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9:50 PM ET, February 15, 2009

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The Huffington Post:
Graham: Nationalizing Banks Should Be On The Table  —  In a gloomy segment about the financial sector on ABC'S This Week, two self-avowed fiscal conservatives said that the U.S. Government should at least consider nationalizing the country's banking system as a means of moving beyond the current lending crisis.
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Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line:
Sen. Graham Open to ‘Nationalizing the Banks’
Discussion: PoliGazette and PostPartisan
Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line:
Graham on Bipartisanship: 'The Country's Screwed'
Discussion: RBO, Washington Monthly and TPMDC
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
The 7 stimulus lessons for the Dems  —  The stimulus fight is now history — but Democrats who don't study their stimulus mistakes are doomed to repeat them.  —  Two weeks of highly concentrated debate, backroom maneuvering, internecine fighting and reconciliation have taught …
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The Politico:
Axelrod hints pay limits not binding
Discussion: Associated Press and Townhall.com
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's Denver signing; ‘Good as any’
Discussion: The Politico
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama administration no longer issuing denials on Fairness Doctrine  —  Remember when the Left laughed at conservatives' concerns over the Fairness Doctrine?  Barack Obama already said he opposed the reimposition of the FCC rule, they said.  After all, Obama's campaign gave this definitive statement in June 2008:
Discussion: RedState and THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
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John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
Axelrod: Obama Has ‘Solid’ Housing Plan
Discussion: Washington Wire
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Axelrod punts on Fairness Doctrine
The Huffington Post:
Dems Fed Up With McCain: “Angry Old Defeated Candidate"ompr  —  Democrats are growing increasingly frustrated with the brash political attacks Sen. John McCain has launched against Barack Obama in the weeks since the new president took office.  No one expected the Arizona Republican to be a legislative ally for this administration.
Tim Shipman / Telegraph:
Barack Obama sends bust of Winston Churchill on its way back to Britain  —  Barack Obama has sent Sir Winston Churchill packing and pulse rates soaring among anxious British diplomats.  —  A bust of the former prime minister once voted the greatest Briton in history, which was loaned …
S.D. Liddick / The Huffington Post:
Open Letter to a Craven Reporter in Iraq  —  I'm an independent reporter in Iraq, on assignment for a U.S. magazine (as well as a Huffingtonpost.com blogger).  I've just come off a three-week civilian tour of Anbar Province, living with sheiks and Iraqi civilians, trying to get a feel …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
TIME TO REFORM THE FILIBUSTER.... One of the striking aspects of the political process on the Hill is how quickly everyone has adapted to a once-rare tactic becoming routine.  Senate filibusters used to be exceedingly rare — a dramatic challenge only to be used under extraordinary circumstances.
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abu muqawama:
The Gamble: Winners and Losers  —  One of the advantages of being more or less “tits up” for the past 48 hours is that my illness has allowed me to finish The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008.  —  As a service to my readers …
Discussion: SWJ Blog
Michelle Malkin:
Taxpayer revolt: Porkulus protest in Seattle, Obama to sign theft act in Denver  —  There should be one of these in every town in America.  What are you doing?  Liberty Belle announces a taxpayer protest against the porkulus tomorrow in Seattle: … If you can get a real pig roast going, all the better!
Associated Press:
WHAT'S THE RUSH?  —  ‘URGENT’ $TIMULUS ON HOLD FOR BAM'S WEEKEND OFF  —  After pushing Congress for weeks to hurry up and pass the massive $787 billion stimulus bill, President Obama promptly took off for a three-day holiday getaway.  —  Obama arrived at his home in Chicago on Friday …
Daniel / Venezuela News And Views:
The 2009 referendum post  —  The SI won.  End of story.  Good thing that I never trust polls and even less exit polls.  —  Jorge Rodriguez has claimed victory violating all the rules of the CNE.  But hen again he might have just said that becasue, well, the followers around him were just a tad lugubrious.
Abe Selig / Jerusalem Post:
Foreign Ministry trusts US Durban II involvment  —  The Foreign Ministry said on Sunday it will take a “wait and see” attitude after learning the Obama administration will participate in planning for a UN conference on racism dubbed “Durban II,” despite concerns that the meeting will be used …
Juan Forero / Washington Post:
Venezuela Decides Term Limits Today  —  Chávez Bid to Run Again Leads Slightly  —  Hugo Chávez appears to be everywhere, in his trademark button-down red shirt or army fatigues, singing songs of love to adoring throngs or waving from a campaign truck winding through helter-skelter slums.
Discussion: BBC and Gateway Pundit
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Why Americans Hate the Media  —  In the late 1980s public-television stations aired a talking-heads series called Ethics in America.  For each show more than a dozen prominent citizens sat around a horseshoe-shaped table and tried to answer troubling ethical questions posed by a moderator.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Congress Matters:
From the files  —  by David Waldman aka Kagro X  —  What files?  The insane pack-rat files, of course.  —  I have with me a hard copy of a collection of Republican quotes predicting doom and disaster in the wake of the 1993 Clinton economic stimulus plan, and much of the rhetoric is eerily similar to today's.
Discussion: The Mahablog
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Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama back to old routines in Chicago
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The Welfare Issue is Alive, Alive!
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John Arquilla / New York Times:
The Coming Swarm  —  WITH three Afghan government ministries …
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Simon Romero / New York Times:
Chávez Reaches Out to Obama Ahead of Vote
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Found: Robert Mugabe's secret bolthole in the Far East
Washington Whispers:
George W. Bush is Fundraising Personally for His Library
Glenn W. Smith / Firedoglake:
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Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Obama's To Do List  —  Everyone has a to-do list around the house.
Reuters:
Iraqis open arms to romance as violence fades
Discussion: Wizbang and Mudville Gazette