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2:50 PM ET, March 12, 2007


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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
NEOLIBERALISM, R.I.P.:  —  So is neo-liberalism really dead, as David Brooks suggested in his column on Sunday?  Insofar as he's referring to the very specific sensibility that grew out of the Washington Monthly and, later, the pages of this magazine, I think he's right.
Matthew Yglesias:
Neoliberalism and Its Discontents  —  While agreeing with much of what Ezra Klein and Ben Adler have to say about the declining fortunes of neoliberal punditry, I think they're both far too harsh in their assessment.  —  The neoliberal school of thought has and had significant failings.
Discussion: TAPPED and Eschaton
Ezra Klein / TAPPED:   NEOLIBERALISM.  I want to amplify a point Badler made on David …
Omaha World-Herald:
Hagel won't announce political plans until later this year  —  After months of buildup, Sen. Chuck Hagel stopped short of a presidential campaign Monday, saying he wants to keep his options open until later this year.  —  Instead, the Nebraska Republican will begin actively raising money …
Secular Coalition for America:
Congressman Holds No God-Belief  —  Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) is first Congress member in history to acknowledge his nontheism  —  Contact: Lori Lipman Brown, (202) 299-1091  —  There is only one member of Congress who is on record as not holding a god-belief.
CNN RELIABLE SOURCES  —  Interview With Bob Woodruff; Rick Kaplan Appointed 'CBS Evening News' Producer  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  HOWARD KURTZ, HOST (voice over): Cheating death.  ABC's Bob Woodruff talks about why he risked …
Discussion: CBS News
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
Weak Lead-In Programming Takes a Toll on the News Ratings
Discussion: CBS News
Opinion Journal:
Meltdown at Justice  —  Incompetence is compromising presidential power.  —  Just when President Bush seemed to have beaten back the Congressional defeatists on Iraq, along comes his own Justice Department to undermine some hard-won antiterror policy gains.
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
On Screens Soon, Abused Earth Gets Its Revenge  —  Tired of abuse by mankind, the earth is angry.  Worse, the planet is out to even the score.  —  Audiences can expect a story along those lines when M. Night Shyamalan's film "The Happening" reaches screens in the next year.
Washington Post:
A Balance for Labor  —  THE HOUSE has passed organized labor's top legislative priority, a measure that would make it far easier for unions to organize: They could get a majority of workers to sign cards rather than having to win a contested election.  The proposal's prospects of getting past …
AFL-CIO bullying Colorado on Dems' 2008 convention
Discussion: Power Line and Betsy's Page
Tapscott's Copy Desk  —  ‹‹ More From this Blog … When I heard last week from Hill sources that the White House congressional liason staff was pressuring OMB Director Rob Portman to not release all of the earmarks requested by Members of Congress to executive agencies under …
Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
Berger & Libby: A Tale of Two Crimes  —  "History will be kind to me," Winston Churchill once said, "for I intend to write it."  —  Indeed, he did.  His multiple-volume histories of the two world wars are still widely read, though discounted by professional historians as incomplete and in some ways misleading.
Los Angeles Times:
Fallback strategy for Iraq: Train locals, draw down forces  —  If the current 'surge' fails, planners suggest relying on advisors as the U.S. did in El Salvador in the 1980s.  —  WASHINGTON — American military planners have begun plotting a fallback strategy for Iraq that includes …
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Businesses Prepare to Mount a Concerted Attack on Regulation  —  Call it the end of the post-Enron era.  —  A major anti-regulatory offensive culminates this week with a one-two punch thrown by Washington and Wall Street's most moneyed institutions, as the Treasury Department convenes …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Early Primary Rush Upends '08 Campaign Plans  —  The trickle of states moving their 2008 presidential primaries to Feb. 5 has turned into an avalanche, forcing all the presidential campaigns to reconsider every aspect of their nominating strategy — where to compete, how to spend money …
Inside Higher Ed:
Would U.S. News Make Up Fake Data?  —  It's not unusual for college presidents to complain about U.S. News rankings (at least out of the earshot of U.S. News editors).  But on Sunday, the president of Sarah Lawrence College publicly charged that the magazine is preparing to publish made up, false data about her institution.
Discussion: The Corner, Romenesko and FishBowlDC
Tyler Cowen / Cato Unbound:
The Paradox of Libertarianism  —  Yes: Bigger government.  —  But no, that isn't as bad as it might sound to many Cato readers.  —  I see a few major policy achievements in a libertarian direction.  In the United States inflation has come down from unacceptable levels in the 1970s to an eminently livable situation.
Associated Press:
Lake Jackson's Rep. Paul to make White House bid  —  HOUSTON — U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, a fierce critic of the Iraq war, formally will declare his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination Monday when he appears as a guest on a C-SPAN call-in program.
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Lydia Saad / Gallup Poll:
To Americans, the Risks of Global Warming Are Not Imminent
Discussion: Think Progress
Atrios / Eschaton:
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Anthony Shadid / Washington Post:
The Bookseller's Story, Ending Much Too Soon
Robert A. Levy / Washington Post:
A Victory for Self-Defense  —  In the D.C. Gun Law Case …
Discussion: Norwegianity
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
A Wrangle After Democrats Shun Fox as Debate Platform
Opinion Journal:
Kerry's Swift Retribution
New York Times:
For War's Gravely Injured, Challenge to Find Care
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Doug Elfman / Chicago Sun Times:
Self-proclaimed hustler Eddie Izzard wants to serve dinner, not dessert
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Brian Williams, Anchoring and Hunkering in Iraq
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Terrorists Proving Harder to Profile
Sebastian Rotella / Los Angeles Times:
France's Chirac bows out, and the race is on
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
March Madness  —  Public-sector lobbyists lavish gifts on congressmen and their staffers.
Discussion: QandO, EconLog and Cato-at-liberty
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Obama, Clinton Sparring Early
Los Angeles Times:
Conservatives balk over Giuliani's judges
S.A. Miller / Washington Times:
CAIR OK'd to meet in Capitol