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6:45 PM ET, February 28, 2009

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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?
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Think Progress:
Santorum At CPAC: ‘Absolutely We Hope That’ Obama Fails, ‘I Believe His Policies Will Fail’  —  Just before President Obama was inaugurated, hate radio host Rush Limbaugh declared, “I hope he fails.”  Though some Republicans have distanced themselves from Limbaugh's sentiment, conservatives at CPAC have fully embraced it.
Discussion: The Reaction
Robert Travis Scott / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Gov. Bobby Jindal fights back against those questioning points in his speech  —  BATON ROUGE — Gov. Bobby Jindal fought back Friday against reports by national media outlets and Democratic-leaning Web sites that he was inaccurate or untruthful Tuesday night in the Republican Party response …
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Scott Gutierrez / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Beating caught on police video  —  Tape shows officer kicking, striking teenager  —  A video showing a King County Sheriff's deputy pummeling a 15-year-old girl in a holding cell was released Friday over the strenuous objections of the officer's attorney.  —  The case goes beyond police misconduct …
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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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
OBAMA TO LOBBYISTS: BRING IT ON.... President Obama made a pitch …
Discussion: Donklephant and Seeing the Forest
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Obama ‘gearing up for a fight’
Discussion: American Power, The Swamp and TIME.com
Peter Baker / New York Times:   Obama Calls His Budget Sweeping, Needed Change
David Mark / The Politico:
Romney wins CPAC straw poll  —  In one of the opening skirmishes in the long - and almost certainly bloody - GOP battle for the 2012 nomination, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney won the annual Conservative Political Action Convention straw poll Saturday.
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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.
Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
Sharper Downturn Clouds Obama Spending Plans  —  The economy is spiraling down at an accelerating pace, threatening to undermine the Obama administration's spending plans, which anticipate vigorous rates of growth in years to come.  —  A sense of disconnect between the projections …
Matt Bai / New York Times:
Newt.  Again.  —  FOR CONSERVATIVES, who have traditionally valued their grand theorists more than their campaign consultants, the buildings that house Washington's premier think tanks are like a second set of grand monuments, symbols of a movement built on brash ingenuity.
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Sen. Bunning reportedly suggests stepping down  —  As he battles his own party in an increasingly public feud over his political future, Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) has suggested he may resign his seat early, giving Kentucky's governor the chance to hand Democrats a filibuster-proof 60-seat majority in the Senate.
Discussion: RedState and Political Machine
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Liberal Groups Are Flexing New Muscle in Lobby Wars  —  WASHINGTON — When Newt Gingrich's Congress was moving full-speed in its efforts to shrink the government more than a dozen years ago, Ralph G. Neas, an indefatigable champion of liberal causes, threw up his hands and declared that his side had been outmaneuvered.
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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Marjorie Connelly / New York Times:
Ailing GOP Risks Losing a Generation
Discussion: Whiskey Fire
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Coulter attacks Obama over Afghanistan: Putting more troops there is ‘insane.’
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Struggling States Look to Unorthodox Taxes
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Yahoo! News:
Eastwood thinks political correctness has made society humourless
Discussion: Big Hollywood and Riehl World View
Sudarsan Raghavan / MSNBC:
End to Baghdad's ‘dark era’: Nightclubs reopen
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Sam Hananel / Associated Press:
Union leaders talk about reuniting under a single, more powerful …
Discussion: TIME.com
CNN:
Man held after mailing HIV-tainted blood to Obama
Discussion: Political Machine
Krissah Thompson / Washington Post:
Top Officials Expand The Dialogue on Race
Discussion: The Caucus, The Corner and Commentary
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Glenn Beck plots out our dystopian future, run by militias
Discussion: The Mahablog
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How to get Michelle Obama's toned arms
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