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David S. Cloud / The Politico:
VIDEO: Wrong red button  —  GENEVA—After promising to “push the reset button” on relations with Moscow, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton planned to present Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a light-hearted gift at their talks here Friday night to symbolize the Obama administration's desire …
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Robert Burns / Associated Press:
US gesture lost in Russian translation  —  GENEVA (AP) — Call it a goodwill gesture lost in translation.  —  With smiles all around, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov gathered with aides Friday for talks on a range of issues …
David Brunnstrom / Reuters:
Tongue-tied Clinton gets warm EU welcome  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton raised eyebrows on her first visit to Europe as secretary of state when she mispronounced her EU counterparts' names and claimed U.S. democracy was older than Europe's.  —  Clinton has set herself a grueling pace …
Tapscott's Copy Desk:
Obama is in trouble  —  Did you feel it?  The political ground shifting beneath President Barack Obama since his speech last week to Congress?  It's been downhill since and I'm not referring mainly to the Dow Jones record-setting dive.  The pivot point of the shift was the speech …
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Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
Limbaugh: My Ratings are Way, Way Up  —  One side effect of the Democratic campaign against Rush Limbaugh has been to increase — dramatically increase — the talk show host's ratings.  This morning I asked Rush if he had any numbers he could share on just what effect the increased visibility has had on his business.
Associated Press:
Democrats blast Limbaugh for comment on Kennedy  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - A Democratic official rebuked conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh on Friday for suggesting a health care proposal will be named in memory of Sen. Edward Kennedy, who is battling brain cancer.
Discussion: Say Anything and Media Blog
Rob Stein / Washington Post:
Obama to Lift Ban on Funding for Embryonic Stem Cell Research  —  President Obama is planning to sign an executive order on Monday rolling back restrictions on federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research, according to sources close to the issue.  —  Although the exact wording …
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Minneapolis Star Tribune:
State high court denies Franken bid for election certificate  —  The Democrat had sought to be seated in the U.S. Senate provisionally while Republican Norm Coleman's lawsuit plays out.  Meanwhile, Franken also is pressing to have that suit dismissed.  —  The Minnesota Supreme Court today ruled …
Discussion: Hot Air
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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Dems need Franken more than ever
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Carl Hulse / New York Times:   With Big Issues Ahead, Democrats Stumble
Washington Post:
Court Puts Off Decision On Indefinite Detention  —  The Supreme Court yesterday vacated a lower court's ruling that the president has the right to indefinitely detain a legal U.S. resident as a terrorism suspect, and put off a decision on one of the most expansive legal claims of the Bush administration.
Discussion: The BLT, the talking dog and Reason
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:   Justices Limit Authority of President on Detainees
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Thoughts of Storm Troopers Filling Spy Case
Discussion: Emptywheel
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Stephen Gordon / The Liberty Papers:
Will Atlas Shrug?  A Compilation of Blogosphere Commentary about “Going Galt”  —  There's a new craze hitting the conservative tubes on the Internets these days: “Going Galt!”  While it's difficult to identify an exact date of reference or to provide any unique person with credit for the general meme …
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Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Judge assails cases doubting Obama's citizenship  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday threw out a lawsuit questioning President Barack Obama's citizenship, lambasting the case as a waste of the court's time and suggesting the plaintiff's attorney may have to compensate the president's lawyer.
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Eric Martin / Bloomberg:
‘Obama Bear Market’ Punishes Investors as Dow Slumps  —  President Barack Obama now has the distinction of presiding over his own bear market.  —  The Dow Jones Industrial Average has fallen 20 percent since Inauguration Day, the fastest drop under a newly elected president in at least 90 years …
Megan McArdle:
Should Geithner go?  —  Henry Blodget thinks it is time for Timothy Geithner to go.  So far, Geithner's performance has been shockingly unimpressive.  It's not as if he's walking into the crisis anew; he's been the head of the New York Fed for years, and dealing with these issues from the very beginning.
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Henry Blodget / Clusterstock:   Time To Fire Tim Geithner
Drudge Report:
CHAVEZ CALLS ON OBAMA TO FOLLOW PATH OF SOCIALISM  —  Caracas - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Friday called upon US President Barack Obama to follow the path to socialism, which he termed as the “only” way out of the global recession.  “Come with us, align yourself, come with us on the road to socialism.
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and PoliGazette
CNN:
Car-truck crash kills Zimbabwe prime minister's wife, injures him  —  HARARE, Zimbabwe (CNN) — Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was in stable condition and recovering from head injuries Friday night after a car wreck that killed his wife, Susan, medical sources told CNN.
Discussion: JoeTrippi.com
James Fallows / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
A fight I didn't intend to get into: Chas Freeman  —  I have never met Chas Freeman, the man whose reported selection as head of the National Intelligence Council has drawn such criticism, including from my colleague Jeffrey Goldberg.  Not having had a chance to assess him first hand …
Reason:
Now at Reason.tv: Rep. Jeff Flake on How the GOP Can Get Its Groove Back  —  At last November's gala dinner in Los Angeles celebrating 40 years of Reason, Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) spoke about why the Republican party was in a shambles—and what it needs to do to stage a comeback.
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Wall Street Journal:
Top U.S., European Banks Got $50 Billion in AIG Aid  —  The beneficiaries of the government's bailout of American International Group Inc. include at least two dozen U.S. and foreign financial institutions that have been paid roughly $50 billion since the Federal Reserve first extended aid to the insurance giant.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
It's War!  Union Blasts Blue Dog Dem For Saying He'll Vote Against Employee Free Choice  —  The battle begins: We now have our first Congressional Democrat who has openly confirmed that he'll vote against the Employee Free Choice Act — and the Service Employees International Union is blasting …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!, Hot Air and MSNBC
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Wade Henderson / The Huffington Post:
EFCA Battle Begins: Senate Hearing Set For Tuesday
Discussion: Daily Kos and Booman Tribune
Van Helsing / Right Wing News:
Naked Obama On A Unicorn Vs. Naked Palin On A Moose (Bonus: Nude Michelle Obama)  —  It's the gift that keeps on giving: paintings of a naked Barack Obama on a unicorn.  And the paintings keep getting increasingly disturbing.  Last time around, there was a painting of a unicorn looking at Barack's back side the same...
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Ross Douthat:
A Final Word On Rush  —  Ruffini writes: … I take the point: I originally only meant to take a mild and passing swipe at Rush's CPAC speech, and I somewhat regret wading in deeper.  (Such are the perils of blogging ...) But it's also worth remembering that Limbaugh's critics have ended …
John P. Walters / Wall Street Journal:
Drug Legalization Isn't the Answer  —  Countries that have experimented with a permissive approach have always turned back.  —  Since 2001 the number of young people using illegal drugs has dropped by 900,000 to about 2.7 million.  This drop is an important development for all the obvious reasons, plus one.
Discussion: Reason and Cato @ Liberty
Cherian Thomas / Bloomberg:
Roubini Says Recession May Continue Until End of 2010  —  The global recession may continue until the end of 2010 as the response by governments to rectify it is “too little, too late,” said Nouriel Roubini, the New York University professor who predicted the financial crisis.
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Tim Townsend / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Could St. Louis lose its Catholic hospitals under new federal abortion legislation?  —  A proposed bill promising major changes in the U.S. abortion landscape has Roman Catholic bishops threatening to close Catholic hospitals if the Democratic Congress and White House make it law.
 
 
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Christopher Doering / Reuters:
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Simon Johnson / The Baseline Scenario:
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Spending-bill vote called off, lacking Dem support
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How to Make Cap-and-Trade Into a Bad Joke
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Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
Court Upholds Most Charges Against Ex-Governor
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HOW THE RULES WERE RIGGED  —  I'm sure the knowledgeable people already know this.
 

 
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