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CNN:
Cheney says Obama reversals risk new terror attacks  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Obama administration has endangered Americans and opened the country to further attack by reversing Bush administration anti-terrorism policies such as harsh interrogations of suspects, former Vice President Dick Cheney said Sunday.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Cheney says Obama endangers U.S.
Discussion: JustOneMinute, TIME.com and The Note
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Cheney fearmongers: Obama is ‘making some choices’ …
Discussion: The Reaction
Mike Allen / The Politico:
VIDEO: Cheney: Obama wants ‘massive expansion’
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
New York Post:
WITH REPUBLICAN FRIENDS LIKE THESE ...  THE MEDIA LOVES CONSERVATIVES, BUT ONLY IF THEY HATE REPUBLICANS  —  Dear Mainstream Media:  —  I'm a conservative who believes that other conservatives are fat, drug-stuffed, money-grubbing warthogs like Rush Limbaugh, or scary inbred backwoods retards like Sarah Palin.
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Michelle Malkin:
The trouble with Meghan McCain  —  You know what's wrong with Meghan McCain?  It's not her weight.  It's not her voice.  It's not her looks.  She's a beautiful young girl with TV-friendly poise and natural charm.  The trouble with with Meghan McCain is that, like her father …
Meghan McCain / Blogs and Stories:
The Politics of Size  —  The Politics of Size: Meghan McCain Responds …
Discussion: American Power
Liam Pleven / Wall Street Journal:
AIG to Pay $450 Million in Bonuses  —  American International Group Inc. will pay $450 million in bonuses to employees in its financial products unit.  That division was at the heart of AIG's collapse last fall, which compelled the U.S. government to provide $173.3 billion in aid to keep it running.
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CNN:
AIG bonuses raise ire in Washington
Discussion: The Raw Story
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS NOT DUE.... Wall Street had a nice little rally this week, but former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino hopes President Obama doesn't get too much credit. … I see.  Just so we're clear, here's a helpful guide to the rules of market watching, as they relate to partisan politics:
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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The Huffington Post:
Perino: Bush Deserves Credit For Recent Market Uptick
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
New York Times:
Administration Is Open to Taxing Health Benefits  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is signaling to Congress that the president could support taxing some employee health benefits, as several influential lawmakers and many economists favor, to help pay for overhauling the health care system.
Michael Goodwin / NY Daily News:
Goodwin: More than a bad day  —  Not long ago, after a string of especially bad days for the Obama administration, a veteran Democratic pol approached me with a pained look on his face and asked, “Do you think they know what they're doing?”  —  The question caught me off guard because the man is a well-known Obama supporter.
Jane Perlez / New York Times:
Mass Demonstration Defies Pakistani Government  —  LAHORE, Pakistan — A crackdown by the Pakistani government to prevent a national demonstration and detain the country's leading opposition figure collapsed on Sunday, and what had been a clash between the police and protesters transformed into a huge anti-government rally.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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Ronald D. Rotunda / Chicago Tribune:
Some strings attached  —  Is the stimulus law constitutional?  —  Last month, Congress enacted the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, popularly called “the stimulus plan.”  It gives billions of dollars to the states, but the gift has strings attached.  One of its unique provisions changes state constitutions!
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Mideast Publications Question Obama Over Top Intelligence Pick's Withdrawal  —  Top Intelligence Pick's Pullout Blamed on ‘Pro-Israel Hawks’  —  The Middle East press has questioned President Obama's authority over Arab-Israeli issues since Charles W. Freeman Jr.'s withdrawal from his appointment to a senior intelligence position.
Los Angeles Times:
Is anti-Zionism hate?  —  Yes.  It is more dangerous than anti-Semitism, threatening lives and peace in the Middle East.  —  By Judea Pearl  —  In January, at a symposium at UCLA (choreographed by the Center for Near East Studies), four longtime Israel bashers were invited to analyze …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and American Power
Monique / HotMES:
Start smoking: It just may save a child's life!  —  I do realize that most people don't smoke and so they ignore all of the attacks on smokers.  It's not you, and you hate those pesky smokers, anyway.  They're always polluting your lungs!  —  I'm a smoker, I guess.
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
Conservative talk radio on the wane in California  —  The economy's downturn has depressed ad revenue at stations across the state, thinning the ranks of conservative broadcasters.  —  Tune in to conservative talk radio in California, and the insults quickly fly.
 
 
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