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8:50 AM ET, February 16, 2009

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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: Pirate's Cove and The Mahablog
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Sam Donaldson, Moving Out of Shouting Distance  —  Forceful Newsman to Retire After Four Decades at ABC  —  Whatever else he accomplished in his 41 years at ABC News, Sam Donaldson knows he'll be remembered mainly for his bellowing voice.  —  “I guess it'll be on my tombstone: ‘He yelled at Ronald Reagan,’ ” Donaldson says.
Discussion: The New Republic
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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 and Chicago Sun Times
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
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
Washington Post:
The First Three Weeks  —  IF PRESIDENT Obama and his advisers had a magic wand rather than a balky, and balkanized, Congress, the dire recession would still be daunting.  But the presidency does not come with a magic wand; nor, we have learned, is Mr. Obama, however talented, a wizard.
Discussion: QandO and Commentary
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.
Discussion: Open Left and Booman Tribune
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 …
 
 
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Newsdesk / Tower Ticker:
Chicago Tribune's Jill Zuckman to join Obama administration …
Discussion: The Fix
Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
Will Eastern Europe Trigger a Financial Meltdown?
Discussion: Telegraph and Crunchy Con
William Yardley / New York Times:
Some Find Hope for a Shift in Drug Policy
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
U.S. Envoy Reaches Out to Iran in Afghan Visit
BBC:
There could be 100bn Earth-like planets in the Milky Way galaxy
Robert Pear / New York Times:
U.S. to Compare Medical Treatments
 Earlier Items: 
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
Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line:
Sen. Graham Open to ‘Nationalizing the Banks’
Discussion: PostPartisan and PoliGazette