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10:20 AM ET, February 20, 2009


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Huffington Post Smear of Gibson Uses Doctored Video!  —  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: … Here's the HuffPo video:  —  Hundreds of HuffPo commenters erupted in predictable outrage:
Discussion: Moe Lane and Wonkette
Alex Leo / The Huffington Post:
John Gibson Did Not Compare Eric Holder To Monkey With Bright Blue Scrotum (UPDATED)  —  UPDATE: The Huffington Post has learned that the below video has been doctored.  We regret the error and apologize to Mr. Gibson.  John Gibson never compared Eric Holder to a monkey with a bright blue scrotum.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and
Chris / TVNewser:
This Has Been A Fox News Alert  —  A monkey on the loose in a zoo is no laughing matter.  Describing the monkey's private parts so cable news viewers know what to look for, can be:  —  > Update: Johnny Dollar says the end of that clip has been doctored.  “The Huffington Post has some 'splaining to do.
Discussion: RedState and IMAO
Would You Join Santelli's “Chicago Tea Party?”  —  CNBC's Rick Santelli leads the trader mortgage revolt.  Would you want to join his “Chicago Tea Party?” … The plan is a discrace!  I pay my mortgage and bills on time.  I live on a fixed income.  I find it tough each month to make ends meet, but do.
Discussion: Don Surber, MyDD, Blogs of War and TigerHawk
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Watch for the Palin-Santelli 2012 Signs  —  I've had a case of deja vu today.  —  I'm noticing the tone.  I'm seeing the enthusiasm.  And I'm digging out from the sheer volume of e-mails I've been getting today about that CNBC dude.  The reaction to Rick Santelli's Chicago-trading-floor incident …
New York Post:
THAT CARTOON  —  Wednesday's Page Six cartoon - caricaturing Monday's police shooting of a chimpanzee in Connecticut - has created considerable controversy.  —  It shows two police officers standing over the chimp's body: “They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill,” one officer says.
Tahman Bradley / ABCNEWS:
Bill Clinton: Obama Should Sound More Hopeful  —  Says President Should Voice Economic Optimism, Paint GOP as the Party of ‘No’  —  Former President Bill Clinton gives President Barack Obama an “A” grade for his first month in office, but tells ABC News that Obama needs to put on a more positive face …
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
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 …
Borzou Daragahi / Los Angeles Times:
Iran has enough fuel for a nuclear bomb, report says  —  The report by the IAEA, the United Nations' nuclear watchdog, surprises diplomats and arms control experts.  Officials note that major obstacles remain to building a weapon.  —  Reporting from Tehran — Iran has enough nuclear fuel …
Discussion: PoliBlog
Julian Borger / Guardian:
IAEA: Iran has enough uranium for bomb
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE JESUS ARGUMENT?.... Two weeks ago, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ken.) told his colleagues, as part of an argument against the economic stimulus package, “If you started the day Jesus Christ was born and spent $1 million every day since then, you still wouldn't have spent $1 trillion.”
Discussion: Spin Cycle
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
Geronimo's Heirs Sue Secret Yale Society Over His Skull  —  HOUSTON — The descendants of Geronimo have sued Skull and Bones, a secret society at Yale University with ties to the Bush family, charging that its members robbed his grave in 1918 and have kept his skull in a glass case ever since.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Who'll Stop the Pain?  —  Earlier this week, the Federal Reserve released the minutes of the most recent meeting of its open market committee — the group that sets interest rates.  Most press reports focused either on the Fed's downgrade of the near-term outlook or on its adoption of a long-run 2 percent inflation target.
Discussion: Arkansas News
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
The Crisis of Credit Visualized  —  Can you explain the existing economic crisis' pivotal crisis of credit simply so anyone can grasp the crisis?  The answer is YES and California graduate student Jonathan Jarvis shows us how below:  —  The Crisis of Credit Visualized from Jonathan Jarvis on Vimeo.
Discussion: Political Machine
Michael Kinsley / Washington Post:
Upside-Down Economics  —  In January, Suze Orman, the blonde financial adviser who's all over TV telling you to cut up your credit cards, went on “Oprah” to discuss how to cope with the recession.  Orman recommended not eating in restaurants for a month.  The appalled National Restaurant …
Discussion: The Opinionator and Commentary
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Obama's First Month  —  Early reflections on the Obama Revolution.  —  It only seems like Barack Obama has been president forever.  Actually, as of today, he's been in office for exactly one month.  Granted, with 47 months to go in his term, it's too soon to render a verdict on the Obama presidency.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Vikas Bajaj / New York Times:
U.S. Tries a Trillion-Dollar Key for Locked Lending  —  Credit cards, home equity lines, student loans, car financing: none come cheaply or easily in these credit-tight times.  The banks, the refrain goes, just will not lend money.  —  But it is not simply the banks that are the problem.
Discussion: Balkinization and
Nicholas Carlson / The Business Insider:
Obama Stimulus Saves Microsoft Billionaire Hundreds Of Millions  —  Billionaire Paul Allen is a Microsoft cofounder, the owner of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks and the owner of the NBA's Portland Trailblazers.  —  And, thanks to the stimulus bill President Obama signed this week, he's also about to be as much as a billion dollars richer.
The Huffington Post:
Limbaugh: Trying To Understand A Dem Like Trying To Understand A Murderer Or Rapist  —  Coming off of a tone-deaf cartoon that compared the author of the stimulus bill with a crazed, shot-dead chimpanzee, it seemed likely that, for the time being, provocative political metaphors would be put on hold.
Fran Spielman / Chicago Sun Times:
Obama victory bash owes city $1.74 mil.  —  Chicago has yet to recoup the $1.74 million cost of President Obama's victory celebration in Grant Park — despite a burgeoning $50.5 million budget shortfall that threatens more layoffs and union concessions.  —  “The Democratic National Committee …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Hot Air
Fredreka Schouten / USA Today:
Lawmakers take fundraising to slopes  —  WASHINGTON — The deepening economic recession hasn't stopped members of Congress from throwing lavish events to raise campaign money for the 2010 election.  —  This weekend, donors to a political action committee run by Rep. Jeb Hensarling are invited …
Rush Limbaugh / Wall Street Journal:
Mr. President, Keep the Airwaves Free  —  As a former law professor, surely you understand the Bill of Rights.  —  Dear President Obama:  —  I have a straightforward question, which I hope you will answer in a straightforward way: Is it your intention to censor talk radio through a variety …
CEO of nation's biggest bank subpoenaed  —  (CNN) — Bank of America CEO and Chairman Kenneth Lewis has been issued a subpoena by the New York State Attorney General's Office, which is investigating whether the bank violated state law by withholding information from investors, a source familiar with the investigation told CNN.
Discussion: The Plank
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