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1:45 PM ET, February 28, 2009

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The White House:
Keeping Promises  —  In the Weekly Address this morning, President Obama explains how the budget he sent to Congress will fulfill the promises he made as a candidate.  On fiscal responsibility, a fair tax code, a clean energy economy, real health care reform, and education, this budget sets out a new vision for our country.
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Obama ‘gearing up for a fight’  —  President Barack Obama is beginning the salesmanship of his far-reaching $3.6 trillion budget with a populist blast at powerful interests he says will fight it - all but challenging his opponents to bring it on.  —  “I know these steps won't sit …
Discussion: The Swamp and TIME.com
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
OBAMA TO LOBBYISTS: BRING IT ON.... President Obama made a pitch for his budget proposal in his weekly address, and positioned himself nicely as “a threat to the status quo in Washington.”  The NYT described the president as casting himself “a populist crusader willing to do battle …
Discussion: Donklephant
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Defends His Budget as ‘a Threat to the Status Quo’
Discussion: The Caucus and Seeing the Forest
Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
Limbaugh: “The dirty little secret ... is that every Republican in this country wants Obama to fail, but none of them have the guts to say so; I am willing to say it"  —  *Siggggghhh* Rush is soooooo dreamy!  And he has a fire in the belly!  Who wouldn't love this guy?
Ombudsman / Washington Post:
The Heat From a Global Warming Column  —  Opinion columnists are free to choose whatever facts bolster their arguments.  But they aren't free to distort them.  —  The question of whether that happened is at the core of an uproar over a recent George F. Will column and The Post's fact-checking process.
Larry Kudlow / CNBC:
Obama Declares War on Investors, Entrepreneurs, Businesses, And More  —  Let me be very clear on the economics of President Obama's State of the Union speech and his budget.  —  He is declaring war on investors, entrepreneurs, small businesses, large corporations, and private-equity and venture-capital funds.
Robert Travis Scott / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Louisiana to seek New Orleans-Baton Rouge passenger rail line from federal stimulus pot that Jindal called wasteful  —  BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's transportation department plans to request federal dollars for a New Orleans to Baton Rouge passenger rail service from the same pot of railroad money …
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Glenn Beck plots out our dystopian future, run by militias  —  While I was on vacation last week, Glenn Beck wrapped up his regularly scheduled apocalyptic fearmongering with a Friday special that laid out the future as he fears it.  —  It's pretty much a Mel Gibson production, with lots of Road Warriors and other dystopian features.
Discussion: The Mahablog
Matt Bai / New York Times:
Newt.  Again.  —  FOR CONSERVATIVES, who have traditionally valued their grand theorists more than their campaign consultants, the buildings that house Washington's premier think tanks are like a second set of grand monuments, symbols of a movement built on brash ingenuity.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama's efforts to block a judicial ruling on Bush's illegal eavesdropping  —  (updated below)  —  The Obama DOJ's embrace of Bush's state secrets privilege in the Jeppesen (torture/rendition) case generated substantial outrage, and rightly so.  But it's now safe to say that far worse …
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Associated Press:
Court Rejects Obama Bid to Stop Wiretapping Suit
Discussion: NO QUARTER
John Schwartz / New York Times:
A Terrorism Test Case Obama May Not Want
Discussion: Daily Kos
Scott Gutierrez / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Beating caught on police video  —  Tape shows officer kicking, striking teenager  —  A video showing a King County Sheriff's deputy pummeling a 15-year-old girl in a holding cell was released Friday over the strenuous objections of the officer's attorney.  —  The case goes beyond police misconduct …
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
U.S. to yield marijuana jurisdiction to states  —  (02-26) 20:00 PST San Francisco — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is sending strong signals that President Obama - who as a candidate said states should be allowed to make their own rules on medical marijuana - will end raids on pot dispensaries in California.
Christian Brose / Shadow Government:
Obama's Iraq speech: Brought to you by George W. Bush  —  Today begins the leap in the dark.  —  For six years we've known that the Iraq war must end and that at some point U.S. forces would leave.  The question that always hung out there was — and then what?  President Bush chose not to learn the answer to that question.
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