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8:55 AM ET, March 3, 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.”
Jindal says Obama is the better speaker  —  (CNN) — CNN's Larry King talked with Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal in a prime-time exclusive interview Monday night.  —  Jindal gave the Republican response after President Obama's address to Congress last week.  Jindal received negative reviews …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: Donkeylicious
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
White House Cheat Sheet: (Re)Defining Rush
Discussion: Clout St, CBS News and Washington Wire
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House fires back at Rush Limbaugh
Discussion: CNN, The Politico, Wizbang and Don Surber
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Offered Deal to Russia in Secret Letter  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama sent a secret letter to Russia's president last month suggesting that he would back off deploying a new missile defense system in Eastern Europe if Moscow would help stop Iran from developing long-range weapons, American officials said Monday.
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.
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Israel to present Clinton with ‘red lines’ on talks with Iran  —  Israel plans to present U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with a series of “red lines” it wants Washington to incorporate into its planned dialogue with Tehran about Iran's nuclear program.
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Obama kicks up White House entertaining  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is the place to be on Wednesdays.  —  Since the presidency changed hands less than six weeks ago, a burst of entertaining has taken hold of the iconic, white-columned home of America's head of state.  Much of it comes on Wednesdays.
Toby Harnden / Toby Harnden's blog listings:
Barack Obama cancels press conference with Gordon Brown “because of snow”  —  Strange goings on surrounding the programme for the first day of Gordon Brown's visit to Washington.  —  No sooner had the Prime Minister's plane touched down at Andrews Air Force on Monday evening when word …
David Rogers / The Politico:
Angry McCain slams Obama  —  Long delayed but not shrunken with time, a nearly $410 billion omnibus spending bill is fast becoming a great bone in the throat for Democrats and the White House, just when each hoped to put the past behind them and move onto President Barack Obama's new 2010 budget.
Desmond Butler / Associated Press:
Britain's Brown looks for boost from Obama meeting
Discussion: Reuters and Agence France Presse
The Huffington Post:
Red States Gobble Up Omnibus Earmarks  —  If it's budget time, it's good to be a red state.  And it's very good to be Mississippi.  —  According to an analysis by the nonpartisan Taxpayers for Common Sense, Mississippi has won the earmark contest in the omnibus budget package.
Marilyn / Taxpayers for Common Sense:
Facebook Reddit Digg Print this article  —  Here's the database you all have been waiting for - the FY 2009 Omnibus with 8,570 earmarks worth $7.7 billion.  Since the Senate started debate on the bill today, we tabulated the Senate recipients of earmarks - from top to bottom.
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Obama beats early retreat on promise to fight pork  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - Despite campaign promises to take a machete to lawmakers' pet projects, President Barack Obama is quietly caving to funding nearly 8,000 of them this year …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Power Line
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
THE DOW-JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE since the passage of the stimulus bill.  Looks like a vote of “no confidence” to me.  —  UPDATE: Can you say “going John Galt?”  Upper-Income Taxpayers Look for Ways to Sidestep Obama Tax-Hike Plan.  “A 63-year-old attorney based in Lafayette, La. …
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
A Dow Unworthy of FDR
Megan McArdle:
How low will the stock market go  —  According to Henry Blodget, probably a lot farther: … Incidentally, if you think that people still have a vestigial view of housing as an investment asset rather than a consumption good with residual value, this implies that housing will substantially undershoot as well.
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
Henry Blodget / Clusterstock:   How Low Can The Market Go?  —  On days like today, it helps to look at the silver lining.
David Brooks / New York Times:
A Moderate Manifesto  —  You wouldn't know it some days, but there are moderates in this country — moderate conservatives, moderate liberals, just plain moderates.  We sympathize with a lot of the things that President Obama is trying to do.  We like his investments in education and energy innovation.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Another Obama pick owes back taxes, but it's OK because, now caught, he'll pay up  —  Oh, Sergei, you mean you've lost another submarine?  —  Word today that yet another Barack Obama appointee has a little problem with taxes — a $10,000 problem.  —  Ron Kirk, the former mayor of Dallas …
Charles Duhigg / New York Times:
U.S. Likely to Keep the Reins on Fannie and Freddie  —  Despite assurances that the takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would be temporary, the giant mortgage companies will most likely never fully return to private hands, lawmakers and company executives are beginning to quietly acknowledge.
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 …
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
DOJ releases Bush post-9/11 memos
Discussion: New York Times and At-Largely
Frank Annunzio / Chicago Tribune:
5TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES  —  Frank Annunzio's name—if not his record of public service—should be familiar to Chicago voters.  He is the great-nephew and namesake of the 13-term congressman from Illinois who died in 2001.
Discussion: The G Spot
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Rick Santelli / CNBC:
I Want to Set the Record Straight
Discussion: Clusterstock and The Big Picture
Meghan McCain / Blogs and Stories:
Looking for Mr. Far Right
Discussion: Political Machine, CNN and Wonkette
Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
Irrational Exuberance? We Are Now Below It . . .
Discussion: Clusterstock
Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Barak tells MKs: We must join coalition
Discussion: The Agonist and Commentary
Nia-Malika Henderson / The Politico:
Blacks, whites hear Obama differently
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Blagojevich Signs Deal to Write ‘The Governor’
‘Chemical Ali’ sentenced to death a third time
Fox News:
Malaysia Restores ‘Allah’ Ban for Christians
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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Rob Stein / Washington Post:
Researchers Find Safer Way to Produce Stem Cell Alternative
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
An Interview With Michael Medved
Emily Kaiser / Reuters:
U.S. rescue efforts may risk double-dip recession
Discussion: Wizbang