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10:00 AM ET, February 28, 2009

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David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Anti-stimulus tea parties light up Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and social media  —  Protesters rally against the stimulus plan in Hartford, Conn. Credit: Bob Child / Associated Press  —  In the latest example of how user-produced media can capture so-called “massively-shared” …
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Patrik Jonsson / Christian Science Monitor:
Budget debate launches new tea party
Discussion: The Raw Story and Michelle Malkin
Robert Travis Scott / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Louisiana to seek New Orleans-Baton Rouge passenger rail line from federal stimulus pot that Jindal called wasteful  —  BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's transportation department plans to request federal dollars for a New Orleans to Baton Rouge passenger rail service from the same pot of railroad money …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Associated Press:
Court Rejects Obama Bid to Stop Wiretapping Suit  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has lost its argument that a potential threat to national security should stop a lawsuit challenging the government's warrantless wiretapping program.  —  A federal appeals court in San Francisco …
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John Schwartz / New York Times:
A Terrorism Test Case Obama May Not Want
Discussion: Daily Kos
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Secret Coleman-Lawyer E-Mails Reveal Intentional Hiding Of Witness — Franken Camp Wants Double-Count Claim Thrown Out Completely  —  All hell just broke loose in the Minnesota courtroom, with Al Franken's lawyers catching Team Coleman in the act of yet more concealing of evidence …
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
U.S. to yield marijuana jurisdiction to states  —  (02-26) 20:00 PST San Francisco — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is sending strong signals that President Obama - who as a candidate said states should be allowed to make their own rules on medical marijuana - will end raids on pot dispensaries in California.
Discussion: QandO, Dean's World and The Agitator
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Obama ‘gearing up for a fight’  —  President Barack Obama is beginning the salesmanship of his far-reaching $3.6 trillion budget with a populist blast at powerful interests he says will fight it - all but challenging his opponents to bring it on.  —  “I know these steps won't sit …
Discussion: The Swamp and TIME.com
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Jindal's Office Tries To Spin Katrina Story, Digs Itself In Deeper  —  It looks like Bobby Jindal's staff has been trying to do some damage limitation on that phony Katrina story — with some help from Politico.  But it's blowing up in their faces.  —  Picking up on an earlier post at Daily Kos …
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Focus on the Family:
Dr. James Dobson Steps Down as Focus on the Family Chairman  —  Latest development in natural transition alleviates more administrative burden; will continue to appear on daily radio program  —  Colorado Springs, Colo. - Focus on the Family's James C. Dobson, Ph.D., has stepped …
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Eric Gorski / Associated Press:   Dobson resigns as chairman of Focus on the Family
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Obama's Chief Vetter Has His Own Tax Problem  —  White House general counsel Gregory Craig has seized control of Obama's vetting process after a series of nominees with unpaid taxes.  But his wife's business may also have avoided taxes.  Who vets the vetter?
Discussion: Riehl World View and Don Surber
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
CPAC Organizer David Keene Claims Conservatives Were Fed Up With Bush ‘For Some Time’  —  This year at the Conservative Political Action Conference, most of the speakers have spent their time bashing President Obama, while generally avoiding the subject of President Bush.Speaking this morning …
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 …
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The Politico:   Bunning denies resignation scheme
Madison Park / CNN:
How to get Michelle Obama's toned arms  —  (CNN) — First lady Michelle Obama has a fashion following, with blogs tracking her daily garment choices.  —  She's on the March cover of Vogue in a sleeveless silk sheath.  Then there was the purple sleeveless Narciso Rodriguez she wore …
Discussion: Emptywheel and Wonkette
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) …
The Huffington Post:
Jonathan Krohn: 13-Year-Old Conservative Wunderkind Wows CPAC, Joe The Plumber  —  The future of the conservative movement presented himself on Friday, and he was 13.  —  Jonathan Krohn, the author of “Define Conservatism” and political prodigy voted “Atlanta's Most Talented Child” in 2006 …
Discussion: Wonkette, Needlenose and RADAMISTO
 
 
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
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Discussion: TalkLeft
James Kirchick / The New Republic:
Yes, Ron Paul is a Bircher
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
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