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1:45 AM ET, March 1, 2009


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Limbaugh calls on conservatives to take back nation  —  (CNN) — Rush Limbaugh brought a cheering crowd to its feet several times Saturday in Washington as he called on fellow conservatives to take back the country in the keynote speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
David Mark / The Politico:
Rush rouses CPAC faithful  —  Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh reiterated his hope Saturday that the new Democratic administration will fail, rousing conservative activists to fight the “bastardization of the Constitution that the Obama plans are.”  —  When it came to Iraq, Democrats …
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.
Rush's First Televised Address to the Nation: Conservative Political …
Discussion: Don Surber
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.
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.
Discussion: PointOfLaw Forum
Ed Henry / CNN:   White House: Sebelius is pick for HHS secretary
CNN:   Officials: Sebelius to be Obama's pick for HHS
Associated Press:
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius tapped to lead HHS
Discussion: Nashville Scene
Ceci Connolly / Washington Post:   Sebelius Accepts HHS Post
Peter Baker / The Caucus:
Obama Is Said to Pick Kansas Governor for Health Post
Fox News:
Paul Harvey, News Commentator and Talk-Show Pioneer, Dies at 90  —  Paul Harvey, the news commentator and talk-radio pioneer whose staccato style made him one of the nation's most familiar voices, died Saturday in Arizona, FOX News has confirmed.  He was 90.
Discussion: RedState
See-Dubya / Michelle Malkin:   RIP Paul Harvey
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Paul Harvey: ‘The rest of the story’ ends
Marjorie Connelly / New York Times:
Ailing G.O.P. Risks Losing a Generation  —  Republicans have their work cut out for them.  —  Americans identifying themselves as Democrats outnumber those who say they are Republicans by 10 percentage points, the largest gap in party identification in 24 years.
David Mark / The Politico:
Romney wins CPAC straw poll  —  In one of the opening skirmishes in the long - and almost certainly bloody - GOP battle for the 2012 nomination, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney won the annual Conservative Political Action Convention straw poll Saturday.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Romney wins conservative straw poll
Discussion: Below The Beltway and QandO
Scott Gutierrez / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Beating caught on police video  —  Tape shows officer kicking, striking teenager  —  A video showing a King County Sheriff's deputy pummeling a 15-year-old girl in a holding cell was released Friday over the strenuous objections of the officer's attorney.  —  The case goes beyond police misconduct …
Report: Obama helicopter security breached  —  Pa. company says blueprints for Marine One found at Iran IP address  —  A company that monitors peer-to-peer file-sharing networks has discovered a potentially serious security breach involving President Barack Obama's helicopter, NBC affiliate WPXI in Pittsburgh reported Saturday.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Trouble With State Government  —  I was talking to a libertarian-minded fellow at the Kaufman Foundation conference I was attending on Friday, and he asked me something like why does all this big government stuff have to be done at the federal level?  Couldn't we leave it all up to the states?
Discussion: Unfogged and Eschaton
Al Giordano / The Field on the Narcosphere:
The New and Improved “Us vs. Them” Narrative  —  I haven't so far posted any of these weekly YouTube reports by the President that roll out each Saturday morning because, well, they're sort of ubiquitous already on the Internets and I figure folks come here for stuff you won't ordinarily read or see elsewhere.
Robert Travis Scott / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Gov. Bobby Jindal fights back against those questioning points in his speech  —  BATON ROUGE — Gov. Bobby Jindal fought back Friday against reports by national media outlets and Democratic-leaning Web sites that he was inaccurate or untruthful Tuesday night in the Republican Party response …
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THE GOLDWATER MYTH  —  It's CPAC weekend - the grand rallying …
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Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Propping Up a House of Cards
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Bob Owens / Pajamas Media:
Nationwide Ammunition Shortage Hits U.S.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama: ‘Tougher for African Americans’
Discussion: The Politico
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Barack Obama surrounding himself with spivs and chancers
Discussion: Moe_Lane's blog
John / Power Line:
THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS NOW  —  It's no secret that there is …
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Discussion: BLACKFIVE
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Sen. Bunning reportedly suggests stepping down
Discussion: RedState and Political Machine
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