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5:35 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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Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line:
Schwarzenegger to GOP: Put Aside Ideology  —  California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger repeated today on “This Week” that he'd take any state aid money GOP governors like Gov. Mark Sanford, R-S.C. turn down — a position that has raised the ire of many of his Republican colleagues in Washington, D.C. this weekend.
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Victoria McGrane / The Politico:
GOP governor rift on full display
Discussion: TIME.com
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Fox News “war games” the coming civil war  —  (updated below)  —  Bill Clinton's election in 1992 gave rise to the American “militia movement”: hordes of overwhelmingly white, middle-aged men from suburban and rural areas who convinced themselves they were defending the American way of life from the …
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.
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.
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 …
Scott / Power Line:
REMEMBERING THE INDISPENSABLE MAN  —  Today is the anniversary of the birth of George Washington.  Of all the great men of the revolutionary era to whom we owe our freedom, Washington's greatness was the rarest and the most needed.  At this remove in time, it is also the hardest to comprehend.
Siun / Firedoglake:
Afghanistan: When Will the “Experts” Remember the Geneva Conventions?  —  Last week, the National Security Network - which describes itself as “the progressive national security community” - released a statement on Afghanistan.  Our friend Spencer Ackerman reported on it's release in the Washington Independent.
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
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: Moe Lane and The Moderate Voice
Victoria McGrane / The Politico:
GOP out of touch, says Arnold  —  California Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger suggested that his party is out of touch with average Americans on the issue of health care.  —  “You've got to listen to the people.  If the nation is screaming out loud, 'We need health care reform.
Discussion: Right Wing News
Jeff Donn / Associated Press:
Army charity hoards millions, investigation finds  —  FORT BLISS, Texas - As soldiers stream home from Iraq and Afghanistan, the biggest charity inside the U.S. military has been stockpiling tens of millions of dollars meant to help put returning fighters back on their feet, an Associated Press investigation shows.
Discussion: TheZoo
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 …
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: Think Progress, TalkLeft and TIME.com
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Andrew Porter / Telegraph:
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
WHAT OBAMA'S BUDGET DOES — AND DOESN'T — SAY.
Rajiv Chandrasekaran / Washington Post:
From Captive To Suicide Bomber
Discussion: Pat Dollard
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Ex-Paterson Aide to Return for Re-election Bid
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Discussion: TIME.com and Cafe Talk Aggregator
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Should Minnesota lower the drinking age to 18?
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