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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 …
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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Alex Koppelman / Salon:
Conservatives angry over Michelle Obama's trip to homeless shelter  —  It seems Michelle Obama can't even do a good deed without inspiring some outrage on the right.  —  The first lady visited a Washington, D.C., homeless shelter on Thursday, bringing fruit collected in a White House food drive …
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Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Where Do You Send the Bill?  —  Robert Rector has been pointing …
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.
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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.
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
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:   Congress Approves Stopgap Spending Resolution
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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David Kravets / Threat Level:
Thoughts of Storm Troopers Filling Spy Case  —  Legal scholars, the blogopshere and the twitterati have been scratching their heads for a week following the Obama administration's assertion that it might “withdraw” (.pdf) classified documents at the center of a closely watched spy case.
Discussion: Emptywheel
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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
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 …
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Battling Obama by ‘Going Galt’  —  A protester at the Chicago Tea Party on February 27 references Ayn Rand's novel.  (Flickr: swyngarden)  —  “Do you ever wonder,” wrote Dr. Helen Smith, “after dealing with all that is going on with the economy and the upcoming election, if it's getting to be time to ‘go John Galt?’”
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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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Kevin Drum / MoJo Blog Posts:
How to Make Cap-and-Trade Into a Bad Joke  —  Via Gristmill, I see that Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources committee, has decided to preemptively surrender on global warming: … There are lots of bells and whistles that you can add to a cap-and-trade plan …
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Reuters:
U.S. energy secretary pledges to fight global warming
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
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
Timothy Warren / Washington Times:
Senator: Parents worrisome about D.C. schools system  —  City officials lash out at voucher supporter  —  EDITOR'S NOTE: This article substitutes for an earlier version that was withdrawn from the Web site.  —  D.C. parents worry that the District's school system is as much a pathway …
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.
Discussion: Hot Air and Clayton Cramer's BLOG
Christopher Doering / Reuters:
Dean under consideration for surgeon general: report  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Howard Dean, a practicing physician before entering politics, was under consideration by the Obama administration for the post of U.S. surgeon general, CNN reported Friday.  —  Dean, who recently wrapped …
Discussion: MyDD
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Card: Health Care Is A ‘Want,’ Not A ‘Need’ — 'Don't Have The Government Fund It'  —  During the White House's health care summit yesterday, President Obama said that “there are those who say we should defer health care reform once again” because they claim “that at a time of economic crisis …
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
Media Matters for America:
Media Matters: The media's tax fraud  —  When is a tax cut for 98 percent of taxpayers portrayed as a tax increase?  When some of the small handful of people whose taxes will go up happen to control the nation's news media.  —  Last week, President Obama unveiled a budget outline that extends …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Cup O' Joe
 
 
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Ross Douthat:
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Simon Johnson / The Baseline Scenario:
Whatever Did The CDS Market Mean By That?
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Spending-bill vote called off, lacking Dem support
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Peter Orszag / The White House:
The Fiscal Impact of Winding Down a War
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Pawlenty: GOP has ‘bottomed out’
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
HOW THE RULES WERE RIGGED  —  I'm sure the knowledgeable people already know this.
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