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11:05 AM ET, March 5, 2009

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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 …
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The Corner:
The Audacity of Hype  —  So, now we know.  President Obama's mentions of Rush Limbaugh are no accident.  Democratic strategists have discovered that Rush has low approval ratings with the general public.  So they have devised a strategy to paint Republicans with the Rush brush in order …
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Applauding That We Once Despised  —  Bob Somerby has been documenting how we on the Democratic side have come to applaud that we once claimed to despise - unthinking stupidity in the Media.  While my feeling on what Keith Olbermann has become (in essence an O'Reilly for the Left) …
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 …
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Campaign Spot
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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New York Times:
Matters of Principal  —  TO stanch the hemorrhage of foreclosures, we don't need another bailout.  What we need is a fix — and the wisdom to see what is in our own self-interest.  —  An avalanche of foreclosures is coming — as many as eight million in the next several years.
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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 …
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.
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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 …
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Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Freeman NOW Gets Vetted?
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 …
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Christopher S. Rugaber / Associated Press:
New jobless claims unexpectedly drop to 639K  —  WASHINGTON - The number of new jobless claims and the total number of people receiving unemployment benefits both dropped more than expected last week, though they remain at elevated levels and are unlikely to fall substantially in the coming months.
Discussion: Associated Press
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CNBC:
US Jobless Claims Ease, But Productivity Plummets
Discussion: Gothamist
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.
CNNMoney.com:
GM: ‘Substantial doubt’ about survival  —  Automaker's annual report says it hopes to get $7.7 billion from the government to remain viable.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — General Motors Corp. said in a government filing Thursday that its accounting firm has found there is “substantial doubt” about the automaker's ability to survive.
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.”
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Congressman: We're Living in ‘Atlas Shrugged’  —  Rep. John Campbell (R-Calif.), who gives his departing interns copies of Ayn Rand's novel “Atlas Shrugged,” told me today that the response to President Obama's economic policies reminded him of what happened in the 51-year-old novel.
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Megan McArdle:
Atlas raised his eyebrows
Discussion: TBogg and Conventional Folly
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 …
Maxim Lott / Fox News:
Professor Takes Heat for Calling Cops on Student Who Discussed Guns in Class  —  A professor in Connecticut reported one of her students to the police after he gave a class presentation on why students and teachers should be allowed to carry concealed weapons on campus.
Discussion: Moonbattery and Stop The ACLU
Ynetnews:
Jerusalem: Bulldozer plows into police vehicle; terrorist killed  —  Tractor hammers into police squad car on Menachem Begin Boulevard in the capital; misses nearby bus.  Two officers injured, attacker neutralized  —  Ronen Medzini  —  A tractor plowed into a police squad car on Menachem Begin Boulevard in Jerusalem on Thursday.
Spencer Morgan / New York Times:
Beautiful Banker Yields Interest: Life After Goldman Is a Catwalk!  —  Jesse, a 27-year-old former New York City investment banker, moved to Buenos Aires 11 months ago.  In the last few months, he says the trickle has turned into a full spray: On average he meets two new arrivals a week.
Wall Street Journal:
Merrill Men Paid Over $10 Million Subpoenaed  —  New York state's attorney general, Andrew Cuomo, has issued subpoenas to several top Merrill Lynch & Co. executives who were each paid more than $10 million in cash and stock last year, according to people familiar with the situation.
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
Mission Accomplished!  Did Obama intentionally nuke the economy?  —  Is President Obama intentionally attempting to bring the stock market to its knees?  Some argue that, indeed, he is.  “The free market has failed,” he could say, “just as it failed the housing market!”
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and Instapundit
 
 
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