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11:15 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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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 on Limbaugh keep missing the point.  —  1) There is a certain sort of genius there that can do 15 hours of talk per week, ad hoc, and hold an audience of 20 million plus for over 20 years.  There are about one or two others out of some 300 million who can do it.
Discussion: Crunchy Con and Eunomia
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Rush Job: Inside Dems' Limbaugh plan
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.
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Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Boehner now directly attacking Obama  —  After tip-toeing around the popular new president for months, House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) has shifted gears and gone directly at President Barack Obama and the budget blueprint his White House unveiled last week.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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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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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Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Rove, Miers Will Testify Over U.S. Attorney Firings
Discussion: Salon
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 …
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
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: The Politico and Political Machine
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 …
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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
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
For Young President, Flecks of Gray  —  WASHINGTON — Well, that didn't take long.  Just 44 days into the job, and President Obama is going gray.  —  It happens to all of them, of course — Bill Clinton still had about half a head of brown hair when he took office but was a silver fox two years later …
Discussion: D-Day
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.
Tom Doggett / Reuters:
US Treasury secretary attacks oil, gas tax breaks  —  U.S. oil and natural gas producing companies should not receive federal subsidies in the form of tax breaks because their businesses contribute to global warming, U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told Congress on Wednesday.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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 and Hot Air
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:
Discussion: Hot Air and The Opinionator
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 and Macsmind
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.
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 …
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:
MSNBC:
Barbara Bush recovering from heart surgery  —  Operation was to replace a heart valve; family says procedure successful  —  Barbara Bush underwent heart surgery Wednesday at Methodist Hospital in Houston for a heart valve replacement, NBC News reported.  —  The surgery had been planned and was successful, NBC reported.
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 …
Zombie / zomblog:
Islam bus ads sponsored by CAIR and ICNA roll into San Francisco  —  San Franciscans have recently been finding themselves in the uncomfortable position of riding around on public buses plastered with the words “ISLAM - Submission to God.”  I say “uncomfortable” because San Francisco …
Mark Halperin / TIME.com:
El Rushbo Invites Obama on Air  —  On his Wednesday show, the conservative radio host asks the president to join him for “an intelligent, open discussion” on their policy differences.  —  Says since he's been declared the GOP's leader and the administration wants bipartisanship, Obama has no reason not to accept.
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 …
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
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Gore applies for web domain  —  Al Gore's Alliance for Climate Protection has joined a group applying for the “.eco” World Wide Web, I'm told.  —  Gore's alliance has formed a partnership with the environmentalists heading Dot Eco Ltd, which is applying to the Internet Corporation …
Discussion: TIME.com
Donna Smith / Reuters:
Democrat looking at taxing health benefit  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior Senate Democrat said Tuesday he would consider taxing U.S. workers on their employer-sponsored health insurance to help pay for extending coverage to millions of uninsured Americans.
Discussion: QandO
 
 
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Atlas raised his eyebrows
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Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Clinton accuses Iran of seeking to intimidate
Paul Adams / BBC:
UK mulls lifting ban on Hezbollah
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Quote For The Day II  —  It's just very hard to be that integrated …
Bret Stephens / Commentary:
The Syria Temptation—and Why Obama Must Resist It
CNBC:
ADP Shows Record Job Losses; Planned Layoffs Down
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Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
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Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Sen. Vitter's Family Values Kick
Washington Post:
Mad Max's Justice Department
The Politico:
Credit card firms back in hot seat
Discussion: Econ4U.org
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Remember The “Gang Of 14?”  —  You remember those 14 Senators who agreed:
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Dem Congressman: Limbaugh is a ‘sorry excuse for a human being’
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and The Foundry