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9:55 PM ET, February 18, 2009


 Top Items: 
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
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Ten Masterpieces From Sean Delonas  —  The outcry over New York Post cartoonist Sean Delonas' dead monkey cartoon today is growing louder.  But he has such a rich history!  We assembled ten of his all-time classics of hate:  —  Al Sharpton and Gov. David Paterson are criticizing Delonas' cartoon today …
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 …
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 …
Bob Owens / Pajamas Media:   The Chimp Cartoon: When Race Becomes Monkey Business
Karen Matthews / Associated Press:
NY Post cartoon seems to link Obama to dead chimp
Discussion: Tim Blair, Top of the Ticket and Gawker
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 …
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
Holder: US a nation of cowards on racial matters  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - Eric Holder, the nation's first black attorney general, said Wednesday the United States was “a nation of cowards” on matters of race, with most Americans avoiding candid discussions of racial issues.
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 …
abu muqawama:
Hitchens Beaten by the SSNP?
Lawrence Osborne / Forbes:
Weekend In Lebanon: A Dispatch From Beirut
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: Hullabaloo and Washington Monthly
The Politico:
Dems abandon Burris
Discussion: Six Meat Buffet
Newsdesk / Clout St:
Durbin: Burris' future in Senate ‘in question’
Discussion: CBS News and Progress Illinois
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.
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.
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
New York Times:
Kansas Governor Is Top Choice for Secretary of Health  —  WASHINGTON —Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas, an early Obama ally with a record of working across party lines, has emerged as the president's top choice for secretary of health and human services, advisers said Wednesday.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs, MyDD and
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: D-Day, TalkLeft and The Note
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
CA Lt. Gov. Garamendi: GOP an infection ‘spreading across the nation’ : Updated  —  The Republicans in the California legislature are trying to close down the entire state.  As everyone across America watches with awe how f*&ked up these idiot Republican politicians are acting …
Discussion: Calitics
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
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 …
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Earmark Scandal Breaking  —  There's a potentially big story brewing on Capitol Hill... Apparently 104 members of Congress of both parties — 42 Republicans and 62 Democrats — secured earmarks for a lobbying firm linked to Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) in a single bill.
Melinda Deslatte / Associated Press:
GOP governors consider turning down stimulus money  —  BATON ROUGE, La. - A handful of Republican governors are considering turning down some money from the federal stimulus package, a move opponents say puts conservative ideology ahead of the needs of constituents struggling with record foreclosures and soaring unemployment.
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.
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
Kos / Daily Kos:
The Beltway Media *is* out of touch  —  The Politico's Jonathan Martin is a bit annoyed: … Ha ha ha.  Get it?  Pointing out that the Beltway media is completely disconnected from the rest of the country isn't, well, pointing out that the Beltway media is completely disconnected from the rest of the country.
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George Weigel / The Corner:
Were They At The Same Meeting?  —  From the office of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi:
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 …
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
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
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
SURREAL  —  Roland Burris is on TV giving a speech defending himself …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Del Quentin Wilber / Washington Post:
Court Reverses Ruling Bringing 17 Detainees to U.S.