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10:55 AM ET, February 20, 2009

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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.
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johnny dollar's place:
Huffington Post Smear of Gibson Uses Doctored Video!  —  Updated!  A headline at Huffington Post blares: John Gibson Compares Eric Holder To Monkey With Bright Blue Scrotum (VIDEO).  Writer Alex Leo lays it all out: … Here's the HuffPo video:  —  Hundreds of HuffPo commenters erupted in predictable outrage:
Chris / TVNewser:
This Has Been A Fox News Alert  —  A monkey on the loose in a zoo is no laughing matter.  Describing the monkey's private parts so cable news viewers know what to look for, can be:  —  > Update: Johnny Dollar says the end of that clip has been doctored.  “The Huffington Post has some 'splaining to do.
Discussion: RedState and IMAO
Tahman Bradley / ABCNEWS:
Bill Clinton: Obama Should Sound More Hopeful  —  Says President Should Voice Economic Optimism, Paint GOP as the Party of ‘No’  —  Former President Bill Clinton gives President Barack Obama an “A” grade for his first month in office, but tells ABC News that Obama needs to put on a more positive face …
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Associated Press:
Clinton to Obama: Talk optimistically on economy
Discussion: Donklephant
CNBC.com:
Would You Join Santelli's “Chicago Tea Party?”  —  CNBC's Rick Santelli leads the trader mortgage revolt.  Would you want to join his “Chicago Tea Party?” … The plan is a discrace!  I pay my mortgage and bills on time.  I live on a fixed income.  I find it tough each month to make ends meet, but do.
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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 …
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.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
American Issues Project Slams Stimulus Bill As Large  —  When the economy enters a recession, you lower interest rates.  When monetary policy's gone as low as it can, you try fiscal expansion.  That means you need a deficit that's large relative to the size of your economy.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and Spin Cycle
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   THE JESUS ARGUMENT?.... Two weeks ago, Senate Minority Leader …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
VIDEO: Group counters stimulus with Jesus in TV ad
Discussion: The Swamp, Hot Air and Spin Cycle
David Brooks / New York Times:
Money for Idiots  —  Our moral and economic system is based on individual responsibility.  It's based on the idea that people have to live with the consequences of their decisions.  This makes them more careful deciders.  This means that society tends toward justice — people get what they deserve as much as possible
Eamon Javers / The Politico:
The Obama Cabinet is a CEO black hole  —  In President Barack Obama's Cabinet, there is a Nobel Prize winner, a former mayor, and a veteran CIA agent.  Surrounding him in the White House West Wing are a former four-star general, one of the nation's most eminent economists …
United States House of Representatives …:
Brian Views Destruction in Gaza - Calls for Immediate Relief and Change in Policy  —  Washington, D.C. - Two members of Congress, Brian Baird (D-WA-03), and Keith Ellison, (D-MN-05), visited Gaza on Thursday to view firsthand the destruction from recent Israeli air and ground attacks and to meet …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Who'll Stop the Pain?  —  Earlier this week, the Federal Reserve released the minutes of the most recent meeting of its open market committee — the group that sets interest rates.  Most press reports focused either on the Fed's downgrade of the near-term outlook or on its adoption of a long-run 2 percent inflation target.
Discussion: The New Republic and Arkansas News
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.
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
Geronimo's Heirs Sue Secret Yale Society Over His Skull  —  HOUSTON — The descendants of Geronimo have sued Skull and Bones, a secret society at Yale University with ties to the Bush family, charging that its members robbed his grave in 1918 and have kept his skull in a glass case ever since.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Conservative Of Doubt  —  They can rant too: … Like Megan, I don't know either.  I've supported the stimulus package because the downdraft right now seems so steep and dangerous that a little cushioning from the feds does not seem to me to be a cardinal sin, and because Obama …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and PoliBlog
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: ONE MONTH DOWN  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** One month down: Today marks exactly one month since Obama was inaugurated.  The country, and the world frankly, is engaged on pretty much anything this president does.
Discussion: The Plum Line
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
On Asia Trip, Clinton Shows How She'll Try to Repair the U.S. Image Around the World  —  On Her First Trip as Secretary of State, Clinton Shows How She'll Attempt to Repair the U.S. Image Worldwide  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton has a new campaign and message: The United States wants to listen.
Discussion: MSNBC, The Caucus and Politics Nation
Constant Brand / Associated Press:
Czech president compares EU to Soviet Union  —  BRUSSELS - The European Union has turned into an undemocratic and elitist project comparable to the Communist dictatorships of eastern Europe that forbade alternative thinking, Czech President Vaclav Klaus told the European Parliament on Thursday.
Discussion: The Foundry and The Atlanticist
Michael Kinsley / Washington Post:
Upside-Down Economics  —  In January, Suze Orman, the blonde financial adviser who's all over TV telling you to cut up your credit cards, went on “Oprah” to discuss how to cope with the recession.  Orman recommended not eating in restaurants for a month.  The appalled National Restaurant …
Discussion: The Opinionator and Commentary
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
The Crisis of Credit Visualized  —  Can you explain the existing economic crisis' pivotal crisis of credit simply so anyone can grasp the crisis?  The answer is YES and California graduate student Jonathan Jarvis shows us how below:  —  The Crisis of Credit Visualized from Jonathan Jarvis on Vimeo.
Discussion: Political Machine
Uri Blau / Haaretz:
Lieberman's firm suspected of doing business with PA officials  —  A company established by Avigdor Lieberman did business to the tune of over NIS 1 million with officials in the Palestinian Authority, apparently selling wood in 2000 and 2001 when Lieberman was an MK, Haaretz has learned.
Discussion: Israpundit
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Obama's First Month  —  Early reflections on the Obama Revolution.  —  It only seems like Barack Obama has been president forever.  Actually, as of today, he's been in office for exactly one month.  Granted, with 47 months to go in his term, it's too soon to render a verdict on the Obama presidency.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
CNN:
CEO of nation's biggest bank subpoenaed  —  (CNN) — Bank of America CEO and Chairman Kenneth Lewis has been issued a subpoena by the New York State Attorney General's Office, which is investigating whether the bank violated state law by withholding information from investors, a source familiar with the investigation told CNN.
Discussion: The New Republic
Vikas Bajaj / New York Times:
U.S. Tries a Trillion-Dollar Key for Locked Lending  —  Credit cards, home equity lines, student loans, car financing: none come cheaply or easily in these credit-tight times.  The banks, the refrain goes, just will not lend money.  —  But it is not simply the banks that are the problem.
Discussion: The Note, Balkinization and TIME.com
Rush Limbaugh / Wall Street Journal:
Mr. President, Keep the Airwaves Free  —  As a former law professor, surely you understand the Bill of Rights.  —  Dear President Obama:  —  I have a straightforward question, which I hope you will answer in a straightforward way: Is it your intention to censor talk radio through a variety …
The Huffington Post:
Limbaugh: Trying To Understand A Dem Like Trying To Understand A Murderer Or Rapist  —  Coming off of a tone-deaf cartoon that compared the author of the stimulus bill with a crazed, shot-dead chimpanzee, it seemed likely that, for the time being, provocative political metaphors would be put on hold.
 
 
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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Bans Gimmicks, and Deficit Will Rise
Discussion: TIME.com
Fredreka Schouten / USA Today:
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Discussion: The New Republic
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Borzou Daragahi / Los Angeles Times:
Iran has enough fuel for a nuclear bomb, report says
Discussion: PoliBlog
Elizabeth Landau / CNN:
Men see bikini-clad women as objects
Discussion: The Corner
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Gateway Pundit:
Rep. Gohmert Says Republicans Will Cancel Spendulus Bill If GOP Takes …
Discussion: Don Surber
Fran Spielman / Chicago Sun Times:
Obama victory bash owes city $1.74 mil.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Hot Air
Elie Leshem / Jerusalem Post:
Peres tasks Netanyahu with forming new government
Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Obama's Popularity Not Enough to get European Allies to Send …
Edward L. Glaeser / Economix:
Housing Plan: The Virtues of Moderation
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