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6:20 AM ET, March 5, 2009

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ABCNEWS:
Ex-First Lady Barbara Bush Has Heart Surgery  —  Bush Aide Says the Former First Lady Was ‘Alert and Funny’ After Surgery  —  Former first lady Barbara Bush had open-heart surgery Wednesday and is resting comfortably at a Houston hospital with her husband, former President George H.W. Bush …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Flopping Aces
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CNN:
Former first lady has heart surgery
Discussion: Wonkette
MSNBC:   Barbara Bush on the mend after heart surgery
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Show Me  —  In the comments section of the Swampland post DougJ linked earlier, Michael Scherer says the following: … Let's put aside the absurd notion that the very existence of “free democracy” hangs in the balance.  What intrigues me is the assertion that this happens all the time.
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RushLimbaugh.com:
Rush to the President: Debate Me
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
Discussion: Daily Kos
Anthony Faiola / Washington Post:
A Global Retreat As Economies Dry Up  —  As World Trade Plummets, Bustling Ports Stand Idle And Foreign Workers Track Back Home  —  SINGAPORE This shimmering city-state was the house globalization built.  When world trade boomed, Singapore's seaport at the crossroads of East and West became …
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: Eunomia
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Rod Dreher / Crunchy Con:
Enough with the “elitist” cant!
Discussion: Riehl World View
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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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 …
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 …
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: PoliGazette and D-Day
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 …
Megan McArdle:
Atlas raised his eyebrows  —  Perhaps predictibly, Ayn Rand is making a comeback on the right, with Congressmen handing out her books, and loose talk of rich people “Going Galt”.  —  I don't think that we will see a mass exodus of productive people to secret hideouts.
Associated Press:
Obama surprises daughters with new swing set  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — First daughters Malia and Sasha Obama got a big surprise after school Wednesday: a brand-new swing set.  —  They squealed with delight upon seeing it, a spokeswoman for the first lady said.
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 …
Jeremy McDermott / Telegraph:
Venezuela's Hugo Chavez tightens state control of food amid rocketing inflation and food shortages  —  President Hugo Chavez is tightening state control over Venezuela's food supply, setting quotas for food staples which are to be sold at government-imposed prices.
Discussion: HazZzMat and Daily Pundit
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.
The Huffington Post:
Walter Williams and Bryan D. Jones: Preventing Great Depression II  —  Chicken Little may be right this time.  “The sky is falling.”  As America's economy plunges rapidly toward Great Depression II, consumer and investor confidence rush downward at an even faster rate.
Eli Lake / Washington Times:
Foreign ties of nominee questioned  —  Post handles classified data  —  An independent inspector general will look into the foreign financial ties of Chas W. Freeman Jr., the Obama administration's pick to serve as chairman of the group that prepares the U.S. intelligence community's …
Discussion: The New Republic and Commentary
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
Neil Irwin / Washington Post:
Recession Deepening Across Regions, Industries, Fed Says  —  The U.S. recession is dragging down almost every industry in almost every part of the country and businesses do not expect conditions to improve until late this year at the earliest, according to a Federal Reserve report released yesterday.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Seumas Milne / Guardian:
If this becomes Obama's war, it will poison his presidency  —  Pakistan is being ripped apart by the fallout from the Afghan occupation.  If the US escalates, the impact will be devastating  —  The armed assault on Sri Lanka's cricket team in Lahore has been a brutal demonstration …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Gore inventing 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 for Assigned Names …
Discussion: TechCrunch and TIME.com
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.
Discussion: Blue State Digital
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:
 
 
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Gebe Martinez / The Politico:
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Democrat looking at taxing health benefit
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