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10:45 AM ET, February 26, 2009


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Chris Fusco / Chicago Sun Times:
BURRIS' SON GOT STATE JOB FROM BLAGO  —  The son of embattled Sen. Roland Burris is a federal tax deadbeat who landed a $75,000-a-year state job under former Gov. Rod Blagojevich five months ago, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.  —  Blagojevich's administration hired Roland W. Burris II …
New York Times:
To Pay for Health Care, Obama Looks to Taxes on Affluent  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama will propose further tax increases on the affluent to help pay for his promise to make health care more accessible and affordable, calling for stricter limits on the benefits of itemized deductions taken …
Obama's Proposes Up to $750 Billion More for Bank Aid  —  Feb. 26 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama's first budget request would provide as much as $750 billion in new aid to the financial industry, as well as overhaul the U.S. health-care system and launch a program to cut carbon-dioxide emissions.
Discussion: NY Daily News and Corrente
Ceci Connolly / Washington Post:
Obama Budget Would Create $634 Billion Health-Care Fund
Jonathan Allen / CQ Politics:
President and His Inner Circle Have Earmarks in Omnibus  —  Funny how items show up in spending bills without any notice — like an earmark for a president who promised not to seek any.  —  President Obama, who took a no-earmark pledge on the campaign trail, is listed as one of dozens …
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:   Top Democrats brush off the president on earmarks
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 …
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
U.S. Is Arms Bazaar for Mexican Cartels  —  PHOENIX — The Mexican agents who moved in on a safe house full of drug dealers last May were not prepared for the fire power that greeted them.  —  When the shooting was over, eight agents were dead.  Among the guns the police recovered …
Discussion: Riehl World View and Truthdig
Scott / Power Line:
DATING A BANKER ANONYMOUS...EXPOSED!  —  On January 25, the New York Times reported on the women of Dating a Banker Anonymous.  The Times reported: … On February 2, the Times appended a typical Times correction to the story: … The Times missed a tad more than the second “t” in Buffett's name.
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
Governor Jindal, Rising G.O.P. Star, Plummets After Speech  —  Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana has been a rising star in the Republican Party, but his stock took a hit as he was roundly panned for his televised response to President Obama's first speech to Congress on Tuesday night.
Mike Brassfield / St. Petersburg Times:
ACLU sues city of Clearwater over tackle shop's fish mural  —  Herb Quintero, owner of the Complete Angler, and the ACLU's Becky Steele talk Tuesday after suing the city of Clearwater.  —  Times]  —  CLEARWATER — A fight over a fish mural has landed in federal court.
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
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 …
Gail Collins / New York Times:
The Dead Tree Theory  —  Whenever a president gives a major address, like the one Barack Obama delivered to Congress this week, the opposition party delivers a rejoinder.  Which American citizens always ignore.  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's speech was, therefore, a kind of triumph.
The Politico:
GOP at risk of becoming party in the no  —  Another day, another no vote.  —  After near-unanimous Republican congressional opposition to President Barack Obama's stimulus package and a week dominated by headlines of GOP governors poised to reject stimulus funding, House Republicans followed …
Andie Coller / The Politico:
Arguments lost in blizzard of billions
Discussion: Reuters and Associated Press
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
In President's Budget Plan, Broad Agenda and a Few Gaps  —  President Obama's spending plan is built on the assumption that lawmakers can resolve some hugely contentious issues — and it relies on a few well-worn budget tricks.  —  The request he will deliver to Congress today proposes …
Michael J. Totten:
Christopher Hitchens and the Battle of Beirut  —  Last week Christopher Hitchens and I were attacked in Beirut.  Less than 24 hours after we landed at the international airport, a half dozen members of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party jumped us on Hamra Street when he defaced one of their signs.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
New York Times:
Obama's Iraq Plan Has December Elections as Turning Point for Pullout  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama's planned Iraq troop drawdown would leave the bulk of American forces in place until early next year while some combat units would remain in place in new roles even beyond a declared August 2010 target …
Washington Post:
Drone Attacks Inside Pakistan Will Continue, CIA Chief Says  —  Panetta Calls Strikes ‘Successful’ at Disrupting Insurgents  —  CIA Director Leon Panetta said yesterday that U.S. aerial attacks against al-Qaeda and other extremist strongholds inside Pakistan would continue, despite concerns about a popular Pakistani backlash.
Christopher S. Rugaber / Associated Press:
667K new jobless claims; continuing claims top 5M  —  WASHINGTON - New jobless claims rose more than expected last week and the number of laid-off Americans continuing to receive unemployment benefits topped 5.1 million, fresh evidence the recession is increasingly forcing employers to shed jobs.
Discussion: Donklephant
Mosheh Oinouno / Fox News:
House Kills Effort to Investigate Lobbyist-Lawmaker Ties  —  The proposal would have forced the House Ethics Committee to launch a probe into ties between the source and timing of campaign contributions by lobbyists and subsequent legislator requests for special projects or earmarks.  —
Discussion: RedState and Moe Lane
Jon Cohen / Washington Post:
Majority of Americans Back President on Afghanistan  —  About two-thirds of Americans support President Obama's decision to send approximately 17,000 additional U.S. military forces to Afghanistan, and, in stark contrast to the sour public reception of former president George W. Bush's “surge” …
Discussion: and MSNBC
Wall Street Journal:
A Radical Presidency  —  When Barack Obama delivered his 44-minute acceptance speech in August among the majestic columns of Denver, it was apparent his would be an expansive presidency.  Some wondered whether his solutions for a very long list of problems was too ambitious.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Commentary
Associated Press:
Holder: Closing Gitmo won't be easy  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday the Guantanamo detention center is a well-run, professional facility that will be difficult to close — but he is still going to do it.  —  Holder visited the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay …
Don Surber:
State of the presidents  —  Clinton 67 million, Bush 66 million, Obama 52 million.  —  So, our nation is in crisis, eh?  —  Worst recession since the Big One, Elizabeth — eh?  —  The people are looking to Washington for their next meal, eh?  —  Well, the audience for President Obama's …
The U.S. Department of Labor:
The Negro Family: The Case For National Action  —  Office of Policy Planning and Research  —  Two hundred years ago, in 1765, nine assembled colonies first joined together to demand freedom from arbitrary power.  —  For the first century we struggled to hold together the first continental union of democracy in the history of man.
The New Republic:
Kristol Reveal's GOP's Secret Plan  —  Remember when Mike Schaffer wrote that Bill Kristol's column was “immensely useful” because he was “shunning the responsibilities of a public intellectual and instead writing an amoral column that might have been drafted by a paid political operative of the sort Kristol used to be”?
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Reid Wilson / The Hill:
GOP pins hopes on N.Y. House race
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Raleigh News & Observer:
FDA ignored debris in syringes
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Financial Times:
AIG considers break-up in bid to stay afloat
Discussion: naked capitalism
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The Huffington Post:
Chris Matthews Explains “Oh, God!” Utterance
Discussion: Wonkette and The Swamp
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Business Channel:
Deficit driven  —  Andrew calls George Bush “the most fiscally …
The official Dilbert website …:
Bailout Hearings  —  Wow!  I work in the business jet industry.
Discussion: Reason and Media Blog

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