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1:35 PM 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:
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:
Officials: Pentagon OKs media photos of war dead  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - News organizations will be allowed to photograph the homecomings of America's war dead under a new Pentagon policy, defense and congressional officials said Thursday.
Discussion: and Reuters
Henry J. Pulizzi / Wall Street Journal:
Budget Deficit to Hit $1.75 Trillion
Discussion: Flopping Aces, and The Caucus
New York Times:
To Pay for Health Care, Obama Looks to Taxes on Affluent
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
Agence France Presse:
Obama wants to raise money via pollution caps: reports  —  President Barack Obama will propose raising new revenue through a greenhouse gas cap and emissions trading scheme when he unveils his first budget on Thursday, US media reported.  —  The budget he will present assumes …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and AmSpecBlog
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 …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Joe the Author, Plumbing New Lows in Interest
Fox News:
Welcome to FOX News' Coverage of the Conservative Political Action Conference
Discussion: Hot Air and Riehl World View
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Bloggers and Unions Join Forces to Push Democrats  —  WASHINGTON — A group of liberal bloggers said it is teaming up with organized labor and MoveOn to form a political action committee that will seek to push the Democratic Party farther to the left.  —  Soliciting donations from their readers …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Karl Rove: Self-deluded or consciously dishonest?  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III - Update IV)  —  Karl Rove, Wall St. Journal Op-Ed page, today: … Associated Press, March 18, 2006: … Karl Rove's entire strategy for the Bush presidency was grounded in straw men accusations.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
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.
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: Reuters and
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
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 …
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: and Commentary
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
The New Republic:
Kristol Reveals 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”?
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: Gawker and
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 …
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.
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blogs:
House leadership delays housing bill vote
Discussion: Reuters and
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
On Iran, an Apostle of Patience
Discussion: The Cable
Fred Childers / KSLA-TV:
Reality check for Vice President Joe Biden
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Jesse Walker / Reason:
Philip Jose Farmer, RIP
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Brian Stelter / The Caucus:
Obama's Speech: 52 Million-Plus TV Viewers
Discussion: MyDD and
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Japanese Scientists Cool To Kyoto
Obama's Harvard Raid Echoes Kennedy's Draft of Intellectuals
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Prudes at Dinner, Gluttons in Bed
The U.S. Department of Labor:
The Negro Family: The Case For National Action
Washington Post:
Drone Attacks Inside Pakistan Will Continue, CIA Chief Says