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6:40 AM ET, February 27, 2009

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Jonathan Stein / MoJo Blog Posts:
John Bolton at CPAC: The Benefits of Nuking Chicago  —  Former UN Ambassador John Bolton believes the security of the United States is at dire risk under the Obama administration.  And before a gathering of conservatives in Washington on Thursday morning, he suggested, as something of a joke …
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Think Progress:
John Bolton jokes about nuking Chicago, entire CPAC audience erupts in laughter.  —  This morning, former U.N. ambassador John Bolton spoke to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).  He tried to up the fear quotient in the room by raising the prospect of an Iranian-sent nuclear attack on an American city.
Discussion: MSNBC, Wonk Room and TigerHawk
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Pelosi butts heads with Obama  —  Nancy Pelosi repeatedly stood to applaud Barack Obama when he addressed a joint session of Congress Tuesday night.  But in the days since, the speaker of the House has been standing up for herself —distancing herself from the president on Iraq …
Discussion: TIME.com and Snowflakes in Hell
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Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Class warfare returns to Washington  —  President Barack Obama has spent months recasting Democratic goals on climate change and health care reform from liberal-leaning moral imperatives to hard-core economic necessities.  —  But when it comes to paying for them, Obama's creative juices seemed …
CNN:
Obama to pull combat troops from Iraq in 2010
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:   Reid joins Pelosi in opposing weapons ban revival
WCBS-TV:
Jewish Leaders Blast Clinton Over Israel Criticism  —  Zuckerman, Lawmakers, Local Jews Say Secretary Of State Not The Hillary Clinton They Used To Know  —  Hillary Pressuring Israel To Speed Up Aid To Gaza  —  NEW YORK (CBS) ― In a swift about face from her views as New York's senator …
Rasmussen Reports:
59% Still Believe Government Is the Problem  —  In early October, as the meltdown of the financial industry gained momentum following the collapse of Lehman Brothers, a Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 59% of U.S. voters agreed with Ronald Reagan that …
Discussion: Power Line, RedState and Gateway Pundit
Ian / Overruled:
RULE OF LAW RETURNS  —  The ACLU just announced that Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, the only Bush-era “enemy combatant” being held in military detention on U.S. soil, will be charged as a criminal terrorist and tried for his alleged crimes by the Obama Administration.
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and Hullabaloo
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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 …
Michael Klare / Salon:
We're on the brink of disaster  —  Violent protests and riots are breaking out everywhere as economies collapse and governments fail.  War is bound to follow.  —  Editor's note: This article has also appeared on TomDispatch.com.  —  A destroyed street market burns in the aftermath of riots …
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts and Crunchy Con
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.
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Mary Beth Sheridan / Washington Post:
Senate Passes Bill Giving the District a House Vote  —  The Senate today passed a bill that for the first time would give the District a full voting member of the House of Representatives.  But senators managed to attach an amendment that would scrap most of the District's local gun-control laws.
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Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Senate Passes D.C. Voting Rights Bill, 61-37
Discussion: Wonkette
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Reid: Coleman should concede  —  Senate Democratic leaders said Thursday they were prepared to seat Al Franken as soon as the beginning of April, regardless whether Republican Norm Coleman files legal appeals.  —  “We're feeling pretty confident,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) …
Discussion: TIME.com and MyDD
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Megan McArdle:
Obama's big-bath accounting  —  Analysts have long recognized the tendency of companies who are forced to report bad news to make the news worse than they have to, piling every single thing that might goi wrong into one hell of a charge-off.  The logic of this is simple …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate tunes out Fairness Doctrine, 87-11  —  The Senate voted Thursday in favor of an amendment to the District of Columbia voting-rights bill that would prohibit the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from reinstating the so-called Fairness Doctrine, which critics say would decimate conservative talk radio.
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
Dem blasts Obama's budget  —  (CNN) - Mississippi Democratic Rep. Gene Taylor blasted the budget outline President Obama submitted to Capitol Hill today, saying “I don't like it...change is not running up even bigger deficits that George Bush did.”  —  “That's what George Bush did very well.
Financial Times:
Insight: Time to expose those CDOs  —  Just how much should a debt vehicle backed by subprime mortgage bonds be worth these days?  Two years ago, most banks and insurance companies assumed the answer was close to 100 per cent of face value - or more.  —  Since then, however, that “price” …
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
National Security Structure Is Set  —  President Obama's first presidential directive, outlining the organization of his national security structure, adds the attorney general, the secretaries of energy and homeland security, and the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations to the formal National Security Council.
Discussion: TIME.com
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
A Bold Plan Sweeps Away Reagan Ideas  —  The budget that President Obama proposed on Thursday is nothing less than an attempt to end a three-decade era of economic policy dominated by the ideas of Ronald Reagan and his supporters.  —  The Obama budget — a bold, even radical departure from recent history …
Discussion: MyDD and THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Senate Panel to Examine CIA Detainee Handling  —  The Senate intelligence committee is planning an unprecedented review of the CIA's handling of captured terrorist suspects, drawing back the curtain for the first time on the agency's use of waterboarding and other interrogation tactics inside …
Discussion: TIME.com
 
 
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Tom Brune / Newsday:
In turnaround, Gillibrand backs key gun-control issue
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San Francisco welcomes William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Obama Rolls The Dice
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Henry A. Kissinger / Washington Post:
A Strategy for Afghanistan  —  The Obama administration faces …
Discussion: OxBlog and Riehl World View
Fox News:
Obama's Budget Projects $1.75 Trillion Deficit
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Daniel J. Weiss / Center for American Progress:
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