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11:35 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:
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
Sharpton Spanks the Monkey Cartoon
Discussion: JOSHUAPUNDIT, Gawker and Think Progress
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.
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”
Discussion: Hot Air
Stinging Remarks on Race From Attorney General
Discussion: and Hal Turner Show
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 …
Newsdesk / Clout St:
Durbin: Burris' future in Senate ‘in question’
Discussion: CBS News and Progress Illinois
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
New York Times:
Kansas Governor Is Seen as Top Choice for Health  —  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.
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.
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
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?
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
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, The Note and TalkLeft
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.
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
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 …
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
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.
Tavis Smiley / The Huffington Post:
My Conversations with M.I.A. and the Sri Lankan Foreign Secretary  —  Three weeks ago, I spoke with Oscar and Grammy nominated hip hop artist, M.I.A. about the on-going situation in Sri Lanka.  M.I.A. spent much of her youth there as a member of Sri Lanka's minority Tamil population …
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