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8:55 PM ET, February 26, 2009

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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Steele offers Jindal ‘slum love’  —  In an interview with Curtis Sliwa on ABC Radio last night, the host and RNC Chairman Michael Steele jokingly linked Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to the film “Slumdog Millionaire.”  Steele offered Jindal “slum love.  —  Here's the transcript:
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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.
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Why racial attitudes that helped Barack Obama will hurt Bobby Jindal.  —  Christopher Orr struggles to explain: … Okay, there's a lot going on here, and I will leave some of this open for discussion and respond to what you have to say, but let me sketch out a few points.  —  1. “Cool” is a cop-out word.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Intra-Republican Fight  —  The delivery of Bobby Jindal's …
Discussion: Ross Douthat
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   ABOUT THAT BOAT STORY.... There were obviously quite a few problems …
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
DON'T LOOK NOW, BUT ...  If you haven't been following Eric Kleefeld's bang-up coverage of the Minnesota Senate election saga at TPMDC (come to think of it, this fiasco pre-dates the launch of TPMDC and dates back to our TPM Election Central days — just another reminder that here it is almost March …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Associated Press:
Judges reverse ruling tossing Minn. Senate witness
Discussion: Yahoo! News, TIME.com and Reuters
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Reid: Coleman should concede
Discussion: TIME.com
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Norm Coleman: Maybe We Need A Do-Over Election
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).
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 …
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: TigerHawk and TPMCafe
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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
It's Official: Saudi Puppet to Head NIC  —  The notification to Congress: … What the release doesn't tell you: Freeman has been a shill for the Saudis ever since leaving government, making outlandish claims like,"It is widely charged in the United States that Saudi Arabian education teaches hateful and evil things.
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.
Discussion: The New Republic
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Kate Phillips / The Caucus:   Senate Passes D.C. Voting Rights Bill, 61-37
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.
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Fox News:
Senate Backs Amendment to Prevent ‘Fairness Doctrine’ Revival
Discussion: Seeing the Forest
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 …
Discussion: The Swamp and Matthew Yglesias
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Real Time Economics:
Obama Budget Relies on Rosy Economic Forecasts
Brad Plumer / The New Republic:
Does Obama's Budget Go Far Enough On Global Warming?
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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Jane Mayer In / New Yorker:
AL-MARRI INDICTMENT TODAY [UPDATED]
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. ”
Anne Gearan / Associated Press:
Gates: Media photos of war dead need families' OK  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is reversing an 18-year ban on news coverage of the return of war dead, allowing photographs of flag-covered caskets when families …
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.
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.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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 …
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 …
Media Matters for America:
Santelli now agrees White House's purported “veiled threat” wasn't a threat … During the February 26 edition of NBC's Today, CNBC on-air editor Rick Santelli claimed that he's “not saying” that the White House is “threatening” him.  However, as the blog Think Progress noted …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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
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: Gateway Pundit
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Joe The Plumberization of the Republican Party  —  Patrick Ruffini decries the “Joe-the-Plumberization of the GOP.” … Of course, they didn't appoint Wurzelbacher as VP as they did with Sarah Palin.  The two are of a piece: A faux populism that comes at the cost of alienating the intellectuals and serious leaders of the movement.
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 …
 
 
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Daniel J. Weiss / Center for American Progress:
Energy Budget Is Sunlight After Eight Years of Darkness
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Conservatives Hit Dems Over “Tattoo Removal” Pork — But It's An Anti-Crime Program!
Discussion: New York Post and Betsy's Page
Roberto Lovato / The Huffington Post:
U.S. Immigration Policies Bring Global Shame on Us
Robert Reich / Robert Reich's Blog:
Finally a Progressive Budget
Newsdesk / Clout St:
Feigenholtz campaign sign in Rahm Emanuel's front yard
Ross Goldberg / New York Times:
Gillibrand Prefers Soliloquy to Sound Bite
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President and His Inner Circle Have Earmarks in Omnibus
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