don Surber
Rusty / The Jawa Report:
Afghan National Arrested in CA for Ties to al Qaeda [UPDATED & BUMPED: Brother-in-law of bin Laden Security Chief]  —  *** BUMPED *** Updates at end of post ***  —  Actually, he wasn't arrested for his ties to al Qaeda.  He is being indicted for lying to immigration officers.  The lie?
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Fox News:
Obama Administration Shoots Down LaHood Mileage Tax Idea  —  Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood floated the idea to tax motorists based on how many miles they drive rather than how much gasoline they burn.  —  FOXNews.com  —  President Obama's transportation department slapped down a suggestion …
GayPatriot:
Bill Moyers: The Power of Outing  —  If it weren't for his Power of Myth series where he introduced Joseph Campbell to a broader audience, Bill Moyers would have contributed little to our national discourse.  He has otherwise dedicated his career almost exclusively to destroying Republicans.
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
Many ‘Star-Ledger’ Reporters Turn to the ‘Other Side’ After Buyouts  —  NEW YORK At least 16 reporters and newsroom staffers at The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., most of whom left the paper in the past year's massive buyout, are now working for public officials or state agencies the paper covers.
New York Times:
Obama Widens Missile Strikes Inside Pakistan  —  WASHINGTON — With two missile strikes over the past week, the Obama administration has expanded the covert war run by the Central Intelligence Agency inside Pakistan, attacking a militant network seeking to topple the Pakistani government.
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Durban Dalliance  —  Does an anti-Semitic conference deserve U.S. participation of any kind?  —  Last December, we wrote that an “early test” for the Obama Administration would be whether it participated in a forthcoming U.N. conference on racism, better known as Durban II.  Uh, oh.
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
CHU JUMPS IN ‘DEEP END OF THE POOL’  —  From NBC's John Yang  —  Energy Secretary Steven Chu may be a Nobel laureate Ph.D. in physics, but his first forays into energy policy suggest he's a neophyte when it comes to the ways of Washington.  —  At a forum with reporters on Thursday …
Discussion: Hot Air
Liz Peek / wowOwow:
Stock Market Gives Obama's First Month An ‘F’  —  Editor's Note: Liz Peek is a financial columnist and the author of wOw's Wall Street Weekly and SHEconomics.  —  Today marks the one-month anniversary of President Obama's inauguration.  In his brief time in office, the president …
Discussion: GINA COBB and Don Surber
Scott / Breitbart.tv:
BREITBART.TV TRACKS DOWN TV REPORTER WHO DOCTORED JOHN GIBSON ‘SCROTUM’ AUDIO  —  John Sanders is the technology reporter for WBAL-TV in Baltimore.  He says he made the video on his own for fun.  In this interview Sanders says he used an annotation on the video to indicate the Gibson audio had been altered.
BBC:
US soldier guilty of Iraq murder  —  A US soldier has been convicted of murder for his involvement in the killing of four Iraqis who were shot and dumped in a Baghdad canal in 2007.  —  Sgt Michael Leahy Jr had confessed to investigators that he shot an Iraqi in the back of the head from close range.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Truthdig
Caitlin Taylor / Political Punch:
President Puts Mayors “On Notice” for Wasteful Spending  —  President Obama put the nation's mayors “on notice” that if they spent stimulus money wastefully he would call them out publicly.  —  Speaking in the East Room of the White House to more than 70 mayors — four of whom were Republicans …
Discussion: The Note, Wonkette and AmSpecBlog
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
RNC sends $250K for Coleman recount  —  The Republican National Committee has transferred $250,000 to the Minnesota GOP to help pay legal fees in Norm Coleman's ongoing recount battle against Al Franken for the Minnesota Senate seat.  —  A spokesman for the RNC, Alex Conant …
 
 
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Tom Whitehead / Telegraph:
Islamic fundamentalism promoted on websites at some Muslim schools …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and The Jawa Report
Duncan Gardham / Telegraph:
Pupils told to think like a suicide bomber
Discussion: Pat Dollard and BBC
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
‘Malkiphobia’?  —  Of this I've been accused by Dan Collins at Protein Wisdom.
Joe Palazzolo / The BLT:
Obama Stays the Course on Bagram
Discussion: SCOTUSblog
Clive Crook:
Some thoughts on the housing plan
Discussion: Megan McArdle and Spin Cycle
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Coleman Changes Position Yet Again, Now Wants To Throw Out Already …
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Charles Franklin / Pollster.com:
Dispatches: Are Media Polls Criminally Bad?
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Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Iseman to POLITICO: The Times lied
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The Huffington Post:
Schumer: Failed ‘Zombie’ Banks Should Be Nationalized
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Quinn calls on Burris to quit
 

 
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