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4:45 PM ET, February 18, 2009


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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
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 …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
HOLDER TALKS ABOUT RACE IN U.S.  —  From NBC's Mike Kosnar  —  At a Department of Justice program this morning celebrating African American History Month, the nation's first black attorney general — Eric Holder — said the United States is a “nation of cowards” when it comes to racial issues.
Michelle Malkin:
Holder: “A nation of cowards”
Discussion: Hot Air
Michelle Levi / CBS News:
Holder To Visit Gitmo Next Monday
Discussion: TalkLeft
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.
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 …
City Room:
Chimp-Stimulus Cartoon Raises Racism Concerns
Discussion: Gawker and The Black Snob
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
‘The Dumb Monkey Who Wrote the Stimulus Bill Is Finally Dead.’ Ha?
Discussion: Salon and The Politico
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.
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
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 …
Washington Post:
Buy-Buy, Mr. Burris  —  WHEN THEN-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested in December for, among other things, allegedly trying to auction off the U.S. Senate seat left open by Barack Obama's election to the presidency, we feared that whomever Mr. Blagojevich eventually chose would be tainted by the association.
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.
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 …
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.
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
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: PoliGazette
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
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.
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
Thomas H. Maugh II / Los Angeles Times:
Major cache of fossils unearthed in L.A.  —  Volunteer Judy Scharf, left, assistant lab supervisor Trevor Valle and volunteers Pat Simun and Linda Wright carefully brush away dirt surrounding the pelvis of a mammoth at the Page Museum in Rancho La Brea.  The mammoth, which museum researchers …
Discussion: D-Day
Wyatt Buchanan / San Francisco Chronicle:
GOP ousts Senate leader, budget deal in question  —  (02-18) 02:28 PST Sacramento — A state budget deal to close a $41 billion shortfall has been put further into question early this morning after Senate Republicans ousted their leader who had helped negotiate the long-awaited plan with other top lawmakers in California.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Mary Clare Jalonick / Associated Press:
Vilsack calls for stricter food labels
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
ND House Passes Abortion Ban
New York Times:
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Discussion: Overlawyered and Reason
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Amar Bhide, WSJ Edit Page, Embrace Regular Recurrence of Massive Recessions
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Wall Street Journal:
There's Virtue In Geithner's Vague Bank Plan
 Earlier Items: 
Sen. Fritz Hollings / The Huffington Post:
Why are we in Afghanistan?  —  I keep asking the question: “Why are we in Afghanistan?”
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
Wall Street Journal:
Pakistan Lends Support for U.S. Military Strikes
Discussion: Danger Room
Joshua Rhett Miller / Fox News:
Beheading in New York Appears to Be Honor Killing, Experts Say
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Paul Krugman:
Comrade Greenspan: Seize the economy's commanding heights!
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Ben Farmer / Telegraph:
Geography professor claims to have found Osama bin Laden