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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BAD WILL HUNTING.... George Will, who has always presented himself as something of an intellectual among the conservative chattering class, seems to be struggling a bit now that there's a Democratic president.  Some of his recent columns have varied between wrong and bizarre.
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Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Where There's a (George) Will There's A Way ... To Deny Global Warming  —  Looks like Fred Barnes isn't the only high-profile conservative columnist still arguing that climate change doesn't really exist.  —  Over the weekend, the Washington Post's George Will, got in on the act.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
GEORGE WILL EMBRACES PALIN-ISM.  —  There needs to be some sort of Godwin's Law variant for conservatives who try to argue against global warming because they remember that Newsweek dipped into pop-science in the mid-70s and touted “global cooling.”  Call it Will's Law, after George Will …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:   WHERE DOES GEORGE WILL GET HIS GLOBAL WARMING FACTS?
Associated Press:
Former astronaut speaks out on global warming
The New Majority:
THE PARTY THAT LOST ITS MIND  —  Have you heard about the marsh mouse?  The little swamp critter that got $30 million of stimulus bill spending thanks to Nancy Pelosi?  Of course you have!  The mouse was highlighted on Drudge and chortled over by Glenn Beck.  One Republican congressman actually dandled a toy mouse in debate.
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Ross Douthat:
Is The GOP Hopeless?  —  David Frum, pulling no punches: … I spent a lot of time during the election just past issuing complaints roughly like this one about the McCain campaign, and the GOP more generally.  I've issued fewer over the last few weeks - partially out of exhaustion with the topic …
The Huffington Post:
“The House GOP Is Back”: Republicans Promote Stimulus Opposition With Aerosmith  —  Usually, in war and politics, the victor writes the history.  In the case of the soon-to-be-signed stimulus package, however, neither side is admitting defeat.  —  Republicans in the House of Representatives …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
STUDY HARDER  —  I'm not sure what other ways he's going to follow in Newt Gingrich's steps.  But GOP House whip Eric Cantor seems to have the megalomania and ego front down pat.  He's been putting out word over the last few days that he's modeling himself off Newt and now apparently Winston Churchill too.
The New Republic:
Eric Cantor Is the Gift That Keeps On Giving
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Wonkette
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BEYOND PARODY.... Over the weekend, “Saturday Night Live” had a skit showing Republican officials scheming against President Obama.  The GOP, of course, was made to look ridiculous — mocking the president's substantive answers to questions, arguing over whether Limbaugh or Hannity is the …
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John Byrne / The Raw Story:
Exclusive: Lawyer says Rove won't take Fifth  —  Representatives of the Bush White House are no longer advising former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove that he is protected by executive privilege as regards testimony about the alleged political prosecution of an Alabama governor.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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James Rowley / Bloomberg:
Democrats May Be Headed to Showdown With Obama Over Bush Probes
Discussion: Firedoglake
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Gay snipers stalk WV  —  The same-sex marriage wars, though largely absent from the presidential campaign, remain hot in the states, as this new video from the group wv4marriage.com shows.  —  The narrator warns that same-sex marriage in West Virginia is “a closer reality than you may think” …
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Aron Heller / Associated Press:
Livni: Give up parts of ‘Land of Israel’  —  JERUSALEM - Tzipi Livni, who hopes to be appointed Israel's prime minister-designate, said Monday Israel must give up considerable territory in exchange for peace with the Palestinians, drawing a clear distinction with her rival, Benjamin Netanyahu.
Discussion: Jihad Watch
The Prowler / American Spectator:
In All Fairness  —  SCREENING OBAMA  —  One wouldn't know it from reading the Washington Post or New York Times, but some inside the White House don't think that President Barack Obama hit a home run with his first national press conference last week.  —  “It looked scripted beyond the scripted part …
Discussion: Hot Air and Macsmind
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Mike Zapler / Mercury News:
California's budget: one vote shy; legislators to return today  —  SACRAMENTO — Despite weeks of painful negotiations and a sleepless weekend of marathon arm-twisting, California lawmakers failed to fix the budget and will have to return to the Capitol today to try to push through a sweeping plan …
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Los Angeles Times:
California's GOP lawmakers should do the budget math
Discussion: Calitics
Mark Brown / Chicago Sun Times:
Perjury or not, Burris shows he is at least a liar  —  Given a chance to clear the air, he chooses to play with words  —  I'll leave it to the proper investigative bodies to decide whether Roland Burris committed perjury last month in testimony before the Illinois House impeachment committee.
Discussion: Daily Pundit and Power Line
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Roberts Sets Off Debate on Judicial Experience  —  For the first time in its history, every member of the United States Supreme Court is a former federal appeals court judge.  Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., in a lively and surprising talk a couple of weeks ago, said that development may be a good thing.
Discussion: The New Republic and TPMDC
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
DOJ removes Stevens' prosecutors  —  In a surprising move, the Justice Department has removed the prosecution team that won the corruption conviction of former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) from any further litigation in the case, according to a new court filing.
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Razib / Gene Expression:
Right & wrong is not about religion  —  At least according to most Americans.  The full report of the Pew Religious Landscape Survey has some data not available on the website.  There is a question of the form: When it comes to questions of right and wrong, which of the following do you look to most for guidance?
John Hempton / Bronte Capital:
Bank solvency and the “Geithner Plan”  —  Warning - a very long and wonky post - and possibly a little self indulgent.  Don't bother reading it unless you are really interested in banks and the crisis.  More an essay than a blog post.  If you are going to read it give me the courtesy of reading it to the end.
Discussion: Portfolio and MoJo Blog Posts
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
The Two Progressivisms  —  The definitions of the terms “liberal” and “conservative” have been the subjects of much debate in contemporary American politics.  But it has become increasingly clear that the term “progressive” is equally ambiguous, and is associated with at least two relatively distinct philosophical traditions.
Rasmussen Reports:
38% Say Stimulus Plan Will Help Economy  —  Thirty-eight percent (38%) of voters nationwide believe the $787-billion stimulus plan passed by Congress will help the economy.  The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 29% believe the plan will hurt and 24% believe it will have little impact.
Discussion: Power Line, RedState and TPMDC
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Decade at Bernie's  —  By now everyone knows the sad tale of Bernard Madoff's duped investors.  They looked at their statements and thought they were rich.  But then, one day, they discovered to their horror that their supposed wealth was a figment of someone else's imagination.
Gregory Clark / The Atlantic Business Channel:
Dismal scientists: how the crash is reshaping economics  —  With the chattering classes consumed by concern for the devastated value of their 401K funds, and their suddenly precarious lifestyles, there has been much anger and scorn directed at those former masters of the universe, financiers.
Discussion: Paul Kedrosky's …
Times of London:
Hotshot greens caught wasting home heat  —  A survey of the homes of top environmentalists has found they leak energy  —  THEY may shout their green credentials from the rooftops, but some of Britain's most prominent environmental champions are living in homes that produce up to half a ton of excess carbon dioxide a year.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Townhall.com
 
 
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