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1:05 PM ET, February 24, 2009


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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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Poll: Majority Doesn't Want Obama To Be Bipartisan  —  You routinely hear it asserted that the public wants bipartisan comity in Washington, but some striking numbers buried in the internals of the new New York Times poll find that in the current context, precisely the opposite is true:
Washington Times:
GOP governor: Congressional leadership ‘inconsequential’  —  S.A. Miller and Stephen Dinan, THE WASHINGTON TIMES  —  NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW:  —  The Republican governor of Utah on Monday said his party is blighted by leaders in Congress whose lack of new ideas renders them so “inconsequential” …
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts, Salon and David Corn
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 and Hoffmania!
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.
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
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Steele might aid primary challengers  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele says that he might support primary challengers against the three GOP senators who voted in favor of the stimulus package.  —  Asked if he was open to the move during an interview Monday on Fox News' …
Discussion: RedState
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Gibbs hints at ‘Reaganesque’ speech  —  President Barack Obama won't speak until prime-time, but his aides fanned out to the morning shows Tuesday morning to talk up his first speech before a joint session of Congress.  And the word they used to preview it: “Reaganesque.”
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and RedState
Andie Coller / The Politico:
Obama's challenge: A nation of Santellis
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 …
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.
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.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
The 92 Percent Solution  —  Feel the anger - here is a website dedicated to the 92 percent of Americans who are making their mortgage payments.  The mission statement reads more like the Declaration of Independence; the intro:  —  The 92% Group Charter  —  1. The sole purpose …
Discussion: Riehl World View and
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.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Jim Cooper Not Invited to Fiscal Responsibility Summit  —  digg it  —  Here's a weird one.  Obama agreed to host a “fiscal responsibility summit” because Jim Cooper was pushing for one in December, and it was a way to get Blue Dog support for the stimulus bill.
Eric Bailey / Los Angeles Times:
Taxing pot could become a political toking point  —  An Assemblyman from San Francisco argues that it's time to tax and regulate the state's biggest cash crop in the same manner as alcohol.  Opponents say it would create new costs for society.  —  Reporting from Sacramento …
Alex Morales / Bloomberg:
Satellite to Study Global-Warming Gases Lost in Space  —  Feb. 24 (Bloomberg) — A satellite launched from California failed to reach orbit today, crashing into the sea near Antarctica and dooming a $273 million mission to study global-warming gases.  —  “The mission is lost,” …
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 and Portfolio
Allen Salkin / New York Times:
That Old Master?  It's at the Pawnshop  —  Last fall, Annie Leibovitz, the photographer, borrowed $5 million from a company called Art Capital Group.  In December, she borrowed $10.5 million more from the same firm.  As collateral, among other items, she used town houses she owns in Greenwich Village …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
One month in, Barack Obama's approval slips, disapproval doubles  —  One month down, 47 to go.  —  And Barack Obama's poll numbers have slid almost 10% already.  According to the latest Gallup Poll, the new president's approval rating of 68% in January has slipped now to 63%, about average for recent new presidents one month in.
Toby Harnden / Toby Harnden's blog listings:
How politics works: Senator Christopher Dodd and his cosy Irish cottage  —  An intriguing item here from the dogged Kevin Rennie of the Hartford Courant that highlights a classic example of why ordinary citizens become cynical about politicians and the way business in Washington is conducted.
Discussion: The Corner
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 …
Ta-Nehisi Coates:
Some Random Thoughts On The Limits Of Umbrage  —  I spent Sunday at Abyssinia Baptist Church.  It may have been the most “African-American” service I'd ever seen—emphasis on both halves of the hyphen.  The service began with the choir singing “Lift Every Voice” and ended with them singing “We Shall Overcome.”
Discussion: Crunchy Con
Lynn Sweet:
Gov. Pat Quinn to run in 2010.  “I think I am doing a good job today”  —  WASHINGTON — First, some news, for anyone wondering if Gov. Quinn, who replaced the ousted Gov. Blagojevich, will run in 2010.  —  He will.  —  “I have no reason not to run,” Quinn told me when I asked him about the 2010 election.
Discussion: Swing State Project
Matt Miller / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Wants to Move the Center Left  —  The president's liberal critics miss the bigger picture.  —  President Barack Obama is taking a beating from liberal critics who think his attempt to court Republican support is a political failure and a policy disaster.
Discussion: Democratic Strategist and TPMCafe
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Jack Cafferty / CNN:
Cafferty: Not your father's country anymore
Discussion: Big Brass Blog
William M. Isaac / Wall Street Journal:
Bank Nationalization Isn't the Answer
Discussion: Portfolio and The Big Picture
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William Glaberson / New York Times:
Administration Draws Fire for Report on Guantánamo
Stephen M. Walt:
Richard Perle is a liar
Discussion: TPMCafe, Wonk Room and Mondoweiss
John Burnett / NPR:
A Defining Moment For Jindal — And GOP's Future?
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Clients of raided lobby shop rake in the earmarks
Discussion: CQ Politics, Hot Air and Betsy's Page
David Pogue / New York Times:
The Kindle: Good Before, Better Now  —  In the high-tech industry …
Claudine Beaumont / Telegraph:
Google's Gmail service crashes across world