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4:00 PM 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!  HuffPo apology, Gibson response, and more after the jump.  —  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:
Chris / TVNewser:
This Has Been A Fox News Alert
Discussion: johnny dollar's place
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.
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Frank James / The Swamp:
White House sends Burris a warning  —  In what sounded like a veiled threat, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs called on Sen. Roland Burris to “take some time over the weekend” to explain once and for all exactly what happened before his appointment to the Senate and to consider “his future.”
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Ill. Gov. Quinn calls for Burris resignation
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.
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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.
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.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
RICHARD PERLE PLAYS MAKE-BELIEVE.... Neocon mastermind Richard …
Discussion: American Footprints
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
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Joan Lowy / Associated Press:
AP Interview: LaHood eyes taxing miles driven … WASHINGTON (AP) - Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he wants to consider taxing motorists based on how many miles they drive rather than how much gasoline they burn—an idea that has angered drivers in some states where it has been proposed.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Doubts About a Vehicle-Miles Traveled Tax
Discussion: The Corner
Michelle Malkin:
“This is our house now:” ACORN mob begins breaking into homes  —  On Wednesday, I said prepare for lawlessness as ACORN's civil disobedience mob steps up pressure for President Obama's mortgage entitlement expansion.  —  Well, are you ready, Baltimore?  (Hat tip - Jeff Quinton) …
Discussion: Inside Charm City
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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
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Jeffrey Goldberg:   Glenn Greenwald is Hysterical
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 …
Discussion: Pat Dollard
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 …
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.
KDKA-TV:
Sen. Specter Jeered For Voting For Stimulus Plan  —  PITTSBURGH (KDKA) ― U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter was greeted with jeers at a press conference in Cranberry Township.  —  Conservatives are fuming after Specter cast the deciding vote that led to the passage of President Barack Obama's stimulus plan.
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 …
William Saletan / Slate:
Google Earth exposes a U.S. drone base in Pakistan.  —  The picture, taken from directly overhead, shows an airfield in Pakistan.  It looks like a video frame from one of the American killer drones that have been hunting Taliban and al-Qaida fighters there.
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 …
Amanda Carpenter / Townhall.com:
Big Labor to Target Workers IN THEIR HOMES  —  Big Labor wants members to make house calls to gin up support for their agenda, which includes “card check ” legislation Congress is expected to begin work on soon.  —  Check out this flyer below from the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union.
Discussion: Riehl World View
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
A test for the Israeli lobby  —  The pro-Israel wing of Obama's supporters has generally been pretty happy with the state of the administration, from Hillary's appointment to Dennis Ross' role with Iran.  George Mitchell, by downplaying Israeli settlements and stressing Iran policy yesterday, won raves from hawkish Jewish leaders.
Phil Gramm / Wall Street Journal:
Deregulation and the Financial Panic  —  Loose money and politicized mortgages are the real villains.  —  The debate about the cause of the current crisis in our financial markets is important because the reforms implemented by Congress will be profoundly affected by what people believe caused the crisis.
Discussion: Think Progress and Wonk Room
 
 
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
RECEIVERSHIP  —  From TPM Reader JP ...  As I've said a number …
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Poll: Obama rating slips, but still high
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
White House: Stock market not our fault
Discussion: The Politico
Atrios / Eschaton:
Mileage Tax  —  I've written about this before, but just to restate my objections...
Discussion: Congress Matters
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NATIONAL BRIEFING  —  FBI agents found R. Allen Stanford …
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States prepare to combat stimulus strings
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A Conservative Of Doubt
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Men see bikini-clad women as objects
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