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9:05 PM ET, March 3, 2009


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Washington Whispers:
GOP to Michael Steele: Quiet About Rush Limbaugh or You're Fired  —  Apology to Rush Limbaugh aside, new Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is coming under fire from his own GOP troops to shut up and focus on his job of organizing the party and raising money, not fighting with his own political kind.
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Poll: Obama's rating at all-time high  —  NBC/WSJ poll shows gap between popularity of president and his policies  —  WASHINGTON - After Barack Obama's first six weeks as president, the American public's attitudes about the two political parties couldn't be more different, the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds.
Discussion: CNBC and MyDD
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Limbaugh Attacks Stephanopoulos, Says ABC Falsely Reported That Eric Cantor Disagreed With “Fail” Remark  —  Okay, the Limbaugh wars have just taken yet another weird new turn — Rush is claiming that a high profile GOP leader who appeared to disagree with his professed hope that President Obama …
The New Majority:
LIMBAUGH AT CPAC  —  President Obama and Rush Limbaugh do not agree on much, but they share at least one thing: Both wish to see Rush anointed as the leader of the Republican party.  Here's Rahm Emanuel on Face the Nation yesterday: “the voice and the intellectual force and energy behind the Republican party.”
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:   Limbaugh's excuse for hoping Obama fails — ‘Dems did it too’ — is baloney
Peter Hamby / CNN:
DNC chair: Limbaugh is the GOP's ‘Wizard of Oz’
Al Giordano / The Field on the Narcosphere:
Ugly and Incendiary  —  Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh began …
Discussion: Midwest Voices and Vanity Fair
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Rush, Back in the Saddle  —  The White House has decided to run against Rush Limbaugh.
Discussion: The Raw Story, The Fix, MSNBC and The Swamp
The New Republic:
Wealthy Idiots Meet Idiot Reporter  —  I've seen a lot of dumb news reports in my life, but I'm not sure anything can quite match this one from ABC News.  The premise of the report is this: Barack Obama plans to raise taxes on people who make more than $250,000, so the reporter has gone …
Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:
Does ABC News understand how income tax works?  —  ABC News reports on “upper-income taxpayers” who are trying to reduce their income so they avoid proposed tax increases on those earning more than $250,000.  —  According to ABC, one attorney “plans to cut back on her business …
Discussion: and TPMCafe
Huma Khan / Political Punch:
Bullish Obama Suggests Nation Should Buy!  Buy!  —  President Obama told Americans to take a look at investing in the stock market this afternoon, a remarkable utterance for an American president, especially as the Dow Jones Industrial Average proceeds on its course Southward.
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
“We're Sorry” — Obama voters express their regrets  —  The drones Obama voters have begun sending me photos expressing their sorrow in voting for the Won.  —  I'll post them all when I have a chance.  —  Update: Michelle Malkin suggested that David Brooks might want to join the apologetic crew.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
David Brooks surprised to find Obama is, in fact, a statist liberal
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
How media sucks up to White House  —  In a profile last month, The Washington Post described deputy White House chief of staff Jim Messina as a “low-profile aide” who begins “fixing President Obama's problems” before 7 a.m., works 14 hours straight and then hits the gym.
Huma Khan / Political Punch:
Emblems to Stamp Projects Funded by the Stimulus Package  —  ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports:  —  Put a stamp on it — that's what the White House says.  —  President Obama announced today that his administration will begin stamping an emblem on projects funded by the economic stimulus package …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
SNEAK PEEK AT THE NBC/WSJ POLL  —  From NBC's Mark Murray  —  Here's one set of numbers we're releasing before the entire NBC/WSJ poll comes out at 6:30 pm ET: By a 48-20 percent margin, Americans believe the Democratic Party would do a better job of getting the U.S. out of recession than the Republican Party.
Washington Wire:   WSJ/NBC Poll: Democrats Better to Get Country Out of Recession
W. James Antle, III / AmSpecBlog:
Bury Goldwater
Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
Extraordinary Measures  —  A new memo shows just how far the Bush administration considered going in fighting the war on terror.  —  In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the Justice Department secretly gave the green light for the U.S. military to attack apartment buildings and office complexes inside …
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Gets Strong Support in Poll  —  Popularity Can Help President Pursue Big Initiatives; Warning Signs on Health Care  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama enjoys widespread backing from a frightened American public for his ambitious, front-loaded agenda, a new poll indicates.
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Dems yank DC vote bill in House  —  It looks like voters in the District of Columbia will have to wait another week - and possibly a lot longer - to claim official representation in the House.  —  Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) told reporters Tuesday night that the bill would not come …
Alan K. Ota / CQ Politics:
Democratic Revolt May Slow Obama Agenda
Discussion: Hot Air and DownWithTyranny!
Kleinheider / Post Politics:
MTSU POLL: One In Six Tennesseans Admit To Telling Racist Jokes About The President  —  The newest poll on state and national issues in Tennessee is out from our friends over at Middle Tennessee State University complete with charts and graphs.  Some of the more interesting findings below.
Discussion: Think Progress
Michelle Cottle / The New Republic:   How Many Racists Does It Take to Change a Lightbulb?
Paul Krugman:
Zombie financial ideas  —  Calculated Risk looks at the latest plan floated by the Treasury — to make low-interest, non-recourse loans to private investors who buy bad assets — and immediately gets it: this is a plan to drive up the prices of toxic assets by creating a lot of moral hazard.
You're in the high rent district  —  Approximately 2% of the American households make more than $250,000 a year and (you may find this hard to believe) a very high percentage of these high-earning go-getting producers spend their days commenting over at Michelle Malkin's place …
Discussion: American Power and Crooked Timber
Jack Cafferty / CNN:
Cafferty: My crush on Michelle Obama  —  Editor's note: Jack Cafferty is the author of a new book, “Now or Never: Getting Down to the Business of Saving Our American Dream,” to be published in March.  He provides commentary on CNN's “The Situation Room” daily from 4 to 7 p.m. ET.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Initial Reaction to Obama Budget Tilts Positive  —  About a third of Americans have yet to form an opinion  — USA - Congress - Government and Politics - Spending - The Presidency - Americas - Northern America  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans' first reactions to President Barack Obama's …
Discussion: Open Left and Daily Kos
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Coleman camp asks that election result be ‘set aside’  —  Request was made as Franken's lawyers prepare to make their case.  —  For more than a month, Norm Coleman stressed flaws in Minnesota's election system.  —  And on Monday, Coleman lawyer Jim Langdon wrote the three-judge panel …
Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
Team Obama on the Unit Root Hypothesis  —  All academics, to some degree, suffer from the infliction of seeing the world through the lens of their own research.  I admit, I do it too.  So when I read the CEA's forecast analysis, this sentence jumped out at me:
Discussion: EconLog and Grasping Reality …
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