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12:35 PM ET, March 2, 2009


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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Pelosi's list: Who's on her bad side?  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  Nancy Pelosi likes to keep lists.  —  As a young political protégé of her father, Baltimore Mayor Tommy D'Alesandro, the preteen speaker-to-be would spend hours leafing through …
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
RNC Chair Michael Steele on Limbaugh: 'Yes, it's incendiary.  Yes, it's ugly.'  —  Last night, RNC Chairman Michael Steele appeared on D.L. Hughley's show on CNN and disputed Hughley's statement that Rush Limbaugh “is the de facto leader of the Republican Party.”  “I'm the de facto leader of the Republican Party!”
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Emanuel says Limbaugh GOP leader, Cantor rejects ‘fail’ remark  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel said Sunday that Rush Limbaugh is the face of the GOP.  —  “He is the voice and the intellectual force and energy behind the Republican party …
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
Obama will sign spending bill despite earmarks
New York Times:
U.S. Is Said to Offer Another $30 Billion in Funds to A.I.G.
Henry Blodget / The Business Insider:
Feds Throwing Another $30 Billion Into AIG Black Hole
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Monica Davey / New York Times:
A Line Forms to Succeed Burris  —  CHICAGO — As Roland W. Burris, the junior senator from Illinois, took his first turn presiding over the Senate last week, hired staff members to fill his Washington office and announced co-sponsorship of a measure commemorating the role of slaves in building the Capitol …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Burris launches re-election site
Discussion: Democracy in America
Jose Antonio Vargas / Washington Post:
Web-Savvy Obama Team Hits Unexpected Bumps  —  Issues of Technology, Security and Privacy Slow the New Administration's Effort to Foster Instant Communication  —  The team that ran the most technologically advanced presidential campaign in modern history is finding it difficult to adapt that model to government.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Budget gamble: Why Obama went big
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Revenge of the Glut  —  Remember the good old days, when we used to talk about the “subprime crisis” — and some even thought that this crisis could be “contained”?  Oh, the nostalgia!  —  Today we know that subprime lending was only a small fraction of the problem.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Covering Obama, Pushy Jake Tapper Presses His Points  —  One year after joining ABC News, Jake Tapper kept pushing his bosses — “annoyingly, irritatingly, incessantly,” he says — to let him cover the unfolding 2004 presidential campaign.  —  “I might not have been ready,” he admits now.
Jim McElhatton / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Hatch's secret drug firm links  —  Drugmaker money to Utah senator's charity escaped disclosure  —  The pharmaceutical industry that long has benefited from Sen. Orrin G. Hatch's legislative efforts has directed large sums of money to a charity he helped found …
David Charter / Times of London:
New ‘Iron Curtain’ will split EU's rich and poor  —  Eastern European countries gave an apocalyptic warning yesterday of hordes of unemployed workers heading west as a new Iron Curtain divides rich from poor inside Europe.  —  Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall …
Clifford J. Levy / New York Times:   Ukraine Teeters as Citizens Blame Banks and Government
Jen DiMascio / The Politico:
Obama faces test on gay military ban  —  It is precisely the sort of knife fight no president wants to get into, especially in his first 100 days.  But it seems that President Barack Obama is about to get dragged down the same dark alley as Bill Clinton when he was forced to confront …
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
AP Newsbreak: CIA destroyed 92 interrogation tapes  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — New documents show the CIA destroyed nearly 100 tapes of terror interrogations, far more than has previously been acknowledged.  —  The revelation Monday comes as a criminal prosecutor is wrapping up his investigation in the matter.
Discussion: ACLU, Think Progress and The Daily Dish
Emily Friedman / ABCNEWS:
Upper-Income Taxpayers Look for Ways to Sidestep Obama Tax-Hike Plan  —  President Would Slap More Taxes on Those Who Make Over $250K to Fund Health Care  —  President Barack Obama's tax proposal - which promises to increase taxes for those families with incomes of $250,000 or more …
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty
Anne Bayefsky / Forbes:
The Obama Administration Double-Deals On Israel  —  Anti-Semitism, ‘Islamophobia,’ Durban II and the U.N.  —  Barack Obama just added double-dealing to his foreign policy repertoire.  On Friday, administration officials led many Jewish leaders to believe that the president had decided …
Maureen O'Donnell / Chicago Sun Times:
Pastors rally behind Burris  —  Sen. Roland Burris went to his base Sunday with an appearance at a black church.  —  He arrived at New Covenant Baptist Church in a flying wedge of supporters and avoided reporters by leaving through a side door.  —  Ministers gathered at the church …
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Repudiating Bush  —  From his inauguration address forward, President Obama hasn't pulled any punches in criticizing the record of his predecessor, George W. Bush.  In that process—which reached a new peak with the release of the administration's budget plan last Thursday …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Iran, the Jews and Germany  —  So a Jerusalem Post article says that I'm “hardly the first American to be misled by the existence of synagogues in totalitarian countries.”  —  The Atlantic Monthly's Jeffrey Goldberg finds me “particularly credulous,” taken in by the Iranian hospitality and friendliness that …
James Baker / Financial Times:
How Washington can prevent ‘zombie banks’  —  Beginning in 1990, Japan suffered a collapse in real estate and stock market prices that pushed major banks into insolvency.  Rather than follow America's tough recommendation - and close or recapitalise these banks - Japan took an easier approach.
Michelle Singletary / Washington Post:
Hey, Bailout Snivelers: Hush.  You Don't Need It.  —  In his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Obama declared that he was going to “speak frankly and directly.”  —  That's what I want to do as well.  I want to speak frankly and directly to the many people who have written …
Discussion: and Cafe Hayek
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Washington Post:
‘Potential’ Disruption?  —  REP. DAVID R. Obey (Wis.) …
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty and Betsy's Page
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Proposition 8 Goes Back to Court
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Copyright Holders Challenge Sites That Excerpt
Discussion: Green Sheet
Kriston Capps / DCist:
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Brownback backs Sebelius
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