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7:30 PM ET, February 18, 2009


 Top Items: 
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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 / Michael Calderone's Blogs:
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 …
Discussion: The Swamp, Weekly Standard and Reuters
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 9 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 …
Lawrence Osborne / Forbes:
Weekend In Lebanon: A Dispatch From Beirut
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
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
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
DeMint's solution to the financial crisis: Do nothing.»
Discussion: Greenville News
Ronald Kessler /
Sam Donaldson: Media to End Kid Gloves With Obama
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 …
GM Seeks as Much as $16.6 Billion in New U.S. Aid (Correct)
Discussion: Congress Matters
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Clinton Signals Possible Shift in U.S. Policy on Burma
Discussion: The New Republic and The Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Defense Spending Going Up, Up and Away
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and D-Day
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Peer Pressure in the GOP
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Cara Buckley / New York Times:
For Uninsured Young Adults, Do-It-Yourself Health Care
Discussion: City Room
Sen. Fritz Hollings / The Huffington Post:
Why are we in Afghanistan?  —  I keep asking the question: “Why are we in Afghanistan?”
Houston Chronicle:
Perry: Texas may turn down billions