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2:55 PM ET, February 22, 2009

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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Shelby dabbles in citizenship rumor [UPDATED]  —  A dispatch from Cullman, Alabama: … I emailed Shelby's spokesman, Jonathan Graffeo, to ask if Shelby believes there's substance to this rumor, for which no supporting evidence has ever emerge, and which has been debunked repeatedly and in detail.
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Top of the Ticket
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Patrick McCreless / CullmanTimes.com, Cullman, Alabama:
Shelby discusses stimulus bill, other issues  —  To Sen. Richard Shelby, borrowing $787 billion is not good fiscal responsibility.  —  “You can't borrow your way to prosperity,” Shelby said.  “We're the largest debtor in the world.  We're stealing from our grandchildren.”
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Dark Dark Dark  —  Barack Obama's grandmother told him to smile more.  Bill Clinton tells the new president to strut more.  —  As the country takes a bullet train to bankruptcy, the last Democratic president urged the current one to “embody” that old American spunk.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Obama's Budget  —  Clearly the big story of the day is the deliberate leakage of Obama budget plans.  The highlights:  — Obama wants the 2013 deficit to be half the size of the 2009 deficit he inhereted.  — The 2010 deficit is going to be large.  — Specifically …
Discussion: TalkLeft, TIME.com and Truthdig
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Sen. Feingold's Constitution  —  A simple apology would have sufficed.  Instead, Sen. Russ Feingold has decided to follow his McCain-Feingold evisceration of the First Amendment with Feingold-McCain, more vandalism against the Constitution.  —  The Wisconsin Democrat …
New York Times:
A Reconciliation on Gay Marriage  —  IN politics, as in marriage, moments come along when sensitive compromise can avert a major conflict down the road.  The two of us believe that the issue of same-sex marriage has reached such a point now.  —  We take very different positions on gay marriage.
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
Rahm Emanuel on the job.  —  Rahm Emanuel's office, which is no more than a three-second walk from the Oval Office, is as neat as a Marine barracks.  On his desk, the files and documents, including leatherbound folders from the National Security Council, are precisely arranged, each one parallel with the desk's edge.
Discussion: The Caucus and TIME.com
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
What were the worst movies of all time?  —  Since Hollywood will sprain a shoulder patting itself on the back tonight, I thought we might have some fun with a topic that briefly appeared at The Corner this week: what were Hollywood's worst bombs?  I'm not talking about American International …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Moe Lane
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
The Revolt of the Kulaks Has Begun  —  The beginning of a protest movement against Barack Obama's redistributive policies is underway.  Though still small, every movement starts somewhere.  While called the “Tea Party” after the Boston Tea Party, this movement is similar to movements throughout history …
Ian Talley / Wall Street Journal:
EPA to Issue Emissions Rules  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's climate czar said Sunday the Environmental Protection Agency would soon issue a rule on regulation of carbon dioxide, finding that it represents a danger to the public.  —  The White House is pressing Congress to draft …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
WHAT OBAMA'S BUDGET DOES — AND DOESN'T — SAY.  —  The key agenda item in the budget is health care.  That's what will dominate the week's message and Obama's primetime speech.  So what will the budget say?  Or, as importantly, what won't it say?  —  Health care will be financed.
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Obama in perpetual campaign, Barbour says  —  (CNN) - It's no coincidence President Obama has traveled to key swing states to push his massive stimulus measure, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Sunday.  —  Barbour, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
 
 
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
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