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8:55 PM ET, March 11, 2009

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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Ross Douthat's New Perch  —  It's one step back for the Atlantic, but an order of magnitude forward for the country: my colleagues and I learned today that senior editor Ross Douthat will, in short order, become an opinion columnist for the New York Times.  —  Ross is late-twenties-year-old …
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Ross Douthat:
The Times and Me  —  As Marc is reporting (amid many undeserved compliments), I'll be leaving the Atlantic to join the New York Times next month.  I'll have more to say on this front soon, but for now the only thing to say is thanks - to the Atlantic, for everything and then some …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DOUTHAT REPLACES KRISTOL.... I don't agree with Ross Douthat on much of anything.  But if the New York Times believes it's necessary to have another conservative columnist on its roster, Douthat strikes me as a solid choice.  Here's Marc Ambinder singing Douthat's praises:
Discussion: The New Republic
Liz Cox Barrett / CJR:
Douthat To Fill Kristol's NYT Op-Ed Slot
Discussion: The Politico and Ben Smith's Blog
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:   Rosenthal on Douthat: ‘Unafraid to take on orthodoxy’
Bill Sammon / Fox News:
Flashback: Carville Wanted Bush to Fail  —  The press never reported that Democratic strategist James Carville said he wanted President Bush to fail before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.  But a feeding frenzy ensued when radio host Rush Limbaugh recently said he wanted President Obama to fail.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CARVILLE THEN, LIMBAUGH NOW.... Fox News' Bill Sammon has an interesting piece today that some on the right are excited about.  I don't think they've thought this one through.  (thanks to reader D.D. for the tip) … Some conservatives are already pointing to a possible double-standard.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Flashback: Minutes before 9/11 attacks, Carville said he hoped Bush wouldn't succeed
Discussion: Moe_Lane's blog
Muriel Kane / The Raw Story:
Hersh: ‘Executive assassination ring’ reported directly to Cheney  —  Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh dropped a bombshell on Tuesday when he told an audience at the University of Minnesota that the military was running an “executive assassination ring” throughout the Bush years …
Discussion: protein wisdom and AlterNet.org
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Eric Black / MinnPost:
Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh describes ‘executive assassination ring’  —  Journalist Seymour Hersh speaking in Doha at an Al Jazeera forum on the media in 2007.  —  At a “Great Conversations” event at the University of Minnesota last night, legendary investigative reporter Seymour Hersh …
Discussion: Philly.com and Emptywheel
RADAR:
BRISTOL PALIN & LEVI JOHNSTON BREAK OFF ENGAGEMENT  —  Sarah Palin's 18-year-old daughter Bristol has reportedly broken off her engagement with Levi Johnston, the father of her 2-month-old son Tripp.  It's surprising because in an interview just last month with FOX's Gretta Van Susteren …
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Star:
World Exclusive: Bristol Palin's Bitter Split!
Discussion: Political Machine
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Star Mag: Bristol And Levi Split Up
Discussion: Associated Press and NY Daily News
Democracy Corps:
Rush Limbaugh Weighs Down Heavily on Republicans  —  Read the full memo:  —  Overview  —  With a national debate raging over the place of radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh in the Republican Party, a new national survey from Democracy Corps and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner finds that Limbaugh weighs …
Roll Call:
Heard on the Hill: Vitter Goes From Hookergate to Gate-Crashing  —  Among Members of Congress, there's a long-standing, proud tradition of the Airport Freakout.  Add to the list of those who've indulged in meltdowns and temper tantrums while traveling one Sen. David Vitter …
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:   Dems put heat on Vitter for reported airport blow up
Alan Greenspan / Wall Street Journal:
The Fed Didn't Cause the Housing Bubble  —  Any new regulations should help direct savings toward productive investments.  —  We are in the midst of a global crisis that will unquestionably rank as the most virulent since the 1930s.  It will eventually subside and pass into history.
Michael Kranish / Boston Globe:
Now-needy FDIC collected little in premiums  —  With fund going strong, banks didn't pay for decade  —  WASHINGTON - The federal agency that insures bank deposits, which is asking for emergency powers to borrow up to $500 billion to take over failed banks, is facing a potential major shortfall …
Neil Cavuto / Fox News:
Rep. Ron Paul Defends His Earmarks in Spending Bill  —  This is a rush transcript from “Your World With Neil Cavuto,” March 10, 2009.  This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.  —  NEIL CAVUTO, HOST: Speaking of a lot of money, the battle about the money they're spending …
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Johanna Neuman / Top of the Ticket:   Ron Paul defends earmarks, says anti-pork McCain is just grandstanding
Lisa Belkin / New York Times:
Motherlode: Obama's Council on Women  —  President Obama has just signed an executive order establishing the “White House Council on Women and Girls.”  The purpose of the new group “is to ensure that American women and girls are treated fairly in all matters of public policy,” he said at the signing.
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Obama inks Council on Women & amp; Girls
Discussion: The Swamp and Shakesville
Lisa Depaulo / Men's Fashion, Men's Clothing …:
The Reconstructionist  —  Michael Steele, the embattled new head of the Republican Party, on whether he'd be in this job if he were white, why he left the seminary for the GOP, and where his diminished party goes from here  —  I met Michael Steele in his office at the RNC several weeks into his new job …
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
GOP chair Steele appears to disparage Republicans on Hill as “scurrying mice”  —  The Republican civil war continues.  —  Very weird quote from chairman of the Republican National Committee Michael Steele. … Sounds like stage two of a two-stage process to get himself fired.
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Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary  —  Technical information:  —  Employment: (202) 691-6559 USDL 09-0246  —  Unemployment: (202) 691-6392  —  REGIONAL AND STATE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT: JANUARY 2009  —  Regional and state unemployment rates were nearly all higher in January.
Discussion: Economix
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Approval of Congress Hits Four-Year High, Fueled by Dems  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans' job approval rating of Congress is up an additional 8 points this month, after a 12-point increase last month, and now stands at 39% — the most positive assessment of Congress since February 2005.
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
NYT's Baquet defends handling of Freeman  —  For nearly three weeks, the nomination of Chas Freeman as chairman of the National Intelligence Council has been a hot-button issue among bloggers.  —  That's included those holding strong foreign policy positions—especially relating to Israel and China …
Joe Conason / New York Times:
Dumbest Proposal Ever?  —  If President Barack Obama's response to the economic crisis is imperfect, as he acknowledges, and if the Congressional Democrats leave much to be desired as well, then Americans can at least be thankful that the nation's fate has not been consigned to the frozen minds on the other side of the aisle.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Andrew S. Grove / Washington Post:
Mr. President, Time to Rein In The Chaos  —  There is nothing more difficult . . . than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.  —  Machiavelli's 500-year-old warning notwithstanding, we elected a president who is committed to “change.”
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
Some Banks, Feeling Chained, Want to Return Bailout Money  —  WASHINGTON — The list of demands keeps getting longer.  —  Financial institutions that are getting government bailout funds have been told to put off evictions and modify mortgages for distressed homeowners.
Washington Post:
Obama Signs Spending Bill, Calls for Earmark Guidelines  —  President Obama today signed what he called an “imperfect” spending bill to keep the government running even though it contains thousands of lawmakers' pet projects, but he called for more rigorous review of future projects …
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Coleman supporters' private info likely breached  —  Norm Coleman's Senate campaign said Wednesday that the private information of its supporters has probably been breached and is encouraging them to cancel their credit cards.  —  Coleman backers began receiving e-mails Tuesday night …
The Huffington Post:
Chafee Chides Obama Over Bipartisanship  —  One of Barack Obama's high-profile Republican endorsers during the campaign said he was “stunned” that the president could muster only three Republicans votes for his stimulus package and put the blame squarely at the president's feet.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Commentary
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
This Is Not a Test.  This Is Not a Test.  —  It's always great to see the stock market come back from the dead.  But I am deeply worried that our political system doesn't grasp how much our financial crisis can still undermine everything we want to be as a country.  Friends, this is not a test.
Julie Satow / The Huffington Post:
Jim Cramer Shorting Stocks, Manipulating Markets, Saying The SEC Doesn't Understand  —  In light of the current economic crisis, and with the hullabaloo ignited recently by Jon Stewart over the accuracy of CNBC's reporting, we thought it might be useful to revisit this shocking 2006 interview Jim Cramer gave …
Associated Press:
Source: Ex-NYC health commissioner tapped for FDA  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama intends to name former New York City Health Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to lead the troubled Food and Drug Administration.
Henry / Crooked Timber:
Let Us Rally to Protect the Delicate Flower of Rugged Individualism!  —  Two recent versions of the same argument.  First, the simplified 800 word version, from Roger Cohen. … Second, the lengthier and more sophisticated variant from Clive Crook. … There is something very, very strange in my eyes about this kind of argument.
The Huffington Post:
Ari Fleischer Battles Chris Matthews, Calls Him “Shameful” And “Disingenuous” (VIDEO)  —  In a clash between two of the loudest and most intrusive political talkers in the business, neither Chris Matthews nor former Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer endeared themselves very well on Wednesday evening.
Geoff Earle / New York Post:
REVEALED: PELOSI'S ‘AIR RAGE’  —  WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has gone from frequent flier to jet-aircraft connoisseur, with aides berating military officials to get the best planes, e-mails revealed yesterday.  —  Pelosi, who clashed with the military to get nonstop service …
Discussion: GayPatriot and Anorak News
 
 
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