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Washington Post:
Obama Voices Hope for Mideast Peace in Talk With Al-Arabiya TV  —  President Obama expressed optimism yesterday about the prospect of peace between Israel and the Palestinians, but he said a peace accord will take time and require new thinking about the problems of the Middle East as a whole.
Adam Hutton / CBS News:
Obama's Interview On Arab Television  —  President Obama reached out to the Muslim world Monday in an exclusive interview on Arab television channel Al Arabiya.  —  “In all my travels throughout the Muslim world, what I've come to understand is that regardless of your faith …
Discussion: Riehl World View
Yitzhak Benhorin / Ynetnews:
Carter: Hamas can be trusted
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Evan Perez / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Subpoena Rove  —  WASHINGTON — House Democrats renewed their effort to force former White House aide Karl Rove to testify in a probe into Justice Department controversies, presenting a challenge to President Barack Obama, who will have to decide whether to defend his predecessor's legal arguments.
Discussion: TIME.com and Truthdig
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Fred Lucas / CNSNews:
Backing Away from Pelosi, White House Says Birth Control Funding in Stimulus Bill Was Not Obama's Idea  —  (CNSNews.com) - The Obama White House on Monday backed away from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's support for increased federal funding of contraception in the $825-billion stimulus bill now under consideration by Congress.
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Don Surber
Larry Margasak / Associated Press:
House Judiciary chairman subpoenas Karl Rove  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - The House Judiciary Committee chairman subpoenaed former White House adviser Karl Rove on Monday to testify about the Bush administration's firing of U.S. attorneys …
Discussion: Washington Post and The BRAD BLOG
Associated Press:
Officials: Family planning money may be dropped  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - House Democrats are likely to jettison family planning funds for the low-income from an $825 billion economic stimulus bill, officials said late Monday …
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Conyers subpoenas Rove  —  House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) subpoenaed former White House senior adviser Karl Rove, a sign that Democrats are not letting go of investigations the Bush administration stonewalled.  —  The subpoena requires Rove to testify regarding …
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Joelle Tessler / Associated Press:
Senate OKs 4-Month Delay to Digital TV Changeover  —  Senate votes to delay digital transition by 4 months to June 12  —  The Senate on Monday voted unanimously to postpone the upcoming transition from analog to digital television broadcasting by four months to June 12 …
Discussion: The Agonist
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Reuters:
Senate passes bill to delay digital TV switch
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Senate Passes Bill to Delay Transition to Digital Television
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Who should replace Bill Kristol?  —  With William Kristol gone from the New York Times op-ed page, that leaves David Brooks — a fan of talking philosophy with Obama — as the lone conservative regularly on the page.  Since September 2003, when Brooks joined the op-ed page …
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Menzie Chinn / Econbrowser:
Five Reasons Why Fiscal Policy Might Be Completely Ineffective: A Textbook Exposition  —  It's been frustrating to me that so much virtual ink has been spilled about why the fiscal package will or will not be effective, with so little clarity.  Lots and lots of words are being thrown around …
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Jamison Foser / Media Matters:
Politico's Thrush invents Pelosi controversy  —  Glenn Thrush gets awfully creative in promoting the Right's attacks on Nancy Pelosi over her support for public funding for contraceptives.  —  Thrush writes: … Wow, really?  “One of her biggest political threats of the 111th” Congress?
Discussion: Riehl World View
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Prosecuting torture: ‘Hard to believe’  —  Eric Holder, President Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general, made plenty of people uncomfortable when he asserted, flatly, in his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, that water-boarding is torture.
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Drudge Report:
GORE HEARING ON WARMING MAY BE PUT ON ICE  —  Al Gore is scheduled before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday morning to once again testify on the ‘urgent need’ to combat global warming.  —  But Mother Nature seems ready to freeze the proceedings.
Michelle Malkin:
The B.O. Republicans who voted for Geithner — and video of Inhofe's statement  —  Here is the roll call vote on the Geithner nomination:  —  And here are the 10 B.O. (Barack Obama/Bend Over) Republicans who sided with Obama and the Dems:  —  Corker (R-TN)  —  Cornyn (R-TX)  —  Crapo (R-ID)
Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
Obama's victory?  Burris credits Martin Luther King and himself  —  Gov. Blagojevich compared himself to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Mohandas Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.  But he's not the only Illinois official stretching to elevate himself to high stature.
Discussion: marbury and Ta-Nehisi Coates
Elizabeth Benjamin / NY Daily News:
Hired PR gun doomed Caroline, insiders say  —  Gov. Paterson's decision to go nuclear on Caroline Kennedy was a hatchet job run by a pricey out-of-state consultant who specializes in political scandals, disgruntled administration sources said.  —  Judy Smith, a Washington-based PR guru …
Avi Issacharoff / Haaretz:
Egypt to Hamas: Take Gaza truce before Netanyahu is voted PM  —  Officials in Egypt are attempting to persuade Hamas to accept Israel's current offer of a cease-fire in Gaza before a far less accommodating government under Likud Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu is elected, the pan-Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat reported Monday.
Discussion: Donklephant and Jeffrey Goldberg
Christopher Weber / Political Machine:
Bill Bennett Takes Rush Limbaugh To Task For Saying He Hopes Obama Fails  —  It's a mild, polite rebuke but still it's a rare occasion when high-profile conservatives go after each other in the media.  Bill Bennett says Rush Limbaugh was wrong to hope President Obama crashes and burns …
Don Surber:
Just ask me  —  Question: Has Barack Obama's popularity already plunged by 15 points?  —  Answer: Citing a Gallup Poll, the London Sun reported President Obama is “down” to 68% approval.  If this keeps up, he'll be in negative numbers by Easter.  But then there is the cool Etch-A-Bama, so all is good in Barackworld.
 
 
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