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12:15 PM ET, February 28, 2009

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The White House:
Keeping Promises  —  In the Weekly Address this morning, President Obama explains how the budget he sent to Congress will fulfill the promises he made as a candidate.  On fiscal responsibility, a fair tax code, a clean energy economy, real health care reform, and education, this budget sets out a new vision for our country.
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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
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Defends His Budget as ‘a Threat to the Status Quo’  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama described his expansive budget proposal as “a threat to the status quo in Washington” on Saturday and cast himself as a populist crusader willing to do battle with special interests to expand health care, curb pollution and improve education.
Discussion: The Caucus and Seeing the Forest
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 …
Ombudsman / Washington Post:
The Heat From a Global Warming Column  —  Opinion columnists are free to choose whatever facts bolster their arguments.  But they aren't free to distort them.  —  The question of whether that happened is at the core of an uproar over a recent George F. Will column and The Post's fact-checking process.
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David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Glenn Beck plots out our dystopian future, run by militias  —  While I was on vacation last week, Glenn Beck wrapped up his regularly scheduled apocalyptic fearmongering with a Friday special that laid out the future as he fears it.  —  It's pretty much a Mel Gibson production, with lots of Road Warriors and other dystopian features.
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.
Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
Limbaugh: “The dirty little secret ... is that every Republican in this country wants Obama to fail, but none of them have the guts to say so; I am willing to say it"  —  *Siggggghhh* Rush is soooooo dreamy!  And he has a fire in the belly!  Who wouldn't love this guy?
Discussion: Think Progress
Christian Brose / Shadow Government:
Obama's Iraq speech: Brought to you by George W. Bush  —  Today begins the leap in the dark.  —  For six years we've known that the Iraq war must end and that at some point U.S. forces would leave.  The question that always hung out there was — and then what?  President Bush chose not to learn the answer to that question.
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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 …
Krissah Thompson / Washington Post:
Top Officials Expand The Dialogue on Race  —  Month's Celebrations Evoke a Mix of Views  —  When the country's racial chasms seemed to threaten President Obama's election, his team had to tread carefully.  A month into his administration, the tone has changed.
Discussion: The Corner and Commentary
Larry Kudlow / CNBC:
Obama Declares War on Investors, Entrepreneurs, Businesses, And More  —  Let me be very clear on the economics of President Obama's State of the Union speech and his budget.  —  He is declaring war on investors, entrepreneurs, small businesses, large corporations, and private-equity and venture-capital funds.
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
 
 
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