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11:55 PM ET, March 14, 2009

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Clay Shirky:
Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable  —  Back in 1993, the Knight-Ridder newspaper chain began investigating piracy of Dave Barry's popular column, which was published by the Miami Herald and syndicated widely.  In the course of tracking down the sources of unlicensed distribution …
David Cho / Washington Post:
AIG Paying Millions in Bonuses Despite Receiving Federal Bailout  —  Despite receiving $170 billion in federal aid and recording a staggering loss for the last quarter, insurance giant American International Group is doling out tens of million of dollars in bonuses this week to senior employees.
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New York Times:
A.I.G. Planning $100 Million in Bonuses After Huge Bailout  —  WASHINGTON — Despite being bailed out with more than $170 billion from the Treasury and Federal Reserve, the American International Group is preparing to pay about $100 million in bonuses to executives in the same business unit …
Discussion: TIME.com
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
End of the Honeymoon  —  Two months into his presidency, it is far too soon to make any judgments about Barack Obama's prospects.  All we really know is that he has assembled the rudiments of an administration and launched a batch of ambitious but unproven initiatives.
Edward Cline / Capitalism Magazine:
On The Left-Wing Reaction to John Galt, Ayn Rand, and Tea Parties  —  The nation — indeed, the world — is waking up to the idea that ideas have consequences.  One idea is that sacrificing is not a life-enhancing option and will lead to misery or death.  Another is that the heedless policy …
Discussion: alicublog and Cold Fury
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Post-Rush: Obama's message war  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  Beginning Sunday, the White House will harness every part of the Democratic Party's machinery to defend President Obama's budget and portray Republicans as reflexively political, according to party strategists.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Russia takes the Biden Challenge  —  Joe Biden warned us that Barack Obama would get tested by unfriendly nations in the first six months of his administration because of his inexperience.  That prediction now looks like sunny optimism.  Just days after China aggressively challenged the US Navy …
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Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Minutiae?  In This White House, Call It News  —  WASHINGTON — It's been another busy few days for the Obama administration, which the news media has faithfully cataloged.  —  The Politico broke the story that the president's aides sang “Happy Birthday” to the assistant press secretary …
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John / Power Line:
PICASSO INTERPRETS BARACK  —  As channeled by Michael Ramirez; click to enlarge:  —  Whereas some of us less artistic types thought he just has a hard time keeping his story straight!
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Issue of Gun Rights Still Holds Sway  —  Democrats have been exorcising some of their most stubborn political demons of late.  —  In challenging former President George W. Bush over the war in Iraq, they showed they were overcoming their deep post-Vietnam fear of being painted as weak on defense when taking a strong anti-war stance.
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Obama Sharpens His Reminders That He Inherited Fiscal ‘Mess’ From Bush  —  President Points to ‘Inherited’ Economy  —  In his inaugural address, President Obama proclaimed “an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics.”
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE BLAME GAME.... The Washington Post has an odd front-page …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Unity '09: Dem groups quietly align  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  A broad coalition of left-leaning groups is quietly closing ranks into a new coalition, “Unity '09,” aimed at helping President Barack Obama push his agenda through Congress.
N. Gregory Mankiw / New York Times:
Finding Messages in a Blueprint  —  PRESIDENTIAL candidates campaign with soaring rhetoric, but presidents and their advisers make actual policy with spreadsheets.  So for policy wonks like me, there is no better place to learn what President Obama really believes than the budget proposal released late last month.
Karin Laub / Associated Press:
American wounded by Israeli troops has surgery  —  RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — An American activist struck in the head by a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops in the West Bank was in serious condition Saturday after undergoing surgery, hospital officials said.
Discussion: The Raw Story, Tim Blair and Mondoweiss
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Without a Pastor of His Own, Obama Turns to Five  —  President Obama has been without a pastor or a home church ever since he cut his ties to the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. in the heat of the presidential campaign.  But he has quietly cultivated a handful of evangelical pastors …
Discussion: TIME.com
Stacy St. Clair / Chicago Tribune:
Michelle Obama comic book to be released in April  —  Michelle Obama comic book (Bluewater Productions) (March 13, 2009)  —  She's not faster than a speeding bullet or more powerful than a locomotive.  —  Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound?  Hardly.
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Scott Johnson / Comicbook.com Blog:   President Barack Obama Punches Osama Bin Laden And Carries Gun In Comic Books
 
 
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