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10:50 AM ET, February 16, 2009

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Deborah Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Will Not Name ‘Car Czar’  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will not name a “car czar” to help oversee the auto industry's restructuring and will instead create an inter-agency task force to deal with the issue, according to senior administration officials.
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama parks ‘car czar’ plan
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Tennessean.com:
Lawmakers look dumb for reviving Obama hoax  —  In the Handy Guide for Newspaper Opinion Columnists, this is called shooting fish in a barrel.  Or hitting a slow-pitched softball.  —  Four Tennessee state representatives, all Republicans, have signed up to be plaintiffs in a lawsuit …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Decade at Bernie's  —  By now everyone knows the sad tale of Bernard Madoff's duped investors.  They looked at their statements and thought they were rich.  But then, one day, they discovered to their horror that their supposed wealth was a figment of someone else's imagination.
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Clinton warns North Korea during Tokyo visit  —  TOKYO (AP) - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, in Tokyo to begin her first trip abroad as President Barack Obama's chief diplomat, said Washington's alliance with Japan is a cornerstone for the U.S. and warned North Korea to live …
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Clinton Criticizes Bush on N. Korea
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
C-SPAN ranks presidents: Abe still on top, new shocker at the bottom  —  On this sacred United States holiday devoted to honoring the birthdays of the two most important presidents in the nation's history by selling bed linens and used automobiles at discount prices, we're publishing …
Scott Horton / Harper's:
Former Gitmo Guard Tells All  —  Army Private Brandon Neely served as a prison guard at Guantánamo in the first years the facility was in operation.  With the Bush Administration, and thus the threat of retaliation against him, now gone, Neely decided to step forward and tell his story.
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Breaking Down The Sense Of Impenetrability
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blogs:
What does Slim want?  —  Carlos Slim, who pumped $250 million into the NY Times last month, is profiled today in the paper as a Mexican telecom billionaire with a “complex relationship to the news media.”  —  That's because despite several media investments, Slim “sometimes gives the impression …
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Marc Lacey / New York Times:
Carlos Slim Helú: The Reticent Media Baron
Discussion: Romenesko
Riaz Khan / Associated Press:
Islamic law to be imposed in parts of Pakistan  —  PESHAWAR, Pakistan - The government agreed to impose Islamic law and suspend a military offensive across much of northwest Pakistan on Monday in concessions aimed at pacifying the Taliban insurgency spreading from the border region to the country's interior.
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Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
U.S. Envoy Reaches Out to Iran in Afghan Visit
Discussion: The Swamp
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Sam Donaldson, Moving Out of Shouting Distance  —  Forceful Newsman to Retire After Four Decades at ABC  —  Whatever else he accomplished in his 41 years at ABC News, Sam Donaldson knows he'll be remembered mainly for his bellowing voice.  —  “I guess it'll be on my tombstone: ‘He yelled at Ronald Reagan,’ ” Donaldson says.
Washington Post:
The First Three Weeks  —  IF PRESIDENT Obama and his advisers had a magic wand rather than a balky, and balkanized, Congress, the dire recession would still be daunting.  But the presidency does not come with a magic wand; nor, we have learned, is Mr. Obama, however talented, a wizard.
Discussion: QandO and Commentary
Bryan Appleyard / Times of London:
A guide to the 100 best blogs - part I  —  The online world of the bloggers and how you can connect, communicate, publish your thoughts or diaries and ‘spy’ on the famous  —  Blogs — an ugly word, but now unavoidable — were born with the internet.  As soon as people started to use …
Discussion: normblog
Julian Borger / Guardian:
Saudi Arabia appoints first female minister  —  An expert on girls' education became Saudi Arabia's first woman minister on Saturday as part of a wide-ranging cabinet reshuffle by King Abdullah that swept aside several bastions of ultra-conservatism.  —  Nora bint Abdullah al-Fayez …
Discussion: The RBC and FP Passport
Jonathan Rugman / Times of London:
Somali radicals ‘importing terror to UK’ say intelligence analysts  —  Dozens of Islamic extremists have returned to Britain from terror training camps in Somalia, the British security services believe.  —  Intelligence analysts are worried that they may attempt to launch attacks in this country …
Newsdesk / Tower Ticker:
Chicago Tribune's Jill Zuckman to join Obama administration, working for Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood  —  Jill Zuckman, a Chicago Tribune Washington correspondent and frequent guest on political talk shows such as MSNBC's “Hardball” and Fox Broadcasting's “Fox News Sunday,” …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
Failure to save East Europe will lead to worldwide meltdown  —  The unfolding debt drama in Russia, Ukraine, and the EU states of Eastern Europe has reached acute danger point.  —  If mishandled by the world policy establishment, this debacle is big enough to shatter the fragile banking systems …
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
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Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
Will Eastern Europe Trigger a Financial Meltdown?
Discussion: Crunchy Con
 
 
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E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The Eye of the Storm  —  CHICAGO — Barack Obama senses that he's …
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David S. Cloud / The Politico:
Obama slows down troop boost decision
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The Prowler / American Spectator:
In All Fairness
Discussion: protein wisdom and Erick's blog
Denis MacShane / Times of London:
The writing is on the synagogue wall
Discussion: normblog
Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama: 'I'm an optimist, not a sap'
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
The Two Progressivisms
Discussion: Open Left and Booman Tribune
BBC:
UK to shift anti-terror strategy
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 Earlier Items: 
Martin Beckford / Telegraph:
Archbishop of Canterbury: Society is coming round to my views on sharia
Discussion: Don Surber and Jihad Watch
William Yardley / New York Times:
Some Find Hope for a Shift in Drug Policy
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
California Budget is run by “Girly Men”
Discussion: Calitics and Associated Press
BBC:
There could be 100bn Earth-like planets in the Milky Way galaxy
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
The Politico:
Burris under an ethical cloud