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3:00 PM ET, March 16, 2009

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Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Obama Orders Treasury Chief to Try to Block A.I.G. Bonuses  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama vowed to try to stop the faltering insurance giant American International Group from paying out hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses to executives, as the administration scrambled to avert …
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Who Stole Our Country, and How are We Going to Get It Back?  —  The White House is worried about backlash over AIG's payout of $450 million in bonuses to the executives in its high flying Financial Services Group, the out-of-control derivatives trading arm that looted the company …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
WHY IT'S CUTTING  —  Like you, I've been watching this AIG bonus story unfold over the weekend.  And though I did not see it at first, I think it may prove to be a turning point, both for AIG and the government.  —  I don't believe the bonuses themselves are the heart of the matter …
DealBook:
Cuomo Seeks A.I.G. Bonus Information  —  Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo of New York on Monday sent a letter to the American International Group, demanding more information about the employees who are set to receive about $165 million in bonus payments.  —  Mr. Cuomo's letter …
Discussion: TIME.com, TalkLeft and Runnin' Scared
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The sanctity of AIG's contracts  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  Larry Summers, Sunday, on AIG's payment of executive bonuses: … Associated Press, February 18, 2009: … Apparently, the supreme sanctity of employment contracts applies only to some types of employees but not others.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
A Modest Proposal For AIG
Emptywheel:
The Semtex in the AIG Retention Contracts
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Democrats.com
CBS News:
White House May Want AIG Money Back
Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
Frank on AIG: 'Maybe it's time to fire some people.'
Discussion: Reuters
Pew Research Center:
Obama's Approval Rating Slips Amid Division Over Economic Proposals  —  GOP Congressional Leaders' Ratings Hit New Low - 28%  —  President Barack Obama's approval rating has slipped, as a growing number of Americans see him listening more to his party's liberals than to its moderates …
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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:   Obama rating high, but poll finds worries on economy
Helene Cooper / The Caucus:
Obama to Appear on ‘Tonight Show’  —  Barack Obama appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in 2007 when he was running for president.  —  President Obama will be making a guest appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on Thursday, a White House official said …
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Dramatic Advances Sweep Iraq, Boosting Support for Democracy  —  ABC News/BBC/NHK National Survey of Iraq  —  Dramatic advances in public attitudes are sweeping Iraq, with declining violence, rising economic well-being and improved services lifting optimism, fueling confidence in public institutions …
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Free Larry Summers  —  Why the White House needs to unshackle its economic oracle.  —  On a typical day, Larry Summers, the top White House economic adviser, sits in his office overlooking the Rose Garden and receives a near-endless succession of aides working on a stunning variety of issues.
Discussion: Portfolio and Kausfiles
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Aaron Zelinsky / The Huffington Post:
Larry Summers: Stop the AIG Bonuses. Yes You Can.
Shelby Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Why the GOP Can't Win With Minorities  —  Today conservatism is stigmatized in our culture as an antiminority political philosophy.  In certain quarters, conservatism is simply racism by another name.  And minorities who openly identify themselves as conservatives are still novelties, fish out of water.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
A Continent Adrift  —  I'm concerned about Europe.  Actually, I'm concerned about the whole world — there are no safe havens from the global economic storm.  But the situation in Europe worries me even more than the situation in America.  —  Just to be clear, I'm not about to rehash …
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Rendell: I've Tried To Get Specter To Switch — And So Has Joe Biden  —  Ed Rendell told RNN-TV, a regional cable news channel in the Northeast, that he has in fact tried to talk GOP Senator Arlen Specter into switching to the Democrats — oh, and so have some other important people, who Rendell probably shouldn't have mentioned.
Washington Post:
An Immigration Glitch for Gay Couples Is Unjust  —  THE UNITING American Families Act would allow gay and lesbian Americans and permanent residents to sponsor their foreign-born partners for legal residency in the United States.  The bill, introduced last month in the Senate by Patrick Leahy …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
To Urge Passage of Budget, Obama E-Mails His Campaign Army  —  President Obama will kick off an all-out grass-roots effort today urging Congress to pass his $3.55 trillion budget, activating the extensive campaign apparatus he built during his successful 2008 candidacy for the first time since taking office.
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Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
Fareed Zakaria  —  PostGlobal co-moderator Fareed Zakaria is editor of Newsweek International, overseeing all Newsweek's editions abroad.  He writes a regular column for Newsweek, which also appears in Newsweek International and often The Washington Post.  He is a member of the roundtable of ABC News' …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** Rage against the machine: Anger at Wall Street and at America's financial institutions has been simmering for a while now — the numerous bailouts, Bernie Madoff, and Jon Stewart vs. CNBC have been just a few examples.
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Documents: Penn.  Center Funneled Federal Funding to Rep. Murtha's Supporters  —  A Pennsylvania defense research center regularly consulted with two “handlers” close to Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) as it collected nearly $250 million in federal funding through the lawmaker …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
3 Percent  —  Ta-Nehisi links to the latest numbers on HIV in DC.  This commenter's response is worth pondering.  It's not a matter of resources.  It's a matter of finding a way to reach the most beleaguered and at-risk population: African-American men who have sex with men (and then women).
Charles Levinson / Wall Street Journal:
Netanyahu Strikes Deal With Rival's Far-Right Party  —  JERUSALEM — The leader of a controversial nationalist political party in Israel, Avigdor Lieberman, has agreed to join Prime Minister designate Benjamin Netanyahu's government in exchange for an appointment as foreign minister and a handful …
Nathan Hodge / Danger Room:
U.S. Military Confirms It Shot Down Iranian Drone  —  Last month, a U.S. fighter aircraft tracked and shot down an Iranian drone.  Details — first reported by Danger Room — have been elusive, but the U.S. military has now confirmed the incident.  —  Multinational Forces Iraq spokesman …
Discussion: Reuters
William Kristol / PostPartisan:
AIG Bonus Babies  —  The AIG moment feels like a big one.  Public distaste for both the Bush and Obama administrations' handling of the financial crisis seems to be crystallizing in response to the reports of bonuses for executives at the AIG financial products subsidiary …
Stacy Schiff / New York Magazine:
Sexual Politics  —  How long has it been since a First Couple seemed to want each other?  —  Look, Ma, no hands!  Only one cool forehead and some extra-strength hairspray touch, and yet everything combusts in this Inauguration Night photo.  Not since Doris Day and Rock Hudson split a pair of pajamas …
Anne Schroeder Mullins / The Politico:
Gridiron singed by Obama no-show  —  No offense intended, says the Obama White House.  —  None taken, say the esteemed leaders of the Gridiron Club.  —  Still, in Washington, a slap does not have to be officially labeled as such for its sound to echo — and its sting to be felt.
 
 
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Compare And Contrast  —  From the Red Cross's summary of Bush-Cheney torture techniques:
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Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Bachmann Falsely Claims Her Earmarks Were ‘Very Small’ …
New York Times:
Rated F for Failure  —  WHEN Standard & Poor's, the bond-rating …
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
GOP race crowds with chance to face Dodd
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Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Massachusetts Faces Costs of Big Health Care Plan
Discussion: The Corner and MNpublius.com
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Why Khatami Withdrew
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So Far, Few Ripples From Landmark Ruling on Guns
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