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2:30 PM ET, February 25, 2009

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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The Jindal Phenomenon  —  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal — selected to deliver the Republicans' Fat Tuesday response to President Obama — might also be voted the man least likely to let the good times roll.  Slight, earnest, deeply religious and supremely wonkish, Jindal resembles neither …
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Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
Jindal's Response...  Awful.  He walked out like an earnest dork and has a weird inflection, trying to sound upbeat and sunny when it's clearly not his natural metier.  It sounds false, and he looks false.  —  I don't care how much of a star Jindal is, America doesn't elect somewhat-off dorks as president.
Chris / TVNewser:
“Oh God” Heard From MSNBC Set As Gov. Jindal Appears for GOP Response
Greg Veis / The New Republic:
Epic Fail, SOTU Rebuttal Version
Think Progress:
Fox Panel's Verdict On Jindal's Speech: ‘Childish,’ …
Sandra Sobieraj Westfall / People.com:
Michelle Obama: White House Dog Coming Soon!  —  Michelle and Barack Obama with daughters Malia, left, and Sasha  —  The whole world, it seems, wants to know: What kind of dog are the Obamas getting and, for goodness sake, when?  —  Speaking to PEOPLE at the White House recently …
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Fox News:
Obama Family Picks Their Dog Breed, But Clash on Name  —  The Obamas are getting their new dog in a matter of weeks.  And they have come to some important decisions.  —  First off, the breed.  —  First Lady Michelle Obama told People Magazine that the the family wants to find a rescue Portuguese Water dog.
Jodi Kantor / The Caucus:
Michelle Obama Goes Sleeveless, Again
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Emptywheel
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Poll: Positive Reception For Obama Address  —  UPDATED WITH FINAL RESULTS CBS News and Knowledge Networks held a nationally representative poll of 534 people who watched President Obama give his address to Congress to gauge their reaction in the minutes after the president's speech.
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The Politico:
What Obama really meant  —  President Obama's maiden speech to Congress was loaded with durable lines, many aimed with precision at specific audiences or political objectives.  As is often the case, the most memorable lines were often written with subtlety and delicacy to keep the speech above petty politics and blame-casting.
CNN:
Poll: Obama's speech scored with viewers
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Byrd: Obama in power grab  —  Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), the longest serving Democratic senator, is criticizing President Obama's appointment of White House “czars” to oversee federal policy, saying these executive positions amount to a power grab by the executive branch.
M Peretz / The New Republic:
Chas Freeman Is Bigoted And Out Of Touch  —  Here is the most stunning prospective appointment of the Obama administration as yet.  Not stunning as in “spectacular” or “distinguished” but stunning as in bigoted and completely out of synch with the deepest convictions of the American people.
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Gabriel Schoenfeld / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Intelligence Choice  —  The president picks a China apologist and Israel basher to write his intelligence summaries.  —  During the presidential campaign, a constant refrain of Barack Obama and other Democratic candidates was that the Bush administration had severely politicized intelligence …
Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
“A Major Doctrinal Shift for Republicans”  —  Chief Political Correspondent  —  I just got off the phone with a very plugged-in Republican strategist who told me that Republican reaction to President Obama's speech, which the party will roll out in the next few days, will mark the beginning …
William Kristol / PostPartisan:
Not a War President  —  What can we learn from the few sentences President Obama devoted to foreign policy in his speech to Congress tonight?  —  The main lesson is how very few the sentences were.  Yes, this was a speech focused on the economy.  But it was also Obama's first address to Congress …
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Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
The Insular President  —  It wasn't a State of the Union speech …
Discussion: INSTAPUTZ
Conor Clarke / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
America invented everything  —  Two of Obama's claims from the SOTU: … and … After a period of prolonged study and meditation (ie, I consulted Wikipedia for 45 minutes after the speech), I have concluded that these claims are questionable at best and false at worst.
David Stout / New York Times:
Justices Rule Sect Cannot Force Placing of Monument  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Wednesday, in one of the most closely watched free speech decisions in years, that a tiny religious sect could not force a Utah city to let it erect a monument to its faith in a public park.
Discussion: The Hill and Althouse
Lane Hudson / The Huffington Post:
United Pilot Insults Sully  —  I just flew on United Airlines Flight 918 from Dulles to Heathrow.  Once we reached cruising altitude, the pilot interrupted the display of airspeed, altitude, and temperature on the backs of the seat in front of passengers.  What I expected to be the usual welcome …
Discussion: Political Byline
Luke Baker / Reuters:
Exclusive: Lawyer says Guantanamo abuse worse since Obama  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Abuse of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay has worsened sharply since President Barack Obama took office as prison guards “get their kicks in” before the camp is closed, according to a lawyer who represents detainees.
Discussion: Wizbang
Lynnley Browning / New York Times:
Group of Rich Americans Sues UBS to Keep Names Secret in Tax Case  —  UBS was sued on Tuesday in a Swiss federal court by wealthy American clients seeking to prevent the disclosure of their identities as part of a tax-evasion investigation by the United States Justice Department.
Spectator:
The Age Of Obama  —  WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 24: U.S. President Barack Obama addresses a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress February 24, 2009 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.  Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.  —  And so it begins.  The contrast between Barack Obama last night and George W Bush was striking.
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Setbacks for Coleman grow at Senate recount trial  —  Attorneys for Norm Coleman conferred Tuesday during the recount trial in St. Paul.  Tony Trimble is at left, Ben Ginsberg is at right and Joe Friedberg has his back to the camera.  —  Judges allowed marks to be removed and heard other ballots were properly rejected.
Discussion: Wilshire & Washington and TIME.com
Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
Will's “final thought” on Obama speech: “I don't know when men started to hug each other, but hug they do, and look at that”
Reuters:
Wall St. drops after data, banks fall  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stocks added to losses on Wednesday after data showed the pace of existing home sales unexpectedly fell in January, while bank shares slid on continuing worries over the fate of the sector.  —  The tone was set early …
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Like Having Medicare?  Then Taxes Must Rise  —  Toward the end of Monday's meetings on fiscal responsibility at the White House, Senator Kent Conrad stood up and produced a little bolt of honesty.  “Revenue is the thing almost nobody wants to talk about,” said Mr. Conrad, the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee.
World Public Opinion:
Muslim Publics Oppose Al Qaeda's Terrorism, But Agree With Its Goal of Driving US Forces Out  —  Support for Including Islamist Groups in Elections  —  A study of public opinion in predominantly Muslim countries reveals that very large majorities continue to renounce the use of attacks …
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
VIDEO: Pols spin post-Obama speech  —  Following President Barack Obama's congressional address Tuesday night, politicians headed to Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol to spin reporters and generally yuk it up.  —  We caught up with everyone from Robert Gibbs to Sen. Frank Lautenberg …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Obama Outlines Principles For Regulatory Reform  —  President Barack Obama is pledging that major regulatory reform of financial markets will help, not hinder, future economic prosperity.  Wall Street may have banks on their mind — and the Treasury is providing details about stress tests today …
Discussion: Brian Beutler
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Reporter Loses Job Over Altered Video Of Fox's Gibson  —  A Baltimore television reporter has lost his job after acknowledging that he doctored a video to make it appear that Fox News Radio host John Gibson had made a racial slur.  —  In the bogus video, which was picked up across the Internet …
Discussion: Hot Air
Eileen Sullivan / Associated Press:
Napolitano: DHS to miss cargo screening deadline  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told lawmakers Wednesday that the agency cannot meet its 2012 deadline for screening all cargo coming into the U.S. for radiological and nuclear materials.
Discussion: TIME.com
Marianne Lavelle / The Center for Public Integrity:
The Climate Change Lobby Explosion  —  WILL THOUSANDS OF LOBBYISTS IMPERIL ACTION ON GLOBAL WARMING?  —  In his address to a joint session of Congress, President Barack Obama pledged nothing less than a transformation in the way America uses energy in order to “save our planet from the ravages …
Marcus Stern / ProPublica:
Corruption Touched CIA's Covert Operations  —  Paramilitary agents for the CIA's super-secret Special Activities Division, or SAD, perform raids, ambushes, abductions and other difficult chores overseas, including infiltrating countries to “light up” targets from the ground for air-to-ground missile strikes.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Obama's Radicalism: Breaking The “Big Versus Small Government” Frame  —  A quick afterthought on President Obama's big speech before Congress last night.  —  The President's speech was, at bottom, a call for radical change.  He outlined an extraordinarily ambitious governmental agenda …
 
 
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THE FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETS THE CBO.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Andrea Thompson / Yahoo! News:
Gov. Jindal Follow-up: What Is ‘Volcano Monitoring’?
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Japan's boffins: Global warming isn't man-made
Discussion: Vox Popoli and NewsBusters.org
CNN:
House says ‘no’ to pet monkeys
Discussion: Indecision
Stephanie Hancock / BBC:
In a twist  —  Reem Asaad's campaign has been gaining pace on a social networking site
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David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
GOP Turns to Talk of ‘Spending Freeze’
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Some Dems balk at controversial budget maneuver
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
INSTA-POLL: So the Tea Party Movement is well underway.
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Another Star in Chicago
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Washington Post:
Voucher Subterfuge  —  CONGRESSIONAL Democrats want to mandate …
Attaturk / Firedoglake:
A little something for the Teaparty