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1:05 PM 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.”
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  —  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.
Discussion: protein wisdom
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 …
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
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.
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Salazar's Wolf Decision Upsets Administration Allies  —  Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's decision to stick with a controversial Bush administration move that took gray wolves off the endangered species list in most of the northern Rockies reflects the independent streak that has defined his career.
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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Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Young President in a Hurry  —  Why Obama wants to move fast.  —  President Obama must be irked.  The media and other Obama allies like Warren Buffett are on his case for the first time, insisting he's in too big a hurry to enact his entire domestic agenda.  Obama should slow down, they say.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Commentary
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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