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2:50 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 …
Henry J. Pulizzi / Wall Street Journal:
Budget Deficit to Hit $1.75 Trillion
Discussion: Flopping Aces, and The Caucus
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.
Patrick Ruffini / The Next Right:
The Joe-the-Plumberization of the GOP  —  With CPAC upon us …
Fox News:
Welcome to FOX News' Coverage of the Conservative Political Action Conference
Discussion: Hot Air and Riehl World View
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
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Top Democrats brush off the president on earmarks
Associated Press:
Gates: Media photos of war dead need families' OK  — Gates: Media photos of war dead need families' OK  —  WASHINGTON - Families of America's war dead will be allowed to decide if news organizations can photograph the homecomings of their loved ones, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday.
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 …
GayPatriot:   Washington Blade: Log Cabin Controlled by Democrats!?!
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Karl Rove: Self-deluded or consciously dishonest?  —  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.  Here's what Bush said in his 2008 speech …
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.
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
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.
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: Power Line, and Commentary
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Behind the budget: Rahm's brother  —  There's an Emanuel brother behind President Barack Obama's budget, but it's not the one you think.  —  Ezekiel Emanuel, big brother to White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, is quickly emerging as a key player as Obama makes the biggest push to expand health care coverage in two decades.
Discussion: The Swamp, Associated Press and Reuters
Agence France Presse:
Obama wants to raise money via pollution caps: reports
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and AmSpecBlog
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: Wonkette and Gawker
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 …
Discussion: SCOTUSblog
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: Weekly Standard and Hot Air
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 and The Note
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.
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 …
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
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Budget Easter Egg: Not Halving The Deficit  —  President Obama's FY 2010 budget outline includes ten years' worth of deficit projections.  As Obama noted two nights ago, he intends to cut the federal budget deficit from $1.75 trillion in 2009 to $533 billion by the end of his first term.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and TPMCafe
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: Publius Forum
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Bill Clinton: GOP's Only Hope At Comeback Is To Go Along With Obama
Discussion: The Swamp
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
CIA Signals Continuity With Bush Era
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and The Politico
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blogs:
House leadership delays housing bill vote
Discussion: Reuters and
Jesse Walker / Reason:
Philip Jose Farmer, RIP
Brian Stelter / The Caucus:
Obama's Speech: 52 Million-Plus TV Viewers
Discussion: MyDD and
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House Kills Effort to Investigate Lobbyist-Lawmaker Ties
Discussion: RedState
Gail Collins / New York Times:
The Dead Tree Theory