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1:10 AM ET, February 26, 2009


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Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Limbaugh Defends Jindal, Warns Conservatives They Are ‘Making A Real Mistake If They Go After’ Him  —  The response across the political spectrum to Gov. Bobby Jindal's (R-LA) speech last night has been overwhelmingly negative.  Even the most enthusiastic conservative talkers had harsh words …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Rush: If you think Jindal reeked last night, I don't want to hear from you again  —  Sounds like Ace and I are now Republican personas non grata.  As are an awful lot of commenters in last night's megathread, I might add.  —  That's okay.  One of these days Andy Levy and I are going to start a secular …
Michelle Malkin:
Helen Thomas said what about Bobby Jindal?  —  Helen Thomas has been gabbing with a film crew this morning, according to Washington Times White House correspondent Christina Bellantoni. … No word on whether she also channeled Joe Biden or Hillary Clinton and made any 7/11 and gas station cracks.
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Jindal earns bad reviews in national debut
Discussion: Associated Press
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
EXCLUSIVE: Bill Clinton Says Obama's Speech Was “Terrific” …
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and
Daniel Larison / Eunomia:
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Limbaugh still loves Jindal
Discussion: First Draft and Salon
Ceci Connolly / Washington Post:
Obama Budget Would Create $634 Billion Health-Care Fund  —  President Obama intends to release a budget tomorrow that creates a 10-year, $634 billion “reserve fund” to partially pay for a vast expansion of the U.S. health care system, an overhaul that many experts project will cost as much as $1 trillion over the next decade.
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
$318 Billion Tax Hit Proposed  —  Upper-Income Americans Would See Deductions Cut on Charity and Mortgage Interest  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Thursday will propose $634 billion in new taxes on upper-income Americans and cuts in government spending over the next decade to pay for his promised health-care expansion.
Discussion: The Treatment and Paul Krugman
Paul Krugman:
What should government do?  A Jindal meditation  —  What is the appropriate role of government?  —  Traditionally, the division between conservatives and liberals has been over the role and size of the welfare state: liberals think that the government should play a large role in sanding off …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Case for Volcano Monitoring
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Lynn Bartels / Rocky Mountain News:
Lawmaker's HIV, promiscuity comments cause uproar  —  For the second time in three days at the state Capitol, a Republican senator's remarks about sexuality have caused offense.  —  Wednesday it was Sen. Dave Schultheis, R-Colorado Springs, who opposed a bill requiring all pregnant women …
Ernest Luning / Colorado Independent:
Schultheis: HIV testing for pregnant moms rewards ‘sexual promiscuity’  —  State Sen. Dave Schultheis, a Colorado Springs Republican (Photo/Bob Spencer, The Colorado Independent)  —  Democrats were outraged Wednesday morning when Republican state Sen. Dave Schultheis said he planned to vote …
Patrick Ruffini / The Next Right:
The Joe-the-Plumberization of the GOP  —  With CPAC upon us, I had wanted to write a state-of-the-movement piece, and describing what I felt had gone wrong.  But I couldn't quite put my finger on it.  It hit me like a ton of bricks when I saw this:  —  It could have been like any other of the hundreds …
Discussion: Riehl World View
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:   Wurzelbacher laughs at Obama speech
The Huffington Post:
Chris Matthews Explains “Oh, God!”  Utterance  —  Here's a bit of what Matthews will say, according to an NBC spokesperson: … Jindal has reportedly declined an invitation to appear on this evening's edition of Hardball.  —  FAQ: Comments and Moderation FAQ: HuffPost Accounts
Discussion: The Swamp and Wonkette
William Kristol / Washington Post:
Republicans' Day of Reckoning  —  After Tuesday night, no one should doubt Barack Obama's ambition.  His silent dismissal of the efforts of his immediate predecessors — he mentioned none of them — is only one indication of the extent to which he intends to be a new president breaking new ground in a new era.
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Boehner: ‘Era of big government’ is back
Discussion: Don Surber and Cafe Hayek
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 …
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Limbaugh To Convene A ‘Female Summit’ To Figure Out Why Women Hate Him  —  Limbaugh To Convene A ‘Female Summit’ To Figure Out Why Women Hate Him  —  Women don't really like Rush Limbaugh.  On Feb. 23, Public Policy Polling released findings showing that only 37 percent of women hold …
The official Dilbert website …:
User Name:  —  Wow!  I work in the business jet industry.  This strip is posted all over.  2 Thumbs up!!!  —  Log in to flag this comment  —  This is bare none, the best Dilbert of all time.  —  Log in to flag this comment  —  User Name:  —  apease Feb 25, 2009  —  One of the best ever.
Discussion: Reason
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.
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”
Discussion: The New Republic
Rachel Weiner / The Huffington Post:
George Will On Obama Speech: “I Don't Know When Men Started To Hug Each Other”
Discussion: Political Machine
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.
Sandra Sobieraj Westfall /
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 …
Jennifer Rubin / Pajamas Media:
Obama Removes the Mask  —  The president's speech to Congress eliminated any doubt about the agenda he is promoting.  —  President Obama's speech Tuesday night should put to rest the argument as to who he really is.  He revealed plans so sweeping and so expensive that, if they came to pass …
Orlando Sentinel:
FBI raids University of Florida nuclear power institute  —  GAINESVILLE - The FBI searched the offices of a University of Florida scientist Wednesday in a case alleging the professor and his family took “hundreds of thousands of dollars of illegally obtained government funds” from the nation's space agency.
Dade Hayes / Variety:
Murdoch on the prowl for print sales  —  News Corp. chief may go after N.Y. Times  —  NEW YORK — Rupert Murdoch's counterintuitive quest to invest in print media helped drive away longtime lieutenant Peter Chernin.  —  And now that Chernin can't intercede, does Murdoch …
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Business Channel:
Deficit driven  —  Andrew calls George Bush “the most fiscally reckless president since FDR” and says we should name the tax increases needed to pay for the current deficits after him.  George Bush was indeed fiscally reckless, but the honor of most fiscally reckless president since FDR goes not to him …
Paul Krugman:
All the President's zombies  —  Ben Bernanke's testimony over the past two days gives us our best clue yet about where the administration and the Fed are going with bank rescue.  And the answer seems to be ... nowhere.  —  Simon Johnson and James Kwak read it the same way I do:
Matt Welch / Reason:
The Two Faces of Barack Obama  —  “But I also know,” President Barack Obama said last night, in his typically self-referential fashion, “that in a time of crisis, we cannot afford to govern out of anger, or yield to the politics of the moment.  My job—our job—is to solve the problem.
Discussion: The Swamp
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Straw Men  —  Why does he routinely ascribe to opponents views they don't espouse?  —  President Barack Obama reveres Abraham Lincoln.  But among the glaring differences between the two men is that Lincoln offered careful, rigorous, sustained arguments to advance his aims and …
Discussion: Sound Politics
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H. Josef Hebert / Associated Press:
Sources: Obama cuts funds for Nev. nuclear dump
David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
The right not to be offended?
Discussion: GayPatriot
Ryan Powers / Think Progress:
Evolution Of A Headline: Drudge Blames Obama For Market Declines …
Nick Gillespie / Reason:
The Deficit That Obama Didn't Quite Inherit But Will Almost Certainly Vastly Expand
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
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Jodi Kantor / The Caucus:
Michelle Obama Goes Sleeveless, Again
Discussion: Emptywheel and JustOneMinute
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Reporter Loses Job Over Altered Video Of Fox's Gibson
Discussion: Hot Air