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1:25 PM ET, February 27, 2009


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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Iraq Withdrawal Plan Gains G.O.P. Support  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama won crucial backing on Thursday for his Iraq military withdrawal plan from leading Congressional Republicans, including Senator John McCain, the party's presidential nominee, who spent much of last year debating the war with Mr. Obama.
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 …
Washington Post:
Obama to Announce U.S. Troop Withdrawal in Iraq
Obama: ‘Our combat mission in Iraq will end’ next summer
Discussion: Truthdig
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Conservatives Confident Their Day Is Coming  —  Tucker Carlson closed out the first day of the Conservative Political Action Conference to a chorus of boos.  His crime: informing a crowd of youngish, frustrated conservatives that if they wanted to succeed, they had to copy The New York Times.
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
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Huckabee blasts McCain, warns of socialism
Discussion: Donklephant and Hot Air
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Climate of Change  —  Elections have consequences.  President Obama's new budget represents a huge break, not just with the policies of the past eight years, but with policy trends over the past 30 years.  If he can get anything like the plan he announced on Thursday through Congress, he will set America on a fundamentally new course.
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
WashPost's Fred Hiatt plays dumb for George Will  —  Journalism is not complicated.  Honest.  But sometimes people practicing it pretend that it is.  They pretend that it's very complicated and that every fact has nine different sides and it's impossible—impossible— to figure out what the truth really is.
Discussion: Wonk Room and Get Energy Smart!
Andrew C. Revkin / Dot Earth:
Experts: Big Flaw in Will's Ice Assertions
Steele to CPAC: The Republican party is just fine  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Capping off a day of conservative soul-searching, strategizing and navel-gazing at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele announced Thursday …
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.  More »
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Reid joins Pelosi in opposing weapons ban revival  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will join Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in opposing any effort to revive the 1994 assault weapons ban, putting them on the opposite side of the Obama administration.  —  Reid spokesman Jim Manley …
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Pelosi butts heads with Obama  —  Nancy Pelosi repeatedly stood to applaud Barack Obama when he addressed a joint session of Congress Tuesday night.  But in the days since, the speaker of the House has been standing up for herself —distancing herself from the president on Iraq …
Associated Press:
Mayor who sent watermelon e-mail says he'll resign  —  LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. - The mayor of a small Southern California city says he will resign after being criticized for sharing an e-mail picture depicting the White House lawn planted with watermelons under the title “No Easter egg hunt this year.”
Discussion: Chicago Boyz and Political Machine
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.”
Steep GDP Revision Puts Economic Loss at 6.2%  —  The U.S. economy contracted more sharply than initially estimated in the fourth quarter, government data showed on Friday, as exports plunged and consumers cut spending by the most in over 28 years amid a severe recession.
Financial Times:
Insight: Time to expose those CDOs  —  Just how much should a debt vehicle backed by subprime mortgage bonds be worth these days?  Two years ago, most banks and insurance companies assumed the answer was close to 100 per cent of face value - or more.  —  Since then, however, that “price” …
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
Now That's What I Call Toxic!
Wall Street Journal:
The Obama Revolution  —  Paid for by the people.  —  In the closing weeks of last year's election campaign, we wrote that Democrats had in mind the most sweeping expansion of government in decades.  Liberals clucked, but it turns out even we've been outbid.
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 …
Eric Dash / New York Times:
U.S. Agrees to Raise Its Stake in Citigroup  —  In its most daring bid yet to stabilize Citigroup, one of the nation's largest and most troubled financial institutions, the Treasury Department announced on Friday that it would vastly increase its ownership of the struggling company.
Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
Citigroup reaches aid deal with government
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Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Uncertain Trumpet  —  On Tuesday night, President Obama talked …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and marbury
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
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Discussion: Don Surber
National Journal Online:
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Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts and TalkLeft
Kara Yates / CNN:
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Discussion: Boing Boing and Crave
Brett Neely / Bloomberg:
Arsonists Torch Berlin Porsches, BMWs on Economic Woe
Discussion: Riehl World View and The Corner
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
More entertaining Sen. Burris news, this time on son Burris II
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