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11:50 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 …
Discussion: Instapundit
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
White House: Stock market not our fault
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 …
Discussion: The Fix, Hot Air and Matthew Yglesias
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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
Frank James / The Swamp:
White House sends Burris a warning
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Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to refuse part of stimulus funds …
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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William Glaberson / New York Times:
Guantánamo Meets Geneva Rules, Study Finds
Discussion: Salon
Joe Palazzolo / The BLT:
Obama Stays the Course on Bagram
Discussion: SCOTUSblog
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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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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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: The Jawa Report 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
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Bans Gimmicks, and Deficit Will Rise  —  WASHINGTON — For his first annual budget next week, President Obama has banned four accounting gimmicks that President George W. Bush used to make deficit projections look smaller.  The price of more honest bookkeeping: A budget …
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.
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 …
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.
 
 
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Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
‘Malkiphobia’?  —  Of this I've been accused by Dan Collins at Protein Wisdom.
Caitlin Taylor / Political Punch:
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Wall Street Journal:
Cable Firms Look to Offer TV Programs Online
BBC:
US soldier guilty of Iraq murder
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Coleman Changes Position Yet Again, Now Wants To Throw Out Already …
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