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5:20 PM ET, March 2, 2009


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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Limbaugh's latest attacker: RNC's Steele  —  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 …
The New Republic:
Sympathy for the Limbaugh  —  Rush Limbaugh is drawing some ridicule for saying, “One thing we can all do is stop assuming that the way to beat [the Democrats] is with better policy ideas.”  But I think he's basically right.  Good ideas are meritorious.  But being meritorious isn't what wins elections.
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Pelosi's list: Who's on her bad side?  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  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 …
Matt Lewis / Political Machine:
Rush Fires Back at Steele (Updates With Audio)  —  Responding to RNC Chairman Michael Steele's recent comments, Rush Limbaugh fired back on his radio show today.  —  “The Republican National Committee and Michael Steele need a little leadership ... we're going to have to drag them kicking …
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
RNC Chair Michael Steele on Limbaugh: 'Yes, it's incendiary.  Yes, it's ugly.'  —  Last night, RNC Chairman Michael Steele appeared on D.L. Hughley's show on CNN and disputed Hughley's statement that Rush Limbaugh “is the de facto leader of the Republican Party.”  “I'm the de facto leader of the Republican Party!”
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Moderate Dems confront Pelosi  —  In a private meeting last week, Speaker Nancy Pelosi laid down a challenge to her moderate members who were complaining about a provision in the housing bill.  Stand up and air your grievances, she said.  —  A handful of those moderate members did just that …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Open Left and Booman Tribune
John Hawkins / Pajamas Media:
Where Rush Limbaugh Went Astray At CPAC  —  Rush delivered a magnificent speech.  However, there is one important arena in which, put plainly, I think he was wrong.  —  The Democrats have been working overtime lately on a mission to publicly demonize Rush Limbaugh.
Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:   Steele vs. Rush—Sort Of
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama hires: Back-taxes, mixed results  —  There's probably a threshhold for owing back taxes that disqualifies a candidate for appointment to a high position.  —  Ron Kirk, President Barack Obama's nominee for trade representative, apparently hasn't met it.
Discussion: The Politico
David Espo / Associated Press:
Trade nominee Ron Kirk agrees to pay back taxes
Discussion: Reuters and Sweetness & Light
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
AP Newsbreak: CIA destroyed 92 interrogation tapes  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — New documents show the CIA destroyed nearly 100 tapes of terror interrogations, far more than has previously been acknowledged.  —  The revelation Monday comes as a criminal prosecutor is wrapping up his investigation in the matter.
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.”
Discussion: Political Machine
The Huffington Post:
Limbaugh Misquotes Constitution During CPAC Speech
Discussion: Firedoglake and Text & History
Capitol Ideas with John L. Micek:
Report: Toomey Reconsidering Senate Bid?
Discussion: MyDD and Scorecard's Blogs
New York Times:
Dow Drops Below 7,000 for the First Time Since '97  —  Investor worries about the economy in general, and financial companies in particular, continued to erode the markets on Monday as the Dow Jones industrial average fell below 7,000 for first time since October 1997.
Tim Paradis / Associated Press:
Wall Street tumbles anew as financials slide
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Brian Beutler:
No Afghanistan strategy?  No help  —  I don't know if you caught it, but Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper rained all over Barack Obama's Afghanistan parade this weekend.  In a taped appearance which aired on CNN this Sunday, Harper said, “frankly, we are not going to ever defeat the insurgency …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Canada's candid PM Harper warns Obama: We'll never defeat Afghan insurgents
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Is Obama embracing the lawless, omnipotent executive?  —  (updated below)  —  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 by the Bush administration …
James Baker / Financial Times:
How Washington can prevent ‘zombie banks’  —  Beginning in 1990, Japan suffered a collapse in real estate and stock market prices that pushed major banks into insolvency.  Rather than follow America's tough recommendation - and close or recapitalise these banks - Japan took an easier approach.
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Repudiating Bush  —  From his inauguration address forward, President Obama hasn't pulled any punches in criticizing the record of his predecessor, George W. Bush.  In that process—which reached a new peak with the release of the administration's budget plan last Thursday …
Pelosi Snowed-Out of Global Warming Rally  —  ( - 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
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
NO PASTA.  JUST RICE.  —  Israel, it seems, has been denying shipments of pasta headed for Gaza.  Senator John kerry, who'd been visiting Israel, heard about the idle trucks filled with food aid and asked around.  “Israel does not define pasta as part of humanitarian aid,” he was told.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
John R. Bolton / Wall Street Journal:
Iran Clenches Its Fist  —  The danger is that direct talks may facilitate, not reduce, threats to U.S. interests.  —  As Iran prepares to fire up its Bushehr nuclear reactor — and as the International Atomic Energy Agency governing board meets this week, again confronted with further progress …
Washington Post:
‘Potential’ Disruption?  —  REP. DAVID R. Obey (Wis.) and other congressional Democrats should spare us their phony concern about the children participating in the District's school voucher program.  If they cared for the future of these students, they wouldn't be so quick as to try to kill …
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Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
The Triumph of Banality  —  One of the most tired rhetorical tropes …
Discussion: Sadly, No!
Ross Douthat:
Rush and Oprah  —  Hugh Hewitt writes that Limbaugh's speech at CPAC …
Discussion: Eunomia and AmSpecBlog
Brad Plumer / The New Republic:
Are Scientific Breakthroughs Overrated?
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
Discussion: Will Wilkinson
Ari Melber / The Huffington Post:
How The Insiders Failed Obama
George F. Will / Newsweek:
FDR's Sweater Fable
Discussion: Hot Air and The Foundry
Masaru Tamamoto / New York Times:
Japan's Crisis of the Mind
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