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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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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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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
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David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
DON'T LOOK NOW, BUT ...  If you haven't been following Eric …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Norm Coleman: Maybe We Need A Do-Over Election
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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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.
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: RedState and Power Line
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Obama's Budget 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 …
Discussion: MyDD and THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
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Robert Reich / Robert Reich's Blog:
Finally a Progressive Budget
Discussion: New York Times
Ben Smith / The Politico:
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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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
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
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.
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.
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.
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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” …
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 …
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Conservatives Hit Dems Over “Tattoo Removal” Pork — But It's An Anti-Crime Program!  —  Uh oh — looks like we have our next marsh mouse-style talking point.  —  Conservatives are hammering the House's new $410 billion spending bill because it contains $200,000 for what they're derisively referring to as “tattoo removal.”
Discussion: New York Post
CNN:
Obama to pull combat troops from Iraq in 2010  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Obama told congressional leaders Thursday he's planning to pull all combat troops out of Iraq by August 2010, which falls short of his campaign promise to bring all combat forces home within 16 months, according to three congressional officials.
glaadBLOG.org:
Milk Acceptance Speeches Censored by News Corp Subsidiary  —  Film buffs from around the world are still buzzing about this year's Oscar winners.  GLAAD was thrilled about Milk being nominated in eight categories and receiving the Oscar for BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY for screenwriter Dustin Lance Black …
Zombie / zomblog:
San Francisco welcomes William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn  —  Former Weather Underground leaders William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn made an appearance at San Francisco's Modern Times Bookstore on February 21 to promote their new book Race Course Against White Supremacy.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
 
 
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David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Obama Rolls The Dice
Discussion: Openers
Henry A. Kissinger / Washington Post:
A Strategy for Afghanistan  —  The Obama administration faces …
Daniel J. Weiss / Center for American Progress:
Energy Budget Is Sunlight After Eight Years of Darkness
Discussion: Climate Progress
Roberto Lovato / The Huffington Post:
U.S. Immigration Policies Bring Global Shame on Us
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Feigenholtz campaign sign in Rahm Emanuel's front yard
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Intra-Republican Fight  —  The delivery of Bobby Jindal's …
Discussion: Ross Douthat
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Jindal's Katrina Story: A Tall Tale?
Fred Childers / KSLA-TV:
Reality check for Vice President Joe Biden
Discussion: RedState and Video
Ian Shapira / Washington Post:
Right, and Left Out  —  Young Conservatives Can't Get With the Program
Discussion: Media Blog, Balloon Juice and Wonkette