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12:50 AM ET, March 24, 2009

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The Huffington Post:
Michele Bachmann: I Want People “Armed And Dangerous” Over Obama Tax Plan  —  Controversial Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said this weekend that she wants residents of her state “armed and dangerous” over President Barack Obama's plan to reduce global warming “because we need to fight back.”
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Eric Ostermeier / Smart Politics:
Michele Bachmann on D.C.: “I'm a Foreign Correspondent On Enemy Lines”  —  During a Saturday afternoon interview on WWTC 1280 AM with The Northern Alliance's John Hinderaker and Brian Ward, Minnesota Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann discussed her staunch opposition to several Democratic-led efforts …
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Bachmann urges ‘armed’ climate revolt
Discussion: Dump Michele Bachmann
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Bachmann: ‘I Want People...Armed And Dangerous On This Issue’ Of Cap And Trade
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Eric Martin / Bloomberg:
Bank of America's Bernstein Says Sell Bank Stocks After Rally  —  Investors should sell bank stocks after they rallied 12 percent today because the Treasury Department's plan to buy toxic assets won't stop profits from dropping, Bank of America Corp.'s Richard Bernstein said.
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
I Was Followed, Harassed, And Ambushed By Bill O'Reilly's Producer  —  On March 1, ThinkProgress picked up on a story by News Hounds, which noted that Fox News host Bill O'Reilly — who has made controversial comments about rape victims in the past — was slated to speak at a March 19 fundraiser for the Alexa Foundation.
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
O'Reilly Attacks Me As A ‘Villain’ For Highlighting His Rape Comments  —  As promised, tonight, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly aired his segment alleging that ThinkProgress caused “pain and suffering” to rape victims.  Our unspeakable offense was contained in a March 1 blog post …
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
Paul Krugman:
Geithner plan arithmetic  —  Leave on one side the question of whether the Geither plan is a good idea or not.  One thing is clearly false in the way it's being presented: administration officials keep saying that there's no subsidy involved, that investors would share in the downside.  That's just wrong.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Inviting the Public to Play  —  As I've said before, I think there are at least three different dimensions along which you need to try to evaluate the Geithner Plan.  One is political feasibility.  Two is likely efficacy in terms of recapitalizing banks.  And three is fairness/justice.
Felix Salmon / Portfolio:
How Treasury's Bank Bailout Could Make Things Worse
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Canadian defense minister to Greg Gutfeld and Fox News: Apologize; Update: Gutfeld apologizes  —  In which a YouTube grassroots brushfire explodes into a full-blown international incident.  You make the call: Below you'll find the “Red Eye” segment that aired on March 17 followed by MacKay's demand for an apology this morning.
Discussion: Gawker, Raw Story and five feet of fury
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canada.com:
Fox host apologizes for mocking Canadian military
Discussion: VetVoice and BLACKFIVE
Jessica Leeder / Globe and Mail:
Fox News host apologizes to Canada - sort of
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
The 50-Vote Senate  —  Could an obscure Senate rule free Barack Obama from the filibuster and enable health-care reform?  —  It's hard to imagine another town in which the most divisive thing you could do would be called “reconciliation.”  But this is Washington.
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The Politico:   Groups push reconciliation option
David Rogers / The Politico:
Bailout reserve casualty of deficit war
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Obama budget's on chopping block in Congress
Discussion: But As For Me
DealBook:
Cuomo Says Most Huge A.I.G. Bonuses Were Returned  —  Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo of New York announced late Monday afternoon that 9 of the top 10 bonus recipients at the American International Group were giving back their bonuses.  —  He also said 15 of the largest 20 bonus recipients …
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CBS News:
Poll: Mixed Reviews For Obama On AIG
John / Power Line:
HOW WOULD HE PRONOUNCE “CASSIOPEIA”?  —  Everyone knows that Barack Obama is lost without his teleprompter, but his latest blunder, courtesy of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, via the Corner, suggests that the teleprompter may not be enough unless it includes phonetic spellings.
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Jamil Anderlini / Financial Times:
China calls for new reserve currency  —  China's central bank on Monday proposed replacing the US dollar as the international reserve currency with a new global system controlled by the International Monetary Fund.  —  In an essay posted on the People's Bank of China's website, Zhou Xiaochuan …
The Politico:
Reviews are in: Geithner clears the bar  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  It was bound to happen sooner or later.  —  Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner - who hasn't had many winning days in his short tenure on Pennsylvania Avenue - scored a big political victory Monday …
Megan Slack / The Huffington Post:
Tammy Bruce Calls The Obamas “Trash In The White House”  —  Tammy Bruce, guest host for Laura Ingram's radio show, had some harsh words for First Lady Michelle Obama.  —  Discussing the first lady's visit to a Washington D.C. classroom last week, Bruce incredulously recalled Obama's story …
Adam Silverman / USA Today:
Same-sex marriage measure sails through Vt. Senate  —  The Vermont Senate on Monday evening overwhelmingly passed a bill that could legalize same-sex marriage in the state.  —  The state Senate voted 26-4 in favor of the measure introduced by Democratic state Sen. John Campbell.
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Chris Kelly / The Huffington Post:
Townhall: Michelle Obama is a Bitch, Get It?  —  Burt Perlutsky was a TV writer a long time ago.  Then he aged out of it and became a crank.  This wasn't one of those major loses like Steinbeck.  Now he writes a column for Townhall.com, the popular website owned by a Christian radio network.
Jorr / Christian Science Monitor:
Obama writes letter to Chirac - blogosphere goes crazy  —  Want to know how quickly rumors get spread on the Internet?  Here's a prime example.  —  The right side of the web is apoplectic this morning claiming that President Obama doesn't know who the French president is.
John / Power Line:
SECOND TIME'S A CHARM  —  As far as the market is concerned, anyway, Tim Geithner's second shot at laying out a plan to rescue the nation's banking system is being received a lot better than his first.  At this moment, the Dow is up over four percent.  —  You can read the Treasury Department's description of the plan here.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Campaign Finance Challenged  —  Bill to Overhaul System Would Ban Lobbyist Donations  —  After the most expensive campaign cycle in U.S. history, a bipartisan group of lawmakers will introduce legislation this week to create an ambitious voluntary public campaign financing system …
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
EPA Presses Obama To Regulate Warming Under Clean Air Act  —  The Environmental Protection Agency's new leadership, in a step toward confronting global warming, submitted a finding that will force the White House to decide whether to limit greenhouse gas emissions under the nearly 40-year-old Clean Air Act.
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
It's Never to Soon to Think About 2012  —  President Obama has been in the White House for only two months and three days, but his strategists at the Democratic National Committee are already looking ahead to 2012.  —  Gov. Tim Kaine of Virginia, the chairman of the D.N.C. …
Discussion: The Politico
Associated Press:
Rep. Frank calls Scalia a ‘homophobe’ in interview  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank called Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia a “homophobe” in a recent interview with the gay news Web site 365gay.com.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Barack Obama Industrial Average: Rising  —  The stock market is up, in terms relative to its most recent terrifying trench, and so is President Barack Obama's approval rating, which also bottomed out a while back.  —  The president would like people to think he follows neither indicator too closely …
Discussion: The Politico
Kevin Rennie / Real Clear Politics:
Dodd's Wife a Former Director of Bermuda-Based IPC Holdings, an AIG Controlled Company  —  No wonder Senator Christopher Dodd (D-Conn) went wobbly last week when asked about his February amendment ratifying hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses to executives at insurance giant AIG.
Discussion: NO QUARTER and DISSENTING JUSTICE
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Accused Qaeda Sleeper Agent in Court  —  PEORIA, Ill. — Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, accused by the government of being a sleeper agent for Al Qaeda and held as an enemy combatant for almost six years, made his first appearance Monday afternoon in the courtroom where he will be tried on charges of providing aid to terrorists.
 
 
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Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Fox News VP: Fox is ‘the voice of opposition’ to the Obama administration.
Discussion: NPR
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Koh to State  —  Harold Hongju Koh, one of the nation's …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Kimberly Hefling / Associated Press:
Senator seeks to halt sales of ‘e-cigarettes’
Martin Beck / L.A. Now:
Federal judge postpones medical marijuana sentencing
Discussion: The Agitator
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Levin: US and Russia should unite against Iran
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
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