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Huffington Post Smear of Gibson Uses Doctored Video!  —  Updated!  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:
Chris / TVNewser:
This Has Been A Fox News Alert
Discussion: RedState and IMAO
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: Obsidian Wings
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 …
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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.
Discussion: Upturned Earth and Spin Cycle
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
American Issues Project Slams Stimulus Bill As Large
Discussion: The Swamp and Ben Smith's Blogs
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE JESUS ARGUMENT?.... Two weeks ago, Senate Minority Leader …
Discussion: Hot Air, Spin Cycle and The Politico
WJZ-TV:
ACORN Trains Citizens To Protest Home Foreclosures  —  BALTIMORE (WJZ) ― A community organization breaks into a foreclosed home in what they are calling an act of civil disobedience.  —  The group wants to train homeowners facing eviction on peaceful ways they can remain in their homes.
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Michelle Malkin:
“This is our house now:” ACORN mob begins breaking into homes
Discussion: Inside Charm City
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
WILL THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TRACK YOUR DRIVING?  —  Some surprising news out of the Department of Transportation today as Ray LaHood suggests that the Obama administration is considering taxing people based on how many miles they drive.  A vehicle miles traveled tax, as the proposal is often called …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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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 …
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Bans Gimmicks, and Deficit Will Rise  —  WASHINGTON — For his first annual budget next week, President Obama has banned four accounting gimmicks that President George W. Bush used to make deficit projections look smaller.  The price of more honest bookkeeping: A budget …
Discussion: The Plank, Balloon Juice and TIME.com
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
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Jeffrey Goldberg's gasping, dying smear tactics  —  (updated below)  —  The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg — in a paragraph he entitles “Where the Left and Right Always Seem to Agree” — writes (emphasis added): … His link to “Israel-bashing” in the penultimate sentence — as in …
Amanda Carpenter / Townhall.com:
Big Labor to Target Workers IN THEIR HOMES  —  Big Labor wants members to make house calls to gin up support for their agenda, which includes “card check ” legislation Congress is expected to begin work on soon.  —  Check out this flyer below from the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union.
Discussion: Riehl World View and The Foundry
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: The New Republic and Arkansas News
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Conservative Of Doubt  —  They can rant too: … Like Megan, I don't know either.  I've supported the stimulus package because the downdraft right now seems so steep and dangerous that a little cushioning from the feds does not seem to me to be a cardinal sin, and because Obama …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and PoliBlog
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.
Discussion: Wizbang and Michelle Malkin
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.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
On Asia Trip, Clinton Shows How She'll Try to Repair the U.S. Image Around the World  —  On Her First Trip as Secretary of State, Clinton Shows How She'll Attempt to Repair the U.S. Image Worldwide  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton has a new campaign and message: The United States wants to listen.
Elizabeth Landau / CNN:
Men see bikini-clad women as objects  —  CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) — It may seem obvious that men perceive women in sexy bathing suits as objects, but now there's science to back it up.  —  New research shows that, in men, the brain areas associated with handling tools and the intention …
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.
United States House of Representatives …:
Brian Views Destruction in Gaza - Calls for Immediate Relief and Change in Policy  —  Washington, D.C. - Two members of Congress, Brian Baird (D-WA-03), and Keith Ellison, (D-MN-05), visited Gaza on Thursday to view firsthand the destruction from recent Israeli air and ground attacks and to meet …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and TPMDC
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 …
Marist Poll:
Blues for Mayor Bloomberg?  Approval Rating Drops 7 Percentage Points  —  This Marist Poll reports:  — Bloomberg Approval Rating Drops 7 Percentage Points...At Lowest Level in Nearly 4 Years: Although a majority of registered voters in New York City — 52% — say Mayor Michael Bloomberg …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: ONE MONTH DOWN  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** One month down: Today marks exactly one month since Obama was inaugurated.  The country, and the world frankly, is engaged on pretty much anything this president does.
Discussion: The Plum Line
 
 
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