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7:20 PM ET, March 4, 2009

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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Rush Job: Inside Dems' Limbaugh plan  —  Top Democrats believe they have struck political gold by depicting Rush Limbaugh as the new face of the Republican Party, a full-scale effort first hatched by some of the most familiar names in politics and now being guided in part from inside the White House.
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RushLimbaugh.com:
Rush to the President: Debate Me  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: It is on the record — thanks to Politico.com — since last fall, the White House, led by Rahm Emanuel, the chief of staff to Barack Obama, has been targeting me, your host, your harmless, lovable little fuzzball.
Discussion: CBS News, The Swamp and Hot Air
Rasmussen Reports:
Just 11% of Republicans Say Limbaugh Is Their Party's Leader  —  Despite efforts by the Obama political team and its surrogates to link Rush Limbaugh to the Republican Party, just 11% of GOP voters say the conservative radio commentator is the party's leader.
Michaelscherer / Swampland:
Team Obama's Petty Limbaugh Strategy  —  The McCain campaign would much rather have the story about phony and foolish diversions than about the future. . . . We have real problems in this country right now and the American people are looking to us for answers, not distractions, not diversions, not manipulations.
Mark Preston / CNN:
Democrats' ‘apology’ Web page mocks Limbaugh
Discussion: The Politico and Political Machine
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
New Media Meme: Obama Team Solely To Blame For Rush Story
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
More on Rush  —  All these highbrow conservative attacks …
Discussion: Crunchy Con and Eunomia
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Dem Congressman: Limbaugh is a ‘sorry excuse for a human being’
Discussion: The Foundry
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BLAMING THE WHITE HOUSE FOR THE LIMBAUGH FLAP?.... Time's Michael Scherer …
Discussion: Wonkette
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
McCain, Dowd Substitute Mockery for Understanding  —  You understand why politics might get up to dumb gimmicks.  They're trying to get press, they're trying to get elected, whatever.  But even though lots of people do it, I genuinely don't understand why someone would go into political journalism despite …
Discussion: Democracy in America
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Stage of Fools  —  If only Shakespeare had known how to Twitter.  —  There was a bit of King Lear in the scene on the Senate floor, a stormy, solitary John McCain on “this great stage of fools,” as the Bard wrote, railing against both parties and the president in fiery speeches and rapid-fire tweets.
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Dowd and McCain Shoot Spitballs
Associated Press:
Rove, Miers to testify in prosecutor firings  —  Agreement on testimony of Karl Rove and Harriet Miers ends lawsuit  —  WASHINGTON - Former top aides to President George W. Bush agreed Wednesday to testify before Congress under oath about the firings of U.S. attorneys …
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Jonathan Godfrey / The United States House …:
House Judiciary Committee Secures Rove and Miers Testimony in U.S. Attorney Firings  —  WASHINGTON (DC) - In an agreement reached today between the former Bush administration and Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Karl Rove …
Discussion: Think Progress, TPMMuckraker and D-Day
Washington Post:
Mad Max's Justice Department
Barrett Brown / Vanity Fair:
Thomas Friedman's Five Worst Predictions  —  In this morning's New York Times, columnist Thomas Friedman makes a grave prediction regarding Obama and the ongoing financial crisis: “I fear that his whole first term could be eaten by Citigroup, A.I.G., Bank of America, Merrill Lynch …
Discussion: New York Times, Clusterstock and Gawker
Philip Webster / Times of London:
Ted Kennedy to be knighted  —  Comment Central: (Sir) Teddy...and Alan...and Bill...  Ted Kennedy, one of the leading members of the family dynasty that dominated American politics in the final decades of the last century, is to receive an honorary knighthood.
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Detroit News:
Cap-and-trade plan will sink Michigan  —  President Barack Obama's proposed cap-and-trade system on greenhouse gas emissions is a giant economic dagger aimed at the nation's heartland — particularly Michigan.  It is a multibillion-dollar tax hike on everything that Michigan does, including making things, driving cars and burning coal.
icc-cpi.int:
ICC issues a warrant of arrest for Omar Al Bashir, President of Sudan  —  Today, Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a warrant for the arrest of Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir, President of Sudan, for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
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Marlise Simons / New York Times:
Court Issues Warrant for Arrest of Sudan's President
Discussion: Cafe Talk Aggregator and The Lede
Associated Press:
Miami abortion clinic owner threw live baby away, prosecutors say  —  MIAMI - An abortion clinic owner is accused of delivering a live baby during a botched procedure and then throwing the infant away.  —  Belkis Gonzalez, 42, was arrested Tuesday and charged with practicing medicine without …
Discussion: Townhall.com
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
What Obama Could Learn from Watchmen  —  Ana Marie Cox does a webchat for The Washington Post: … I like the idea of the Ozymandias reference, but I'm not sure that I actually get it.  By contrast, though you shouldn't click the links unless you want an implicit Watchmen spoler …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Washington Post:
Balance of Power with Tucker Carlson and Ana Marie Cox
Discussion: Daily Kos
Iain Martin / Iain Martin's blog listings:
President Barack Obama just plain rude to Britain.  Don't call us in future.  —  Why couldn't President Obama have put on more of a show for his British guests?  He looked like he simply couldn't be bothered.  —  Gordon Brown and Barack Obama  —  Number 10 may be content …
Discussion: Flopping Aces
Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
Whitehouse: ‘Blanket immunity’ that prevents prosecution of Bush officials is a ‘mistake.’  —  Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on the creation of a “truth commission” to investigate Bush administration wrongdoings.  Sen. Pat Leahy (D-VT) has suggested that the commission may grant …
Eugene W. Fields / Orange County Register:
Ex-Bush lawyer talks about torture memos  —  Visiting Chapman professor wrote opinions on interrogation methods.  —  Recommend  —  ORANGE - John Yoo has brought attention to the Chapman University School of Law, where he is a distinguished visiting professor, with his experiences in the Office …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: A TALE OF TWO PARTIES  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** A tale of two parties: To paraphrase Dickens, the last six weeks have been the best of times for Obama and the Democrats, and the worst of times for the Republicans.
Ross Douthat:
The Pursuit of Social Democracy  —  Barack Obama won the 2008 Presidential election on an agenda that tilted him further leftward than most recent Democratic nominees on nearly every issue.  The one big exception was taxes, where he ran to the center, offering what was arguably …
The Corner:
Krauthammer's Take  —  From last night's All Stars.  —  On President Obama's secret letter to Russian president, Dmitri Medvedev proposing a deal on missile defense: … On the president's proposed cap-and-trade plan:
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Union official: Franken 60th vote on card-check  —  Al Franken could be the missing piece of the puzzle for passage of the labor movement's No. 1 legislative priority this Congress, a senior union official said Wednesday.  —  Once seated, the Democratic Minnesota Senate candidate …
Susanne Craig / Wall Street Journal:
Merrill's $10 Million Men  —  Top 10 Earners Made $209 Million in 2008 as Firm Foundered  —  As bad as 2008 was for Merrill Lynch & Co., it was very good for Andrea Orcel, the firm's top investment banker.  Although Merrill's net loss ballooned to $27.6 billion last year, Mr. Orcel …
David Evans / Bloomberg:
Hidden Pension Fiasco May Foment Another $1 Trillion Bailout  —  The Chicago Transit Authority retirement plan had a $1.5 billion hole in its stash of assets in 2007.  At the height of a four-year bull market, it didn't have enough cash on hand to pay its retirees through 2013, meaning it was underfunded to the tune of 62 percent.
Evan Bayh / Wall Street Journal:
Bayh: Why Spending Bill Should Fail  —  A Democratic senator says no to a huge federal spending bill.  —  This week, the United States Senate will vote on a spending package to fund the federal government for the remainder of this fiscal year.  The Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 is a sprawling …
Dennis Sanders / The Moderate Voice:
Voter's Remorse  —  I should have known better.  —  For those of you who have been following me, most of you know that I grudingly voted for Obama last November.  It was a ticket-splitting vote: voted for Obama and then voted GOP down the line.  I noted that I was going to cast my vote with some trepidation:
Beck / Drug and Device Law:
Wyeth v. Levine - First Real Thoughts  —  First, a minor correction.  We lost by 6-3, not 6-2 (when you're typing fast you're all thumbs).  We lost Kennedy, Thomas, and Breyer.  We needed to win at least two of them.  —  The court relied on two facts established by the trial: (1) …
 
 
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