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3:16 AM ET, February 19, 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:
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 …
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.
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:   Sometimes a Monkey Is Just a Monkey  —  Sam Stein of the …
Bob Owens / Pajamas Media:   The Chimp Cartoon: When Race Becomes Monkey Business
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
What Happened With Hitchens  —  Lefty blogs have the details of this wrong.  —  I wasn't there.  I was there, however, for the immediate after-action report, and have heard it told ten times by now, including most of it from Hitchens.  Although I didn't really bother asking much, as I'd already heard it.
Discussion: protein wisdom, TigerHawk and Hot Air
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
The Politico:
Dems abandon Burris  —  Sen. Roland Burris is rapidly losing any political support he once had among colleagues, with Democrats from the statehouse to the White House raising questions about his entanglements with ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.  —  On Wednesday afternoon …
Discussion: Clout St
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Patrick Fitzgerald, 50 others, still serving
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Washington Monthly
Johanna Neuman / Top of the Ticket:
Roland Burris, the former senator?
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.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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.
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 …
New York Times:
Kansas Governor Seen as Top Choice in Health Post  —  WASHINGTON — Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas, an early Obama ally with a record of working across party lines, is emerging as the president's top choice for secretary of health and human services, advisers said Wednesday.
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Headless Body in Legless Story  —  Kathryn, that self-pitying imam is part of a now familiar pattern: Pay no attention to that dead body; the real victim here is Islam.  —  Beheaded woman in Buffalo?  “Shocked friend says murder damages Islam's image.”  —  Hindus, Jews and Christians massacred in Bombay?
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.
Walter Olson / Overlawyered:
New York Times on CPSIA: “needless fears that the law could injure …
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
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Note, Mike Allen Fans Flag Non-Story  —  The Washington Times has a story trying to make a big deal out of the fact that Barack Obama often appears with American flags in public: “Look.  It's President Obama, and he's surrounded by American flags,” the piece said.
Discussion: D-Day, The Note and TalkLeft
Jennifer Harper / Washington Times:
Obama has new flag frenzy
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
Federal Reserve Policies to Ease Credit and Their Implications for the Fed's Balance Sheet  —  We live in extraordinarily challenging times for the global economy and for economic policymakers, not least for central banks such as the Federal Reserve.  As you know, the recent economic statistics …
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: Daily Kos and Calitics
John M. Broder / New York Times:
E.P.A. Expected to Regulate Carbon Dioxide  —  WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to act for the first time to regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that scientists blame for the warming of the planet, according to top Obama administration officials.
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.
Lynnley Browning / New York Times:
A Swiss Bank Is Set to Open Its Secret Files  —  In the hush-hush world of Swiss banking, the unthinkable is happening: secrets are spilling into the open.  —  UBS, the largest bank in Switzerland, agreed on Wednesday to divulge the names of well-heeled Americans whom the authorities suspect …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and TPMMuckraker
Hayley Ringle / East Valley Tribune:
Dobson students question Obama's plan  —  A Dobson High School Advanced Placement government class with strong opinions about Barack Obama watched the president's speech Wednesday on a small, grainy TV in the corner of their classroom.  —  Some of the students attentively watched the speech …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Say Anything
Accused Financier Under Federal Drug Investigation  —  Authorities: Stanford May Have Laundered Drug Money for Mexican Cartel  —  The SEC's fraud charges may be the least of accused financial scammer R. Allen Stanford's worries.  Federal authorities tell ABC News that the FBI and others …
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.
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 …
Scott Lehigh / Boston Globe:
The New Deal and right-wing revisionism  —  ONE OF THE most diverting aspects of the debate over President Obama's stimulus plan has been the concerted conservative attack on the New Deal.  —  One might have thought that voters of that day had pretty much settled the question of whether …
Discussion: Bloomberg and AmSpecBlog
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George Weigel / The Corner:
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