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While President Obama was busy laying out his agenda for the country this week, Republicans were busy CPAC-ing, teabagging, and generally having a gay old time.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

In fact, it'd be downright hypocritical of you to say that there was.

And, as all right-thinking Americans know, hypocrisy is the enemy of democracy.

Or something.

Morning lineup:

Meet the Press: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates; Roundtable: Former Rep. Harold Ford, Jr (D-TN), GOP Strategist Mike Murphy, Dee Dee Myers (Vanity Fair), and Joe Scarborough (MSNBC).

This Week: OMB Director Peter Orszag; Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA); Roundtable: Republican Strategist Karl Rove, Democratic Pollster Stan Greenberg, Katrina vanden Heuvel (The Nation), and George Will (ABC News).

Face the Nation: White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

Fox News Sunday: Joint Chiefs Chairman Mike Mullen; Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ); Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).

State of the Union: Mike Mullen; Suze Orman (CNBC); Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI).

Reliable Sources [segment]: Syndicated Columnist Steve Roberts; Stephen Hayes (The Weekly Standard); Political Analyst Keli Goff; Barbara Starr (CNN); Gossip Columnist Liz Smith.

The Chris Matthews Show: Andrea Mitchell (NBC News); David Ignatius (The Washington Post); Steve Inskeep (NPR); Helene Cooper (The New York Times).

Fareed Zakaria GPS: Christopher Hitchens (Vanity Fair); Author Fawaz Gerges; Author Bernard-Henri Levy; Author Asra Nomani; Martin Wolf (The Financial Times); Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Primetime viewing:

60 Minutes will feature the first television interview with Harry Markopolos, the man who blew the whistle to the SEC about Bernie Madoff.


Back from their President's Day weeklong vacation...

Jon Stewart bit into Gov. Bobby Jindal's response to President Obama's address to Congress.

The Daily Show

Monday: Author Harold Varmus ("The Art and Politics of Science")

Tuesday: Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

Wednesday: CNBC Analyst Rick Santelli

Thursday: Actor Billy Crudup ("Watchmen")

And Stephen Colbert challenged Michael Steele to come on "The Report" for a freestyle rap session about conservatism.

The Colbert Report

Monday: Musician David Byrne

Tuesday: Author Mark Bittman ("Food Matters")

Wednesday: Author Carl Wilson ("Let's Talk About Love")

Thursday: Author Steven Johnson ("The Invention of Air")


In a related story...

Steele hit the airwaves with WABC Radio host Curtis Sliwa, where he proceeded to drop it like it's hot.

SLIWA: Now, using a little bit of that street terminology, are you giving him any slum love, Michael?

STEELE: (laughter)

SLIWA: Because he is — when guys look at him and young women look at him — they say oh, that's the slumdog millionaire, governor. So, give me some slum love.

STEELE: I love it. (inaudible) ... some slum love out to my buddy. Gov. Bobby Jindal is doing a friggin' awesome job in his state. He's really turned around on some core principles — like hey, government ought not be corrupt. The good stuff ... the easy stuff.

And there was plenty of slum love to go around.

Noted Commie-hunter Rep. Michelle Bachman (R-MN) took it to the street.

"Michael Steele! You be da man! You be da man," she said.

But that sentiment was not universally echoed.

Ta-Nehisi Coates @ The Atlantic had a polite request for MC Steele:

Dear Michael. For the black in all of us. Please stop now. Talk like a regular human being and stop trying to teach the dun language. You are not prepared.


In other news...

Times are tough for former FLOTUS Laura Bush.

"We have very little furniture. We don't have a kitchen table or a dining room table," she said. "Friends loaned me a kitchen table and the other night I had 16 people for dinner and I had to borrow chairs from the Secret Service next door."

Meanwhile, the new and improved FLOTUS appears to be settling in just fine at the White House.


Stick a fork in me.

- Trix

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Sat Feb 28, 2009 at 09:58 PM PST.

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