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4:10 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.
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.
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 …
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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Hope and Change: The Operation Rushbo Distraction  —  If the first six weeks of the Barack Obama administration can be summed up in one sentence, it would be this: Obama fiddled with Rush Limbaugh while Wall Street burned.  Politico reports that the demonization of Rush Limbaugh comes …
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  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Democrats will continue Wednesday to portray Rush Limbaugh as the spokesman for the Republican Party by launching a Web page that mocks GOP leaders for apologizing to the radio host for criticizing or publicly disagreeing with him.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Dem Congressman: Limbaugh is a ‘sorry excuse for a human being’
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Behind the Limbaugh Strategy
Discussion: Townhall.com and NewsBusters.org
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 …
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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.
Discussion: The New Republic
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Timothy P. Carney / www.dcexaminer.com:
Obama's hidden bailout of General Electric
Discussion: Clusterstock and Bloomberg
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.
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Dowd and McCain Shoot Spitballs
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 Babalú Blog
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.
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 …
Wall Street Watch:
$5 BILLION IN POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS BOUGHT WALL STREET FREEDOM FROM REGULATION, RESTRAINT, REPORT FINDS  —  Steps to Financial Cataclysm Paved with Industry Dollars  —  The financial sector invested more than $5 billion in political influence purchasing in Washington over the past decade …
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.
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 …
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.
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: Right Wing Watch
Jack Hidary / The Huffington Post:
Congressman Ed Markey - Video Interview on Energy and Climate  —  Here is our interview with Congressman Ed Markey on energy, climate change and the upcoming bills in Congress.  —  Congressman Markey serves as the Chairman of the Select Commitee on Global Warming and Energy Security …
Discussion: WattHead
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?
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Remember The “Gang Of 14?”  —  You remember those 14 Senators who agreed: … (Emphasis supplied.)  Among the Senators who agreed to this were John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe.  The other day, these 4 Republican Senators reneged on this agreement.
Discussion: Republican.Senate.Gov
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.
CNN:
Polls spell trouble for Corzine re-election bid  —  (CNN) — A new poll spells trouble for New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine's bid for re-election this year.  —  Forty percent of New Jersey registered voters questioned in a Fairleigh Dickinson University survey released Wednesday approve …
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 …
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN, D-Day and Brian Beutler
 
 
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Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
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Ross Douthat:
The Pursuit of Social Democracy
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Obama's Ball and Chain
Discussion: Vanity Fair, Gawker and Clusterstock
The Politico:
Credit card firms back in hot seat
James Hamilton / Econbrowser:
How much is a trillion?  —  A trillion dollars used to be a sum …
Discussion: Washington Post
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Missouri Republicans push birth certificate questions to oppose ‘tyranny’
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Republicans declare Iraq victory
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
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Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Supreme Court rejects limits on drug lawsuits
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
You're Dead? That Won't Stop the Debt Collector
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Job Losses Show Breadth of Recession
Discussion: Shakesville and The BLT
Alan K. Ota / CQ Politics:
Democratic Revolt May Slow Obama Agenda