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8:35 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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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.
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:
WHERE DOES GEORGE WILL GET HIS GLOBAL WARMING FACTS?
Discussion: Gristmill and Climate Progress
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Cato's David Boaz Joins George Will in Peddling Bogus “Global Cooling” Stories
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.
Discussion: The Daily Dish, Hot Air and Macsmind
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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
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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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Evangelicalism vs Conservatism  —  The critical definition of conservatism, by which I mean that political tradition Burke founded, rests on a distinction between theoretical and practical wisdom.  Burke insisted that abstract ideas of the Truth should not be our guide in political thought and action.
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Razib / Gene Expression:
Right & wrong is not about religion
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
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
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.
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
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 …
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, Sister Toldjah and Macsmind
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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.
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
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 …
CNN:
Historians rate Lincoln best president, Bush 36th  —  (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 …
Discussion: Gotomario.com
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.
Discussion: Think Progress and Booman Tribune
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
John Hanna / Associated Press:
Kan. suspends income tax refunds, may miss payroll  —  TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas has suspended income tax refunds and may not be able to pay employees on time, the state's budget director said Monday.  —  The state doesn't have enough money in its main bank account to pay its bills …
Discussion: Don Surber and Calculated Risk
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
 
 
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