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3:40 PM ET, March 15, 2009

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Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Cheney's Excuse For Economic Failures Under His Watch: ‘Stuff Happens’  —  During an interview with Dick Cheney this morning, CNN host John King asked the former vice president why “we should listen to you” for economic advice.  To make his case, King noted the following statistical changes …
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CNN:
Cheney says Obama reversals risk new terror attacks  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Obama administration has endangered Americans and opened the country to further attack by reversing Bush administration anti-terrorism policies such as harsh interrogations of suspects, former Vice President Dick Cheney said Sunday.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Cheney says Obama endangers U.S.  —  Asked Sunday on CNN if he thinks President Obama “has made Americans less safe,” former Vice President Dick Cheney said: “I do.”  —  Looking slimmer and relaxed, Cheney told John King on “State of the Union” that Bush administration policies on detention …
Discussion: JustOneMinute, The Note and TIME.com
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Cheney fearmongers: Obama is ‘making some choices’ that ‘raise the risk...of another attack.’  —  Weeks after President Obama was inaugurated, former Vice President Cheney warned that Obama's policy promises — including closing the Guantanamo Bay prison and ending torture — would lead to a nuclear attack on U.S. soil.
Discussion: The Reaction
Mike Allen / The Politico:
VIDEO: Cheney: Obama wants ‘massive expansion’
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
New York Post:
WITH REPUBLICAN FRIENDS LIKE THESE ...  THE MEDIA LOVES CONSERVATIVES, BUT ONLY IF THEY HATE REPUBLICANS  —  Dear Mainstream Media:  —  I'm a conservative who believes that other conservatives are fat, drug-stuffed, money-grubbing warthogs like Rush Limbaugh, or scary inbred backwoods retards like Sarah Palin.
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New York Times:
Administration Is Open to Taxing Health Benefits  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is signaling to Congress that the president could support taxing some employee health benefits, as several influential lawmakers and many economists favor, to help pay for overhauling the health care system.
Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line:
Summers: AIG Bonus Bombshell ‘Outrageous’  —  President Barack Obama's top economics adviser, Lawrence Summers, said that insurance giant American International Group's plan to award senior executives hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses and retention pay is “outrageous.”
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New York Times:
A.I.G. Planning $100 Million in Bonuses After Huge Bailout
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
AIG, BEGONE!  —  I've been highly critical of the government bailout of AIG.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and The Raw Story
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS NOT DUE.... Wall Street had a nice little rally this week, but former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino hopes President Obama doesn't get too much credit. … I see.  Just so we're clear, here's a helpful guide to the rules of market watching, as they relate to partisan politics:
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Mideast Publications Question Obama Over Top Intelligence Pick's Withdrawal  —  Top Intelligence Pick's Pullout Blamed on ‘Pro-Israel Hawks’  —  The Middle East press has questioned President Obama's authority over Arab-Israeli issues since Charles W. Freeman Jr.'s withdrawal from his appointment to a senior intelligence position.
Los Angeles Times:
Is anti-Zionism hate?  —  Yes.  It is more dangerous than anti-Semitism, threatening lives and peace in the Middle East.  —  By Judea Pearl  —  In January, at a symposium at UCLA (choreographed by the Center for Near East Studies), four longtime Israel bashers were invited to analyze …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Babar Dogar / Associated Press:
Violence mars Pakistani anti-government protest  —  LAHORE, Pakistan - Pakistan opposition leader Nawaz Sharif defied house arrest Sunday to lead an anti-government convoy toward the barricaded capital and a showdown with its pro-Western president.  —  Earlier, Sharif's supporters fought running battles …
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Jane Perlez / New York Times:
Pakistan Opposition Leader Is Held Before Protest
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Ronald D. Rotunda / Chicago Tribune:
Some strings attached  —  Is the stimulus law constitutional?  —  Last month, Congress enacted the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, popularly called “the stimulus plan.”  It gives billions of dollars to the states, but the gift has strings attached.  One of its unique provisions changes state constitutions!
Monique / HotMES:
Start smoking: It just may save a child's life!  —  I do realize that most people don't smoke and so they ignore all of the attacks on smokers.  It's not you, and you hate those pesky smokers, anyway.  They're always polluting your lungs!  —  I'm a smoker, I guess.
 
 
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Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Steele's Focus Turns to Nuts and Bolts
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
Harnessing the Sun, With Help From Cities
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
New York Times:
Obama Reassures Countries on U.S. Debt
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and MyDD
Tim Shipman / Telegraph:
Barack Obama's aides admit errors are making him less popular
Discussion: The Corner and Jay Currie
Fox News:
Obama's Stem Cell Policy Hasn't Reversed Legislative Restrictions
Discussion: Power Line and NewsBusters.org
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Rod LIddle / Times of London:
Hate cleric leads jihad cash appeal
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Firouz Sedarat / Reuters:
Bin Laden accuses Arab leaders, urges jihad
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Orange County Register:
Mark Steyn: Welcome, kids, to the Brokest Generation
Discussion: Cold Fury and Pajamas Media
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Unity '09: Dem groups quietly align