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6:25 PM ET, February 27, 2009

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Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Jindal Admits Katrina Story Was False  —  Looks like the game is up.  —  Remember that story Bobby Jindal told in his big speech Tuesday night — about how during Katrina, he stood shoulder-to-shoulder with a local sheriff who was battling government red tape to try to rescue stranded victims?
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Jindal aides clarify Katrina story  —  A spokeswoman for Bobby Jindal says the Louisiana governor didn't imply that an anecdote about battling bureaucrats during Katrina directly involved the governor or took place during the heat of a fight to release rescue boats.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
KEY METRIC: THE F/R RATIO  —  As a rule, I try to avoid link war nonsense and getting into spats with other sites.  But I'll make a small exception because it illustrates a point.  Yesterday, we published a post by Zack Roth noting a number of reasons to question whether the main anecdote …
Discussion: RedState
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Plans to End Combat Mission in Iraq by August 2010  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama heads to one of the nation's most storied military bases Friday morning to unveil plans to pull most troops out of Iraq by August 2010 and he has support from an unlikely quarter — Senator John McCain …
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Tom Donnelly / Weekly Standard:
They're Warriors, Not Victims  —  Here's the last part of today's speech by Obama: … This is a very subtle form of the soldier-as-victim trope that is fast becoming an Iraq legacy.  For soldiers throughout history—those who have endured physical and emotional sufferings of an essential similar quality …
Discussion: Commentary and Ben Smith's Blogs
Tom Donnelly / Weekly Standard:
Obama's Iraq Withdrawal Speech
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Scenes from the New American Tea Party  —  Some photos from the just-completed anti-stimulus New American Tea Party, outside of the White House (after the jump):  —  The best sign I saw.  —  Right before the march from one point of Lafayette Park to another.  —  She voted for Sen. John McCain, too, but is less proud of that.
Discussion: Instapundit and Wonkette
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Michelle Malkin:
Tea Party photo album: Fiscal responsibility is the new counterculture  —  Scroll down for more updates...  I've got tons of photos and e-mails pouring in from Tea Party people across the country.  I joked to a Christian Science Monitor reporter covering the events that fiscal responsibility is the new counterculture.
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
IT'S COLD AND RAINY, but the Tea Party pictures are coming in via cellphone already.  Here are a couple.  —  From Atlanta, where a reported 300-400 showed up, a flag with protest babes:  —  From Chicago:  —  More Chicago pictures here.  Plus this summary: “The Chicago Tea Party was an unqualified success.
Discussion: GayPatriot, The Daily Dish and Wizbang
Michelle Malkin:
Scenes from the D.C. Tea Party; Updated, vid added
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
U.S. pulling out of racism conference  —  White House aides told Jewish leaders on a conference call today that the United States will boycott the United Nations' World Conference on Racism over hostility to Israel in draft documents prepared for the April conference.
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Ron Kampeas / JTA:
U.S. pulling out of ‘Durban II’ conference
Discussion: JTA and Atlas Shrugs
Jeffrey Goldberg:   Judea Pearl on Durban II and Jimmy Carter
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Senator calls Obama 'world's best salesman of socialism'  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Another prominent Republican told the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday that the president's spending plans are pushing the country to the brink of socialism.  —  Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina …
Discussion: Salon
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
Huckabee blasts McCain, warns of socialism
Discussion: Donklephant
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Approval Rating Increases to 67%  —  Had dropped to 59% prior to his Tuesday congressional address  — USA - Government and Politics - Presidential Job Approval - The Presidency - Americas - Northern America  —  PRINCETON, NJ — In the days immediately after Barack Obama's …
Meg Marco / Consumerist:
The “Worst Food Product Ever” May Have Been Found  —  Pork Brains In Milk Gravy.  Could it be the worst food product ever?  It does have 1170% of your daily cholesterol per serving.  Mmmm.  —  [This Is Why You're Fat via BuzzFeed]
Eric Gorski / Associated Press:
James Dobson resigns as Focus on the Family chair  —  DENVER (AP) — The Associated Press has learned that James Dobson has resigned as chairman of the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family.  —  Jim Daly, president and chief executive officer of the Colorado Springs …
Discussion: Colorado Independent and TIME.com
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DOBSON RESIGNS.... One of the religious right movement's …
CNN:
GOP has 2012 gender gap, new poll says  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - As the the first unofficial ballots are cast in the next race for the White House, a new national survey of Republicans indicates that the GOP doesn't have a clear presidential frontrunner — but does have a clear gender gap.
Washington Post:
White House Plan Would End Subsidies to Student Lenders  —  The Obama administration has proposed a sweeping change in the $85 billion-a-year student loan industry, one that could fundamentally alter the business of lenders such as Sallie Mae.  —  The proposal, included in yesterday's budget outline …
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Ewen Callaway / New Scientist:
Porn in the USA: Conservatives are biggest consumers  —  Americans may paint themselves in increasingly bright shades of red and blue, but new research finds one thing that varies little across the nation: the liking for online pornography.  —  A new nationwide study (pdf) …
Noam N. Levey / Chicago Tribune:
Obama administration may rescind ‘conscience rule’  —  Officials say the move seeks to clarify rules for health care workers  —  WASHINGTON — Taking another step into the abortion debate, the Obama administration Friday will move to rescind a controversial rule that allows health-care workers …
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David Stout / New York Times:
Obama Set to Undo ‘Conscience’ Rule for Health Workers
Discussion: Megan McArdle
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Jobless Angry at Possibility of No Benefits  —  As governors in nine states, mostly in the South, consider rejecting millions of dollars in federal stimulus money for increased unemployment insurance, there is growing anger among the ranks of the jobless in those states that they could be left out of a significant government benefit.
Amanda Carpenter / Townhall.com:
Scenes from CPAC  —  Going into CPAC this year I was afraid it might be a little dead this year.  After all, with such excitement last year over the presidential election, I was worried there might not be as much energy on behalf of the activists.  —  Boy, was I ever wrong.
Discussion: Political Machine
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Newt calls out Holder on race  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called out Attorney General Eric Holder Friday over his comment that the United States is a “nation of cowards” on issues of race.  —  “I'm welcome to have a dialogue with you about cowardice, anywhere, any time,” …
Discussion: Don Surber
Mark McKinnon / Blogs and Stories:
Twitter Jumped the Shark This Week  —  The Dirty Secret of College Admissions: Money Really Matters by Kathleen Kingsbury  —  Blogs and Stories  —  It's not a business—and now that Rep. Joe Barton is doing it, it's not even hip anymore.  —  It's time to Twitter the f%$k up.  —  It's just madness.
Discussion: Wilshire & Washington
Patrik Jonsson / Christian Science Monitor:
Budget debate launches new tea party  — E-mail a friend - Print this - Letter to the Editor - Republish - - Get e-mail alerts - RSS  —  Several thousand neopatriots - some shouting “Give me liberty or give me death!”  - took to the streets in over 30 US cities Friday …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Think Progress:
Exclusive: Joe the Plumber suggests some members of Congress should be shot.  —  On Wednesday, Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher said that if he were in Congress, he would “probably be in jail” because he'd be charged with “slapping some member.”  He added, “And that's not [bull] either.”
 
 
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Courier-Journal:
Some say Bunning, in frustration, hinted he may quit GOP seat
Discussion: The Politico and MyDD
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Charity tax limits upset many
Discussion: Flopping Aces
Marc Lifsher / Los Angeles Times:
California unemployment rate reaches 10.1%
Michael Kinsley / Washington Post:
Words for a Shaken People
Discussion: The Daily Dish and The Sideshow
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“Happy Meal Conservatism”, Ctd.
Discussion: Eunomia
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Why Banks Are Screwed—An Illustration
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The Obamaist Manifesto  —  Not a great speech, but extremely consequential.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Commentary
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Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:
RE: Fred Hiatt
Discussion: Firedoglake and Think Progress
Patterico's Pontifications:
CPAC: Is This the Image Republicans Want to Project?
Discussion: Riehl World View
Mike Levine / Fox News:
Chicago Man Arrested for Allegedly Targeting Obama With HIV-Infected Blood
Discussion: Jihad Watch and JammieWearingFool
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Un-Rove  —  I've learned for two years now not to under-estimate Obama.
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Wall Street Journal:
The Obama Revolution
Discussion: Townhall.com
 

 
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