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11:55 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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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 …
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 …
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) …
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Steele: Put GOP On A “12-Step Program”
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 …
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Russell Gold / Environmental Capital:
Hope on Ice: The White House Gets Real on Climate Change
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and OpenMarket.org
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.
Discussion: The Corner, Redhot and Althouse
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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.
Discussion: Wizbang, Don Surber, Hot Air and Roger Ailes
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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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
An IG for Chas Freeman
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Freeman NOW Gets Vetted?
Associated Press:
2 cops lightly hurt, terrorist shot dead in Jerusalem attack  —  A Palestinian driver rammed a bulldozer into a bus and a police car on a Jerusalem highway Thursday, lightly wounding two officers before he was shot dead - the latest in a string of attacks by Palestinian terrorists using heavy machinery against Israeli civilian targets.
Discussion: Hot Air
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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 …
Washington Post:
Health Industry Voices Support for Obama Health Plan  —  Health Industry Voices Support For Obama's Plan — for Now  —  Just four months ago, the pharmaceutical industry was prepared for the worst.  Drugmakers feared that Barack Obama would press for price controls on prescription drugs …
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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.”
Joe Klein / Time:
The Afghanistan Problem: Can Obama Avoid a Quagmire?  —  On the Friday after he was inaugurated, Barack Obama held a full-scale National Security Council meeting about the most serious foreign policy crisis he is facing — the deteriorating war in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
White House Rethinks Tax Hikes  —  Obama Open to Revising Plan to Cap Breaks on Mortgage Interest and Donations  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is meeting strong Democratic Party resistance to his proposal to reduce tax deductions enjoyed by upper-income Americans and could be forced to drop or modify the idea.
 
 
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Uh oh: Matthews sounding fed up with Obama's earmark hypocrisy
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
NY Daily News:
City Hall hero: Deputy mayor foils mugger
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE SLIPPERY SLOPE TO ROBOT LOVE.... On Tuesday, about 1,000 …
Mark Pittman / Bloomberg:
Fed Refuses to Release Bank Data, Insists on Secrecy
Christopher S. Rugaber / Associated Press:
New jobless claims unexpectedly drop to 639,000
Discussion: Associated Press
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Spencer Morgan / New York Times:
Beautiful Banker Yields Interest: Life After Goldman Is a Catwalk!
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
When Will Voters Blame Obama?
Discussion: Donklephant