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6:05 PM ET, February 18, 2009


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The Huffington Post:
New York Post Chimp Cartoon Compares Stimulus Author To Dead Primate  —  A cartoon likening the author of the stimulus bill, perhaps President Barack Obama, with a rabid chimpanzee graced the pages of the New York Post on Wednesday.  —  The drawing, from famed cartoonist Sean Delonas …
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
‘The Dumb Monkey Who Wrote the Stimulus Bill Is Finally Dead.’ Ha?  —  Ladies and gentlemen, the New York Post's Sean Delonas cartoon today.  In other news: on this day in 1688, the first formal protest against slavery by an organized white body in English America was made.  —  There's no editing art, people.
Discussion: Salon and AMERICAblog News
City Room:
Chimp-Stimulus Cartoon Raises Racism Concerns
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Holder: ‘Nation of cowards’ on race  —  Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that despite advances, the United States remains “a nation of cowards” on issues involving race.  —  “Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial …
Discussion: The Swamp and Weekly Standard
Michelle Malkin:
Holder: “A nation of cowards”  —  AG Eric Holder says we're a “nation of cowards” on race. … (link)  —  Funny.  When I think of racial cowards, I think of Barack Obama at Jeremiah Wright's church, sitting there week after week, year after year, saying nothing about the separatist demagoguery echoing from the pulpit to the pews.
Discussion: Hot Air
United States Department of Justice:
Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Attorney General Eric Holder at the Department of Justice African American History Month Program  —  Every year, in February, we attempt to recognize and to appreciate black history.  It is a worthwhile endeavor for the contributions of African Americans …
Bob Beckel / Fox News:
White House: Obama Opposes ‘Fairness Doctrine’ Revival  —  A White House spokesman tells President Obama opposes any move to bring back the so-called Fairness Doctrine.  —  —  President Obama opposes any move to bring back the so-called Fairness Doctrine, a spokesman told Wednesday.
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
The White House's missing documents  —  In his first weeks in office, President Barack Obama shut down his predecessor's system for reviewing regulations, realigned and expanded two key White House policymaking bodies and extended economic sanctions against parties to the conflict in the African nation of Cote D'Ivoire.
Lisa Demer / Anchorage Daily News:
Palin owes tax on per diem, state says  —  EXPENSES: Governor received meal money while living in Wasilla.  —  —  Gov. Sarah Palin must pay income taxes on thousands of dollars in expense money she received while living at her Wasilla home, under a new determination by state officials.
Michael Leahy / Washington Post:
Back Home in Alaska, Palin Faces Scrutiny and Second-Guessing From All Sides  —  Scrutiny Has Been Intense Since Election  —  JUNEAU, Alaska — A couple of weeks before the Alaska legislature began this year's session, a bipartisan group of state senators on a retreat a few hours from here invited Gov. Sarah Palin to join them.
Palin told to pay back taxes
Discussion: Political Machine
New York Times:
Obama Unveils $75 Billion Plan to Fight Home Foreclosures  —  MESA, Ariz. — President Obama pledged on Wednesday to help as many as 9 million American homeowners refinance their mortgages or avert foreclosure, an initiative he said would shore up distressed housing prices …
Newsdesk / Clout St:
Roland Burris: ‘Stop the rush to judgment’  —  In a feisty speech today in Chicago, U.S. Sen. Roland Burris defended himself against growing questions and multiple probes about the circumstances surrounding his appointment by former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.  —  “If I had done the things I've …
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
George McGovern To Be Honored At CPAC For ‘Courage Under Fire’  —  In August 2008, former Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern published an op-ed on the conservative editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal attacking the Employee Free Choice Act.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Clinton Signals Possible Shift in U.S. Policy on Burma  —  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday that economic sanctions imposed by the United States and other Western governments had failed to pressure the repressive Burmese government, signaling a potentially major shift in U.S. policy.
Discussion: The New Republic and The Politico
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Clinton Praises Indonesian Democracy
Max Roosevelt / New York Times:
Student Expectations Seen as Causing Grade Disputes  —  Prof. Marshall Grossman has come to expect complaints whenever he returns graded papers in his English classes at the University of Maryland.  —  “Many students come in with the conviction that they've worked hard and deserve a higher mark,” Professor Grossman said.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Del Quentin Wilber / Washington Post:
Court Reverses Ruling Bringing 17 Detainees to U.S.  —  A federal appeals court this morning blocked the transfer to the United States of a small band of Chinese Muslims held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  —  In a decision released this morning, the three-judge panel …
David J. Sanders / Arkansas News:
Blue dog Democrats oppose card check  —  According to Arkansas opponents of the federal Employee Free Choice Act, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may have a tough time getting moderate Blue Dog Democrats to support the union-backed legislation more commonly known as card check.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Blue Dogs To House Dem Leaders: Hold Off On Employee Free Choice
Discussion: GOP Leader Blog and MyDD
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Pope lectures Pelosi on abortion stance  —  Pope Benedict XVI made clear to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Wednesday that she cannot advocate for abortion rights and still be a good Catholic.  —  After meeting with Pelosi (D-Calif.) at the Vatican, the pontiff stressed that Catholic politicians …
Discussion: CBS News and
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Jindal Signals Louisiana May Not Take Stimulus Money  —  Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, a potential 2012 GOP presidential candidate, has suggested his state may not be interested in all of the roughly $4 billion allotted to it in the economic stimulus package to be signed by President Obama today.
ND House Passes Abortion Ban  —  North Dakota's House of Representatives has passed a bill effectively outlawing abortion.  —  The House voted 51-41 this afternoon to declare that a fertilized egg has all the rights of any person.  —  That means a fetus could not be legally aborted without the procedure being considered murder.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
KNOWLEDGE MAY BE POWER, BUT INFORMATION IS PROFIT.  —  Doc-blogger Kevin Pho — no liberal, and no fan of government action — writes in defense of federally-funded comparative effectiveness research.  “Physicians need an authoritative source of unbiased data, untainted by the influence …
Jennifer Harper / Washington Times:
Obama has new flag frenzy  —  White House embraces a backdrop of red, white and blue  —  Oh, say - can you see?  Look.  It's President Obama, and he's surrounded by American flags.  —  They're on the dais in star-spangled glory.  They're at the town-hall meeting and the news conference, in bold folds of red, white and blue.
Michelle Malkin:
More scenes from Mesa: “I need a beachfront condo, Mr. President!”  —  I love this.  At the Mesa AZ protest against President Obama today, KFYI listeners brought signs telling Santa Obama what they wanted from the savior-based economy.  Hats off to KFYI's Bruce Jacobs and J.D. Hayworth.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
SURREAL  —  Roland Burris is on TV giving a speech defending himself against allegations he lied about his role in being solicited and then trying to help raise money for Rod Blagojevich to help get the senate seat.  And it's basically identical to a series of speeches Blago himself gave …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Dem exclusive?  Reporters jump ship  —  In three months since Election Day, at least a half-dozen prominent journalists have taken jobs working for the federal government.  —  Journalists, including some of those who've jumped ship, say it's better to have a solid job in government than a shaky job …
Manhunt: Accused Financier Scammer Stanford Missing  —  Authorities say Investor Losses Could Rival Madoff Scandal  —  Texas financier R. Allen Stanford is accused of cheating 50,000 customers out of $8 billion dollars but despite raids Tuesday of his financial empire in Houston, Memphis …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Gawker
New York Times:
Is That Fabulous New Toy Safe?  —  The American International Toy Fair in New York City this week has offered the newest and most tantalizing playthings in the world: walking plastic bugs, 3-D coloring sets, even Barbie, now 50 and wearing a golden outfit for the occasion.
Discussion: Overlawyered
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Etgar Lefkovits / Jerusalem Post:
‘I was wrong about disengagement’  —  President Shimon Peres …
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Defense Spending Going Up, Up and Away
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Govt.'s TARP losses $86.5B since October
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Peer Pressure in the GOP
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Amar Bhide, WSJ Edit Page, Embrace Regular Recurrence of Massive Recessions
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Charlie Savage's Alarm
Discussion: Weekly Standard, Salon and ACSBlog
Sen. Fritz Hollings / The Huffington Post:
Why are we in Afghanistan?  —  I keep asking the question: “Why are we in Afghanistan?”
 Earlier Items: 
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Who Will Obama's Foreclosure Plan Bail Out?
Discussion: Hot Air and
Houston Chronicle:
Perry: Texas may turn down billions
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Patrick Fitzgerald, 50 others, still serving
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Paul Krugman:
Comrade Greenspan: Seize the economy's commanding heights!
Discussion: The Sideshow and Obsidian Wings
Ben Farmer / Telegraph:
Geography professor claims to have found Osama bin Laden