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9:20 PM ET, March 27, 2009

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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Reid: Roberts 'didn't tell us the truth'  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Friday that John Roberts misled the Senate during his confirmation hearings by pretending to be a moderate - and that the United States is now “stuck” with him as chief justice.
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Pro-Life Democrat Harry Reid Says He Could Support Abortion Provision …
Discussion: Hot Air, The Corner and Fox News
Ann Althouse / Althouse:   Harry Reid just called Chief Justice John Roberts a liar.
The Huffington Post:
Senators Get Nasty: “You're Good” ... “Your Wife Said The Same Thing” (VIDEO)  —  Marking up budget legislation can be a brutal affair, often beginning early and lasting long into the night.  —  But buried within the hours of debate in the Senate on Thursday is an exchange you'd be more likely …
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Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Grassley: ‘Your Wife Said the Same Thing’  —  Priceless.  Chuck Grassley gets Kent Conrad good at Thursday's Senate Budget Committee markup. … Courtesy of the C-SPAN Video Library.
Discussion: Shakesville
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Conrad-Grassley Budget Sex Talk?  Not.  —  Context, anybody?  —  We've been waiting for a media watchdog to weigh in, with one of its tsk-tsk emails about how big media organizations and others are misleading the public on a rather light exchange between Senators Kent Conrad and Chuck Grassley …
Discussion: Hot Air and Democracy in America
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Touting Her Currency Conspiracy, Bachmann Insists: ‘This Is Not Michele Bachmann Being A Kook’  —  Earlier this week, right-wing fanatic Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) started peddling false conspiracy theories that the world was moving toward a unified global currency — and that the U.S. might join …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Bachmann and Beck Double-Down on Currency Conspiracy Theory  —  Michele Bachmann was recently on Glenn Beck's radio show, so that two of the right-wing's most prominent nutters could talk, inaccurately, about currency issues: … Here, for once, Beck is on the money.
Discussion: Alas, a blog
David Corn / MoJo Blog Posts: mojo:
Holbrooke Calls for “Complete Rethink” of Drugs in Afghanistan  —  This morning, after President Barack Obama unveiled his new Afghanistan policy, three senior administration officials held an on-the-record (but no cameras) briefing for White House reporters.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Daily Dish
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Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
Kansas doctor acquitted in late-term abortion case  —  Dr. George Tiller was charged with violating a Kansas law that requires an independent second opinion on late-term abortions.  A six-person jury found Tiller not guilty on all 19 counts.  —  Reporting from Wichita …
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Associated Press:
Jury Finds Kan. Doctor Not Guilty in Abortion Case  —  WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — One of the nation's few late-term abortion providers was acquitted Friday of misdemeanor charges stemming from procedures he performed, but moments after the verdict was announced the state's medical board announced …
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
BREAKING: UPS Announces It Will Stop Advertising On Bill O'Reilly's Show  —  In response to our Stop Supporting The O'Reilly Harassment Machine campaign, UPS told us yesterday that it was investigating whether to continue supporting O'Reilly's show.  “We are sensitive to the type …
Lois Romano / Washington Post:
Transcript of Interview With White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs  —  Welcome to Voices Of Power, we are here at the White House with Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.  Thank you for joining us Robert.  —  MR. GIBBS: How are you?  —  MS. ROMANO: I'm good.  And we are delighted that you can join our series Voice of Power.
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Jamison Foser / Media Matters:
Gibbs ridicules media's teleprompter obsession  —  Washington Post reporter Lois Romano interviews White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs:
Discussion: Eschaton
The Smoking Gun:
ShamWow Guy In Slap, Chop Bust  —  TV pitchman battered hooker in South Beach hotel room brawl  —  Meet Vince Shlomi.  He's probably better known to you as the ShamWow Guy, the ubiquitous television pitchman who has been phenomenally successful peddling absorbent towels and food choppers.
New York Post:
‘FAST’ FLARE-UP RATTLES CNBC  —  THERE was high drama at CNBC yesterday as “Fast Money” anchor Dylan Ratigan quit — sources say today will be his last day on-air — and an insider is blaming his battles with network big Susan Krakower.  —  Krakower — the VP for strategic programming …
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
Conservatives embrace the Snuggie  —  “Never let it be said that conservatives and libertarians have no sense of humor,” says Americans for Tax Reform's Derek Hunter, who's been doing his best to photograph fellow conservatives sporting the trend of the moment: the Snuggie.
Lionel / The Huffington Post:
God Bless Bill Maher  —  And now, the award for best critical thinking by a television news commentator.  The nominees are (Drumroll): Bill Maher . . . and that's the only nominee.  He wins.  —  I watched Mr. Maher this weekend (March 20) on HBO's “Real Time with Bill Maher.”
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Michael Yon:
Obama on Afghanistan: Disappointing  —  27 March 2009  —  President Obama has just spoken on AfPak.  I closed my eyes and listened closely to his words, coming via the BBC from the other side of the world.  —  The President's words were disappointing.  He talked about our goal to reach …
Irene Jay Liu / Capitol Confidential:
Sundwall endorses Murphy  —  Libertarian congressional candidate Eric Sundwall has endorsed Democrat Scott Murphy.  —  In a letter to supporters posted on his campaign website, Sundwall writes, in part:  —  Faced with the prospect of spending much of the rest of campaign on the witness stand …
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Jeremy P. Jacobs / The Hill:
Dems' internal poll shows edge in N.Y. race
Jason Noble / Kansas City Star:
Missouri Highway Patrol retracts controversial report on militia activity  —  The Missouri Highway Patrol this week retracted a controversial report on militia activity and will change how such reports are reviewed before being distributed to law enforcement agencies.
David W. Dunlap / City Room:
The ‘Freedom Tower’ Name Roars Back  —  For more than a year, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey had been quietly backing away from the name “Freedom Tower” for 1 World Trade Center, not so much eliminating the coinage (by Gov. George E. Pataki) as lowering its profile.
Byron York / www.washingtonexaminer.com:
On Spending and the Deficit, McCain Was Right  —  Barack Obama used to get very upset about federal budget deficits.  Denouncing an “orgy of spending and enormous deficits,” he turned to John McCain during their presidential debates last fall and said, “We have had, over the last eight years …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE RNC POLLS ITS SUPPORTERS.... The Republican National Committee emailed a survey to its supporters this morning.  The questions are broken up into two categories: “Domestic and Social Issues” and “Homeland Security and Defense Issues.”  —  Of course, the wording a survey uses can have some influence on the results.
Discussion: Wonkette and Balloon Juice
Fox News:
Brazilian President Says Credit Crisis Caused by ‘White People With Blue Eyes’  —  Brazil's President, while meeting with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown Thursday, said the global financial crisis was caused by “white people with blue eyes.”  —  Luiz Inacio Lula da Silvamade made the comments …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and BeltwayBlips
James Kwak / The Baseline Scenario:
Big and Small  —  Yesterday, Treasury Secretary Geithner presented an outline of his approach to regulating the financial system.  The four pillars of that approach seem to be:  — Increased power and regulatory centralization to deal with the problem of systemic risk
J. Justin Wilson / LaborPains.org:
“How do you spell hypocrisy?  S.E.I.U.”  —  “How do you spell hypocrisy?  SEIU!”  —  That was the chant today in front of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).  The SEIU “broke their union contract,” and laid off 75 unionized staff members.  Those workers picketed the union today …
Michael J. Totten:
Baghdad in Fragments  —  Many third world cities look better at night than during the day.  Darkness hides shabbiness.  You have to imagine what the city actually looks like.  If you live in a first world city yourself, you might fill in the blanks with what you're familiar with.
Discussion: Pajamas Media and The Daily Dish
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Why Not Arbitrary Limits on Executive Pay?  —  Josh Marshall, in the course of making rather a different point, says: … Some people, as I understand it, just don't think inequality is a problem.  But for the egalitarians among us, I've never really understood the view that obscene executive compensation …
Discussion: Reason and Angry Bear
Wall Street Journal:
National Health Preview  —  The Massachusetts debacle, coming soon to your neighborhood.  —  Praise Mitt Romney.  Three years ago, the former Massachusetts Governor had the inadvertent good sense to create the “universal” health-care program that the White House and Congress now want to inflict on the entire country.
Discussion: NCPA and Cato @ Liberty
 
 
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Minneapolis Star Tribune:
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Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
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Ruben Navarrette Jr / CNN:
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