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8:20 PM ET, February 20, 2009

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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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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.
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
Frank James / The Swamp:
White House sends Burris a warning
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
WH lashes out at CNBC's Santelli  —  The White House is lashing out publicly and personally at a CNBC reporter whose attack on President Obama's anti-foreclosure plan caught fire on the Internet Thursday.  —  White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs jumped at the chance to go after the CNBC journalist …
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
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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.
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
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
White House: Stock market not our fault
Discussion: The Politico
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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Alison Vekshin / Bloomberg:
Dodd Says Short-Term Bank Takeovers May Be Necessary  —  Feb. 20 (Bloomberg) — Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd said banks may have to be nationalized for “a short time” to help lenders including Citigroup Inc. and Bank of America Corp. survive the worst economic slump in 75 years.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Needed: Less Talking About Nationalization, More Action
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
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johnny dollar's place:
Huffington Post Smear of Gibson Uses Doctored Video!
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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 …
Jeffrey Goldberg:
Glenn Greenwald is Hysterical  —  Not funny-hysterical, just hysterical.  I think he feels badly about writing for The American Conservative, maybe because he knows that writing for a magazine founded by Pat Buchanan and animated by Buchanan's hostility to Jews and to Israel is a self-marginalizing act …
Discussion: Democracy Now and Salon
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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.
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, Hot Air, GINA COBB and Eunomia
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Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
‘Kick Me’ Diplomacy  —  WASHINGTON — The Biden prophecy has come to pass.
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
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 …
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 …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   AN OBAMA CEO SNUB?.... The Politico's Eamon Javers has a 1,200 …
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.
William Glaberson / New York Times:
Guantánamo Meets Geneva Rules, Study Finds  —  A Pentagon report requested by President Obama on the conditions at the Guantánamo Bay detention center concludes that the prison complies with the humanitarian requirements of the Geneva conventions, but it makes many recommendations …
Discussion: Salon
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Iseman to POLITICO: The Times lied  —  Vicki Iseman, who sued The New York Times over a story suggesting that she had had a romantic relationship with John McCain, is now accusing the paper of lying about whether it apologized or retracted the story in the course of settlement discussions.
 
 
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Cable Firms Look to Offer TV Programs Online
BBC:
US soldier guilty of Iraq murder
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Clive Crook:
Some thoughts on the housing plan
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Coleman Changes Position Yet Again, Now Wants To Throw Out Already …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Land of a Thousand Liebermans
Tom Raum / Associated Press:
Analysis: Obama plans eclipsing New Deal spending
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Dispatches: Are Media Polls Criminally Bad?
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William Saletan / Slate:
Google Earth exposes a U.S. drone base in Pakistan.
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Big Labor to Target Workers IN THEIR HOMES
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Michelle Malkin:
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Sen. Specter Jeered For Voting For Stimulus Plan
Michael Kinsley / Washington Post:
Upside-Down Economics  —  In January, Suze Orman …
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