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10:25 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.
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Peter Daou / The Huffington Post:
Why on Earth Are Democrats Legitimizing and Empowering Rush Limbaugh?  —  I don't buy into this ‘brilliant’ strategy of elevating Rush Limbaugh in the hopes that it will tarnish Republicans.  —  Focus relentlessly on the disastrous Bush presidency to tarnish Republicans, yes.
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 …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Rush Refuses To Say Whether Successful Obama Fix Of Economy Would Be Good For The Country  —  Okay, as noted below, I somehow ended up in an extended email exchange with Rush Limbaugh.  In it, Rush repeatedly insisted that his desire for President Obama to fail didn't mean he didn't want the country to “succeed.”
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:   Limbaugh's excuse for hoping Obama fails — ‘Dems did it too’ — is baloney
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Rush, Back in the Saddle  —  The White House has decided to run against Rush Limbaugh.
Discussion: The Raw Story, The Swamp and MSNBC
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: Salon, CNBC, Oliver Willis and MyDD
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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.
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.
W. James Antle, III / AmSpecBlog:
Bury Goldwater
Discussion: Townhall.com
Washington Wire:   WSJ/NBC Poll: Democrats Better to Get Country Out of Recession
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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.
CNN:
Hoyer says Congress, not the President, will decide on earmarks
Discussion: Say Anything
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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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
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Michelle Cottle / The New Republic:   How Many Racists Does It Take to Change a Lightbulb?
CNN:
Palin foe gets administration job  —  (CNN) - Alaska State Sen. Kim Elton, one of the leading officials to pursue an investigation of Gov. Sarah Palin during the heat of the presidential campaign, has taken a high-level job in the Interior Department.  —  Palin reacted in a short statement Monday …
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 …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Our Interrelated Crises  —  David Brooks seems to think that Barack Obama is trying to do too much at once.  Steve Benen retorts that “The notion that multiple problems — healthcare, energy, education, infrastructure, economic growth — may be inter-connected seems to elude Brooks entirely.”
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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.
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.
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
MCCAIN EARMARKS AMENDMENT FAILS  —  From NBC's Ken Strickland  —  Today Sen. John McCain failed in his effort to strip thousands on earmarks from a government funding bill moving through Congress.  His amendment would also have reduced the funding for several government departments to last year's lower spending levels.
Discussion: Hot Air and Wonkette
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:
Little Green Footballs:
The Kindle 2 Review  —  Amazon's new Kindle 2 is more of an incremental improvement than a massive upgrade.  As a Kindle 1 owner, the new features and display improvements (and the fact that I read so much) make it worth the price for me, but if you already have a Kindle 1 your mileage may vary.
Willem Buiter / Willem Buiter's Maverecon:
The unfortunate uselessness of most ‘state of the art’ academic monetary economics  —  The Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England I was privileged to be a ‘founder’ external member of during the years 1997-2000 contained, like its successor vintages of external and executive members …
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
 
 
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Mark Landler / New York Times:
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
House Deal Reached on Mortgage Write-Down; New Dems Assure Banks Get Theirs
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Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
Geithner: Obama inherited worst fiscal mess ever
Discussion: Associated Press and Reuters
Jason Straziuso / Associated Press:
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Initial Reaction to Obama Budget Tilts Positive
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CNBC:
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Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Rush to Judgment
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