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8:25 AM ET, February 16, 2009

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Christopher Toothaker / Associated Press:
Chavez calls Venezuela vote mandate for socialism  —  CARACAS, Venezuela - President Hugo Chavez says a referendum victory that removed limits on his re-election is a mandate to intensify his socialist agenda for decades to come.  Opponents warn of an impending dictatorship.
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BBC:
Chavez wins chance of fresh term
Discussion: PoliBlog and Truthdig
Juan Forero / Washington Post:
Venezuela Decides Term Limits Today
Discussion: BBC and Gateway Pundit
Bill Vlasic / New York Times:
To Fix Detroit, Obama Is Said to Drop Plan for ‘Car Czar’  —  DETROIT — President Obama has dropped the idea of appointing a single, powerful “car czar” to oversee the revamping of General Motors and Chrysler and will instead keep the politically delicate task in the hands …
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.
The Politico:
Burris under an ethical cloud  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  A month to the day after he was sworn into office by Dick Cheney, Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) is under an ethical cloud that threatens to upend his turn on the national stage.
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Rupa Shenoy / Associated Press:
Illinois GOP leader calls on Sen. Burris to resign
Discussion: Power Line
Tennessean.com:
Lawmakers look dumb for reviving Obama hoax  —  In the Handy Guide for Newspaper Opinion Columnists, this is called shooting fish in a barrel.  Or hitting a slow-pitched softball.  —  Four Tennessee state representatives, all Republicans, have signed up to be plaintiffs in a lawsuit …
Discussion: The Mahablog
Yaakov Katz / Jerusalem Post:
IDF: World duped by Hamas's false civilian death toll figures  —  Four weeks after the cessation of Operation Cast Lead, the IDF finally opened its dossier on Palestinian fatalities on Sunday for the first time, and presented to The Jerusalem Post an overview utterly at odds with the Palestinian figures …
Martin Beckford / Telegraph:
Archbishop of Canterbury: Society is coming round to my views on sharia  —  The Archbishop of Canterbury has defended his controversial comments about the introduction of Islamic law to Britain and claimed that public opinion is now behind him.  —  On the anniversary of the interview …
Discussion: Don Surber and Jihad Watch
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
California Budget is run by “Girly Men”  —  California is about to go out of business quite literally and still these idiot tax cutting freaky Republicans like Sen. Dave Cox are doing their best to do just that.  A lot of Americans don't know that California has a weird super majority vote …
BBC:
UK to shift anti-terror strategy  —  The UK government is preparing a major shift in its counter-terrorism strategy to combat radicalisation, the BBC's Panorama programme has learned.  —  Conservative Muslims who teach that Islam is incompatible with Western democracy will be challenged …
Discussion: Biased BBC
William Yardley / New York Times:
Some Find Hope for a Shift in Drug Policy  —  SEATTLE — Washington State law prohibits the possession of marijuana except for certain medical purposes.  Hempfest is not one of them.  Yet each summer when the event draws thousands to the Seattle waterfront to call for decriminalizing marijuana …
BBC:
There could be 100bn Earth-like planets in the Milky Way galaxy  —  There could be one hundred billion Earth-like planets in our galaxy, a US conference has heard.  —  Dr Alan Boss of the Carnegie Institution of Science said many of these worlds could be inhabited by simple lifeforms.
Bryan Appleyard / Times of London:
A guide to the 100 best blogs - part I  —  The online world of the bloggers and how you can connect, communicate, publish your thoughts or diaries and ‘spy’ on the famous  —  Blogs — an ugly word, but now unavoidable — were born with the internet.  As soon as people started to use …
Discussion: normblog
 
 
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Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
Will Eastern Europe Trigger a Financial Meltdown?
Discussion: Telegraph and Crunchy Con
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
U.S. Envoy Reaches Out to Iran in Afghan Visit
Robert Pear / New York Times:
U.S. to Compare Medical Treatments
Sweetness & Light:
Stimulus Bill Broke 7 Obama Promises
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama back to old routines in Chicago
Discussion: New York Times
abu muqawama:
The Gamble: Winners and Losers
Discussion: SWJ Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line:
Sen. Graham Open to ‘Nationalizing the Banks’
Discussion: PostPartisan and PoliGazette
Ariel Leve / Times of London:
Found: Robert Mugabe's secret bolthole in the Far East
Discussion: Theo Spark
John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
Aide: Obama Has ‘Solid’ Housing Plan
Discussion: On Deadline and Washington Wire