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4:05 PM ET, February 26, 2009


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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:
Gates: Media photos of war dead need families' OK  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - Families of America's war dead will decide whether the flag-draped caskets of their loved ones can be photographed by news organizations when the fallen return to U.S. soil …
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:   Pentagon ends photo ban on war dead return
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
ABOUT THAT BOAT STORY.... There were obviously quite a few problems with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's (R) speech the other night, but there's one nagging question that hasn't gotten enough attention.  —  Jindal, hoping to make a point about how awful government is, told an interesting tale:
Discussion: Salon
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Jindal's Katrina Story: A Tall Tale?
Discussion: Brian Beutler
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 and Swampland
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 …
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: Yahoo! News, Reuters and
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Norm Coleman: Maybe We Need A Do-Over Election
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
DON'T LOOK NOW, BUT ...  If you haven't been following Eric …
Discussion: The Politico and Wonkette
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Bloggers and Unions Join Forces to Push Democrats to Left  —  WASHINGTON — A group of liberal bloggers said it was teaming up with organized labor and to form a political action committee that would seek to push the Democratic Party further to the left.
The Huffington Post:
‘Accountability Now’: Bloggers And Progressive Groups Plan To Challenge Elected Dems
Discussion: MyDD and Grasping Reality …
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 …
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
GayPatriot:   Washington Blade: Log Cabin Controlled by Democrats!?!
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.
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
Paul Krugman:
Feelings of despair  —  There's so much to like about where Obama is going — health care, transparency in government, ending the war in Iraq.  And the stimulus bill is OK, though not big enough.  —  But on the question of fixing the banks, many of us are feeling a growing sense of despair.
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
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.
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Associated Press:
Dem spat delays mortgage relief bill in House  —  A dispute among House Democrats stalled legislation Thursday to let bankruptcy judges reduce the principal and interest rate on mortgages for debt-strapped homeowners.  —  The measure, backed by President Barack Obama, is the most controversial part …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Silla Brush / The Hill:
House delays vote on mortgage write-downs
Discussion: Open Left and Congress Matters
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.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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).
Discussion: Political Machine
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
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 …
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.
Jesse Walker / Reason:
Philip Jose Farmer, RIP  —  It's been more than two decades since I read anything by Philip José Farmer, the venerable science fiction writer who passed away yesterday.  So you'll have to take the following words of praise with a caveat that applies to all the literature I enjoyed in my early teens …
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David Bernstein / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Reminder of Obama's Campaign Promise: A Net Spending Cut: Obama …
Jamal Dajani / The Huffington Post:
No Pasta For Palestinians  —  It's been more than a month since …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Geithner's Recipe for Zombie Banks
Discussion: Wonk Room
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Bill Clinton: GOP's Only Hope At Comeback Is To Go Along With Obama
Discussion: The Swamp
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Behind the budget: Rahm's brother
Discussion: The Swamp, Associated Press and Reuters
Brian Stelter / The Caucus:
Obama's Speech: 52 Million-Plus TV Viewers
Discussion: MyDD
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Mosheh Oinouno / Fox News:
House Kills Effort to Investigate Lobbyist-Lawmaker Ties
Discussion: RedState
Mike Brassfield / St. Petersburg Times:
ACLU sues city of Clearwater over tackle shop's fish mural
Discussion: Publius Forum

From Mediagazer:

A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Connor Mycroft / South China Morning Post:
Media orgs, WSJ union, and a congressional panel express support for Selina Cheng, who says WSJ fired her for assuming Hong Kong Journalists Association's chair

Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen: the Republican National Convention's final night averaged 25.38M US viewers over 14 outlets, up 7% from 2020; people 55+ were about 72% of the audience

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