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7:30 PM ET, February 27, 2009

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Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Jindal Admits Katrina Story Was False  —  Looks like the game is up.  —  Remember that story Bobby Jindal told in his big speech Tuesday night — about how during Katrina, he stood shoulder-to-shoulder with a local sheriff who was battling government red tape to try to rescue stranded victims?
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Jindal aides clarify Katrina story  —  A spokeswoman for Bobby Jindal says the Louisiana governor didn't imply that an anecdote about battling bureaucrats during Katrina directly involved the governor or took place during the heat of a fight to release rescue boats.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
KEY METRIC: THE F/R RATIO  —  As a rule, I try to avoid link war nonsense and getting into spats with other sites.  But I'll make a small exception because it illustrates a point.  Yesterday, we published a post by Zack Roth noting a number of reasons to question whether the main anecdote …
Discussion: RedState
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Scenes from the New American Tea Party  —  Some photos from the just-completed anti-stimulus New American Tea Party, outside of the White House (after the jump):  —  The best sign I saw.  —  Right before the march from one point of Lafayette Park to another.  —  She voted for Sen. John McCain, too, but is less proud of that.
Discussion: Wonkette
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Michelle Malkin:
Tea Party photo album: Fiscal responsibility is the new counterculture  —  Scroll down for more updates...  I've got tons of photos and e-mails pouring in from Tea Party people across the country.  I joked to a Christian Science Monitor reporter covering the events that fiscal responsibility is the new counterculture.
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
IT'S COLD AND RAINY, but the Tea Party pictures are coming in via cellphone already.  Here are a couple.  —  From Atlanta, where a reported 300-400 showed up, a flag with protest babes:  —  From Chicago:  —  More Chicago pictures here.  Plus this summary: “The Chicago Tea Party was an unqualified success.
Discussion: GayPatriot, The Daily Dish and Wizbang
Patrik Jonsson / Christian Science Monitor:
Budget debate launches new tea party
Discussion: Instapundit and Michelle Malkin
Michelle Malkin:
Scenes from the D.C. Tea Party; Updated, vid added
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Plans to End Combat Mission in Iraq by August 2010  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama heads to one of the nation's most storied military bases Friday morning to unveil plans to pull most troops out of Iraq by August 2010 and he has support from an unlikely quarter — Senator John McCain …
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Tom Donnelly / Weekly Standard:
They're Warriors, Not Victims  —  Here's the last part of today's speech by Obama:
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and Commentary
Tom Donnelly / Weekly Standard:
Obama's Iraq Withdrawal Speech
CNN:
GOP has 2012 gender gap, new poll says  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - As the the first unofficial ballots are cast in the next race for the White House, a new national survey of Republicans indicates that the GOP doesn't have a clear presidential frontrunner — but does have a clear gender gap.
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
Senator calls Obama 'world's best salesman of socialism'
Discussion: Salon and THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
Peter Hamby / CNN:   Huckabee blasts McCain, warns of socialism
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
U.S. pulling out of racism conference  —  White House aides told Jewish leaders on a conference call today that the United States will boycott the United Nations' World Conference on Racism over hostility to Israel in draft documents prepared for the April conference.
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Jeffrey Goldberg:   Judea Pearl on Durban II and Jimmy Carter
Ron Kampeas / JTA:
U.S. pulling out of ‘Durban II’ conference
Discussion: JTA and Atlas Shrugs
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Approval Rating Increases to 67%  —  Had dropped to 59% prior to his Tuesday congressional address  — USA - Government and Politics - Presidential Job Approval - The Presidency - Americas - Northern America  —  PRINCETON, NJ — In the days immediately after Barack Obama's …
Ewen Callaway / New Scientist:
Porn in the USA: Conservatives are biggest consumers  —  Americans may paint themselves in increasingly bright shades of red and blue, but new research finds one thing that varies little across the nation: the liking for online pornography.  —  A new nationwide study (pdf) …
Eric Gorski / Associated Press:
Dobson resigns as chairman of Focus on the Family  —  DENVER (AP) — Conservative evangelical leader James Dobson has resigned as chairman of Focus on the Family but will continue to play a prominent role at the organization he founded more than three decades ago.
Discussion: God & Country
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Meg Marco / Consumerist:
The “Worst Food Product Ever” May Have Been Found  —  Pork Brains In Milk Gravy.  Could it be the worst food product ever?  It does have 1170% of your daily cholesterol per serving.  Mmmm.  —  [This Is Why You're Fat via BuzzFeed]
Washington Post:
White House Plan Would End Subsidies to Student Lenders  —  The Obama administration has proposed a sweeping change in the $85 billion-a-year student loan industry, one that could fundamentally alter the business of lenders such as Sallie Mae.  —  The proposal, included in yesterday's budget outline …
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Noam N. Levey / Chicago Tribune:
Obama administration may rescind ‘conscience rule’  —  Officials say the move seeks to clarify rules for health care workers  —  WASHINGTON — Taking another step into the abortion debate, the Obama administration Friday will move to rescind a controversial rule that allows health-care workers …
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David Stout / New York Times:
Obama Set to Undo ‘Conscience’ Rule for Health Workers
Discussion: Megan McArdle
Courier-Journal:
Some say Bunning, in frustration, hinted he may quit GOP seat  —  WASHINGTON — Already in conflict with his party's leaders, Sen. Jim Bunning has reportedly said privately that if he is hindered in raising money for his re-election campaign he is ready with a response that would be politically devastating …
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Jobless Angry at Possibility of No Benefits  —  As governors in nine states, mostly in the South, consider rejecting millions of dollars in federal stimulus money for increased unemployment insurance, there is growing anger among the ranks of the jobless in those states that they could be left out of a significant government benefit.
Amanda Carpenter / Townhall.com:
Scenes from CPAC  —  Going into CPAC this year I was afraid it might be a little dead this year.  After all, with such excitement last year over the presidential election, I was worried there might not be as much energy on behalf of the activists.  —  Boy, was I ever wrong.
Discussion: Political Machine
Mark McKinnon / Blogs and Stories:
Twitter Jumped the Shark This Week  —  The Dirty Secret of College Admissions: Money Really Matters by Kathleen Kingsbury  —  Blogs and Stories  —  It's not a business—and now that Rep. Joe Barton is doing it, it's not even hip anymore.  —  It's time to Twitter the f%$k up.  —  It's just madness.
Discussion: Wilshire & Washington
Michael Kinsley / Washington Post:
Words for a Shaken People  —  “We're having an earthquake,” said my wife.  It was early one recent morning, as we sat drinking coffee and reading the day's gloomy economic news.  Was she being metaphorical?  At this hour?  We sat in nervous silence for a few seconds, mentally listing our regrets.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Newt calls out Holder on race  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called out Attorney General Eric Holder Friday over his comment that the United States is a “nation of cowards” on issues of race.  —  “I'm welcome to have a dialogue with you about cowardice, anywhere, any time,” …
Discussion: Don Surber
Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:
RE: Fred Hiatt  —  Speaking of Fred Hiatt's absurd claim that people who don't like George Will spreading global warming misinformation should “debate” him, rather than expect the Post to run a correction ...  Yesterday's Washington Post featured op-eds by Henry Kissinger, David Broder, Bill Kristol, David Ignatius, and George Will.
Discussion: Think Progress and Firedoglake
 
 
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Marc Lifsher / Los Angeles Times:
California unemployment rate reaches 10.1%
Rose George / New York Times:
Yellow Is the New Green  —  IN the far reaches of Shaanxi Province …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“Happy Meal Conservatism”, Ctd.
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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The Obamaist Manifesto  —  Not a great speech, but extremely consequential.
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Mike Levine / Fox News:
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Un-Rove  —  I've learned for two years now not to under-estimate Obama.
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