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2:30 PM ET, February 27, 2009


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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.
Discussion: Eunomia, Reason and Michelle Malkin
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: Firedoglake, The Reaction and Salon
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Huckabee blasts McCain, warns of socialism
Discussion: Donklephant and Hot Air
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 …
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.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Nineteen Months, Redux
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
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 …
Fox News:
Calif. Mayor Who Sent White House Watermelon Patch E-Mail Quits  —  Mayor of Orange County, California city says he will resign after being criticized for sharing an e-mail picture depicting the White House lawn planted with watermelons.  —  LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. — The mayor …
Associated Press:
Mayor who sent watermelon e-mail says he'll resign
Discussion: Chicago Boyz and Political Machine
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
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.
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Jindal Admits Katrina Story Was False
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 …
Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:
RE: Fred Hiatt  —  Speaking of Fred Hiatt's absurd claim that people who don't like George Will spreading global warming misinformation should “debate” him, rather than expect the Post to run a correction ...  Yesterday's Washington Post featured op-eds by Henry Kissinger, David Broder, Bill Kristol, David Ignatius, and George Will.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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.
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Why Banks Are Screwed—An Illustration  —  The FT has a great piece sorting through how much the banks' mortgage-related assets might be worth.  The answer for the particular assets it looked at: not much.  The highest-grade stuff came in at about 32 cents on the dollar; the mid-level stuff at about 5 cents.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Climate Science in A Tornado  —  Few phenomena generate as much heat as disputes about current orthodoxies concerning global warming.  This column recently reported and commented on some developments pertinent to the debate about whether global warming is occurring and what can and should be done.
Andrew C. Revkin / Dot Earth:
Experts: Big Flaw in Will's Ice Assertions
Discussion: The Intersection
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.”
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 …
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.
Discussion: Donklephant and Overruled
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.
David Axe / War Is Boring:
ROYAL NAVY STILL SINKING: EIGHT MORE WARSHIPS TO GO  —  In 1997, the British government said the Royal Navy needed 32 frigates and destroyers to protect the country's interests.  Today, the Royal Navy has just 22 surface warships.  With the Type 45 destroyer program cut in half to just six vessels …
Discussion: Defense Tech and Weekly Standard
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
A Bold Plan Sweeps Away Reagan Ideas  —  The budget that President Obama proposed on Thursday is nothing less than an attempt to end a three-decade era of economic policy dominated by the ideas of Ronald Reagan and his supporters.  —  The Obama budget — a bold, even radical departure from recent history …
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The Obamaist Manifesto  —  Not a great speech, but extremely consequential.
Discussion: Commentary and Brian Beutler
Eric Gorski / Associated Press:
James Dobson resigns as Focus on the Family chair
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: JammieWearingFool and Jihad Watch
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Un-Rove  —  I've learned for two years now not to under-estimate Obama.
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Greg Miller / Los Angeles Times:
Senate to investigate CIA's actions under Bush
Discussion: Weekly Standard
 Earlier Items: 
Yale's Tobin Guides Obama From Grave as Friedman Is Eclipsed
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
NYUK, NYUK, NUKE.... What is it about conservatives and their attitudes …
Discussion: The Reaction and At-Largely
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Right's Civil War
National Journal Online:
Congressional Insiders Poll
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts and TalkLeft
Brett Neely / Bloomberg:
Arsonists Torch Berlin Porsches, BMWs on Economic Woe
Discussion: Riehl World View and The Corner
Leslie Wayne / New York Times:
$25 Billion to Promote Electric Cars Is Untouched