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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
RushLimbaugh.com:
Rush's First Televised Address to the Nation: Conservative Political …
Discussion: Beltway Confidential
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 …
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: Commentary, Soccer Dad and Eschaton
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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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 and abu muqawama
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
Romney wins conservative straw poll
Discussion: Below The Beltway and QandO
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 was “somewhat more analytical” than Bush …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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
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: Washington Monthly and Reuters
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CNN:   Officials: Sebelius to be Obama's pick for HHS
 
 
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Obama: ‘Tougher for African Americans’
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Andrew Bolt / NEWS.com.au:
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John / Power Line:
THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS NOW  —  It's no secret that there is …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Trouble With State Government
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The New and Improved “Us vs. Them” Narrative