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3:00 PM ET, February 20, 2009

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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.
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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
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:
Governor calls for Burris to resign  —  CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said Friday that Roland Burris should resign from the United States Senate and the vacancy should then be filled by a special election.  —  Quinn joins a chorus of state legislators and two Democratic House members …
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Ill. Gov. Quinn calls for Burris resignation  —  Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) on Friday called on his “good friend” Roland Burris (D-Ill.) to step down from the Senate and said the Illinois legislature should immediately take up a bill to require special elections to fill Senate vacancies.
Chicago Sun Times:
Burris' affidavit also filed with Supreme Court
Discussion: Daily Kos
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
Joan Lowy / Associated Press:
AP Interview: Transportation secretary says taxing how much we drive may replace gasoline tax  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he wants to consider taxing motorists based on how many miles they drive rather than how much gasoline they burn …
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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 …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
LaHood eyes mileage tax
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) …
Discussion: Inside Charm City
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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 …
Discussion: Pat Dollard
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.
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 …
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
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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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Fiscal summit details  —  Jonathan Martin sends over a detailed schedule he obtained for Monday's Fiscal Summit, which starts at 1:00 p.m. in the White House State Dining Room.  —  The event is to include about 100 guests, and will begin with addresses by President Obama and Vice President Biden.
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.
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
A test for the Israeli lobby  —  The pro-Israel wing of Obama's supporters has generally been pretty happy with the state of the administration, from Hillary's appointment to Dennis Ross' role with Iran.  George Mitchell, by downplaying Israeli settlements and stressing Iran policy yesterday, won raves from hawkish Jewish leaders.
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.
 
 
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Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
NAFTA Renegotiation Must Wait, Obama Says
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Times Co. Suspends Its Dividend to Raise Cash
Discussion: Say Anything and NewsBusters.org
Allen Stanford Found / Washington Post:
NATIONAL BRIEFING  —  FBI agents found R. Allen Stanford …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Phil Gramm / Wall Street Journal:
Deregulation and the Financial Panic
Discussion: Wonk Room
David M. Dickson / Washington Times:
States prepare to combat stimulus strings
Jeff Stein / SpyTalk:
Former CIA Officer Describes Retribution for Whistle Blowing
Discussion: ThreatsWatch
 Earlier Items: 
Elizabeth Landau / CNN:
Men see bikini-clad women as objects
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Gateway Pundit:
Rep. Gohmert Says Republicans Will Cancel Spendulus Bill If GOP Takes …
Discussion: Wizbang and Hot Air
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
The Crisis of Credit Visualized
Discussion: Political Machine
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Who'll Stop the Pain?
Discussion: The New Republic