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9:25 PM ET, March 2, 2009

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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Steele to Rush: I'm sorry  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele says he has reached out to Rush Limbaugh to tell him he meant no offense when he referred to the popular conservative radio host as an “entertainer” whose show can be “incendiary.”
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Limbaugh blasts Steele, the GOP  —  On the same night he was offering the keynote address to the Conservative Political Action Conference, Rush Limbaugh drew criticism from an unlikely source: Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele.  —  In a little-noticed interview Saturday night …
Michelle Malkin:
A note to Michael Steele; Update: Steele agrees that GOP convention looked like “Nazi Germany;” Update: A non-apology apology  —  Scroll for updates...Steele non-apologizes to Limbaugh...No word on the “Nazi Germany"/GOP convention slur...  I said positive things about RNC chairman Michael Steele …
RushLimbaugh.com:
A Few Words for Michael Steele  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: I was not going to talk about Michael Steele.  I have had e-mails from the Drive-By Media.  I have had interview requests to be on television shows to talk about Michael Steele and what he said about my speech Saturday night.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
I'M LOVING MICHAEL STEELE  —  I mean, I'm not sure how else to put it.  This guy has to be about the worst, most embarrassing party chair we've seen in recent memory.  It's embarrassing enough that Steele is like, what? ...  the third Republican to criticize Rush and then make it less …
Discussion: Donkeylicious
The Huffington Post:
Steele Takes On Rush Limbaugh: “Ugly,” “Incendiary” (VIDEO)  —  Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele took umbrage Saturday night when CNN's D.L. Hughley referred to radio host Rush Limbaugh as “the de facto leader of the Republican party.”  —  “No he's not.
Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
Steele Bows Down To Limbaugh: ‘No Attempt On My Part To Diminish His Voice Or His Leadership’  —  Steele Bows Down To Limbaugh: ‘No Attempt On My Part To Diminish His Voice Or His Leadership’  —  Yesterday, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel called Rush Limbaugh the “intellectual force” of the GOP.
Discussion: Lynn Sweet
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Rush Limbaugh Launches Brutal Hit On Michael Steele  —  Whoa.  Rush Limbaugh's bid to cement his own role as head of the Republican Party just took a wild new turn, with Limbaugh launching a brutal hit on RNC chair Michael Steele, mocking the GOP for being in a “sad sack” …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House fires back at Rush Limbaugh  —  The Speaker of the House won't mention his name, but the White House has shown a willingness to invoke the name of radio host Rush Limbaugh whenever challenged.  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) won't comment on anything the hero of conservatives has to say …
John / Power Line:
Throwing Rush Under the Bus  —  Today's most disheartening news story: RNC Chairman Michael Steele attacks Rush Limbaugh: … I'd hoped that news reports had distorted Steele's comments in order to sow division among Republicans, but you can watch the video for yourself; I'm afraid that's what he said:
Discussion: Political Punch
Matt Lewis / Political Machine:
Rush Fires Back at Steele (Updates With Audio)
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:   No Apology To Rush Limbaugh From RNC Chair Michael Steele
The New Majority:
SOCIAL ISSUES WON'T WIN MINORITIES FOR GOP
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Eunomia
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
GOP's Steele: Limbaugh not 'bogeyman"
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Lost in Transition:
Panel Says Ron Kirk Underpaid Taxes  —  (Credit: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)  —  Leaders of the Senate Finance Committee this afternoon revealed that another of President Obama's nominees — U.S. Trade Representative-designate Ron Kirk — has tax problems.
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama hires: Back-taxes, mixed results
Discussion: The Politico
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Tax Problems Surface for Trade Rep. Nominee Kirk
William Beutler / Blog P.I.:
Macon Phillips Has Probably Had Better Days
Jose Antonio Vargas / Washington Post:
Web-Savvy Obama Team Hits Unexpected Bumps
RIA Novosti:
Obama ‘ready to drop shield plans for Russian help on Iran’  —  Washington has told Moscow that Russian help in resolving Iran's nuclear program would make its missile shield plans for Europe unnecessary, a Russian daily said on Monday, citing White House sources.
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John R. Bolton / Wall Street Journal:
Iran Clenches Its Fist
Noel Sheppard / Fox News:   Report: Obama Offers to Scrap Missile Shield If Russia Cooperates on Iran
Associated Press:
Obama releases secret Bush anti-terror memos  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - The Obama administration threw open the curtain on years of Bush-era secrets Monday, revealing anti-terror memos that claimed exceptional search-and-seizure powers …
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Emily Friedman / ABCNEWS:
Upper-Income Taxpayers Look for Ways to Sidestep Obama Tax-Hike Plan  —  President Would Slap More Taxes on Those Who Make Over $250K to Fund Health Care  —  President Barack Obama's tax proposal - which promises to increase taxes for those families with incomes of $250,000 or more …
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Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Limbaugh misquotes Constitution while arguing Obama policies are ‘bastardization’ of Constitution.  —  During his speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday, Rush Limbaugh got some of his loudest applause when he declared that President Obama's policies represent a “bastardization of the Constitution.”
CNSNews:
Pelosi Snowed-Out of Global Warming Rally  —  (CNSNews.com) - Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had to cancel an appearance Monday at a global warming rally in Washington, D.C., that was hit by a snowstorm because her flight was delayed, her office told CNSNews.com.
Newsdesk / Clout St:
Agent says ousted Gov. Blagojevich has book deal, will talk Senate  —  Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has landed a book deal, his publicist said today.  —  The ousted governor will focus on “the discussions, the considerations and the factors involved in picking” …
Discussion: Washington Wire
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Lynn Sweet:   Blagojevich lands book deal. Will pull no punches.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Is Obama embracing the lawless, omnipotent executive?  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  As I detailed over the weekend, the Obama administration — in the case brought by two American lawyers and their charity-client claiming that their conversations were illegally intercepted …
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Pelosi's list: Who's on her bad side?  —  Nancy Pelosi likes to keep lists.  —  As a young political protégé of her father, Baltimore Mayor Tommy D'Alesandro, the preteen speaker-to-be would spend hours leafing through the list of voters her father had helped in some way …
Floyd Norris / New York Times:
Dow Below 6,800; Lowest Close Since '97  —  Stock prices tumbled around the world Monday, amid new evidence that economies were weaker than had been thought.  The losses were especially severe in Europe, where an emergency summit meeting over the weekend ended in bickering and the rejection of a bailout plea from Hungary.
 
 
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Alexandra Twin / CNNMoney.com:
Dow below 7,000  —  Blue-chip measure drops to levels …
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Obama beats early retreat on promise to fight pork
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Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Calculated Risk
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
A Dow Unworthy of FDR
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Financial Times:
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 Earlier Items: 
Ross Douthat:
Rush and Oprah  —  Hugh Hewitt writes that Limbaugh's speech at CPAC …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Eunomia
Brad Plumer / The New Republic:
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Discussion: The Bellows
David Simon / Washington Post:
In Baltimore, No One Left to Press the Police
Clive Crook / Financial Times:
The budget reveals the liberal Obama
David E. RePass / New York Times:
Make My Filibuster  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA has decided to spend …
Discussion: Balkinization
 

 
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Mike Vorkunov / New York Times:
Sources: the WNBA's media rights deals mirror the NBA's, and the league is set to get at least $2.2B over 11 years or $200M/year, up from the current ~$50M/year

Hong Kong Free Press:
Hong Kong-based reporter Selina Cheng says she was fired by The Wall Street Journal for taking up the position of chair of the Hong Kong Journalist Association

Peter White / Deadline:
Emmy nominations numbers: Netflix took top spot with 107; FX, 93; HBO/Max, 91; Apple TV+, 72; ABC and CBS, 38 each; Prime Video, 37; Hulu, 26; and Disney+, 19

 
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