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6:35 PM ET, March 1, 2009


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Rod Dreher / Crunchy Con:
CPAC: White kids on dope  —  Ah, to be an anthropologist at CPAC, where the kids was smokin' th' political crack.  From the WaPo: … Verily, that's the way to bring the party back: blame the media.  I talked to a conservative the other day who assured me that Obama's success is entirely …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Emanuel: Rush is the GOP's brain  —  White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel charged Sunday that conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh is “the voice and the intellectual force and energy behind the Republican Party.”  —  Emanuel, speaking in deliberately soothing tones, told anchor Bob Schieffer on CBS's …
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 …
Steven R. Hurst / Associated Press:
Mullen: Iran has fissile materials for bomb  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - The top U.S. military official said Sunday that Iran has sufficient fissile material for a nuclear weapon, declaring it would be a “very, very bad outcome” should Tehran move forward with a bomb.
Jen DiMascio / The Politico:
Gates and Mullen disagree on Iran
Discussion: The Swamp
Anthony Boadle / Reuters:
Iran has enough nuclear fuel to make bomb: U.S.
Discussion: Sweetness & Light and TigerHawk
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:
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 …
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 …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Under Weight of Its Mistakes, Newspaper Industry Staggers  —  Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper recalls getting “a feeling in the pit of my stomach” when he learned that the Rocky Mountain News was shutting down.  —  “Even when they were uncovering corruption in the city …
Discussion: Informed Comment
NY Daily News:
Buildings sprang up as donations rained down on Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion  —  The man who is President Obama's newly minted urban czar pocketed thousands of dollars in campaign cash from city developers whose projects he approved or funded with taxpayers' money, a Daily News probe found.
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
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
‘Fair and Balanced’ Fox News allows only Republicans to debate Obama's budget.  —  This morning on Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace welcomed Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to discuss President Obama's budget plan — with not a single congressional Democrat or White House representative present to defend it.
Joe Holley / Washington Post:
Broadcaster Delivered ‘The Rest of the Story’  —  Paul Harvey, 90, a Chicago-based radio broadcaster whose authoritative baritone voice and distinctive staccato delivery attracted millions of daily listeners for more than half a century, died Feb. 28 in Phoenix.
Allison Klein / Washington Post:
Frustrated Building Owner Allows Sex Shop to Open in Old Town Alexandria  —  To many in Old Town Alexandria, the sex shop that opened recently on King Street is nothing short of scandalous, a historical desecration just blocks from the boyhood home of Robert E. Lee.  —  But to Michael Zarlenga, it's justice.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Corner
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Culture of conspiracy: The Birthers  —  Bill Clinton had the Vince Foster “murder.”  George W. Bush had 9/11 Truth.  And the new administration has brought with it a new culture of conspiracy: The Birthers.  —  Out of the gaze of the mainstream and even the conservative media …
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
Dave Dilegge / SWJ Blog:
Thoughts on the “New Media” (Updated)  —  Thoughts on the “New Media” - compiled by Small Wars Journal  —  Last weekend I sent out the following “RFI” to a number of bloggers I know: … What follows are the replies I received through yesterday.  Some stuck to the one-two requested paragraphs, some sent more.
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Phoenix Woman / Firedoglake:
Dean Baker and Friends: Schooling Capitol Hill on Social Security
Discussion: Corrente
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
“Card Check” Not as Bad as Thought! It's Worse.
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Chavez sends army to rice plants
Discussion: PoliBlog
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
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Discussion: TalkLeft
 Earlier Items: 
Agence France Presse:
Iran wants apology from Hollywood team
Discussion: Gawker, Redhot, Jihad Watch and Atlas Shrugs
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
Afghan President Moves Up August Elections
Discussion: Swampland