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2:35 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 …
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 …
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.
Michelle Levi / CBS News:
McConnell: Gregg Appointment Will Not Change Senate Make Up  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said he is confident the expected appointment of Republican Senator Judd Gregg (R-NY) as Secretary of Commerce would “have no impact on the [Senate's] balance of power,” on “Face the Nation” this morning.
Christi Parsons / The Swamp:
Gregg reassures GOP on appointment
Discussion: The Politico
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Judd Gregg Commerce Sec'y app't likely
Discussion: The Raw Story and
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
Sarah Wheaton / The Caucus:
New G.O.P. Head Gunning for Gillibrand's Seat
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.
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: MyDD and New York Times
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:
Discussion: The Swamp and marbury
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!
Associated Press:
AP Investigation: Banks sought foreign workers  — 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 …
New York Post:
THE RUSH REVIVAL  —  DERANGED DEMS' OBSESSION WITH LIMBAUGH WILL BE THEIR UNDOING  —  President Obama is throwing a bipartisan Super Bowl party Sunday at the White House.  But one leading conservative football fan won't be in attendance: Rush Limbaugh.  The much-heralded new era of outreach …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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 …
Paul Krugman:
Another temporary misunderstanding  —  Brad DeLong links to Megan McArdle saying something wrong about the effects of a temporary increase in government spending.  But he fails to note that it's not just wrong, it's 180 degrees wrong: a temporary increase in government spending …
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
Bruce Schreiner / Associated Press:
Life after ice storm dire, getting worse in spots  —  MARION, Ky. - In some parts of rural Kentucky, they're getting water the old-fashioned way — with pails from a creek.  There's not room for one more sleeping bag on the shelter floor.  The creative are flushing their toilets with melted snow.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Times of London:
Two children should be limit, says green guru
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Discussion: Donklephant and Mercury Rising
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Palin lying low during Washington trip