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10:40 AM ET, March 1, 2009

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Lee Stranahan / The Huffington Post:
Why Limbaugh Is Right to Oppose Obama's Economic Policies  —  Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh wants Barack Obama's econimic policies to fail.  He said it, he said it again, and he said it again at CPAC.  Limbaugh was quickly accused of treason, more or less, and now he says he doesn't understand what all the outrage is about.
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Rush Limbaugh's ‘First Ever Address to the Nation’ from CPAC  —  Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference Saturday in what he called his “first ever address to the nation”:  —  Part two embedded below the fold (with more to come when made available):
Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
Rick Santelli's Planted Rant ?  —  I was interviewed by several journalists last week about Rick Santelli's Rant — my exact quote was it had a “Faux” feel to it.  (I haven't seen it in print yet)  —  What was so odd about this was that Santelli is usually on the ball; we usually agree more often than we disagree.
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The Playboy Blog:
Backstabber: Is Rick Santelli High On Koch?  —  Last week, CNBC correspondent Rick Santelli rocketed from being a little-known second-string correspondent to a populist hero of the disenfranchised, a 21st-century Samuel Adams, the leader and symbol of the downtrodden American masses suffering under …
CNN:
Homespun broadcaster Paul Harvey dies  —  (CNN) — Paul Harvey, the legendary radio host whose career sharing “the rest of the story” with listeners spanned more than 70 years, has died, according to ABC Radio Networks.  —  He was 90.  —  Harvey died at a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona …
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Frank Rich / New York Times:
The Ecstasy and the Agony  —  BARACK OBAMA must savor the moment while he can.  It may never get better than this.  —  As he stood before Congress on Tuesday night, the new president was armed with new job approval percentages in the 60s.  After his speech, the numbers hit the stratosphere …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Spock at the Bridge  —  Wow.  What a phone call that must have been.  —  “Hey, 43, it's 44.  How's retirement?  You're biking around the new neighborhood?  Buying a nightlight for the bathroom?  Can't be too careful.  I hear you're working your way through a book Dick Cheney gave you on your Kindle.
Discussion: Soccer Dad and Eschaton
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
Obama, Reaching Outside the Bubble  —  Each morning when he arrives at the Oval Office, President Obama asks his staff to deliver him a package containing 10 letters.  It is a mere sampling of the 40,000 or so that Americans send to the White House every day — a barrage of advice from students and teachers …
Discussion: marbury, MSNBC and Prairie Weather
Tyler Cowen / New York Times:
Message to Regulators: Bank Fix Needed Quickly  —  A NEW bank rescue plan may be more crucial right now than the fiscal stimulus package enacted last month.  Yet we don't seem capable of finding a clear path toward cleaning up our major financial institutions.
Discussion: EconLog and Outside The Beltway
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Forced From Executive Pay to Hourly Wage  —  TEMPE, Ariz. — Mark Cooper started his work day on a recent morning cleaning the door handles of an office building with a rag, vigorously shaking out a rug at a back entrance and pushing a dust mop down a long hallway.
Discussion: naked capitalism and The RBC
Washington Post:
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius Accepts Nomination to HHS Secretary  —  Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius this afternoon accepted President Obama's request to become his Health and Human Services secretary, stepping into a central role in the new administration's ambitious effort to overhaul the nation's health care system.
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CNN:   Officials: Sebelius to be Obama's pick for HHS
Ed Henry / CNN:   White House: Sebelius is pick for HHS secretary
Associated Press:
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius tapped to lead HHS
Discussion: Jack & Jill Politics
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Clinton to Visit Middle East Amid Calls for Radically New Peace Strategy  —  Analysts Urge Radical New Approach To Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process  —  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton this week will make her first foray into Middle East diplomacy, attending a high-level conference …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Yourish.com
Agence France Presse:
Iran wants apology from Hollywood team … The art advisor to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad urged a visiting Hollywood delegation to apologise for “insults and slanders” about Iranians in films, the ISNA news agency reported on Saturday.  —  “(Iranian) cinema officials will only have the right …
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Romney wins conservative straw poll  —  (CNN) — One day after delivering a forceful campaign-style speech to the conference of conservative activists, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won his third straight CPAC Straw Poll on Saturday, earning 20 percent of the vote on a ballot …
Discussion: Below The Beltway and QandO
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John / Power Line:
THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS NOW  —  It's no secret that there is …
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The Trouble With State Government
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The New and Improved “Us vs. Them” Narrative