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11:30 AM ET, March 14, 2009

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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.”
David Nowak / Associated Press:
Report: Cuba, Venezuela could host Russian bombers  —  MOSCOW - A Russian Air Force chief said Saturday that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has offered an island as a temporary base for strategic Russian bombers, the Interfax news agency reported.  —  The chief of staff of Russia's long range aviation …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Battle brews over Bush library  —  Former President George W. Bush is preparing for one final struggle against the odds: raising $300 million for a presidential library, museum and policy institute at a time when dollars are tight and skepticism about his presidency runs high.
Discussion: TIME.com
William Glaberson / New York Times:
U.S. Won't Label Terror Suspects as ‘Combatants’  —  The Obama administration said Friday that it would abandon the Bush administration's term “enemy combatant” as it argues in court for the continued detention of prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, in a move that seemed intended …
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Mark Preston / CNN:
Republican wants WH candidates to prove citizenship  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Rep. Bill Posey, R-Florida, introduced legislation this week requiring candidates to produce a birth certificate to be eligible to run in future presidential elections, triggering a sharp reaction from Democrats who accused him of …
Discussion: TPMDC
David Barboza / New York Times:
Chinese Grease the Wheels of Power With Luxury Gifts  —  BEIJING — Last week, a finely dressed Chinese man walked into Louis Vuitton's flagship store here, seeking the perfect gift for that special someone: a senior government official.  —  “I tell you, he is at the top,” the man told the sales clerk, as his bodyguard stood nearby.
Hilary Potkewitz / Crain's New York Business:
Street.com CEO quits after Cramer's TV flameout  —  Thomas Clarke, longtime chief executive of the financial news Web site, abruptly leaves, “effective immediately.”  —  Friday brought more tumult for CNBC anchor Jim Cramer, when the chief executive of his online financial news site, The Street.com, resigned.
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Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
Obama Pledges to Improve Food Safety  —  WASHINGTON — Describing the government's failure to inspect 95 percent of food-processing plants as “a hazard to the public health,” President Obama promised Saturday to bolster and reorganize the nation's fractured food-safety system.
CNSNews:
Obama Signs Law Banning Federal Embryo Research Two Days After Signing Executive Order to OK It  —  (CNSNews.com) - On Wednesday, only two days after he lifted President Bush's executive order banning federal funding of stem cell research that requires the destruction of human embryos …
Scott Johnson / Comicbook.com Blog:
President Barack Obama Punches Osama Bin Laden And Carries Gun In Comic Books  —  The first couple of times that Barack Obama popped up in comic books he was fairly conservative.  He received an endorsement from the Savage Dragon during the election, and he hung out with everyone's friendly neighborhood Spider-Man at his inauguration.
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Michael C. Moynihan / Reason:
Keith Olbermann and the Ring of Assassins!  —  On last night's episode of Countdown, the always excitable Keith Olbermann led the show with a “bombshell allegation” from investigative reporter Seymour Hersh exposing a “covert executive assassination ring” run out of Dick Cheney's office.
Discussion: Moe Lane and New York Magazine
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Senate recount trial: Now it's up to the judges  —  They haven't said when they'll rule, but don't hold your breath for a conclusion.  —  After seven long weeks, Minnesota's U.S. Senate election trial came down to a debate Friday between following the rules and a notion of common sense.
Discussion: MyDD, The Caucus and TPMDC
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell: Coleman fight should go to federal court
WRAL-TV:
Wake judge orders home schoolers into public classrooms  —  RALEIGH, N.C. — A judge in Wake County said three Raleigh children need to switch from home school to public school.  Judge Ned Mangum is presiding over divorce proceeding of the children's parents, Thomas and Venessa Mills.
Melissa Trujillo / Associated Press:
Ginsburg: Possible court opening soon  —  BOSTON (AP) - Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told law students there could be an opening on the Supreme Court soon but didn't hint at who might be leaving.  —  Ginsburg spoke Friday at New England Law's annual “Law Day.”
 
 
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Con Coughlin / Telegraph:
Britain is fighting a war - and we are too soft on our enemies
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Associated Press:
Man accused of beheading wife arraigned
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