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10:45 AM ET, February 24, 2009


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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The “Americans want bipartisanship” myth  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  As part of that New York Times online discussion in which I participated yesterday regarding whether Obama should continue to pursue “bipartisanship,” I wrote:
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A RUDE AWAKENING.... Congressional Republicans seem to be feeling pretty good about themselves.  They're voting in lock step, dominating the cable chatter, and releasing Aerosmith-backed videos bragging about their opposition to the economic recovery package.  The GOP had discovered its mojo and was finally where it wanted to be.
New York Times:
Survey Reveals Broad Support for President  —  President Obama is benefiting from remarkably high levels of optimism and confidence among Americans about his leadership, providing him with substantial political clout as he confronts the nation's economic challenges and opposition from nearly …
Washington Post:
Poll: Most Americans Back Obama on Stimulus, Mortgage Plans  —  Bipartisan Support Drops Significantly as More Republicans Disapprove of How President Is Handling Job  —  As President Obama prepares to address a joint session of Congress tomorrow night, he receives strong grades …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Poll: Majority Doesn't Want Obama To Be Bipartisan
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Poll: More trust Capitol Hill than Wall Street
Discussion: The Fix and New York Times
Andie Coller / The Politico:
Obama's challenge: A nation of Santellis  —  When CNBC's Rick Santelli argued last week that President Barack Obama's mortgage bailout plan would force hard-working Americans to pay for their neighbors' mistakes, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs dismissed him as a know-nothing derivatives trader out of touch with Main Street.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
DANGEROUS BREW  —  That's what happens when you mix poll numbers from Rasmussen and whackadoodle editorializing from The Politico.  If you go to the front page right now you'll see this splash headline for an article which argues that Obama has his work cut out for him tomorrow night because most Americans …
Obama to lay out sober assessment, hopeful future  —  (CNN) — President Obama's address Tuesday to a joint session of Congress will have a heavy emphasis on the economy and will try to strike an optimistic tone, aides said.  —  That's a sign Obama has heard the criticism …
John Burnett / NPR:
A Defining Moment For Jindal — And GOP's Future?
Samira Simone / CNN:
GOP rising star Jindal's speech a ‘coming-out party’
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
The Painfully Ridiculous End to the NYU Revolution  —  The final, farcical moments of the failed Revolutionary NYU Food Court Occupation were caught on film by one of the protesters.  And then shown to the world, despite being—by any standard—incredibly embarrassing.  —  “You may not come in here.
Rupert Murdoch / New York Post:
STATEMENT FROM RUPERT MURDOCH  —  As the Chairman of the New York Post, I am ultimately responsible for what is printed in its pages.  The buck stops with me.  —  Last week, we made a mistake.  We ran a cartoon that offended many people.  Today I want to personally apologize to any reader who felt offended, and even insulted.
Jeremy Lott / The Politico:
Obama shouldn't do it his way  —  From his painful, rambling answer at an April 2004 news conference to his final televised White House address in January, in which he vaguely admitted to some errors, George W. Bush cemented his reputation as the Frank Sinatra of presidents.  Regrets?  He's had a few.
Discussion: The Swamp
Fox News:
Rogue Financier Stanford Linked to Fund Run by Bidens  —  A fund of hedge funds run by two members of Vice President Joe Biden's family was marketed exclusively by companies controlled by Texas financier R. Allen Stanford, who is facing Securities and Exchange Commission accusations of engaging in an $8 billion fraud.
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Bush launches speaking tour, promoting his policies that were ‘controversial at times’ but ‘kept the country safe.’  —  As the Dallas Morning News reported earlier this month, George W. Bush's first post-presidency address will be in Canada on March 17.  The closed event is being billed as …
Discussion: MSNBC
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Bush back in saddle for speaking tour
Felix Salmon / Wired News:
Recipe for Disaster: The Formula That Killed Wall Street  —  A year ago, it was hardly unthinkable that a math wizard like David X. Li might someday earn a Nobel Prize.  After all, financial economists—even Wall Street quants—have received the Nobel in economics before …
Discussion: Boing Boing
Jack Shafer / Slate:
Plus, J. Edgar Hoover on how to spot a homosexual.  —  When Bill Moyers left his show Now With Bill Moyers at the end of 2004, he told the Associated Press that his immediate project would be a book about the year he worked for Lyndon B. Johnson.  Upon returning to PBS in the spring of 2007 …
Claudine Beaumont / Telegraph:
Google's Gmail service crashes across world  —  Google's web-based email service, Gmail, has crashed this morning, leaving millions of users from Britain to Australia unable to send and receive messages.  —  The email service went offline at around 10.25am GMT, and the outage appears …
Discussion: BBC, Bits and Guardian
A.W.R. Hawkins / Human Events:
Eleven States Declare Sovereignty Over Obama's Action  —  State governors — looking down the gun barrel of long-term spending forced on them by the Obama “stimulus” plan — are saying they will refuse to take the money.  This is a Constitutional confrontation between the federal government and the states unlike any in our time.
Associated Press:
Israel's Envoy on Gaza Is Removed  —  Prime Minister Ehud Olmert dismissed Israel's top negotiator in Gaza truce talks for publicly criticizing Olmert's demand that Palestinians hand over a captured Israeli soldier before any deal is clinched, officials said Monday.
Lynn Sweet:
Burris and Durbin to meet Tuesday afternoon.  Scoop: Burris not resigning but signaling won't run in 2010  —  WASHINGTON—Embattled Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) meets with Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Tuesday afternoon.  Burris understands that he needs to try to mollify Durbin and he will attempt to do that.
William P. Barrett / Forbes:
Boss Got Raise As Philly Papers Tanked  —  CEO Tierney got 38% increase as The Philadelphia Inquirer headed toward bankruptcy.  —  As the parent company of The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News slid toward the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing it made over the weekend, one employee did well on the pay front: CEO Brian P. Tierney.
Discussion: BuzzMachine, and Romenesko
Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
AIG to Retrade Its Bailout Yet Again?  (Banana Republic Watch)  —  Sports fans, your humble blogger earnestly endeavors to keep up with the machinations of of big financial firms to extract rents from the poor chump taxpayer, usually by invoking scary images of the financial version of nuclear winter.
Discussion: Corrente
The Politico:
Palin: Media sought to seek, destroy Politico - 40 minutes ago  —  Election News  — Obama pledges $15B for Medicaid, answers critics  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama promised quick help for strapped Medicaid programs Monday as he brought in advisers and adversaries …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Firedoglake
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Clients of raided lobby shop rake in the earmarks  —  Clients of a defense lobby shop under investigation are continuing to score earmarks from their patrons in Congress, despite the firm being on the verge of shutting its doors permanently.  —  Several clients of The PMA Group …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
William Glaberson / New York Times:
Administration Draws Fire for Report on Guantánamo  —  The Pentagon official who inspected the Guantánamo Bay prison at the behest of President Obama and declared its conditions humane described himself Monday as a “fresh set of eyes” who had been given free rein to go about his work.
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Michelle Malkin:
9,000 earmarks in the $410 billion omnibus spending bill …
Kim Murphy / Los Angeles Times:
‘Secret’ was deadly for Montana town saturated in asbestos, prosecutors say
Stephen M. Walt:
Richard Perle is a liar
Discussion: TPMCafe, Wonk Room and Mondoweiss
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
Stimulus Is Early Focus in New York House Race
Discussion: Scorecard's Blogs
David Espo / Associated Press:
House Democrats propose $410B spending bill
Discussion: Don Surber and Yahoo! News
Jim Abrams / Associated Press:
After two century wait, DC residents may get vote
Discussion: Hot Air and
Matt Miller / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Wants to Move the Center Left
Discussion: TPMCafe
 Earlier Items: 
David Pogue / New York Times:
The Kindle: Good Before, Better Now  —  In the high-tech industry …
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
kf Resorts to Homespun Metaphors
Discussion: TigerHawk, The Foundry and The Corner
Pakistan Daily Times:
Man slays sister for honour
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
On Return to Court, Ginsburg Is Quick to Question
Discussion: The Politico
Joshua Rhett Miller / Fox News:
Arrest Made in Home Foreclosure Civil Disobedience Program
Discussion: The Other McCain