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12:35 PM ET, February 16, 2009

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Deborah Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
White House Backs Off ‘Car Czar’  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will not name a “car czar” to help oversee the auto industry's restructuring and will instead create an inter-agency task force to deal with the issue, according to senior administration officials.
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama parks ‘car czar’ plan
Discussion: The Swamp and Michelle Malkin
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 …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BEYOND PARODY.... Over the weekend, “Saturday Night Live” …
Discussion: Shakesville
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: Macsmind
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Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
The Fairness Doctrine Returns.  It Just Won't Be Called That.  —  Here we go folks.  —  The Fairness Doctrine is going to make a comeback under the Obama administration.  It just won't be via Congress and it won't be called the “Fairness Doctrine.”  It'll come via the FCC …
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.
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Clinton warns North Korea during Tokyo visit  —  TOKYO (AP) - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, in Tokyo to begin her first trip abroad as President Barack Obama's chief diplomat, said Washington's alliance with Japan is a cornerstone for the U.S. and warned North Korea to live …
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Clinton Criticizes Bush on N. Korea
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
C-SPAN ranks presidents: Abe still on top, new shocker at the bottom  —  On this sacred United States holiday devoted to honoring the birthdays of the two most important presidents in the nation's history by selling bed linens and used automobiles at discount prices, we're publishing …
David Stringer / Associated Press:
British, French nuclear subs collide in Atlantic  —  LONDON — Nuclear-armed submarines from Britain and France collided in the Atlantic Ocean earlier this month, authorities acknowledged Monday _ touching off new concerns about the safety of the world's deep sea missile fleets.
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Riaz Khan / Associated Press:
Islamic law to be imposed in parts of Pakistan  —  PESHAWAR, Pakistan - The government agreed to impose Islamic law and suspend a military offensive across much of northwest Pakistan on Monday in concessions aimed at pacifying the Taliban insurgency spreading from the border region to the country's interior.
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Martin Beckford / Telegraph:
Archbishop of Canterbury: Society is coming round to my views on sharia
Discussion: Don Surber and Jihad Watch
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.
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Breaking Down The Sense Of Impenetrability
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.
Peter Wallsten / Los Angeles Times:
Liberals not pleased with go-slow approach by Obama  —  Activists recall his promises as a candidate and express frustration at his equivocation as president.  They cite stem cell research and the detainee policy as examples.  —  Reporting from Washington — Slowly over the last few weeks …
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The Eye of the Storm  —  CHICAGO — Barack Obama senses that he's in the middle of a hurricane whose gale-force winds could blow history his way.  —  He doesn't mind acknowledging that he is learning as he goes, and he is not bitter about how little help he is getting from Republicans.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Riehl World View
Tom Brune / Newsday:
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says she keeps 2 rifles under bed  —  WASHINGTON - - New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who argues her pro-gun stance aims to protect hunters' rights and the Second Amendment, last week said she and her husband, Jonathan, keep two rifles under their bed to protect their upstate home.
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.
Agence France Presse:
Hamburgers are the Hummers of food in global warming … When it comes to global warming, hamburgers are the Hummers of food, scientists say.  —  Simply switching from steak to salad could cut as much carbon as leaving the car at home a couple days a week.
Discussion: Snapped Shot
Rod Dreher / Real Clear Politics:
Obama Won't End the Culture Wars  —  Will Barack Obama end the culture wars?  He couldn't if he wanted.  In America, the culture war will never die, only wax and wane across multiple battlefields.  When you live in a large, diverse, pluralistic democracy, it comes with the territory.
Hendrik Hertzberg / New Yorker:
PARTISANSHIP, BY THE BYE  —  Throughout the fortnight-long Battle of the Stimulus Package—the Capitol Hill confrontation that culminates this week in a signing ceremony for a historically unprecedented piece of legislation that will inject more than three-quarters of a trillion dollars' worth …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Associated Press:
Former astronaut speaks out on global warming  —  SANTA FE, N.M. - Former astronaut Harrison Schmitt, who walked on the moon and once served New Mexico in the U.S. Senate, doesn't believe that humans are causing global warming.  —  “I don't think the human effect is significant compared …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and PoliPundit.com
 
 
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An Nro / National Review:
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Simon Romero / New York Times:
Chávez Decisively Wins Bid to End Term Limits
Discussion: TalkLeft, Emptywheel and Pajamas Media
Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
Fareed Zakaria  —  PostGlobal co-moderator Fareed Zakaria …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and TPMCafe
David S. Cloud / The Politico:
Obama slows down troop boost decision
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Denis MacShane / Times of London:
The writing is on the synagogue wall
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Jonathan Rugman / Times of London:
Somali radicals ‘importing terror to UK’ say intelligence analysts
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blogs:
What does Slim want?  —  Carlos Slim, who pumped $250 million …
Discussion: New York Times and Romenesko
Julian Borger / Guardian:
Saudi Arabia appoints first female minister
Discussion: The RBC and FP Passport
Washington Post:
The First Three Weeks  —  IF PRESIDENT Obama and his advisers …
Discussion: QandO and Commentary
Newsdesk / Tower Ticker:
Chicago Tribune's Jill Zuckman to join Obama administration …
Bryan Appleyard / Times of London:
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