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1:20 PM ET, March 3, 2009


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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.”
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
White House Cheat Sheet: (Re)Defining Rush  —  Democrats are engaging in a concerted campaign to link the national Republican Party to conservative talk-radio show host Rush Limbaugh, an effort that will ramp up over the next few days in the form of another round of television ads …
Jindal says Obama is the better speaker
Peter Hamby / CNN:   DNC chair: Limbaugh is the GOP's ‘Wizard of Oz’
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Bobby Jindal: Obama ‘greatest’ speaker
Discussion: The Politico
Peter Daou / The Huffington Post:
Why on Earth Are Democrats Legitimizing and Empowering Rush Limbaugh?
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
GOP chairman apologizes for Limbaugh remarks
Matthew Balan /   CNN Host D. L. Hughley: Republicans ‘Literally Look Like Nazi Germany’
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.
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: Michelle Malkin
Joe Klein / Swampland:
On Moderation  —  David Brooks writes today as a moderate …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Balloon Juice
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 …
Scott Horton / Harper's:
George W. Bush's Disposable Constitution
Discussion: Salon, At-Largely and The Daily Dish
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.
The Earth Times Online Newspaper:
Russia rejects link between missile defence and Iran - Update  —  Madrid/Washington - Russian President Dmitri Medvedev on Tuesday showed willingness to discuss the US-planned missile defence system opposed by Moscow, but without “haggling” linking it to Iran.
Obama reaches out to Russia over nuclear Iran
Wall Street Journal:
The Obama Economy  —  As the Dow keeps dropping, the President is running out of people to blame.  —  As 2009 opened, three weeks before Barack Obama took office, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 9034 on January 2, its highest level since the autumn panic.
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 …
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 …
Eric Black / MinnPost:   Is Coleman v. Franken headed for a re-do?
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 …
Nia-Malika Henderson / The Politico:
Blacks, whites hear Obama differently  —  On his pre-inaugural visit to Ben's Chili Bowl, a landmark for Washington's African-American community, President Barack Obama was asked by a cashier if he wanted his change back.  —  “Nah, we straight,” Obama replied.  —  The phrase was so subtle some listeners missed it.
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Analysis: Obama-McCain relationship deteriorates  —  The rollercoaster-like relationship between President Obama and John McCain has taken a dive in recent weeks, culminated by the Arizona Republican's scathing Monday speech on the Senate floor.  —  McCain's diatribe on the Obama administration's decision …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Group launches health care offensive  —  Firing some of the first shots in the coming showdown over health care, a conservative group led by the former owner of the Hospital Corporation of America is beginning a multimillion-dollar campaign Tuesday in opposition to government-run coverage.
Rasmussen Reports:
49% Say Obama Should Delay Health Care Reform Until Economy Is Better
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
A U.N. resolution seeks to criminalize opinions that differ with the Islamic faith.  —  The Muslim religion makes unusually large claims for itself.  All religions do this, of course, in that they claim to know and to be able to interpret the wishes of a supreme being.
Discussion: Hot Air and Political Machine
Marist Poll:
Gov. Paterson's Approval Rating Plunges Lowest Gubernatorial Rating in Marist Poll History  —  This Marist Poll reports:  —  · Freefall!  Governor Paterson's Approval Rating Plummets 20 Percentage Points...Lands at 26%: New Yorkers are sending a strong message to Governor David Paterson, “Shape Up!”
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