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2:00 AM ET, February 28, 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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
The obligatory “nutroots tries to smear Jindal over Katrina” post  —  This is so moronic that I wouldn't even acknowledge it if not for the fact that I'm strapped for content.  In a nutshell: Eager to prove that every last conservative in America is guilty of something vis-a-vis Katrina …
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Jindal's Office Tries To Spin Katrina Story, Digs Itself In Deeper  —  It looks like Bobby Jindal's staff has been trying to do some damage limitation on that phony Katrina story — with some help from Politico.  But it's blowing up in their faces.  —  Picking up on an earlier post at Daily Kos …
Discussion: First Draft
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
KEY METRIC: THE F/R RATIO
Discussion: RedState
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: Wonkette, TBogg and Roger Ailes
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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.
Patrik Jonsson / Christian Science Monitor:
Budget debate launches new tea party
Discussion: The Raw Story and Michelle Malkin
GayPatriot:   LA Tea Party for Freedom
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) …
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 …
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The White House:
Remarks of President Barack Obama - Responsibly Ending the War in Iraq
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 …
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Secret Coleman-Lawyer E-Mails Reveal Intentional Hiding Of Witness — Franken Camp Wants Double-Count Claim Thrown Out Completely  —  All hell just broke loose in the Minnesota courtroom, with Al Franken's lawyers catching Team Coleman in the act of yet more concealing of evidence …
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.
Courier-Journal:
Some say Bunning, in frustration, hinted he may quit GOP seat  —  WASHINGTON — Already in conflict with his party's leaders, Sen. Jim Bunning has reportedly said privately that if he is hindered in raising money for his re-election campaign he is ready with a response that would be politically devastating …
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The Politico:   Bunning denies resignation scheme
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.
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Obama's Chief Vetter Has His Own Tax Problem  —  White House general counsel Gregory Craig has seized control of Obama's vetting process after a series of nominees with unpaid taxes.  But his wife's business may also have avoided taxes.  Who vets the vetter?
Discussion: Don Surber
James Kirchick / The New Republic:
Yes, Ron Paul is a Bircher  —  There's much to appreciate in John Derbyshire's essay that Eve links to about the rise of right-wing talk radio and the concomitant decline of intellecutal conservatism.  As an analytical exercise, it's pretty much spot-on.  Just witness the reaction Tucker Carlson received …
Eric Gorski / Associated Press:
Dobson resigns as chairman of Focus on the Family  —  DENVER (AP) — Conservative evangelical leader James Dobson has resigned as chairman of Focus on the Family but will continue to play a prominent role at the organization he founded more than three decades ago.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Two Cheers for Regressive Taxes  —  David Leonhardt had an excellent article the other day on the long-run need for more tax revenue than can be generated merely be allowing for the expiration of the Bush tax cuts.  He makes mention of something called Wagner's Law, which is related …
The Huffington Post:
Jonathan Krohn: 13-Year-Old Conservative Wunderkind Wows CPAC, Joe The Plumber  —  The future of the conservative movement presented himself on Friday, and he was 13.  —  Jonathan Krohn, the author of “Define Conservatism” and political prodigy voted “Atlanta's Most Talented Child” in 2006 …
Discussion: Wonkette and Needlenose
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: Daily Kos and Don Surber
Associated Press:
Court Rejects Obama Bid to Stop Wiretapping Suit  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has lost its argument that a potential threat to national security should stop a lawsuit challenging the government's warrantless wiretapping program.  —  A federal appeals court in San Francisco …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
PRESS BRIEFING BRIEFING.  —  I may try to do this semi-regularly, may not.  But there were some interesting nuggets buried in yesterday's press briefing.  As you might expect, the basic frame of the questions was something like “OH NOES!  TAXES!”  One particularly odd exchange centered around …
Discussion: TalkLeft
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
‘Great Society’ Plan for the Middle Class  —  Opponents of President Obama's proposal for a sweeping new government activism in the economy call it a return to a traditional tax-and-spend philosophy, a step back to the era of Lyndon B. Johnson.  —  It may also be a postmodern, post-Clinton form of liberalism.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
John Schwartz / New York Times:
A Terrorism Test Case Obama May Not Want  —  Three years ago, when the Bush administration announced that Jose Padilla would be tried in a civilian court after being held as an enemy combatant without charges, civil libertarians derided the move.  It was a cynical attempt to end-run …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Marc Lifsher / Los Angeles Times:
California unemployment rate reaches 10.1%  —  Job seeker Ray Thiel works on his resume at a career center in San Francisco.  The unemployment rate in California jumped to 10.1% in January.  —  With more than 1 in 10 workers unemployed in January, the state registers its highest jobless rate since June 1983.
Discussion: TVNewser
 
 
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