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12:35 AM ET, February 27, 2009

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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).
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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
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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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.
Discussion: RedState, PoliGazette and The Raw Story
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   ABOUT THAT BOAT STORY.... There were obviously quite a few problems …
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
Discussion: HorsesAss.Org and AMERICAblog News
Associated Press:
Judges reverse ruling tossing Minn. Senate witness
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Reuters
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 …
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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New York Times:
In Shift, Imprisoned Al Qaeda Follower Faces Federal Trial
Discussion: TalkLeft
Ian / Overruled:
RULE OF LAW RETURNS
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and Hullabaloo
Jane Mayer In / New Yorker:
AL-MARRI INDICTMENT TODAY [UPDATED]
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.
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 …
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.
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: Power Line
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.
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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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.
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
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: Associated Press and The Politico
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
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 …
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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Intra-Republican Fight  —  The delivery of Bobby Jindal's speech Tuesday night was so bad that my first instinct was to focus on that.  But David Brooks, as seen in this clip below from PBS, went straight to it: … I would be a bit more optimistic than Brooks about the political merits of the hard-right agenda.
Discussion: Ross Douthat
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. ”
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 Balloon Juice
 
 
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