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5:30 PM ET, February 1, 2009


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Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
Lieberman jokes about waterboarding at black-tie dinner.»  —  At last night's black-tie dinner at Washington's Alfalfa Club, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) couldn't resist cracking a joke about torture.  Politico's Mike Allen reports: … Last year, Lieberman, who has voted against banning waterboarding …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Playbook - Presented by STARBUCKS - Newsweek's cover calls Afghanistan 'OBAMA'S VIETNAM' - BULLETIN: Adam Putnam leaving Congress  —  President Obama, at last night's closed-press Alfalfa Dinner, on the delay in getting a dog: ‘The labradoodle we picked has some problems with back taxes.’
Discussion: TBogg
Greg Miller / Los Angeles Times:
Obama preserves renditions as counter-terrorism tool  —  The role of the CIA's controversial prisoner-transfer program may expand, intelligence experts say.  —  Reporting from Washington — The CIA's secret prisons are being shuttered.  Harsh interrogation techniques are off-limits.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Surprise! Obama expands renditions
Dean Baker / American Prospect:
The Washington Post Prints More Nonsense on the Economy  —  If the Washington Post had a science section it would be filled with accounts of creationism and the latest thoughts from the Flat Earth Society.  This is the only conclusion that one can get from reading its treatment of economics in the Outlook section.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SHLAES STRIKES AGAIN.... Over the summer, the Washington Post ran a piece from conservative writer Amity Shlaes, explaining that the national economy was fine, there was no recession, and that Phil Gramm was right to call us a “nation of whiners.”  —  Undeterred, in early December …
The Official Website of Representative David Duke, PhD:
GOP traitors appoint Black racist as Chairman of the Republican Party  —  Listen to Dr. David Duke's Message to the Republican Party!  —  “I strongly support affirmative action” - Michael Steele (The Washington Post, October 30, 2006)  —  To Hell with the Republican Party!
Georgina Dickinson / News of the World:
14-times Olympic gold medal winner Michael Phelps caught with cannabis pipe  —  THIS is the astonishing picture which could destroy the career of the greatest competitor in Olympic history.  —  In our exclusive photo Michael Phelps, who won a record EIGHT gold medals for swimming at the Beijing games last summer, draws from a bong.
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Around The Sphere  —  Our linkfest taking you to sites of varying viewpoints.  Links do not necessarily reflect the views of TMV or its writers.  —  “My Name Is Barack Obama and I'm copyrighted!!”  —  How Will The Obama Administration Differ From The Bush Administration: You may answer “Let me count the ways!”
John / Power Line:
OBAMA'S TRADE DILEMMA  —  In less than two weeks in office, Barack Obama has managed to antagonize most of our allies with the “buy American” provisions of the Democrats' pork bill.  The Canadian government, as well as the EU, has protested strongly and warned of a trade war if Obama's protectionist plan is adopted.
Discussion: Canadian Press
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Daschle Tax Story - Reeking Of BS  —  The NY Times lets a Tom Daschle spokesflack present his version of the tax cover-up:  —  A spokeswoman for Mr. Daschle, Jenny Backus, said Mr. Daschle became concerned last June that he might owe taxes on the car and driver, and instructed his accountant to investigate.
Discussion: The Politico, and MyDD
Washington Post:
Daschle Delayed Revealing Tax Glitch
Discussion: Commentary and Salon
Christi Parsons / The Swamp:
Gregg reassures GOP on appointment  —  Sen. Judd Gregg has assured Republican leadership that he won't take the job as Commerce secretary unless he's certain his replacement in the Senate will line up with the GOP caucus.  —  Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said this morning that he's …
Discussion: The Politico
Michelle Levi / CBS News:
McConnell: Gregg Appointment Will Not Change Senate Make Up
Associated Press:
AP Investigation: Banks sought foreign workers  —  SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Major U.S. banks sought government permission to bring thousands of foreign workers into the country for high-paying jobs even as the system was melting down last year and Americans were getting laid off …
Charles Mahtesian / The Politico:
Obama remakes political rules  —  Three months after his election, President Barack Obama continues to remake the political landscape—and there's no clearer example than Friday's election of Michael Steele as the Republican National Committee's first black chairman.
Discussion: The Swamp and Yahoo! News
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
RNC's Michael Steele: Moving forward
Discussion: The Politico
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Putnam set to give up seat  —  Rep. Adam Putnam, the third-ranking Republican in the House until he relinquished that post late last year, will give up his House seat to pursue a bid as the next agriculture commissioner of Florida.  —  His decision to make this run has been the source …
Bill Rufty / Ledger:
Putnam Expected to Seek Top Fla. Ag Post
Gateway Pundit:
“The Third Jihad” Tells the Truth About Jihadist Plans For America  —  The Third Jihad— a groundbreaking film exposes the truth and reveals what the media is not telling you about the Jihadist quest to rule America:  —  From the website: … My friend Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi sent out this email on the release of The Third Jihad:
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Robert E. Lee, confused  —  Obama appears tonight at the Alfalfa Dinner, a gathering of Washington's elite with Confederate roots, a fact on which the president remarked, according to excerpts from his prepared remarks:
The New Republic:
Foreign Radicals Can Be Reasoned With, But Not Domestic Ones?  —  Kay Steiger writes: … It's kind of funny how, when it comes to domestic politics, many liberals employ assumptions about human naturethat are wildly at odds with the assumptions they use about human nature when it comes to foreign policy.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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