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12:55 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
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
GOP chairman apologizes for Limbaugh remarks
Matthew Balan /   CNN Host D. L. Hughley: Republicans ‘Literally Look Like Nazi Germany’
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
The End of the Yoo Doctrine
Discussion: Christy Hardin Smith
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
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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 …
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 …
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?
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
Ethan Jacobs / Bay Windows:
GLAD challenges federal DOMA  —  Since the 2001 filing of the landmark Goodridge suit Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) had largely confined its marriage equality advocacy to the state courts, but this month the advocacy law firm turned its sights on Washington …
Jonathan Saltzman / Boston Globe:   Same-sex spouses challenge US curbs
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 …
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!”
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
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: Crooked Timber and Michelle Malkin
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Has Anyone Seen Tim Geithner?
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
A U.N. resolution seeks to criminalize opinions that differ with the Islamic faith.
Discussion: Political Machine
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Obama urged to think bipartisan on judges
Wall Street Journal:
Will Obama Stand Up for These Kids?
Discussion: Moe Lane and Commentary
DMartyr / Snapped Shot:
Newsweek Labels Israel “Palestinian Territory”
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Wars, Endless Wars  —  The singer Edwin Starr, who died in 2003 …
Discussion: TPMCafe
 Earlier Items: 
David S. Cloud / The Politico:
U.S. to send two envoys to Syria
Discussion: Reuters and Agence France Presse
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Nominations on Hold For 2 Top Science Posts
New York Post:
Discussion: Gothamist and JammieWearingFool