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9:30 PM ET, March 19, 2009

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CNN:
Geithner: I should have known about bonus problems  —  (CNN) — Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner confirmed Thursday that the department did talk to Sen. Chris Dodd about a clause he put forth in the stimulus legislation that would have strictly limited executive bonuses.
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David Stout / New York Times:
House Passes Heavy Tax on Bonuses at Rescued Firms  —  WASHINGTON — Spurred on by a tidal wave of public anger over bonuses paid to executives of the foundering American International Group, the House voted 328 to 93 on Thursday to get back most of the money by levying a 90 percent tax on it.
Erik Schatzker / Bloomberg:
Citigroup Said to Commit $10 Million for New Executive Suite  —  Citigroup Inc. plans to spend about $10 million on new offices for Chief Executive Officer Vikram Pandit and his lieutenants, after the U.S. government injected $45 billion of cash into the bank.
Kristi Keck / CNN:
Analysis: Obama's ‘blame me’ means ‘move on’
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
Michelle Levi / CBS News:
Dodd Defends Himself On AIG Bonuses
The Politico:
House approves 90 percent AIG tax
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Danny / The Note:
Palin on Stimulus: Thanks, But No Thanks
Discussion: The Swamp
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
AUDIO: Arnold on Obama: ‘Beautiful’  —  LOS ANGELES - “When have you ever seen a president be that out there?”  —  That was a mesmerized Arnold Schwarzenegger after Obama's town hall meeting.  —  “I've never seen that,” Schwarzenegger said to a couple reporters as he and his wife, Maria Shriver, tried to make an exit.
Discussion: CBS News
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Michelle Malkin:
The Arnie-Barry lovefest  —  Well, how d'ya like that rebranded GOP now?  The Taxinator, Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, welcomed Barack Obama to southern California with open arms this afternoon — praising his courage and extolling the porkulus package.
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:   Obama, Schwarzenegger hug it out
Tim Walker / Telegraph:
Gordon Brown is frustrated by ‘Psycho’ in No 10  —  While not exactly a film buff, Gordon Brown was touched when Barack Obama gave him a set of 25 classic American movies - including Psycho, starring Anthony Perkins on his recent visit to Washington.  —  Alas, when the PM settled …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Carol Baum: Welfare CEOs are Just Like John Galt  —  Bloomberg columnist Carol Baum puts together a baffling analogy: … Atlas Shrugged is a stupid book, Ayn Rand is a stupid woman, and John Galt's ideas are stupid.  That said, none of them are nearly this stupid.
Discussion: Roger Ailes and American Power
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Caroline Baum / Bloomberg:
Obama Needs AIG's Liddy, Not Other Way Around: Caroline Baum  —  Somewhere John Galt is smiling.  —  The hero of Ayn Rand's “Atlas Shrugged” is smiling because he's seen it all before: the government's intervention in the private sector; the constraints placed on business in the name of the people …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Who Doesn't Love The JournoList?  —  How great is the JournoList, that off-the-record electronic salon where liberal journalists and policy gurus can exchange views, and which is emphatically *not* an echo chamber?  —  Let's see - Matt Yglesias of JL on the AIG furor - it's a distraction:
Amos Harel / Haaretz:
IDF in Gaza: Killing civilians, vandalism, and lax rules of engagement  —  During Operation Cast Lead, Israeli forces killed Palestinian civilians under permissive rules of engagement and intentionally destroyed their property, say soldiers who fought in the offensive.
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Brady Dennis / Washington Post:
Inside AIG-FP, Feeling the Public's Wrath  —  A solitary flat-screen television hangs on the back wall of the trading floor inside the headquarters of AIG Financial Products here.  Wednesday afternoon, the most-talked-about employees in America huddled around it to find out just how despised they have become.
Newsday:
Why President Obama skipped ‘Meet the Press’  —  Moderator David Gregory, center, of “Meet the Press,” hasn't lived up to the Tim Russert legacy.  (Getty Images)  —  THE SHOW “Meet the Press,” hosted by David Gregory.  —  REASON TO WATCH That is the question, and one President Barack …
Marian Burros / New York Times:
Obamas Prepare to Plant White House Vegetable Garden  —  WASHINGTON — On Friday, Michelle Obama will begin digging up a patch of White House lawn to plant a vegetable garden, the first since Eleanor Roosevelt's victory garden in World War II.  There will be no beets (the president doesn't like them) but arugula will make the cut.
Discussion: The Swamp and Balloon Juice
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
'07 U.S. Births Break Baby Boom Record  —  More babies were born in the United States in 2007 than in any other year in American history, according to preliminary data reported Wednesday by the National Center for Health Statistics.  —  The 4,317,000 births in 2007 just edged out the figure for 1957, at the height of the baby boom.
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Megan McArdle:
Helicopter Ben fires up the engine
Discussion: The Bellows
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
BIGGER THAN THE BOTH OF US  —  There's no end of puffed up outrage and opportunistic posturing over the on-going revelation of the AIG bonus scandal.  But some line has been crossed.  And it's worth thinking really clearly about just what that line is.  —  What is so damaging …
Media Matters for America:
CNBC's Kudlow lights dollar bill on fire, says “This is the value of our money”  —  Send in the G-Men.  This guy is defacing federal money  —  I was thinking the same thing, isn't it a crime to destroy US currency?  I thought it was just as bad as defacing the US Flag, which we know the republicans would never...
Discussion: PoliGazette and The New Republic
Wall Street Journal:
Mexico Retaliates  —  When the U.S. closed the southern border to Mexican trucking last week — in violation of the North American Free Trade Agreement — Mexico promised to retaliate.  Yesterday it did, releasing a list of 89 U.S. products that will face new tariffs of 10% to 45%.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Doug Ross
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
13 firms receiving federal bailout owe back taxes  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — At least 13 firms receiving billions of dollars in bailout money owe a total of more than $220 million in unpaid federal taxes, a key lawmaker said Thursday.  —  Rep. John Lewis, chairman of a House subcommittee overseeing …
The Politico:
Obama struggles as communicator  —  Of all the pitfalls Barack Obama might face in the presidency, here is one not many people predicted: He is struggling as a public communicator.  —  The sluggish and unsteady response to the uproar over AIG bonuses highlights a larger problem of his White House …
Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
Rice: 'No One Was Arguing That Saddam Hussein Somehow Had Something To Do With 9/11′  —  On PBS's Charlie Rose yesterday — six years after the eve of the Iraq invasion — former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice discussed the decision to invade Iraq.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Daily Kos
Michelle Malkin:
Audio comedy gold: Bozo the Vice President is looking out for you  —  The gaffetastic gift that keeps on giving.  —  In trying times, we can always count on Bozo the Vice President to provide some welcome comic relief.  Joe Biden was The Newshour on PBS last night in full swagger …
Times of London:
Iranian blogger who insulted leader ‘dies in jail’  —  A young Iranian blogger jailed in Tehran's notorious Evin prison for insulting the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has died, his lawyer said today.  —  Mohammad Ali Dadkhah said that although there is not yet …
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and Weekly Standard
Hollywoodreporter / The Live Feed:
Networks reluctantly shuffle for Obama speech  —  Networks are pulling their shows over to the side of the road to make room for the lights and sirens of president Barack Obama's latest primetime address.  —  Obama will take to the air next Tuesday evening on four broadcast networks and bump …
Joe Weisenthal / Clusterstock:
More Press Than Protesters Show Up At Goldman HQ  —  Whoops.  Turns out nobody wanted to brave the rain to protest outside Goldman Sachs (GS) HQ today.  According to one on-the-ground eyewitness, members of the press far outnumbered the the actual sign-wavers and chanters.
James K. Galbraith / Associated Press:
No Return to Normal  —  Why the economic crisis, and its solution,  —  are bigger than you think.  —  B arack Obama's presidency began in hope and goodwill, but its test will be its success or failure on the economics.  Did the president and his team correctly diagnose the problem?
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Seeks to Lower Expectations  —  LOS ANGELES — President Barack Obama sought to lower the expectations of his adoring fans, saying it will take time to accomplish their goals, and he warned an audience anxious over cuts to schools that it will cost money to pay for high-quality education.
Discussion: Associated Press
 
 
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Conservative and moderate Democrats flex muscles
Richard Lardner / Associated Press:
Obama envoy Holbrooke served on AIG's board
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Report: Iranian defector tipped Syrian nuke plans
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GOP senator suggests Geithner resign
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