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9:05 PM ET, March 4, 2009

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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.
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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.
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.
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
More on Rush  —  All these highbrow conservative attacks …
Discussion: Crunchy Con and Eunomia
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Boehner now directly attacking Obama
Discussion: Daily Kos
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Dem Congressman: Limbaugh is a ‘sorry excuse for a human being’
Discussion: The Foundry
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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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 …
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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: QandO and Flopping Aces
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Steele won't back down on moderates  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele on Wednesday refused to retreat on his pledge to back primary challengers against the three GOP senators who voted in favor of President Barack Obama's $787 billion stimulus.
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Mark Preston / CNN:
Democrats' ‘apology’ Web page mocks Limbaugh
Discussion: Political Machine and The Politico
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
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
In Defense of Democratic Starve-the-Beast  —  Ross Douthat charges President Obama with doing George W. Bush's budget strategy in reverse: … In the most important sense, this is completely wrong.  Obama's budget is not a net spender.  It would reduce the deficit by some $2 trillion over the next decade …
Discussion: The Corner
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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.
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Emptywheel, RedState, TalkLeft and Macsmind
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:
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:
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: MyDD, Breitbart.tv and Open Left
Bret Stephens / Commentary:
The Syria Temptation—and Why Obama Must Resist It  —  “Start with Syria.”  Thus did Aaron David Miller advise the incoming Obama administration on where its Mideast peacemaking priorities should lie.  Miller, a former State Department official who first made a name for himself …
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
If You're a Defense Lobbyist, It Might Be Time to Panic  —  It's really, really, really difficult to be optimistic about cutting Pentagon waste.  There is a massive amount of entrenched interests — in the services, on the Hill, among the hordes of defense firms just across the Potomac …
Raleigh News & Observer:
Marriage rally draws 1,000  —  Aim is to stir support for an amendment that would ban same-sex marriage  —  RALEIGH — More than 1,000 people, many from Baptist churches across the state, stood on the ice-covered lawn outside the Legislative Building on Tuesday to demand that state legislators give …
Discussion: Alas, a blog and Right Wing Watch
 
 
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Tami Luhby / CNNMoney.com:
Obama housing fix open for business
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Paul Adams / BBC:
UK mulls lifting ban on Hezbollah
Alison Vekshin / Bloomberg:
Bair Says Insurance Fund Could Be Insolvent This Year
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Quote For The Day II  —  It's just very hard to be that integrated …
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Democrat looking at taxing health benefit
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CNBC:
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Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Kirkland & Ellis Will Ask Supreme Court To Consider Incorporation …
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Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Sen. Vitter's Family Values Kick
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The Politico:
Credit card firms back in hot seat
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