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Robert Burns / Associated Press:
US gesture lost in Russian translation  —  GENEVA (AP) — Call it a goodwill gesture lost in translation.  —  With smiles all around, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov gathered with aides Friday for talks on a range of issues …
David Brunnstrom / Reuters:
Tongue-tied Clinton gets warm EU welcome
Rob Stein / Washington Post:
Obama to Lift Ban on Funding for Embryonic Stem Cell Research  —  President Obama is planning to sign an executive order on Monday rolling back restrictions on federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research, according to sources close to the issue.  —  Although the exact wording …
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Washington Post:
Court Puts Off Decision On Indefinite Detention  —  The Supreme Court yesterday vacated a lower court's ruling that the president has the right to indefinitely detain a legal U.S. resident as a terrorism suspect, and put off a decision on one of the most expansive legal claims of the Bush administration.
Discussion: The BLT, the talking dog and Reason
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
Thoughts of Storm Troopers Filling Spy Case
Discussion: Emptywheel
Adam Liptak / New York Times:   Justices Limit Authority of President on Detainees
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
State high court denies Franken bid for election certificate  —  The Democrat had sought to be seated in the U.S. Senate provisionally while Republican Norm Coleman's lawsuit plays out.  Meanwhile, Franken also is pressing to have that suit dismissed.  —  The Minnesota Supreme Court today ruled …
Discussion: Hot Air
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Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
Limbaugh: My Ratings are Way, Way Up  —  One side effect of the Democratic campaign against Rush Limbaugh has been to increase — dramatically increase — the talk show host's ratings.  This morning I asked Rush if he had any numbers he could share on just what effect the increased visibility has had on his business.
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Associated Press:
Democrats blast Limbaugh for comment on Kennedy  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - A Democratic official rebuked conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh on Friday for suggesting a health care proposal will be named in memory of Sen. Edward Kennedy, who is battling brain cancer.
Discussion: Media Blog
Stephen Gordon / The Liberty Papers:
Will Atlas Shrug?  A Compilation of Blogosphere Commentary about “Going Galt”  —  There's a new craze hitting the conservative tubes on the Internets these days: “Going Galt!”  While it's difficult to identify an exact date of reference or to provide any unique person with credit for the general meme …
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Eric Martin / Bloomberg:
‘Obama Bear Market’ Punishes Investors as Dow Slumps  —  President Barack Obama now has the distinction of presiding over his own bear market.  —  The Dow Jones Industrial Average has fallen 20 percent since Inauguration Day, the fastest drop under a newly elected president in at least 90 years …
Henry Blodget / Clusterstock:
Time To Fire Tim Geithner  —  We don't mean to sound impatient, but we've seen enough.  The country is in the middle of the worst financial crisis in 75 years, and the second-most-important person in charge clearly isn't the right man for the job.  —  When both engines on US Air Flight 1549 quit …
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Wall Street Journal:
Top U.S., European Banks Got $50 Billion in AIG Aid  —  The beneficiaries of the government's bailout of American International Group Inc. include at least two dozen U.S. and foreign financial institutions that have been paid roughly $50 billion since the Federal Reserve first extended aid to the insurance giant.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
CNN:
Car-truck crash kills Zimbabwe prime minister's wife, injures him  —  HARARE, Zimbabwe (CNN) — Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was in stable condition and recovering from head injuries Friday night after a car wreck that killed his wife, Susan, medical sources told CNN.
Discussion: JoeTrippi.com
Reason:
Now at Reason.tv: Rep. Jeff Flake on How the GOP Can Get Its Groove Back  —  At last November's gala dinner in Los Angeles celebrating 40 years of Reason, Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) spoke about why the Republican party was in a shambles—and what it needs to do to stage a comeback.
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Drudge Report:
CHAVEZ CALLS ON OBAMA TO FOLLOW PATH OF SOCIALISM  —  Caracas - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Friday called upon US President Barack Obama to follow the path to socialism, which he termed as the “only” way out of the global recession.  “Come with us, align yourself, come with us on the road to socialism.
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and PoliGazette
Robert Tait / Guardian:
Shoe reportedly thrown at Iranian president Ahmadinejad  —  Protest allegedly happened as president waved to crowds from an open-top car in the Iranian city of Urumiye  —  When the Iraqi journalist, Muntazar al-Zaidi, hurled his shoes at the then-US president, George Bush, in December …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
It's War!  Union Blasts Blue Dog Dem For Saying He'll Vote Against Employee Free Choice  —  The battle begins: We now have our first Congressional Democrat who has openly confirmed that he'll vote against the Employee Free Choice Act — and the Service Employees International Union is blasting …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!, MSNBC and Hot Air
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Wade Henderson / The Huffington Post:
EFCA Battle Begins: Senate Hearing Set For Tuesday
Discussion: Daily Kos and Booman Tribune
Van Helsing / Right Wing News:
Naked Obama On A Unicorn Vs. Naked Palin On A Moose (Bonus: Nude Michelle Obama)  —  It's the gift that keeps on giving: paintings of a naked Barack Obama on a unicorn.  And the paintings keep getting increasingly disturbing.  Last time around, there was a painting of a unicorn looking at Barack's back side the same...
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Ross Douthat:
A Final Word On Rush  —  Ruffini writes: … I take the point: I originally only meant to take a mild and passing swipe at Rush's CPAC speech, and I somewhat regret wading in deeper.  (Such are the perils of blogging ...) But it's also worth remembering that Limbaugh's critics have ended …
Discussion: The Opinionator and Eunomia
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Judge assails cases doubting Obama's citizenship  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday threw out a lawsuit questioning President Barack Obama's citizenship, lambasting the case as a waste of the court's time and suggesting the plaintiff's attorney may have to compensate the president's lawyer.
Alex Koppelman / Salon:
Conservatives angry over Michelle Obama's trip to homeless shelter  —  It seems Michelle Obama can't even do a good deed without inspiring some outrage on the right.  —  The first lady visited a Washington, D.C., homeless shelter on Thursday, bringing fruit collected in a White House food drive …
John P. Walters / Wall Street Journal:
Drug Legalization Isn't the Answer  —  Countries that have experimented with a permissive approach have always turned back.  —  Since 2001 the number of young people using illegal drugs has dropped by 900,000 to about 2.7 million.  This drop is an important development for all the obvious reasons, plus one.
Discussion: MyDD, Reason and Cato @ Liberty
James Fallows / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
A fight I didn't intend to get into: Chas Freeman  —  I have never met Chas Freeman, the man whose reported selection as head of the National Intelligence Council has drawn such criticism, including from my colleague Jeffrey Goldberg.  Not having had a chance to assess him first hand …
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
Meltdown  —  This is the private switching system, utilized by the Federal Reserve, that performs electronic financial transfers.  —  This is the vault that holds sixty billion of the taxpayers' dollars, which moved to an account owned by American International Group (AIG).
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Peter Robinson / Forbes:
Neither Moderate Nor Centrist  —  How Buckley, Gergen and Brooks finally realized Barack Obama's left leanings.  —  “To see what is in front of one's nose,” George Orwell famously asserted, “needs a constant struggle.”  —  Congratulations this week to three journalists who have finally taken …
Tim Townsend / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Could St. Louis lose its Catholic hospitals under new federal abortion legislation?  —  A proposed bill promising major changes in the U.S. abortion landscape has Roman Catholic bishops threatening to close Catholic hospitals if the Democratic Congress and White House make it law.
 
 
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