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3:20 AM ET, February 16, 2009

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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 and vowed to remain in power for at least another decade to complete his socialist revolution.  Opponents accepted defeat but said Chavez is becoming a dictator.
Discussion: GayPatriot
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BBC:
Venezuelan leader wins key reform
Discussion: PoliBlog and Truthdig
Juan Forero / Washington Post:
Venezuela Decides Term Limits Today
Discussion: BBC and Gateway Pundit
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.
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 …
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: Jihad Watch and Don Surber
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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 …
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: Washington Monthly and TPMDC
Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line:
Sen. Graham Open to ‘Nationalizing the Banks’
Discussion: PostPartisan and PoliGazette
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 …
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William Yardley / New York Times:
In a Likely Obama Pick, 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 …
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
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: New York Times
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.
Discussion: Townhall.com
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.
Robert Pear / New York Times:
U.S. to Study Effectiveness of Treatments  —  WASHINGTON — The $787 billion economic stimulus bill approved by Congress will, for the first time, provide substantial amounts of money for the federal government to compare the effectiveness of different treatments for the same illness.
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 …
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:
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John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
Axelrod: Obama Has ‘Solid’ Housing Plan
Discussion: Washington Wire
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blogs:
Axelrod punts on Fairness Doctrine
 
 
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Foreign Ministry trusts US Durban II involvment
John Arquilla / New York Times:
The Coming Swarm  —  WITH three Afghan government ministries …
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