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9:35 AM ET, February 20, 2009


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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.
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 …
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 …
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
johnny dollar's place:
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: TVNewser, RedState and Wonkette
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 …
Julian Borger / Guardian:
IAEA: Iran has enough uranium for bomb
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
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
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
New York Times:
Statement From Iseman's Lawyers  —  Today our client Ms. Vicki Iseman settled the defamation action that we filed on her behalf against The New York Times, and a number of its editors and reporters, resulting from an article published by the Times on February 21, 2008 (see “Note to Readers” and “Joint Statement").
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
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.
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
Elie Leshem / Jerusalem Post:
Peres tasks Netanyahu with forming new government  —  After the failure of his last-ditch effort to muster Kadima leader Tzipi Livni's support for a unity government on Friday, President Shimon Peres formally entrusted Likud chairman Binyamin Netanyahu with the task of building a coalition.
Discussion: Israel Matzav, BBC, PoliBlog and Power Line
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
Gateway Pundit:
Rep. Gohmert Says Republicans Will Cancel Spendulus Bill If GOP Takes Back Congress in 2010 (Video)  —  “I would like to say tonight that if the American people will let the Republicans back in charge, the 60% of this bill that won't be spent until after the next election, we'll cut it off and let it go to the Americans.”
Discussion: Don Surber
Edward L. Glaeser / Economix:
Housing Plan: The Virtues of Moderation  —  Edward L. Glaeser is an economics professor at Harvard.  —  The housing plan that President Obama revealed on Wednesday, like the stimulus package, was presented as a single solution to a potload of problems.  The plan is being promoted …
Discussion: Cafe Hayek and American Power
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Health Care Industry in Talks to Shape Policy  —  WASHINGTON — Since last fall, many of the leading figures in the nation's long-running health care debate have been meeting secretly in a Senate hearing room.  Now, with the blessing of the Senate's leading proponent of universal health insurance …
Discussion: Think Progress and
Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Obama's Popularity Not Enough to get European Allies to Send More Troops to Afghanistan: Many people, myself included, hoped that Barack Obama's popularity abroad would enable the administration to get increased cooperation from our allies, thereby making key US foreign policy objectives easier to achieve.
Clinton urges N Korean dialogue  —  Hillary Clinton has warned North Korea relations with the US will not improve until it engages in dialogue with South Korea and ends its nuclear ambitions.  —  The US secretary of state was speaking in the South Korean capital, Seoul, during her first overseas trip as the top US diplomat.
Discussion: The Note and
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