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11:25 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 …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Poll: Majority Doesn't Want Obama To Be Bipartisan
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Brian Beutler
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Murdoch's apology
Discussion: Think Progress
The Huffington Post:
McCain Confronts Obama On Marine One (VIDEO)  —  At the closing session of the president's fiscal responsibility summit on Monday, high-ranking members of Congress were asked to put on their reportorial hats, quizzing Barack Obama on various aspects of his economic priorities.
Jeremy Lott / The Politico:
Obama shouldn't do it his way
Discussion: The Swamp
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.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Stanford Had Links to a 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.
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 …
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: Portfolio and Boing Boing
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
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.
San Francisco Chronicle:
Newsom sneaking around and sipping out of a bottle?  —  Is the Green Mayor holding out on us?  —  This week, the City Insider spotted an almost empty case of bottled water in the back of Mayor Gavin Newsom's hybrid sport utility vehicle as it was parked in front of City Hall.
Discussion: Power Line
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Obama promises bipartisan action on deficits  —  Barack Obama on Monday launched what he promised would be an enduring bipartisan process to bring down the fiscal deficits that have started to explode under his watch.  —  Mr Obama, who called 130 lawmakers and members of think-tanks …
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.
Eileen Sullivan / Associated Press:
Homeland chief orders gulf coast recovery review  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - In one of her first moves as Homeland Security secretary, Janet Napolitano has ordered a fresh review of hurricane recovery efforts in the gulf coast 3 1/2 years after two killer hurricanes swept ashore.
Bailout Bank Blows Millions Partying in L.A.  —  A bank that received $1.6 billion in bailout money just spent a fortune last week in L.A. hosting a series of lavish parties and concerts with famous singers ... and TMZ cameras caught it all.  —  Northern Trust, a Chicago-based bank …
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
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.
Stephen M. Walt:
Richard Perle is a liar  —  I was thinking about two former American government employees this weekend, and how the differences between them tell us a lot about why the United States is in so much trouble today.  —  The first person is Eugene Kranz, the legendary NASA flight director immortalized in the film Apollo 13.
Discussion: TPMCafe, Wonk Room and Mondoweiss
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Roy Edroso / Village Voice:
Rightblogger Protests Short on Protesters, Long on Hype
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
The 92 Percent Solution  —  Feel the anger - here is a website …
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Kim Murphy / Los Angeles Times:
‘Secret’ was deadly for Montana town saturated in asbestos, prosecutors say
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
Stimulus Is Early Focus in New York House Race
Discussion: Scorecard's Blogs
Jim Abrams / Associated Press:
After two century wait, DC residents may get vote
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Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Clients of raided lobby shop rake in the earmarks
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Matt Miller / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Wants to Move the Center Left
Discussion: TPMCafe
Associated Press:
Israel's Envoy on Gaza Is Removed
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Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
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Pakistan Daily Times:
Man slays sister for honour
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Joshua Rhett Miller / Fox News:
Arrest Made in Home Foreclosure Civil Disobedience Program
Discussion: The Other McCain