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5:35 PM ET, February 20, 2009

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Chicago Breaking News:
Quinn calls on Burris to quit  —  Gov. Pat Quinn at his press conference this morning.  (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune)  —  Gov. Patrick Quinn today called on U.S. Sen. Roland Burris to resign amid the furor of questions over his contacts with former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
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Manu Raju / The Politico:
WH to Burris: Think again  —  CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said Friday that Roland Burris should resign from the Senate and the vacancy should then be filled by a special election, injecting fresh momentum in the growing campaign to oust the man picked to fill President Barack Obama's Senate seat.
Discussion: The New Republic
Frank James / The Swamp:
White House sends Burris a warning
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
BREAKING: Darrel Thompson Jumps Off Burris Ship
Discussion: Hot Air
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johnny dollar's place:
Huffington Post Smear of Gibson Uses Doctored Video!  —  Updated!  HuffPo apology, Gibson response, and more after the jump.  —  A headline at Huffington Post blares: John Gibson Compares Eric Holder To Monkey With Bright Blue Scrotum (VIDEO).  Writer Alex Leo lays it all out:
Chris / TVNewser:
This Has Been A Fox News Alert
Discussion: johnny dollar's place
Alison Vekshin / Bloomberg:
Dodd Says Short-Term Bank Takeovers May Be Necessary  —  Feb. 20 (Bloomberg) — Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd said banks may have to be nationalized for “a short time” to help lenders including Citigroup Inc. and Bank of America Corp. survive the worst economic slump in 75 years.
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The Huffington Post:
Schumer: Failed ‘Zombie’ Banks Should Be Nationalized  —  Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) believes that failed “zombie” banks, no matter what their size, should be taken over by the government, which should then wipe out shareholders, fire management, clean up the banks and quickly resell them into the marketplace.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Needed: Less Talking About Nationalization, More Action
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Tom Petruno / Money & Company:   Some banks may have to be nationalized, Sen. Dodd says
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   RECEIVERSHIP  —  From TPM Reader JP ...  As I've said a number …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Prince of Darkness Denies Own Existence  —  Listening to neoconservative mastermind Richard Perle at the Nixon Center yesterday, there was a sense of falling down the rabbit hole.  —  In real life, Perle was the ideological architect of the Iraq war and of the Bush doctrine of preemptive attack.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
RICHARD PERLE PLAYS MAKE-BELIEVE.... Neocon mastermind Richard …
Discussion: American Footprints
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Doubts About a Vehicle-Miles Traveled Tax
Discussion: Eschaton and The Corner
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
WH lashes out at CNBC's Santelli  —  The White House is lashing out publicly and personally at a CNBC reporter whose attack on President Obama's anti-foreclosure plan caught fire on the Internet Thursday.  —  White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs jumped at the chance to go after the CNBC journalist …
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
White House: Stock market not our fault
Discussion: The Politico
David Brooks / New York Times:
Money for Idiots  —  Our moral and economic system is based on individual responsibility.  It's based on the idea that people have to live with the consequences of their decisions.  This makes them more careful deciders.  This means that society tends toward justice — people get what they deserve as much as possible
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Eamon Javers / The Politico:
The Obama Cabinet is a CEO black hole  —  In President Barack Obama's Cabinet, there is a Nobel Prize winner, a former mayor, and a veteran CIA agent.  Surrounding him in the White House West Wing are a former four-star general, one of the nation's most eminent economists …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   AN OBAMA CEO SNUB?.... The Politico's Eamon Javers has a 1,200 …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obama's Supine Diplomacy  —  The Biden prophecy has come to pass.  Our wacky veep, momentarily inspired, predicted in October that “it will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama.”  Biden probably had in mind an eve-of-the-apocalypse drama like the Cuban missile crisis.
Discussion: GINA COBB, Eunomia and Commentary
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Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
‘Kick Me’ Diplomacy  —  WASHINGTON — The Biden prophecy has come to pass.
Jeffrey Goldberg:
Glenn Greenwald is Hysterical  —  Not funny-hysterical, just hysterical.  I think he feels badly about writing for The American Conservative, maybe because he knows that writing for a magazine founded by Pat Buchanan and animated by Buchanan's hostility to Jews and to Israel is a self-marginalizing act …
Michelle Malkin:
“This is our house now:” ACORN mob begins breaking into homes  —  On Wednesday, I said prepare for lawlessness as ACORN's civil disobedience mob steps up pressure for President Obama's mortgage entitlement expansion.  —  Well, are you ready, Baltimore?  (Hat tip - Jeff Quinton) …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Washington Post Stands By Climate Change Denialism  —  For those who are late to the party, recently George Will wrote a column claiming, most broadly, that in the 1970s there was a scientific consensus that the world was suffering from “global cooling” that was as firm as the current consensus about global warming.
Forbes:
Laissez-Faire Capitalism Has Failed  —  The financial crisis lays bare the weakness of the Anglo-Saxon model.  —  It is now clear that this is the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression and the worst economic crisis in the last 60 years.  While we are already in a severe …
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
KDKA-TV:
Sen. Specter Jeered For Voting For Stimulus Plan  —  PITTSBURGH (KDKA) ― U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter was greeted with jeers at a press conference in Cranberry Township.  —  Conservatives are fuming after Specter cast the deciding vote that led to the passage of President Barack Obama's stimulus plan.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
An Obama Adviser's Not-So-Bright Idea for Winning in Afghanistan  —  President Obama named Bruce Riedel, a former CIA official and Brooking Institution scholar, to head up a review team for overhauling U.S. policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Via the Christian Science Monitor …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
WHAT WOULD MICHAEL STEELE DO?  —  Ever watched a parent explain math to a child?  “Imagine Johnny has three power rangers, but you only have one power ranger...” That's sort of the tactic “The American Issues Project” is taking in its attempt to attack the stimulus.
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Poll: Obama rating slips, but still high  —  CNN Deputy Political Director  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A national poll indicates that two out of three Americans approve of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president of the United States.  —  The CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey …
 
 
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