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2:40 PM ET, March 5, 2009

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Reid Wilson / The Hill:
RNC member calls on Steele to quit  —  Michael Steele should resign as Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman, according to a committee member from North Carolina.  —  In an e-mail to fellow RNC members obtained by The Hill, Dr. Ada Fisher, North Carolina's national committeewoman …
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
For GOP: all pain, no gain  —  Four months after John McCain's sweeping defeat, senior Republicans are coming to grips with the fact that the party is still - in stock market terms - looking for the bottom.  —  Republicans this week are processing two sobering new polls that found …
Timothy Egan:
Fears of a Clown  —  Once upon a time, you could drive to the most remote reaches of the United States and escape Rush Limbaugh.  But from the Mogollon Mountains of New Mexico to the Badlands of South Dakota, where only the delicious twang of a country tune or the high-pitched pleadings …
Mike Madden / Salon:
Why is John McCain being such a jerk?  —  The post-election lovefest is over.  The defeated senator has even learned Twitter to attack Obama.  But don't call him jealous.  —  Sen. John McCain smiles during a news conference in December.  —  WASHINGTON — A couple of weeks …
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:   Applauding That We Once Despised
Wall Street Journal:
Has Obama Buried Reagan?
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:   Rush is the Least of the Republicans' Problems
Jim Cramer / Mainstreet.com:
My Response To The White House  —  When I come to work each day, whether as a commentator for TheStreet.com or a host of Mad Money With Jim Cramer, I have only one thought in mind: helping people with their money.  —  I fight to help viewers and readers make and preserve capital.
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John Boehner / Washington Post:
Democrats' Diversionary Tactics  —  In the first two months of 2009, the Democratic Congress and the White House have spent more money than the combined cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and the response to Hurricane Katrina.  After they doled out taxpayer dollars at such a blistering pace …
Russell Gold / Environmental Capital:
Hope on Ice: The White House Gets Real on Climate Change
Tahman Bradley / Political Punch:
Obama Hosts Bipartisan ‘Timeout’ Dinner at White House
Discussion: White House Watch
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama Taps Clinton Ideas but Not Clinton Herself  —  WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton has not participated in any of the White House's planning sessions on health care, the issue that defined her public persona during the 1990s.  Intent on establishing herself as a powerful secretary of state …
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Washington Post:
Health Industry Voices Support for Obama Health Plan
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
IS HEALTH CARE A ‘PRIVILEGE’ FOR SOME?
Ryan Powers / Think Progress:
Rep. Wamp: Healthcare Is A ‘Privilege,’ Not A ‘Right’ For All Americans
Discussion: Boston Globe
Michael Gove / Times of London:
First Lady Michelle Obama shows even she has a gift for the gaffe  —  It was all going so well.  The dresses, the brains, the Vogue cover shoot - everything so far about Michelle Obama has left us wide-mouthed in admiration.  It seemed there was no end to her fabulousness.  Then Mr and Mrs Brown came to stay.
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James Delingpole / James Delingpole's blog listings:
Was ‘Lady Macbeth’ behind Barack Obama's snub of Gordon Brown?  —  On US radio's Garrison show today, I was asked for my reaction as a true born Englishman to President Obama's double insult - first the sending back of the Winston Churchill bust, then his snub to Gordon Brown.  “Tough one.
Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
The Treasury Mortgage Mod Program: Should We Hope It Doesn't Work?  —  The Treasury today announced its so-called “Making Homes Affordable Program”.  —  I am clearly an old fart.  The fact that the Treasury bothered to have a logo created for the program (do consumers and servicers …
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New York Times:
Matters of Principal  —  TO stanch the hemorrhage of foreclosures …
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:   U.S. Sets Big Incentives to Head Off Foreclosures
Tom Jacobs / Miller-McCune:
Sex Appeal May Have Hurt Sarah Palin  —  In a Sept. 4, 2008 column, just after Sarah Palin accepted the Republican nomination for vice-president, Will Wilkinson wrote admiringly of her “sexual power,” adding: “I think she is a tremendously sexy woman.  How this will affect the race, I have no idea, but it's just got to.”
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Did Palin's looks hurt?
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Bill Sammon / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Rove Warns of ‘Show Trial,’ Says Dems ‘Would Love to Have Me Barbecued’  —  Karl Rove tells FOX News he is looking forward to telling the House Judiciary Committee about his alleged role in the firing of federal prosecutors and the prosecution of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman.
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Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:   Will Obama be like Bush on executive power?
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THE BANALITY OF PROGRESS.  —  The speech ended.  “Let's get to work,” the President said.  The attendees — a mixture of congressmen, advocates, stakeholders, and analysts — filed down the long hall to their breakout sessions.  Another reporter turned to me.  “What did you think of the speech?”
Discussion: The Plum Line
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Dan Lothian / CNN:
Obama summit eyes cure for U.S. health care woes
Discussion: QandO
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Jon Stewart's rant: Santelli re(un)wound  —  Apparently Rick Santelli - famous for “Santelli's rant” on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, a broadcast diatribe against the Obama administration's bailout of bad mortgages - should have shown up on The Daily Show.
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Nick Bunkley / New York Times:
Auditors Raise Doubts About G.M.'s Viability  —  As General Motors acknowledged in its annual report on Thursday that its survival was in “substantial doubt,” the White House said it was “working around the clock” on the auto industry's problems.  —  G.M. warned last month that its auditors …
Discussion: BBC, DealBook and Clips & Comment
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The “Afghanistan” Problem is In Pakistan  —  Joe Klein's article on the situation in Pakistan and Afghanistan is informative, but doesn't inspire a ton of confidence.  It seems that military planners want the Obama administration to dispatch further additional troops to Afghanistan over and above …
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Joe Klein / Time:
Can Obama Avoid a Quagmire in Afghanistan?
Discussion: Riehl World View and TIME.com
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
One France Is Enough  —  The French writer François Mauriac once said during the cold war that he loved Germany so much, he was glad there were two of them.  After what an undivided Germany had done to France in World War II and before, that was understandable.
Discussion: TalkLeft and MoJo Blog Posts
Travis Fain / Macon Telegraph:
Brown says he hasn't filed federal, state taxes in 2 years  —  ATLANTA — Nearly 10 percent of Georgia state legislators are late filing or paying their state taxes, and state Sen. Robert Brown is apparently among them.  —  Brown, D-Macon, said Wednesday he's not sure whether he actually owes …
Discussion: Say Anything and JammieWearingFool
 
 
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