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12:00 PM ET, March 12, 2009

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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Steele backs off abortion remarks  —  RNC Chairman Michael Steele said today that despite telling an interviewer he supports “individual choice” and state-level decisions on abortion, he in fact opposes abortion and supports a Constitutional ban.  —  Steele said in a statement through an RNC spokesman:
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TIMEBOMB, POSTDATED THREE WEEKS?  —  Ever since I read Michael Steele's trainwreck interview with GQ that came out yesterday, I've been wondering, he thought this was a good moment to give a let it all hang out interview?  —  Remember, this is the one where he appeared to forget in real …
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 …
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
The Country's Loss  —  The Obama administration has just suffered an embarrassing defeat at the hands of the lobbyists the president vowed to keep in their place, and their friends on Capitol Hill.  The country has lost an able public servant in an area where President Obama has few personal credentials …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Commentary
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The distorting effect of anonymity  —  (updated below)  —  In response to the criticisms I wrote last week of the widespread and baseless grants of anonymity by journalists, Julian Sanchez responds that, while he largely agrees with the objections I raise, it is a more complicated problem …
Washington Post:
Blame the ‘Lobby’  —  FORMER ambassador Charles W. Freeman Jr. looked like a poor choice to chair the Obama administration's National Intelligence Council.  A former envoy to Saudi Arabia and China, he suffered from an extreme case of clientitis on both accounts.
John Podhoretz / Commentary:   Allow Me to Twirl My Evil Moustache (or Payess, If You Know What I Mean)
Charles Lane / PostPartisan:
The Real Chas Freeman
Discussion: Jeffrey Goldberg
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama's honeymoon bliss fading  —  President Obama's honeymoon is beginning to fade.  —  Members of Congress and old political hands say he needs to show substantial progress reviving the economy soon.  —  Some Democrats have started to worry that voters don't and won't understand …
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Bloomberg:
Madoff Life in Prison Means Inmates Who Blame Money Man for Crash  —  Bernard Madoff, scheduled to plead guilty today to masterminding the largest Ponzi scheme in history, may have to fight off prison inmates who want to squeeze him for money or blame him for the Wall Street crash.
Discussion: TalkLeft, Taylor Marsh and CNBC
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New York Times:
Madoff Is Jailed After Pleading Guilty  —  Bernard L. Madoff pleaded guilty Thursday to all the charges against him and expressed remorse for a vast Ponzi scheme that bilked investors out of billions of dollars.  —  Standing before Judge Denny Chin in United States District Court in Manhattan …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Runnin' Scared
Associated Press:
Madoff pleads guilty and goes to jail in handcuffs
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
Young Miss Palin  —  A mere ten weeks or so after the birth of their baby, Bristol Palin and her co-parent, Levi Johnston, have split up.  There will be no marriage.  According to the AP, and Mr. Johnston, it was a mutual decision.  The same article manages to note that Bristol is devastated.
Discussion: Associated Press
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Rachel D'Oro / Associated Press:
Alaska Gov. Palin's daughter, fiance break up
Discussion: MSNBC, Swampland and The Impolitic
Jimmy Orr / Christian Science Monitor:
New Limbaugh billboard slogan announced - creativity was not considered  — E-mail a friend - Print this - Letter to the Editor - Republish - - Get e-mail alerts - RSS  —  Setting a world record today for beating a dead horse, the Democratic National Committee will announce they've selected …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Don Surber
Ben Smith / The Politico:
FBI raids office of D.C. tech officer  —  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.
Maria Recio / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Obama: Troop move to Mexican border under consideration  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama weighed in Wednesday on the escalating drug war on the U.S.-Mexico border, saying that he was looking at possibly deploying National Guard troops to contain the violence but ruled out any immediate military move.
Wall Street Journal:
Chris Dodd's Irish ‘Cottage’  —  The Senate Ethics Committee has been looking into possible conflicts of interest in Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd's 2003 mortgages.  Now questions about another Dodd real-estate adventure, this one in Ireland, should keep the Ethicists even busier.
Discussion: The Corner and Betsy's Page
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J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:   Frenemies Dodd and Lieberman make nice
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Makes Use of Signing Statements  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama signed a $410 billion spending bill Wednesday that includes thousands of pet projects inserted by lawmakers, even as he unveiled new rules to restrict such so-called earmarks.  —  At the same time …
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
The most technologically progressive decade of the 20th century  —  Can you guess?  According to economic historian Alexander Field, it is (controversially) the 1930s.  Opening paragraph:  —  Because of the Depression's place in both the popular and academic imagination …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
BBC:
Iraqi jailed for Bush shoe attack  —  An Iraqi journalist hailed as a hero in the Arab world for throwing his shoes at former US President George W Bush has been jailed for three years.  —  Muntadar al-Zaidi had pleaded not guilty as his trial resumed in Baghdad, telling the judge: “My reaction was natural, just like any Iraqi.”
Quinnipiac University:
Christie Opens 9-Point Lead Over Corzine In NJ Gov Race, Quinnipiac University New Jersey Poll Finds; Prosecutor's Experience Helps Challenger  —  Christopher Christie, the Republican challenger in this year's New Jersey Governor's race, leads Democratic incumbent Gov. Jon Corzine 46 …
Theodore Postol / New York Times:
Defensible Missile Defense  —  IN his recent letter to President Dmitri Medvedev of Russia, President Obama offered to modify the previous administration's plans for a missile defense system in Europe.  He was right to do so.  A continued impasse with Russia might have prevented future arms reductions …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SOCIAL ENGINEERING.... For at least a few decades, conservatives had a name for the progressive desire to use the power of the state to shape and improve people's daily lives: social engineering.  It wasn't a compliment.  —  Social engineering is predicated on the idea that the power …
Discussion: Fox News, The Bellows and Detroit News
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Obama's $80 Billion Exaggeration
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The Politico:
Second stimulus? Never heard of it!
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K. Daniel Glover / Accuracy in Media:
A Dereliction Of Journalistic Duty
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