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8:30 PM ET, February 19, 2009


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Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Steele: GOP needs ‘hip-hop’ makeover  —  NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW:  —  Newly elected Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele plans an “off the hook” public relations offensive to attract younger voters, especially blacks and Hispanics, by applying the party's principles to “urban-suburban hip-hop settings.”
RNC chair plans ‘off the hook’ campaign, tells critics to ‘stuff it’
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HOUSE GOP DISCOVERS THE IMPORTANCE OF WH EMAILS.... I'm sorry, the Irony-O-Meter I keep on my desk just burst into flames. … Issa, easily a #2 seed on my bracket for Most Ridiculous Member of Congress competition, also asked the White House to respond to a series of additional questions about the administration's email archiving.
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Rove testimony hangs in balance  —  A federal appeals court has agreed to give President Barack Obama a little more time—but only a little— to decide whether to support...  one of President Bush's most controversial uses of executive privilege.  —  The new administration had asked …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Martina Stewart / CNN:   Republican wants White House e-mail plan
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Greed is Not a Defense  —  I found Ezra Klein's defense of Politico to be pretty weak stuff.  —  Ezra's main point is that coverage that's utterly trivial and that poisons public understanding of crucial issues that effect the lives of billions of people is rewarded by the market …
Discussion: Eschaton
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THE PROBLEM OF THE POLITICO.  —  I love Mike Allen's Playbook.  Unabashedly.  I wouldn't even deny that it's “the 4chan of political reporting.”  But it's the best guide to the morning news, and Allen mixes “drive the day” trivia — and there is a lot of that — with a good eye for the substance in stories.
Frank James / The Swamp:
NYT settles with lobbyist on McCain story  —  A Washington lobbyist who said the New York Times implied she had an improper relationship with Sen. John McCain will drop her defamation lawsuit against the newspaper, which today said it never intended that readers conclude the two were having an affair.
Spokesman for embattled Sen. Burris resigns  —  (CNN) — A spokesman for Illinois Sen. Roland Burris resigned Thursday in the wake of new disclosures about requests that Burris raise money for disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich while seeking a U.S. Senate appointment.
Bart Jansen / CQ Politics:
Burris' Lobbying Disclosures Don't Add Up
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Rep. Cao Faces Potential Recall Petition For Toeing GOP Line And Voting Against The Stimulus  —  Earlier this month, New Orleans's new congressman Joseph Cao (R) stated that he would vote for the economic recovery package.  “I believe that more likely than not, I will vote …
Jonathan Tilove / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Two ministers leading recall effort against Cao face long odds
Louisiana Congressman Cao Faces Recall Petition Over Stimulus Vote
Discussion: Democracy in America and MyDD
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Budget to kick off health care rewrite  —  At the end of the day last Wednesday, Obama aides and a handful of Senators hashed out the details of a $787 billion spending package in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office.  —  Larry Summers, the architect of the plan, was no longer in the room …
Michael Wolff / Off the Grid:
Chimp Cartoon Makes Murdoch a Chump  —  Well, yes, it would require quite a contortion to find that Rupert Murdoch's New York Post had not compared the first black president to a monkey in an editorial cartoon.  —  Now, it is true that the Post has a certain vernacular involving public figures …
Discussion: Salon and protein wisdom
The Huffington Post:
New York Post Employees Unhappy, Ashamed Of Offensive Cartoon  —  The mood inside the New York Post, it seems, is a mix of anger and bewilderment that the paper published a cartoon depicting the authors of the stimulus as a dead, crazed chimpanzee.  —  On Wednesday, an employee of the paper told …
Radley Balko / Reason:
Manufacturing Guilt?  —  Editor's Note: The following article contains graphic and disturbing photographs and video excerpts of an examination conducted on the body of a 23-month-old girl.  The images are the basis of claims that forensic experts fabricated evidence in a case that put a man on death row …
Daniel Dombey / Financial Times:
Iran holds enough uranium for bomb  —  Iran has now built up a stockpile of enough enriched uranium for one nuclear bomb, United Nations officials acknowledged on Thursday.  —  In a development that comes as the Obama administration is drawing up its policy on negotiations with Tehran …
Discussion: Pat Dollard, The Corner, Hot Air and Reason
Ben Evans / Associated Press:
Democrats strike different tone on Katrina  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - The economic stimulus signed by President Barack Obama will spread billions of dollars across the country to spruce up aging roads and bridges.
Byron York /
The RAT hiding deep inside the stimulus bill  —  The far-reaching — and potentially dangerous — provision that no one knows about.  —  You've heard a lot about the astonishing spending in the $787 billion economic stimulus bill, signed into law this week by President Barack Obama.
Joe Stephens / Washington Post:
Valenti's Sexuality Was Topic For FBI  —  Under Pressure, LBJ Let Hoover's Agents Investigate Top Aide  —  When Beltway insider Jack Valenti died two years ago at age 85, he was playing the role of intermediary between Washington and Hollywood as the theatrical, snowy-haired president of the Motion Picture Association of America.
Republicans urge Obama to overturn stem cell ban  —  (CNN) - A group of six moderate House Republicans have written to President Obama urging him to lift President Bush's ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.  —  “We are writing to respectfully urge that you immediately lift …
Megan McArdle:
Do you mind if I rant a minute?  —  Here's my position on what ended the Great Depression: I don't know.  There are a whole lot of theories out there, but with an “n” of 1, no overwhelming evidence in favor of any of them.  There are a few that I think most economists agree are not true …
Discussion: Dean's World
Jamison Foser / Media Matters:
Here we go again ...  Politico's Glenn Thrush, seeing a news report that Hillary Clinton said she likes the Rolling Stones and the Beatles, “decided to fact-check.”  —  What would make him decide to fact-check the unremarkable statement by a baby boomer that she likes the two most popular band …
The Moderate Voice:
Kill “Qwerty”!  (Guest Voice)  —  FOR GOD'S SAKE, THIS IT THE 21ST CENTURY - LET'S GET RID OF “QWERTY”!!  —  by Marc Pascal  —  Why do computers still have keyboards?  They represent a quaint vestige of their predecessor typewriters that were invented 130 years ago.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Exclusive: Group counters stimulus with Jesus in TV ad  —  After watching liberal allies of President Barack Obama flood the airwaves in support of the stimulus bill, a conservative third-party group is countering with a provocative new commercial using Jesus Christ to emphasize the scale of the $787 billion package.
Pareene / Gawker:
Drudge Report Showcases the Least Sympathetic Populist Rage Ever  —  Rick Santelli and a bunch of traders are furious!  They are outraged at Barack Obama's crazy mortgage plan which will maybe stave off a couple foreclosures.  [Update: New video with the best of Rick's rage!]
Sacramento Bee:
Budget plan goes to Schwarzenegger after Legislature's OK  —  The deal is done.  —  The California Legislature voted early today to approve a massive budget package of tax increases, spending cuts and borrowing to close a $40 billion deficit after granting major concessions to one holdout Republican senator.
Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
Wholesale inflation takes biggest jump in 6 months  —  Wholesale inflation jumps by largest amount in 6 months, reflecting higher energy costs  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Inflation at the wholesale level surged unexpectedly in January, reflecting sharply higher prices for gasoline and other energy products.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and MSNBC
Jacob Sullum / Reason:
Obama Plans Indefinite Military Detention of Terrorism Suspects  —  Last month I worried about Attorney General Eric Holder's declaration at his confirmation hearing that “we are at war” with terrorists, noting that such language has often been used to justify legal shortcuts and abridgements of civil liberties.
Washington Post:
Until We Have a Playoff System, Bush Is Stuck at No. 36  —  George W. Bush has long maintained that history will vindicate his administration, despite liberals' insistence that he has a permanent lock on the title “worst ever.”  —  A C-SPAN poll of 65 historians and observers of the presidency …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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Discussion: Wonkette
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
Pelosi Hits Back  —  The House speaker discusses the stimulus battle …
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