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4:25 PM ET, February 26, 2009


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Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Jindal's Katrina Story: A Tall Tale?  —  The evidence continues to grow that the story Bobby Jindal told Tuesday night — about how he backed a tough-talking sheriff's efforts to rescue Katrina victims, government red-tape be damed — was, how to put it ... made up.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
ABOUT THAT BOAT STORY.... There were obviously quite a few problems with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's (R) speech the other night, but there's one nagging question that hasn't gotten enough attention.  —  Jindal, hoping to make a point about how awful government is, told an interesting tale:
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 …
Joe Mahoney / Rocky Mountain News:
Rocky Mountain News to close, publish final edition Friday  —  Executives from E.W. Scripps Co., announce their decision on the future of the Rocky Mountain News in the 150-year-old newspaper's newsroom on 2/26/09 in Denver.  In December 2008, the Rocky's parent company put the paper up for sale …
New York Times:
Obama Budget Sees $1.75 Trillion Deficit  —  President Obama's budget proposal for 2010 projects a stunning deficit of $1.75 trillion for the current fiscal year, which began five months ago, reflecting a shortfall of more than $1 trillion as the fiscal year began, plus the costs of bank bailouts …
Associated Press:
Judges reverse ruling tossing Minn. Senate witness  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. - Republican Norm Coleman caught a break Thursday in his Minnesota Senate election trial when the three judges in the case reversed their ruling from a day earlier …
Discussion: Yahoo! News, Reuters and
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Norm Coleman: Maybe We Need A Do-Over Election
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
DON'T LOOK NOW, BUT ...  If you haven't been following Eric …
Discussion: The Politico and Wonkette
Associated Press:
Gates: Media photos of war dead need families' OK  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - Families of America's war dead will decide whether the flag-draped caskets of their loved ones can be photographed by news organizations when the fallen return to U.S. soil …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Freeman's in  —  The Obama administration has notified Congress that Chas Freeman has been appointed chairman of the National Intelligence Council, demonstrating a willingness to rebuff pro-Israel activists and an embrace of a more realist foreign policy line.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
It's Official: Saudi Puppet to Head NIC
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Pelosi throws cold water on assault-weapon ban  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tossed cold water on the prospect of reinstating the assault weapons ban, highlighting Democrats' reluctance to take on gun issues.  —  Attorney General Eric Holder raised the prospect Wednesday that the administration would push to bring back the ban.
Discussion: CBS News and Hot Air
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 …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Swampland
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Joe the Author, Plumbing New Lows in Interest  —  Joe the Plumber (no longer a plumber; first name actually Samuel) popped into our town yesterday evening to sell his new book and to remind people that he's still a plain and simple guy.  Mission accomplished, on at least one of his missions.
The Huffington Post:
Holder Vows To End Raids On Medical Marijuana Clubs  —  Attorney General Eric Holder said at a press conference Wednesday that the Justice Department will no longer raid medical marijuana clubs that are established legally under state law.  His declaration is a fulfillment of a campaign promise …
Ian Shapira / Washington Post:
Right, and Left Out  —  Young Conservatives Can't Get With the Program  —  It's early February, and the happy hour at the Union Pub on Capitol Hill is jammed with an unlikely slice of young Washington strivers: conservatives, libertarians, free-market/small-government types, anyone right of center.
Discussion: Wonkette and Gawker
Jeffrey Young / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
OMB boots lobbyist off press call  —  Maybe President Obama really is serious about making his White House inhospitable to lobbyists.  One of them even got scolded by name for trying to spy on an administration conference call with reporters Thursday.  —  The call was set up for the press but …
Wall Street Journal:
The 2% Illusion  —  Take everything they earn, and it still won't be enough.  —  President Obama has laid out the most ambitious and expensive domestic agenda since LBJ, and now all he has to do is figure out how to pay for it.  On Tuesday, he left the impression that we need merely end …
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Log Cabin under Democratic control?  —  Sources say Tim Gill, a prominent Dem donor, is dictating GOP group's direction  —  The amount of money that the Gill Action Fund has contributed to the Log Cabin Republicans — about one-third of its total budget in some years …
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
GayPatriot:   Washington Blade: Log Cabin Controlled by Democrats!?!
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Bloggers and Unions Join Forces to Push Democrats to Left  —  WASHINGTON — A group of liberal bloggers said it was teaming up with organized labor and to form a political action committee that would seek to push the Democratic Party further to the left.
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.
Paul Krugman:
Feelings of despair  —  There's so much to like about where Obama is going — health care, transparency in government, ending the war in Iraq.  And the stimulus bill is OK, though not big enough.  —  But on the question of fixing the banks, many of us are feeling a growing sense of despair.
Huma Khan / Political Punch:
Obama's Budget: Almost $1 Trillion in New Taxes Over Next 10 yrs, Starting 2011  —  President Obama's budget proposes $989 billion in new taxes over the course of the next 10 years, starting fiscal year 2011, most of which are tax increases on individuals.  —  1) On people making more than $250,000.
Washington Post:
Prosecutors Prepare Charges Against Final ‘Enemy Combatant’ in U.S.  —  Federal prosecutors are preparing to charge Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri with providing material support to al-Qaeda terrorists in a groundbreaking move that would put the alleged sleeper agent under the jurisdiction …
Fred Childers / KSLA-TV:
Reality check for Vice President Joe Biden  —  Updated:  —  SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Giving the republican response to President Obama's speech Tuesday night, Governor Bobby Jindal pointed out fundamental differences in how republicans and democrats see the economy.
Discussion: RedState and Michelle Malkin
Think Progress:
CPAC audience roars with applause when speaker suggests Obama wasn't born in U.S.  —  ThinkProgress is attending the right-wing Conservative Political Action Conference today.  Earlier this afternoon, Cliff Kincaid, head of a conservative group Accuracy in Media, introduced Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN).
Discussion: Political Machine
Ross Goldberg / New York Times:
Gillibrand Prefers Soliloquy to Sound Bite  —  When Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand visited Nazareth Regional High School in Brooklyn recently to talk with students, the school's principal, Barbara Gil, received unusual instructions from the senator's staff.  —  “They said, 'She's great …
Ryan Powers / Think Progress:
Limbaugh Responds To Sanford: The 'Hell We Don't' Want Obama To Fail!  Just Need ‘The Guts’ To Say So  —  Yesterday, ThinkProgress noted that in an interview with the Real Clear Politics, Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC) was asked about the “view that perhaps Republicans are rooting for President Obama to fail. ”
Fox News:
Senate Backs Amendment to Prevent ‘Fairness Doctrine’ Revival  —  The South Carolina senator attached his amendment, called the Broadcaster Freedom Act, to a bill to give the District of Columbia a voting representative in the House.  —  —  The Senate approved an amendment Thursday …
Discussion: Seeing the Forest
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Geithner's Recipe for Zombie Banks  —  My Wonk Room colleague Pat Garofalo says almost everything that needs to be said about the latest twist in Tim Geithner's bank thinking, but I thought I could add a picture of a zombie and a little bit of real talk.  Geithner says: … That bolded part is quite right.
Discussion: Wonk Room
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 …
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David Bernstein / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Reminder of Obama's Campaign Promise: A Net Spending Cut: Obama …
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Associated Press:
Dem spat delays mortgage relief bill in House
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Jamal Dajani / The Huffington Post:
No Pasta For Palestinians  —  It's been more than a month since …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Budget Easter Egg: Not Halving The Deficit
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and TPMCafe
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Bill Clinton: GOP's Only Hope At Comeback Is To Go Along With Obama
Discussion: The Swamp
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Health Care Zeke: The other Emanuel
Discussion: The Swamp and Associated Press
Jesse Walker / Reason:
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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Raid on illegals dismays Obama backers
Discussion: 24Ahead and God's Politics Blog
The New Republic:
Kristol Reveals GOP's Secret Plan

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Associated Press:
A judge dismisses Alec Baldwin's manslaughter case in the fatal shooting of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, after ruling prosecutors withheld evidence

Tony Mecia / The Charlotte Ledger:
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