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8:20 AM ET, February 28, 2009


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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” …
Discussion: Riehl World View
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Scenes from the New American Tea Party
Discussion: Wonkette, TBogg and Roger Ailes
GayPatriot:   LA Tea Party for Freedom
Patrik Jonsson / Christian Science Monitor:
Budget debate launches new tea party
Discussion: The Raw Story and Michelle Malkin
Ewen Callaway / New Scientist:
Porn in the USA: Conservatives are biggest consumers  —  Americans may paint themselves in increasingly bright shades of red and blue, but new research finds one thing that varies little across the nation: the liking for online pornography.  —  A new nationwide study (pdf) …
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Jindal's Office Tries To Spin Katrina Story, Digs Itself In Deeper  —  It looks like Bobby Jindal's staff has been trying to do some damage limitation on that phony Katrina story — with some help from Politico.  But it's blowing up in their faces.  —  Picking up on an earlier post at Daily Kos …
Focus on the Family:
Dr. James Dobson Steps Down as Focus on the Family Chairman  —  Latest development in natural transition alleviates more administrative burden; will continue to appear on daily radio program  —  Colorado Springs, Colo. - Focus on the Family's James C. Dobson, Ph.D., has stepped …
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 …
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 …
The Politico:   Bunning denies resignation scheme
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: Don Surber
The Huffington Post:
Jonathan Krohn: 13-Year-Old Conservative Wunderkind Wows CPAC, Joe The Plumber  —  The future of the conservative movement presented himself on Friday, and he was 13.  —  Jonathan Krohn, the author of “Define Conservatism” and political prodigy voted “Atlanta's Most Talented Child” in 2006 …
Discussion: Wonkette and Needlenose
James Kirchick / The New Republic:
Yes, Ron Paul is a Bircher  —  There's much to appreciate in John Derbyshire's essay that Eve links to about the rise of right-wing talk radio and the concomitant decline of intellecutal conservatism.  As an analytical exercise, it's pretty much spot-on.  Just witness the reaction Tucker Carlson received …
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.
Discussion: Dean's World and The Agitator
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 …
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 …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
‘Great Society’ Plan for the Middle Class  —  Opponents of President Obama's proposal for a sweeping new government activism in the economy call it a return to a traditional tax-and-spend philosophy, a step back to the era of Lyndon B. Johnson.  —  It may also be a postmodern, post-Clinton form of liberalism.
Spencer Ackerman / ATTACKERMAN:
Can You Believe It?  No More War  —  In 2003, then Maj. Gen. David Petraeus, commander of the 101st Airborne Division that had participated in the invasion of Iraq, had a running joke with an embedded reporter, Rick Atkinson.  Slyly acknowledging the unclear aims of the inchoate occupation of Iraq …
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Marc Lynch:
Towards a Palestinian accord
John Schwartz / New York Times:
A Terrorism Test Case Obama May Not Want
Discussion: Daily Kos
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
PRESS BRIEFING BRIEFING.  —  I may try to do this semi-regularly, may not.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Two Cheers for Regressive Taxes
Tom Donnelly / Weekly Standard:
Obama's Iraq Withdrawal Speech
 Earlier Items: 
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Newt calls out Holder on race
Discussion: Daily Kos and Don Surber
Marc Lifsher / Los Angeles Times:
California unemployment rate reaches 10.1%
Discussion: TVNewser
Rose George / New York Times:
Yellow Is the New Green  —  IN the far reaches of Shaanxi Province …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: RedState
Amanda Carpenter /
Scenes from CPAC  —  Going into CPAC this year I was afraid …
Discussion: Political Machine