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1:45 PM ET, March 28, 2009

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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Obama order worries speech groups  —  Free speech advocates from across the political spectrum are accusing President Barack Obama of impinging on First Amendment rights and are gearing up to take their case public.  —  At issue is an unprecedented directive that Obama …
Discussion: Lean Left and Hot Air
Leora Broydo Vestel / New York Times:
Do New Bulbs Save Energy if They Don't Work?  —  SAN FRANCISCO — It sounds like such a simple thing to do: buy some new light bulbs, screw them in, save the planet.  —  But a lot of people these days are finding the new compact fluorescent bulbs anything but simple.
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Weeks of Obama's budget sales pitch and support still slips  —  Now, we know why the White House laid on the immense trans-continental public relations offensive over its immense budget these past two-to-three weeks.  —  The Gallup Poll did another one this week on President Obama's $3,550,000,000,000 budget …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama: ‘Proof of pudding in the eating’  —  President Barack Obama tackled two of the most difficult fronts his administration faces this week, authorizing a significant increase in the U.S. miliitary deployment to Afghanistan and confronting the leaders of the nation's largest banks behind closed doors at the White House.
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Michelle Levi / CBS News:
President Obama"s Face The Nation Interview
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Mark Hughes Crime / The Independent:
Police identify 200 children as potential terrorists  —  Drastic new tactics to prevent school pupils as young as 13 falling into extremism  —  Two hundred schoolchildren in Britain, some as young as 13, have been identified as potential terrorists by a police scheme that aims to spot youngsters who are …
Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
Obama Town Hall Questioners Were Campaign Backers  —  President Obama has promised to change the way the government does business, but in at least one respect he is taking a page from the Bush playbook, stocking his town hall Thursday with supporters whose soft — though far from planted …
Discussion: Moe Lane and 24Ahead
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
In Texas Case, Showdown on Voting Rights  —  In Texas Case, a Divide Over How Far Minorities Have Come  —  Don Zimmerman in front of Jack Steuber's garage — where voting was originally held.  —  AUSTIN, Texas — Don Zimmerman got elected to the local utility board in 2002.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Building Good Roads  —  One problem in our transportation policy is that funding is unduly weighted to spending money on roads rather than spending money on mass transit.  Another problem in our transportation policy is that funding is unduly weighted to building new roads rather than to doing …
Discussion: Streetsblog and Eschaton
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Not Like We Didn't See this Coming  —  The Economist, which endorsed Barack Obama for president, is not pleased.  Empathizing with Hillary Clinton's warning that “the Oval Office is no place for on-the-job-training,” they conclude that his “performance has been weaker than those who endorsed his candidacy …
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette and GayPatriot
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Jodi Kantor / New York Times:
Obama's Man on the Budget: Just 40 and Going Like 60  —  WASHINGTON — At 6 in the morning, Peter R. Orszag is racing: across wet pavement for a 35-minute run, into a shower and a suit, and through a living room that looks rather like an office, the walls painted presidential gold and hung with pictures of federal monuments.
Louise Story / New York Times:
Goldman Bailed Out 2 Executives  —  The financial giant Goldman Sachs spent tens of millions of dollars to bail out two senior executives last fall who were short on cash, according to the bank's proxy statement filed on Friday.  —  In an unusual move, Goldman bought back stakes …
Discussion: Clusterstock
NY Daily News:
Van crashes in Midtown; kills pregnant woman  —  A 29-year-old pregnant woman was killed Friday in Manhattan when a van driver who was catcalling her and a co-worker lost control and plowed into them, police sources and witnesses said.  —  The 2-ton van jumped the curb on E. 37th St. in midtown …
Local & Florida:
Cape “tea party” canceled; City fears too many attendees  —  CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A tea party to protest government spending and taxing is canceled.  Canceled by the government.  —  Why?  They feel too many people could show-up.  —  Lynn Rosko planned to hold a tax payer tea party at Jaycee Park in Cape Coral on April 1st.
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Bloomberg:
Bank Executives May Keep TARP Funds After Meeting With Obama  —  Bank executives indicated they are willing to hold onto U.S. government aid to help stabilize the financial system and pull the economy out of recession.  —  Thirteen chief executive officers of the nation's biggest financial institutions met …
Todd Beeton / MyDD:
Reid To Cave To Bayh On Cram-Down?  —  Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed cram-down legislation designed to allow judges to write down the principal and interest on some mortgages to allow homeowners to stay in their homes, a goal that is a central pillar of President Obama's housing legislation.
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Michael Graham / The Natural Truth:
We Did It!  —  The good guys win!  Ayers is out!
Reuel Marc Gerecht / Weekly Standard:
The Return of Weakness  —  President Obama means well.  Iran doesn't.
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