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New York Times:
Obama's Announcement on the Auto Industry  —  Following are President Obama's remarks, as provided by the White House.  —  Good morning, everybody.  —  One of the challenges we've confronted from the beginning of this administration is what to do with the state of the struggling auto industry.
Michelle Malkin:
Here we go again; Update: The auto repairman-in-chief speaks  —  Scroll for updates...  Photoshop credit: George of Elegant Memories  —  The Obama administration is swaggering over its firing of GM CEO Richard Wagoner and its demand for more restructuring concessions from GM and Chrysler before they dole out more money.
Henry Pulizzi / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Outlines GM, Chrysler Plans  —  WASHINGTON—Warning that they can't depend on unending taxpayer dollars, President Barack Obama on Monday gave General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC a brief window to craft plans that would justify fresh government loans.
Kevin G. Hall / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Feds declare GM, Chrysler not viable, refuse more aid  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday will reject requests for almost $22 billion in new taxpayer bailout money for General Motors Corp. and Chrysler, saying the car makers have failed to take steps to ensure their viability.
Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
Obama Says No to More Auto Industry Bailout Money
Discussion: Bloomberg
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Why the Democrats Can't Govern  —  Look who's killing Obama's agenda now.  —  The last Democrat who held the White House, Bill Clinton, saw the core of his domestic agenda come to ruin, his political support collapse, and his failure spawn a massive Republican resurgence that made progressive reform impossible for a decade to come.
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Chris Bowers / Open Left:   Why No One Believes What Democrats Say  —  Quite a few bloggers …
New York Times:
Fox News's Mad, Apocalyptic, Tearful Rising Star  —  “You are not alone,” Glenn Beck likes to say.  For the disaffected and aggrieved Americans of the Obama era, he could not have picked a better rallying cry.  —  Mr. Beck, an early-evening host on the Fox News Channel …
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Online, Vox Populi Can Roar
Marisa Guthrie / Broadcasting & Cable:
O'Reilly: We Want Obama to Succeed
Discussion: Think Progress and The Plum Line
Henry Blodget / Clusterstock:
Rick Wagoner Goes But Ken Lewis Stays?  —  We agree that GM CEO Rick Wagoner should have been sacked.  He had eight years to turn General Motors around.  Instead, he presided over a collapse of market share, stock price, and, ultimately, a 100-year old organization.
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media.gm.com:
GM Message From Rick Wagoner
Discussion: The Swamp, Financial Times and TIME.com
Michael Kranish / Boston Globe:
Pension insurer shifted to stocks  —  Concern increases as losses mount; Failing plans could overwhelm agency  —  WASHINGTON - Just months before the start of last year's stock market collapse, the federal agency that insures the retirement funds of 44 million Americans departed …
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David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Buy High, Sell Low
Discussion: Raw Story
Erica Orden / New York Magazine:
Home Decorating With the Obamas  —  At a time when people are having trouble holding on to their houses, Barack and Michelle Obama have sensibly decided not to use taxpayers' money to renovate theirs.  New presidents are allotted $100,000 to overhaul the White House residence and the Oval Office …
Jennifer Haberkorn / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: AIG chiefs pressed to donate to Dodd  —  $160,000 streamed in as senator gained power on banking committee  —  As Democrats prepared to take control of Congress after the 2006 elections, a top boss at the insurance giant American International Group Inc. told colleagues …
David Horowitz / Front Page Magazine:
Obama Derangement Syndrome  —  I have been watching an interesting phenomenon on the Right, which is beginning to cause me concern.  I am referring to the over-the-top hysteria in response to the first months in office of our new president, which distinctly reminds me of the “Bush Is Hitler” crowd on the Left.
Discussion: pw and Little Green Footballs
Manu Raju / The Politico:
In Minnesota, it's still November  —  Texas Sen. John Cornyn is threatening “World War III” if Democrats try to seat Al Franken in the Senate before Norm Coleman can pursue his case through the federal courts.  —  Cornyn, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee …
New York Times:
Star Lobbyist Closes Shop Amid F.B.I. Inquiry  —  WASHINGTON — For most of the last three decades, the lobbyist Paul Magliocchetti might have been mistaken for an owner of the Alpine, a wood-paneled Italian restaurant across the Potomac River from Washington where he routinely presided …
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
Exclusive: AIG Was Responsible For The Banks' January & February Profitability  —  Zero Hedge is rarely speechless, but after receiving this email from a correlation desk trader, we simply had to hold a moment of silence for the phenomenal scam that continues unabated in the financial markets …
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Andrew Breitbart Shows Why He's Becoming One of the Most Important Columnists in America Today  —  Ace of Spades was the first to call my attention to the pervasiveness of Obama's Astroturf blog-troll army.  They seemed to start showing up in July, and by September they were ubiquitous.
Simon Johnson / The Baseline Scenario:
Obama Against The Odds  —  The G20 summit is headed for disaster.  The Europeans have circled their wagons and determined that no sensible policy proposal shall pass.  The background briefings indicate (a) the US has given up on global fiscal stimulus ("declare victory and retreat" …
Susan Saulny / New York Times:
Banks Starting to Walk Away on Foreclosures  —  SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Mercy James thought she had lost her rental property here to foreclosure.  A date for a sheriff's sale had been set, and notices about the foreclosure process were piling up in her mailbox.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Should My Blog Word Count Be Restricted?  —  The other day I was musing about the possibility of a 95 percent tax on earnings over $10 million, which prompted this piece of correspondence from reader J: … Personally, I would love a legal cap on the number of words a blogger is allowed to produce per day.
Boston Globe:
Success and security in Afghanistan  —  NUMBERS ARE antiseptic in war - it is anecdotes that tell the story.  In Afghanistan, one vital part of that story is the brutality and depravity of our enemy.  In a recent opinion piece in The New York Times, Afghanistan veteran Lieutenant Kristen Rouse notes …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Kathleen Gray / Detroit Free Press:
Hoekstra enters race for Michigan governor  —  With a catch phrase of “Michigan's Future Begins with Us,” U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra kicked off his campaign for governor in Detroit this morning.  —  “We need to begin the process of rebuilding a strong Michigan,” said Hoekstra, 55 …
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
Russia backs return to Gold Standard to solve financial crisis  —  Russia has become the first major country to call for a partial restoration of the Gold Standard to uphold discipline in the world financial system.  —  Arkady Dvorkevich, the Kremlin's chief economic adviser …
Discussion: At-Largely
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
White House Cheat Sheet: Obama Plays Hardball on Autos  —  The Obama administration's ouster of General Motors Chairman Richard Wagoner coupled with its decision to reject viability plans offered by GM and Chrysler represent a hard line stance toward dedicating government resources to a pillar of the American economy.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
America the Tarnished  —  Ten years ago the cover of Time magazine featured Robert Rubin, then Treasury secretary, Alan Greenspan, then chairman of the Federal Reserve, and Lawrence Summers, then deputy Treasury secretary.  Time dubbed the three “the committee to save the world,” …
Adele Stan / The Huffington Post:
O'Reilly and Barbara Walters: A Very Limited View  —  One would think that with four women co-hosts, Bill O'Reilly would have been put to the test in today's appearance on “The View” (ABC), given his producer's stalking of blogger Amanda Terkel and the uproar that has followed.
JCWhite / What IS Right for Virginia:
Embryonic Stem Cell Research “It's a Quality of life issue”  —  If you have ever watched a loved one suffer from a debilitating disease, knowing that embryonic stem-cell research can be the fast track to a cure, anything that blocks that research has to seem like pure evil.
 
 
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