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11:25 PM ET, February 15, 2009

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BBC:
Venezuelan leader wins key reform  —  Venezuelans have voted to lift limits on terms in office for elected officials, allowing President Hugo Chavez to stand for re-election.  —  With 94% of the vote counted, 54% had voted to end term limits, a National Electoral Council official said.
Discussion: PoliBlog and Truthdig
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Niko Price / Associated Press:
Chavez wins vote to scrap term limits in Venezuela  —  CARACAS, Venezuela - President Hugo Chavez won a referendum to eliminate term limits Sunday, according to official results, paving the way for him to run again in 2012 and beyond in what critics fear is an attempt to become president for life.
Juan Forero / Washington Post:
Venezuela Decides Term Limits Today
Discussion: BBC and Gateway Pundit
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:
Graham on Bipartisanship: 'The Country's Screwed'
Discussion: RBO, Washington Monthly and TPMDC
Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line:
Sen. Graham Open to ‘Nationalizing the Banks’
Discussion: PoliGazette and PostPartisan
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!
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's Denver signing; ‘Good as any’
Discussion: The Politico
The Politico:
Axelrod hints pay limits not binding
Discussion: Associated Press and Townhall.com
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
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
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.
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama back to old routines in Chicago  —  CHICAGO — The first family's mode of arrival to their Chicago neighborhood Friday evening was the first sign that things had changed since they were last in town.  —  President Obama, his wife, two daughters and mother-in-law boarded Marine One at dusk from Chicago's O'Hare airport.
Discussion: Portfolio
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 …
Scott Horton / Harper's:
Former Gitmo Guard Tells All  —  Army Private Brandon Neely served as a prison guard at Guantánamo in the first years the facility was in operation.  With the Bush Administration, and thus the threat of retaliation against him, now gone, Neely decided to step forward and tell his story.
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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Sweetness & Light:
Stimulus Bill Broke 7 Obama Promises  —  From YouTube: … Funny, but not one of Mr. Obama's promises were met with the most expensive spending bill in our nation's history.  —  Indeed, Mr. Obama has not kept his word on most of the bills so far passed, if any.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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 …
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 …
Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
Gingrich's obstructionism becomes role model for House GOP.»  —  In 1993, former Speaker Newt Gingrich notoriously whipped the House GOP into opposing President Clinton's major initiatives, ranging from the budget to health care reform.  The New York Times reports that Gingrich …
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Congress Matters:
From the files  —  by David Waldman aka Kagro X  —  What files?
Discussion: The Mahablog
 
 
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Michael Ledeen / Pajamas Media:
We're All Fascists Now II: American Tyranny
Discussion: Riehl World View
John Arquilla / New York Times:
The Coming Swarm  —  WITH three Afghan government ministries …
Discussion: Global Guerrillas
Ariel Leve / Times of London:
Found: Robert Mugabe's secret bolthole in the Far East
Glenn W. Smith / Firedoglake:
Death Before Disorder: Health Care and “The Reader”
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Why Americans Hate the Media
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
 Earlier Items: 
David Cho / Washington Post:
Geithner Takes Plan To Global Leaders
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Reuters:
Iraqis open arms to romance as violence fades
Discussion: Wizbang and Mudville Gazette