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12:25 AM ET, March 13, 2009

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Mike Huckabee / Huck PAC:
MICHAEL STEELE'S RECENT COMMENTS  —  Comments attributed to Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele are very troubling and despite his clarification today the party stands to lose many of its members and a great deal of its support in the trenches of grassroots politics.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Steele And Gay Couples: WTF?
The Huffington Post:
Steele In Serious Hot Water With Social Conservatives
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Melissa Clouthier / Right Wing News:
Get Off Michael Steele's Back
Discussion: Alarming News
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Laura Ingraham mocks Meghan McCain as being ‘plus-sized.’  —  Last night, Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) daughter, Meghan McCain, appeared on Rachel Maddow's MSNBC show, where she continued to criticize Ann Coulter.  On her radio show today, Laura Ingraham responded to McCain's critique …
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Mother Jones:
Sarah Palin: More Earmark Hypocrisy  —  Alaska's governor campaigned as an anti-earmark crusader, but the just-passed omnibus spending bill contains several she sought.  —  Post Comment  —  On the campaign trail last year, Alaska's Republican governor, Sarah Palin, sold herself …
Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line:
Third Top Treasury Pick Withdraws From Consideration  —  Democratic sources say that H. Rodgin Cohen, a partner in the New York law firm Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, and the leading candidate for Deputy Treasury Secretary, has withdrawn from consideration.  —  It's the third withdrawal …
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
GREGG: BUDGET FORECAST A LIE  —  From NBC's Ken Strickland  —  It was obvious to most Capitol Hill insiders why President Obama wanted Republican Judd Gregg as a member of his cabinet: He's one of the sharpest money-minds in Congress.  —  But instead of getting Gregg's counsel within the administration …
CampusProgress.org:
Ross Douthat: the College Years  —  A look at the newest New York Times columnist's undergrad writing.  —  The New York Times reported yesterday that it had hired conservative Atlantic blogger Ross Douthat as an op-ed columnist.  Douthat, who will be one of the youngest—if not the youngest …
Discussion: The Bellows and Matthew Yglesias
Steven Thomma / MiamiHerald.com:
Obama v. Limbaugh: Poll finds it's no contest  —  WASHINGTON — The deepening recession is taking a slight toll on President Barack Obama's standing, but he's still twice as popular as archnemesis Rush Limbaugh, according to a new McClatchy-Ipsos poll.  —  The survey found that 65 percent …
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New York Times:
Congresswoman, Tied to Bank, Helped Seek Funds  —  WASHINGTON — Top federal regulators say they were taken aback when they learned that a California congresswoman who helped set up a meeting with bankers last year had family financial ties to a bank whose chief executive asked them for up to $50 million in special bailout funds.
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
2 arrests in Obama appointee's office  —  Federal agents this morning are searching the office Washington, D.C.'s Chief Technology Officer.  —  The search of the office at 1 Judiciary Square is part of “an ongoing investigation,” said a spokeswoman for the FBI's D.C. Field Office, Lindsay Gotwin, said.
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Associated Press:
Source: Obama official on leave after FBI raids
Discussion: Reuters
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Army fired 11 soldiers in Jan. as openly gay  —  The Army fired 11 soldiers in January for violating the military's policy that gay service members must keep their sexuality hidden, according to a Virginia congressman.  Democratic Rep. Jim Moran said he has requested monthly updates …
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Congressman Jim Moran:
Don't Ask, Don't Tell Discharge Data for 2009 Released
S. Mitra Kalita / Wall Street Journal:
Americans See 18% of Wealth Vanish  —  The wealth of American families plunged nearly 18% in 2008, erasing years of sharp gains on housing and stocks and marking the biggest loss since the Federal Reserve began keeping track after World War II.  —  The Fed said Thursday …
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Clyburn: Sanford jab ‘beyond the pale’  —  House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) told me he thinks S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford's quip comparing President Obama's stimulus package to Zimbabwe's economic policies are “beyond the pale” — and suggested they might carry a racial subtext.
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Don Surber:
52 days, 52 mistakes  —  Let me count them up, in no particular order.  Some are big.  Some are small.  —  We all make mistakes.  Here's his:  —  1. A do-over on the oath of office.  —  2. Tim Geithner.  —  3. Bill Richardson.  —  4. Tom Daschle.  —  5. Eric “Nation of Cowards” Holder.
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Obama: Economic crisis ‘not as bad as we think’ … WASHINGTON (AP) - Confronting misgivings, even in his own party, President Barack Obama mounted a stout defense of his blueprint to overhaul the economy Thursday, declaring the national crisis is “not as bad as we think” and his plans will speed recovery.
Christine / FishBowlDC:
Pres. Obama Will Not Attend Annual Gridiron Dinner, First President Since Cleveland to Miss  —  A Gridiron Club member tells FBDC first that President Obama will not attend this year's dinner next Saturday, March 21st.  He will be the first president since Grover Cleveland not to attend the first Gridiron Club Dinner of his presidency.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Big Union Vows To Back Arlen Specter In 2010 If He Supports Employee Free Choice  —  This is big: Senior officials with the powerful AFL-CIO have privately assured GOP Senator Arlen Specter that they'll throw their full support behind him in the 2010 Senate race if he votes for the Employee Free Choice Act …
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
U.S. Jet Shoots Down Iranian Drone Over Iraq (Updated)  —  An American fighter jet shot down an Iranian drone as it was flying over Iraq, U.S. military sources in Baghdad tell Danger Room.  —  Details of the previously-unreported shoot-down, which occurred last month, are still sketchy.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Workers' Health Benefits Eyed for Taxation  —  Revenue Would Fund Expansion of Coverage  —  With President Obama's plan to tax the rich to pay for health care facing deep skepticism on Capitol Hill, key lawmakers are pressing a different way to raise money: taxing the health benefits workers receive from their employers.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Public Wants to Believe In Big Government  —  Walter Shapiro has an article in TNR titled “Americans Like Big Government: They just don't really know it yet” which is about the importance of branding in building support for a progressive agenda.  I think our new CAP report on the state …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Bill Clinton doesn't understand human biology?  —  Jill Stanek catches Bill Clinton in a deliciously ironic illiteracy on human biology.  Maybe this explains why he tried to convince the nation that oral sex was not, you know, sex:  —  Emphases mine:
Associated Press:
White House objects to UN calling US ‘deadbeat’  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House objected Thursday to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's description of the United States as a “deadbeat” donor to the world body.  —  Ban used the phrase Wednesday during a private meeting with lawmakers at the Capitol …
Hanna Rosin / The Atlantic Online:
The Case Against Breast-Feeding  —  IMAGE CREDIT: JOSE LUIS PELAEZ/GETTY IMAGES  —  ONE AFTERNOON AT the playground last summer, shortly after the birth of my third child, I made the mistake of idly musing about breast-feeding to a group of new mothers I'd just met.
Erica Orden / New York Magazine:
Columbia J-School's Existential Crisis  —  The media bloodbath hasn't made for happy days at Columbia Journalism School.  When the Times recently announced that its new, hyperlocal blog experiment “The Local” would be assisted by journalism students not from Columbia but from the City University of New York …
Nia-Malika Henderson / The Politico:
Michelle Obama tours Fort Bragg  —  On her out-of-town solo trip, First Lady Michelle Obama toured a military base in North Carolina, met with military families, and called on the nation to support soldiers and their relatives.  —  “I encourage everyone...to reach out on your own …
 
 
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Feder's hate crime speech cut short by protests