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10:20 PM ET, February 20, 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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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.
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 …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
White House: Stock market not our fault
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
BREAKING: 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 …
Discussion: The Fix, Matthew Yglesias and Hot Air
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Manu Raju / The Politico:
WH to Burris: Think again  —  CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said Friday that Roland Burris should resign from the Senate and the vacancy should then be filled by a special election, injecting fresh momentum in the growing campaign to oust the man picked to fill President Barack Obama's Senate seat.
Discussion: The New Republic
Chicago Breaking News:
Quinn calls on Burris to quit  —  Gov. Pat Quinn at his press conference this morning.  (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune)  —  Gov. Patrick Quinn today called on U.S. Sen. Roland Burris to resign amid the furor of questions over his contacts with former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Frank James / The Swamp:
White House sends Burris a warning
The Huffington Post:
Schumer: Failed ‘Zombie’ Banks Should Be Nationalized  —  Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) believes that failed “zombie” banks, no matter what their size, should be taken over by the government, which should then wipe out shareholders, fire management, clean up the banks and quickly resell them into the marketplace.
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   RECEIVERSHIP  —  From TPM Reader JP ...  As I've said a number …
Tom Petruno / Money & Company:
Some banks may have to be nationalized, Sen. Dodd says
Discussion: Associated Press
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Jeffrey Goldberg's gasping, dying smear tactics  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg — in a paragraph he entitles “Where the Left and Right Always Seem to Agree” — writes (emphasis added): … His link to “Israel-bashing” in the penultimate sentence …
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Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Glenn Greenwald: ‘No anti-Semite could possibly hate me worse than I hate myself’
Jeffrey Goldberg:   Glenn Greenwald is Hysterical
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
A test for the Israeli lobby
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 …
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obama's Supine Diplomacy  —  The Biden prophecy has come to pass.  Our wacky veep, momentarily inspired, predicted in October that “it will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama.”  Biden probably had in mind an eve-of-the-apocalypse drama like the Cuban missile crisis.
Discussion: Pat Dollard, GINA COBB and Eunomia
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Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
‘Kick Me’ Diplomacy  —  WASHINGTON — The Biden prophecy has come to pass.
Alex Leo / The Huffington Post:
John Gibson Did Not Compare Eric Holder To Monkey With Bright Blue Scrotum (UPDATED)  —  UPDATE: The Huffington Post has learned that the below video has been doctored.  We regret the error and apologize to Mr. Gibson.  John Gibson never compared Eric Holder to a monkey with a bright blue scrotum.
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 …
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
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 …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Prince of Darkness Denies Own Existence  —  Listening to neoconservative mastermind Richard Perle at the Nixon Center yesterday, there was a sense of falling down the rabbit hole.  —  In real life, Perle was the ideological architect of the Iraq war and of the Bush doctrine of preemptive attack.
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 …
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Bans Gimmicks, and Deficit Will Rise  —  By stopping accounting gimmicks that make deficit projections look smaller, the budget will appear $2.7 trillion deeper in debt over the next decade, according to administration officials.
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.
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Poll: Obama rating slips, but still high  —  CNN Deputy Political Director  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A national poll indicates that two out of three Americans approve of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president of the United States.  —  The CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Washington Post Stands By Climate Change Denialism  —  For those who are late to the party, recently George Will wrote a column claiming, most broadly, that in the 1970s there was a scientific consensus that the world was suffering from “global cooling” that was as firm as the current consensus about global warming.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Land of a Thousand Liebermans  —  The jungle primary isn't just for Louisiana anymore.  —  In fact, it isn't for Louisiana at all, which has phased out the system for federal races.  But the practice was recently adopted by Washington State.  And if a State Senator from San Luis Obispo gets his way …
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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President Puts Mayors “On Notice” for Wasteful Spending
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Coleman Changes Position Yet Again, Now Wants To Throw Out Already …
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