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2:15 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: American Power, The Swamp and TIME.com
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
OBAMA TO LOBBYISTS: BRING IT ON.... President Obama made a pitch …
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
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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.
Associated Press:
Court Rejects Obama Bid to Stop Wiretapping Suit
Discussion: NO QUARTER
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?
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
CPAC Organizer David Keene Claims Conservatives Were Fed Up With Bush ‘For Some Time’  —  This year at the Conservative Political Action Conference, most of the speakers have spent their time bashing President Obama, while generally avoiding the subject of President Bush.Speaking this morning …
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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New York Times:
Obama's Speech at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hot Air
 
 
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Sam Hananel / Associated Press:
Union leaders talk about reuniting under a single, more powerful …
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CNN:
Man held after mailing HIV-tainted blood to Obama
Discussion: Political Machine
Krissah Thompson / Washington Post:
Top Officials Expand The Dialogue on Race
Discussion: Commentary and The Corner
Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
Sharper Downturn Clouds Obama Spending Plans
Madison Park / CNN:
How to get Michelle Obama's toned arms
Discussion: Emptywheel and Wonkette
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Marc Lynch:
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Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Obama's Chief Vetter Has His Own Tax Problem