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8:35 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: The Politico, Pat Dollard and Salon
City Room:
Chimp-Stimulus Cartoon Raises Racism Concerns  —  Gov. David A. Paterson, the Rev. Al Sharpton and others expressed concern on Wednesday morning over an editorial cartoon in The New York Post that showed a police officer, having shot a chimpanzee, saying to his colleague …
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Sometimes a Monkey Is Just a Monkey  —  Sam Stein of the Huffington Post and Al Sharpton are up in arms about an editorial cartoon in today's New York Post.  The cartoon, playing off a news story about a rabid chimpanzee who was shot by police officers,uses the punchline …
Bob Owens / Pajamas Media:   The Chimp Cartoon: When Race Becomes Monkey Business
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.
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Obama opposes Fairness Doctrine
Discussion: TPMDC
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 …
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
New AG Holder: When it comes to race, America is a “nation of cowards”
Discussion: Say Anything
New York Times:
Obama Unveils $75 Billion Plan to Fight Home Foreclosures  —  MESA, Ariz. — President Obama pledged on Wednesday to help as many as nine million American homeowners refinance their mortgages or avert foreclosure, an initiative he said would shore up distressed housing prices …
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Report: Hitchens beaten by pro-Syrian thugs in Beirut?  Update: “I was on the ground and getting it in the head”  —  Look on the bright side: This'll make for one hell of a Slate column once he gets back.  —  I can only assume they didn't recognize him, as the opportunity to scalp …
Discussion: Forbes and Little Green Footballs
abu muqawama:
Hitchens Beaten by the SSNP?
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Patrick Fitzgerald, 50 others, still serving  —  With all the controversy surrounding the Bush administration's firings of several U.S. attorneys, the question for the Obama administration became: What now?  —  And with all the muck that the hard-charging Chicago-based U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Kansas Governor Is Top Choice for Secretary of Health  —  WASHINGTON - President Obama has settled on Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas, a key ally with a record of working across party lines, as his top choice for secretary of health and human services, advisers said Wednesday.
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.
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.
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.
Dale Wetzel / Associated Press:
ND measure says fertilized egg has human rights
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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Note, Mike Allen Fans Flag Non-Story
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Note
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 …
Discussion: and MoJo Blog Posts
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.
Discussion: Texas Rainmaker
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BIGGEST.  TAX CUT.  EVER.  (REDUX).... We talked a week ago about the tax-cut provisions of the economic stimulus package, and how it turns out that President Obama proposed and passed one of the largest tax cuts in American history — $282 billion over two years — without Republican support.
Ronald Kessler /
Sam Donaldson: Media to End Kid Gloves With Obama  —  President Barack Obama has yet to get his feet on the ground.  George H. W. Bush is underrated, while John F. Kennedy is overrated.  Ronald Reagan did indeed help to end the Cold War.  And while he may have been a crook …
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 …
Etgar Lefkovits / Jerusalem Post:
‘I was wrong about disengagement’  —  President Shimon Peres said Wednesday that he erred in supporting Israel's unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in 2005.  —  “What will happen in the future, we shall not repeat the wrongs we did in leaving Gaza,” Peres said in a question …
Discussion: Commentary
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
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Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
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Discussion: Greenville News
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Gee Whiz! Pinch Jr. Gets Desk at City Room
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Underwater Homes  —  I understand that from the 30,000 feet level …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Clinton Signals Possible Shift in U.S. Policy on Burma
Discussion: The New Republic and The Politico
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Defense Spending Going Up, Up and Away
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and D-Day
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
SURREAL  —  Roland Burris is on TV giving a speech defending himself …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Sen. Fritz Hollings / The Huffington Post:
Why are we in Afghanistan?  —  I keep asking the question: “Why are we in Afghanistan?”