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12:50 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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Byron York / www.dcexaminer.com:
The Growing Republican Unhappiness With Michael Steele  —  (AP File Photo) It's not just the TV appearances that have some Republicans worried.  —  Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele's dust-up with Rush Limbaugh has brought to the fore so-far unspoken concerns …
The Politico:
Steele trap?  GOP fears grow  —  A month after Michael Steele became the first African-American chairman of the Republican National Committee, key party leaders are worried that the GOP has made a costly mistake — one that will make it even harder for them to take back power from the dominant Democratic Party.
David Plouffe / Washington Post:
Minority Leader Limbaugh  —  The 2008 election sent many messages.  At the top: Americans wanted to turn the page on the politics of division and partisan pettiness, and they wanted a government — and country — that would put the middle class first.  —  Watching the Republicans operate …
DownWithTyranny!:
BREAKING NEWS: Alan Grayson Apologizes To Rush Limbaugh  —  Late this afternoon, in keeping with apologies to Rush Limbaugh from Georgia Republican Phil Gingrey and RNC Chairman Michael Steele, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) issued the following statement: … The Congressman then rejoined …
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Behind the Limbaugh Strategy  —  Now, we know what they've been talking about on their morning phone call.  —  Politico reports that Democratic strategists Stanley Greenberg and James Carville included Rush Limbaugh's name in an October poll “and learned their longtime tormentor …
Discussion: Townhall.com
David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
Nothing wrong with failure  —  Is it inherently unpatriotic or immoral to want to see a president fail?  After chewing over the larger implications of this vital question, I've come to a conclusion: I am a twisted human being.  Thankfully, I'm not alone.  —  You see, when I'm not wasting …
Mark Preston / CNN:
Democrats' ‘apology’ Web page mocks Limbaugh
Victoria McGrane / The Politico:   GOP splits with big business
Evan Bayh / Wall Street Journal:
Deficits and Fiscal Credibility  —  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 …
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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Moderates uneasy with Obama plan  —  Moderate and conservative Democrats in the Senate are starting to choke over the massive spending and tax increases in President Barack Obama's budget plans and have begun plotting to increase their influence over the agenda of a president who is turning out to be much more liberal than they are.
Alan K. Ota / CQ Politics:
Democratic Revolt May Slow Obama Agenda  —  Democratic Reps. Jim Matheson of Utah and Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona have joined a quiet revolt in the House that could slow some of President Obama's fast-moving priorities.  —  The two are among 49 Democrats from congressional districts …
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Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
NRA forces Pelosi retreat
Discussion: DCist and Daily Pundit
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.
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Supreme Court rejects limits on drug lawsuits  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a $6.7 million jury award to a musician who lost her arm because of a botched injection of an anti-nausea medication.  The court brushed away a plea for limiting lawsuits against drug makers.
Discussion: CBS News
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court allows drug label lawsuit
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Job Losses Show Breadth of Recession  —  What does the worst recession in a generation look like?  —  It is both deep and broad.  Every state in the country, with the exception of a band stretching from the Dakotas down to Texas, is now shedding jobs at a rapid pace.
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.
Bob Willis / Bloomberg:
ADP Says U.S. Companies Reduced Payrolls by 697,000  —  Companies cut 697,000 jobs in the U.S. in February as the recession's grip tightened, offering no sign the pace of the decline in payrolls is easing.  —  The drop in the ADP Employer Services gauge, a survey based on payroll data …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Tu Thanh Ha / Globe and Mail:
Instructed to curtail crushing red tape, guards watched girl die in her cell  —  Court transcripts obtained by The Globe reveal staff instructed not to stop frequent self-asphyxiation attempts if 19-year-old was still breathing  —  As Ashley Smith slowly choked herself to death at dawn in her Kitchener …
Discussion: Cafe Talk Aggregator
Michael Lewis / Vanity Fair:
Wall Street on the Tundra  —  Iceland's de facto bankruptcy—its currency (the krona) is kaput, its debt is 850 percent of G.D.P., its people are hoarding food and cash and blowing up their new Range Rovers for the insurance—resulted from a stunning collective madness.
Renae Merle / Washington Post:
One in Five Homeowners ‘Underwater’  —  At least one in five U.S. homeowners who have mortgages— or about 8.3 million people — owed more on their homes by the end of 2008 than their homes were worth, according to data released today by First American CoreLogic.
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
You're Dead?  That Won't Stop the Debt Collector  —  MINNEAPOLIS — The banks need another bailout and countless homeowners cannot handle their mortgage payments, but one group is paying its bills: the dead.  —  Dozens of specially trained agents work on the third floor of DCM Services here …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Hendrik Hertzberg In / New Yorker:
KRAUTHAMMER THEN AND NOW  —  At least one reader of my last post, in thanking me for drawing her attention to Charles Krauthammer's characterization of Obama's joint-session speech ("the boldest social democratic manifesto ever issued by a U.S. president"), assumes that Charles is as fervent a supporter of the President as she is.
Phillip Elliott / Associated Press:
Obama seeks major change in federal contracting  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Wednesday ordered an overhaul of the way the U.S. government awards contracts for private sector work, reversing a Bush administration policy …
Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
Wanna bet some of that Nobel money?  —  Paul Krugman suggests that my skepticism about the administration's growth forecast over the next few years is somehow “evil.”  Well, Paul, if you are so confident in this forecast, would you like to place a wager on it and take advantage of my wickedness?
Fox News:
Russian Scholar Says U.S. Will Collapse Next Year  —  MOSCOW — If you're inclined to believe Igor Panarin, and the Kremlin wouldn't mind if you did, then President Barack Obama will order martial law this year, the U.S. will split into six rump-states before 2011, and Russia and China will become the backbones of a new world order.
Barak Ravid / Associated Press:
Clinton: Israeli demolition of East Jerusalem homes violates road map  —  U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday blasted Israel's plans to demolisg Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem as a  —  violation of its international obligations and “unhelpful” to Middle East peace efforts.
 
 
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