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11:05 AM 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.
Discussion: The Swamp and AMERICAblog News
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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
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Anti-stimulus tea parties light up Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and social media  —  Protesters rally against the stimulus plan in Hartford, Conn. Credit: Bob Child / Associated Press  —  In the latest example of how user-produced media can capture so-called “massively-shared” …
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David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Glenn Beck plots out our dystopian future, run by militias  —  John Amato's virtual online magazine...OK, It's a blog!  — Home- Archives  — Tags Directory  — Contact Us- Donate- FAQ  — Advertising- Commenting- General Problems- Media Problems- Supported Browsers- User Registration
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 …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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  —  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 …
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John Schwartz / New York Times:
A Terrorism Test Case Obama May Not Want
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
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.
Madison Park / CNN:
How to get Michelle Obama's toned arms  —  (CNN) — First lady Michelle Obama has a fashion following, with blogs tracking her daily garment choices.  —  She's on the March cover of Vogue in a sleeveless silk sheath.  Then there was the purple sleeveless Narciso Rodriguez she wore …
Discussion: Emptywheel and Wonkette
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 …
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: Riehl World View and Don Surber
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 …
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
 
 
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