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2:00 AM ET, March 2, 2009

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Rod Dreher / Crunchy Con:
CPAC: White kids on dope  —  Ah, to be an anthropologist at CPAC, where the kids was smokin' th' political crack.  From the WaPo: … Verily, that's the way to bring the party back: blame the media.  I talked to a conservative the other day who assured me that Obama's success is entirely …
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Andrew Breitbart / Washington Times:
Rush to judgment: A media hopelessly divided  —  ANALYSIS/OPINION:  —  The mood at the Omni Shoreham Hotel late Saturday afternoon was off the electrical meter when Rush Limbaugh took center stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).  —  Hundreds of revelers packed …
Discussion: Hot Air and Balloon Juice
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Culture of conspiracy: The Birthers  —  Bill Clinton had the Vince Foster “murder.”  George W. Bush had 9/11 Truth.  And the new administration has brought with it a new culture of conspiracy: The Birthers.  —  Out of the gaze of the mainstream and even the conservative media …
New York Times:
U.S. Is Said to Offer $30 Billion More to Help A.I.G.  —  The federal government agreed Sunday night to provide an additional $30 billion in taxpayer money to the American International Group and loosen the terms of its huge loan to the insurer, which is preparing to report a $62 billion loss on Monday …
Discussion: Corrente and Truthdig
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John / Power Line:
VOTERS SKEPTICAL OF DEMS' LEFTWARD LURCH  —  Inside the Beltway and the media bubble, Barack Obama is still the man of the hour.  On CNN, his speeches are even compared to sex.  (Someone needs to have a talk with that commentator.  I don't think he's doing it right.)
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Tapscott's Copy Desk:
Limbaugh, Tea Party Protests show Obama's Star Trek shield has big cracks  —  Two extraordinarily important political developments took place this week right under the noses of the Obama-worshippers in the Mainstream Media and, as so often happens with the real news, most of them barely knew about it, if at all.
Jim Snyder / The Hill:
Obama may use 50-vote tactic on energy, healthcare  —  President Obama's budget director said the White House would consider using a Senate procedural tactic so that only 50 votes would be rquired to pass major healthcare and energy reforms.  —  Peter Orszag, the director of the Office …
NY Daily News:
Buildings sprang up as donations rained down on Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion  —  The man who is President Obama's newly minted urban czar pocketed thousands of dollars in campaign cash from city developers whose projects he approved or funded with taxpayers' money, a Daily News probe found.
CBS News:
Bobby Jindal: The GOP's Rising Star?  —  Morley Safer Profiles Louisiana's Gov., Who Some Think May Run For The White House One Day  —  Page 1 of 4  —  (CBS) If you watched the Republican response to President Obama's address to Congress last Tuesday, you saw a rather awkward young man taking …
Discussion: Clips & Comment
The Huffington Post:
Exclusive: Dean Talks About Not Getting HHS And Post-DNC Plans  —  Having been bypassed for a cabinet post after leaving the DNC, former Gov. Howard Dean has chosen to pursue a multi-faceted career in health care advocacy, progressive political strategy, speeches, education and energy, and even election monitoring.
Discussion: The Politico
Johnny Dollar / Olbermann Watch:
Red Eye Reams Olbermann, Garafalo for Racist Comments!  —  Great thanks to MikeC for the tip, and to Andy Levy for his dryly devastating final comments.  It all happened on Friday night's Red Eye and we have the video for your viewing pleasure:
CNN:
2 NFL players among boaters missing in Florida  —  CLEARWATER, Florida (CNN) — Two NFL players were among four boaters missing Sunday off Florida's Gulf Coast, an agent for one of the players said.  —  Ron Del Duca, agent for Corey Smith, told CNN that Smith and Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Steven R. Hurst / Associated Press:
Mullen: Iran has fissile materials for bomb  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - The top U.S. military official said Sunday that Iran has sufficient fissile material for a nuclear weapon, declaring it would be a “very, very bad outcome” should Tehran move forward with a bomb.
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Jen DiMascio / The Politico:
Gates and Mullen disagree on Iran
Discussion: The Swamp
Anthony Boadle / Reuters:
Iran has enough nuclear fuel to make bomb: U.S.
Discussion: Sweetness & Light and TigerHawk
Chris Lefkow / Agence France Presse:
Twitter takes Washington by storm  —  WASHINGTON (AFP) - The halls of the US Congress are alive with the sounds of Twitter.  Members of the Senate and House of Representatives — or their aides — are tapping out dozens of the micro messages a day on cellphones and computers from offices …
Kevin Sack / New York Times:
For Obama Pick, 2nd Chance for Progress on Health  —  TOPEKA, Kan. — In Kansas, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is known as a Democrat who can deal with Republicans, a necessity in a state where the opposition party dominates both houses of the Legislature.  —  But on matters of health policy …
Discussion: Corrente
Dave Dilegge / SWJ Blog:
Thoughts on the “New Media” (Updated)  —  Thoughts on the “New Media” - compiled by Small Wars Journal  —  Last weekend I sent out the following “RFI” to a number of bloggers I know: … What follows are the replies I received through yesterday.  Some stuck to the one-two requested paragraphs, some sent more.
Dina Cappiello / Associated Press:
Capitol power plant dims clean energy hopes  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - As Congress tries to clean up the nation's energy sources and cut gases blamed for global warming, it is struggling to do so in its own backyard.
 
 
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Roy Edroso / Runnin' Scared:
200+ NYC “Tea Party” Protests Obama as Socialist, Communist, Hitler, Etc.
Discussion: AlterNet.org and Instapundit
Greg Miller / Los Angeles Times:
Serbian spy's trial lifts cloak on his CIA alliance
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
David Bernstein / The Volokh Conspiracy:
New Chairman of the National Council of Intelligence: It's a fellow named Chas.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Joe Holley / Washington Post:
Broadcaster Delivered ‘The Rest of the Story’
Allison Klein / Washington Post:
Frustrated Building Owner Allows Sex Shop to Open in Old Town Alexandria
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Corner
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
‘Fair and Balanced’ Fox News allows only Republicans to debate Obama's budget.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Under Weight of Its Mistakes, Newspaper Industry Staggers
 Earlier Items: 
Kristi Keck / CNN:
Obama shoots hoops ... at Department of the Interior
Phoenix Woman / Firedoglake:
Dean Baker and Friends: Schooling Capitol Hill on Social Security
Discussion: Corrente
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
“Card Check” Not as Bad as Thought! It's Worse.
Discussion: Commentary
BBC:
Chavez sends army to rice plants
Discussion: PoliBlog
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Revolution Devours Its Children
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Legislation to Overhaul Rockefeller Drug Laws Moves Ahead Swiftly
Discussion: TalkLeft
Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
Gates: Obama is ‘more analytical’ than Bush.
Discussion: Washington Monthly