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10:50 PM ET, February 16, 2009

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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 …
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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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Cato's David Boaz Joins George Will in Peddling Bogus “Global Cooling” Stories
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
George F. Will Takes on Science, Loses Credibility
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
WHERE DOES GEORGE WILL GET HIS GLOBAL WARMING FACTS?
Discussion: Gristmill and Climate Progress
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 …
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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Scott Shane / New York Times:
Justice Dept. to Critique Interrogation Methods Backed by Bush Team  —  The Justice Department's ethics office is in the final stages of a report that sharply criticizes Bush administration lawyers who wrote legal opinions justifying waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods …
James Rowley / Bloomberg:
Democrats May Be Headed to Showdown With Obama Over Bush Probes
Discussion: Firedoglake
CNN:
Which president tops new survey of historians?  —  (CNN) — It's been 145 years since Abraham Lincoln appeared on a ballot, but admiration for the man who saved the union and sparked the end of slavery is as strong as ever, according to a new survey.  —  Lincoln finished first in a ranking …
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Eric Posner / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Bush: Lincoln's heir?  Such is the surprising albeit unintended message …
Discussion: Moe Lane
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?
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   Evangelicalism vs Conservatism
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
California Struggles to Close a Projected $41 Billion Deficit  —  LOS ANGELES — The state of California — its deficits ballooning, its lawmakers intransigent and its governor apparently free of allies or influence — appears headed off the fiscal rails.  —  Since the fall …
Discussion: Calitics
Michael Leahy / Washington Post:
‘Right America’: Filmmaker Uses A Distorting Lens  —  The modern American political documentary, which can serve as a delicious magnifying glass on human behavior and attitudes, has two basic approaches.  The first has value.  In the hands of a documentarian committed to bringing …
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Associated Press:
Officials says Italy will not take Gitmo inmates
Discussion: Power Line and Commentary
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.
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: Townhall.com and JammieWearingFool
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.
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The New Republic:
Eric Cantor Is the Gift That Keeps On Giving
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Wonkette
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
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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Associated Press:
Groups set to push Legislature for gay-marriage ban
Discussion: Political Machine
Michelle Malkin:
From the Boston Tea Party to your neighborhood pork protest  —  In Schmucky Schumer's world, these American taxpayers don't exist.  A big crowd of them gathered in Seattle this afternoon to raise their voices in opposition to the trillion-dollar, pork-filled Generational Theft Act of 2009 …
Philly.com:
The economy writ Short, Tall, Grande  —  To forecast the U.S. economy, look to the rises and falls of Starbucks.  Why?  If you think about what the coffee chain sells, it starts to make sense.  —  In the middle of 2006, Starbucks' stock price peaked at $39.63 a share.
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
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Washington Times:
Did blabbermouth Feinstein spill secrets?  —  When reporters asked President Franklin Roosevelt where Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle's raiders launched their daring 1942 raid on the Japanese mainland, he puckishly answered, “from our new secret base at Shangri-La.”
Discussion: Power Line
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
You Gotta Love the First Lady.  No, Really, You Have No Choice.  —  The rise of first lady Michelle Obama as an icon — of fashion, black womanhood, working motherhood and middle-class success — has propelled her onto a pedestal that would surely give the average person vertigo.
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters:
WSJ Op-Ed page plays dumb like it's nobody's business  —  Does any opinion outlet create, and then successfully demolish, more flimsy straw men than the diligent writers at the WSJ?  It's hard to imagine because it's almost if WSJ Op-ed editors require their conservatives opinionists construct lazy, intellectually dishonest arguments.
Discussion: The Impolitic and Dr. Helen
 
 
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Philip Sherwell / Telegraph:
Israel launches covert war against Iran
Discussion: Hot Air
Clive Crook / Financial Times:
Obama's lonely quest for consensus
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Chicago Sun Times:
Quinn dumping Blagojevich's people
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
DOJ removes Stevens' prosecutors
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
John Hempton / Bronte Capital:
Bank solvency and the “Geithner Plan”
Discussion: Portfolio and MoJo Blog Posts
Mark Brown / Chicago Sun Times:
Perjury or not, Burris shows he is at least a liar
Discussion: Daily Pundit and Power Line
BBC:
Nuclear subs collide in Atlantic
Discussion: Daily Pundit and PoliBlog
Tom Brune / Newsday:
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says she keeps 2 rifles under bed