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1:45 PM ET, March 1, 2009


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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Revolution Devours Its Children  —  In my post on the right's civil war, I saw Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh as in the same camp—a group of hyper-orthodox “ultras” so blind to reality that they not only saw Bobby Jindal as correct in his extreme opposition to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act …
Limbaugh to conservatives: Take back country  —  (CNN) — Rush Limbaugh brought a cheering crowd to its feet several times Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington as he called on fellow conservatives to take back the country.  —  “We conservatives have not done …
Noel Sheppard /
Rush Limbaugh's ‘First Ever Address to the Nation’ from CPAC
Lee Stranahan / The Huffington Post:   Why Limbaugh Is Right to Oppose Obama's Economic Policies
Rush's First Televised Address to the Nation: Conservative Political …
Discussion: Beltway Confidential
Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
Gates: Obama is ‘more analytical’ than Bush.  —  Today, on NBC's Meet the Press, host David Gregory asked Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to compare the “styles” and “temperaments” of Presidents Bush and Obama.  Gates said Obama is “somewhat more analytical” than Bush …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jonathan Oliver / Times of London:
Brown woos Obama on global deal  —  GORDON BROWN hopes to forge a partnership with President Barack Obama in Washington this week, to call for a “global new deal” to lift the world out of recession.  —  As he prepares for his first White House visit since the president's inauguration …
Discussion: Fox News and Gateway Pundit
Jim Snyder / The Hill:
Obama may use 50-vote tactic on energy, healthcare  —  President Obama's budget director said the White House would consider using a Senate procedural tactic so that only 50 votes would be rquired to pass major healthcare and energy reforms.  —  Peter Orszag, the director of the Office …
Kristi Keck / CNN:
Obama shoots hoops ... at Department of the Interior  —  (CNN) — President Obama and long-time friend Marty Nesbitt shot hoops Saturday at a basketball court inside the U.S. Department of the Interior.  —  Press aide Ben Finkenbinder, who left the game drenched in sweat, teamed up with Obama on the court.
Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
The Conservatives' ‘Cleansing’ Moment  —  Some, Deploring GOP Missteps, See Adversity as a Chance to Get Back to Basics  —  Same old hotel on the park, same ballrooms, same long lines down the corridor to hear the big-name speakers, but otherwise the landscape looks radically different …
Discussion: Crunchy Con, abu muqawama and MSNBC
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: Commentary, Soccer Dad and Eschaton
Peter Orszag / The White House:
The Budget and Charitable Donations  —  Is our budget proposal uncharitable?  —  Over the past 24 hours since we debuted the President's FY 2010 Budget, some non-profits have argued that the Administration's plan to limit the amount that high-income families (those with income …
Phoenix Woman / Firedoglake:
Dean Baker and Friends: Schooling Capitol Hill on Social Security  —  Dean Baker and some other fine folks made a trip to Capitol Hill last week to do a little fact-based pushback on Social Security and other programs.  [UPDATE: Selise has the C-Span links.]
Discussion: Corrente
Johnny Dollar / Olbermann Watch:
Red Eye Reams Olbermann, Garafalo for Racist Comments!  —  Great thanks to MikeC for the tip, and to Andy Levy for his dryly devastating final comments.  It all happened on Friday night's Red Eye and we have the video for your viewing pleasure:
Discussion: RedState and Political Machine
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
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.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Legislation to Overhaul Rockefeller Drug Laws Moves Ahead Swiftly  —  On a fall afternoon in 2002, the New York City police broke up a protest in front of Gov. George E. Pataki's office in Midtown Manhattan and hauled a dozen demonstrators away.  —  The protesters were demanding …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Kansas Governor Accepts Offer as Health Secretary  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama asked Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas on Saturday to become his nominee for secretary of health and human services, tapping a red state ally to help him push through his plan to remake the nation's health care system.
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