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7:20 AM ET, March 6, 2009


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Washington Post:
Gupta Steps Aside  —  Updated 7: 24 p.m.  —  Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, has told network officials will not leave his television career to become the U.S. Surgeon General, according to sources familiar with his decision.  —  Gupta, who had been described …
Washington Post:
CNN's Gupta Decides Against Surgeon General Position, Cites ‘Timing’  —  Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, said last night that he will not leave his television career to become the U.S. surgeon general and urged whoever gets the job to raise its profile as the nation grapples with how to reform health care.
Discussion: CNN, New York Times and Swampland
Kate Barrett / ABCNEWS:
Dr. Gupta Withdraws Name for Surgeon General
Discussion: Hot Air and Instapundit
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Gupta withdraws surgeon general bid
Discussion: Daily Kos and Say Anything
David Brooks / New York Times:
When Obamatons Respond  —  On Tuesday, I wrote that the Obama budget is a liberal, big government document that should make moderates nervous.  The column generated a large positive response from moderate Obama supporters who are anxious about where the administration is headed.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
GOP Fights Back Over Criticism of Limbaugh  —  White House Is Accused Of Cynicism, Hypocrisy  —  By one measure, Rush Limbaugh is a clear winner this week: His ratings have nearly doubled since his feud with the White House burst into the media limelight.  —  But the Obama administration's strategy …
Discussion: Daily Pundit and Capitol Briefing
Deborah Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
Top Treasury Candidates Pull Out  —  Nazareth, Atkinson Decline to Endure Vetting Process, Adding to Geithner's Strain  —  WASHINGTON — Two candidates for top jobs at the Treasury have withdrawn their names from consideration, complicating already troubled efforts by Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner …
Discussion: The Other McCain and Clusterstock
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Bill Seeks $500 Billion for FDIC Fund  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd is moving to allow the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. to temporarily borrow as much as $500 billion from the Treasury Department.  —  The Connecticut Democrat's effort …
Daniel Wagner / Associated Press:
Treasury secretary's choice for deputy withdraws
Discussion: Time and Michelle Malkin
Elliot Blair Smith / Bloomberg:
Bank Charges May Surge as Mortgages Marked to Market  —  Patricia Greenberg's townhouse in Irvine, California, was losing about $10,000 a month in value when she received a letter in February 2008 that looked too good to be true: An investor was offering to cut her $472,000 mortgage by 26 percent and her monthly payment by a third.
Hilzoy / Washington Monthly:
One In Eight
Discussion: Angry Bear
Amy Hoak / Wall Street Journal:   Delinquent Mortgages Hit Record Level
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Big Dither  —  Last month, in his big speech to Congress, President Obama argued for bold steps to fix America's dysfunctional banks.  “While the cost of action will be great,” he declared, “I can assure you that the cost of inaction will be far greater, for it could result in an economy …
Los Angeles Times:
California Supreme Court signals mixed response to Proposition 8  —  As foes and supporters of the gay-marriage ban argue before the court, the justices appear ready to uphold the ban, but they also sound reluctant to invalidate same-sex marriages already performed.
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Toomey to challenge Specter again  —  Former Rep. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) will challenge Sen. Arlen Specter in a primary for the second straight cycle, according to Pennsylvania GOP sources.  —  The Allentown Morning Call reported Thursday that two friends of Toomey's have said the Club for Growth chief has decided to enter the race.
Josh Drobnyk / Pennsylvania Ave.:
Toomey tells friends Senate run is on
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
PLEASE GROW UP  —  There's often a lot of game-playing in getting appointees approved by the senate.  But this requires more attention.  The senate Republicans are refusing to give a vote to two of President Obama's key (hopefully soon to be) economic advisors — Austan Goolsbee and Cecilia Rouse.
Trish G. Graber / New Jersey Online:
Christie has the poll position in governor's race  —  —  TRENTON - Gov. Jon S. Corzine could face a tough re-election bid, according to the results of a new poll showing his approval ratings slipping and the Democrat trailing his likely Republican challenger.
Discussion: TigerHawk
Think Progress:
Bachmann: GOP Must ‘Do Everything We Can To Thwart’ Obama From Securing ‘A Power Base...For All Time’  —  Conservative talker Bill Bennett interviewed Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) on his radio show this morning.  During the interview, Bennett asked, “Why [is Obama siding] …
Discussion: PoliGazette, TPMDC, Salon and Pharyngula
Peter Beaumont / Guardian:
Report condemns Afghan coalition  —  • Leaked analysis condemns US for lack of co-operation  —  • Senior officers' criticisms also cover Iraq campaign  —  A highly critical analysis of the US-led coalition's counterinsurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan has raised serious questions …
Discussion: MyDD and Informed Comment
Thanks to All of Our Defenders  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: Rush Limbaugh, on a roll.  The Last Man Standing.  Defending conservatism against the onslaught — happily, by the way.  —  I want to take a moment here and thank some people who this week have come to my defense …
Discussion: Power Line and The Other McCain
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama's safety net: the TelePrompter  —  President Barack Obama doesn't go anywhere without his TelePrompter.  —  The textbook-sized panes of glass holding the president's prepared remarks follow him wherever he speaks.  —  Resting on top of a tall, narrow pole, they flank his podium during speeches …
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Republicans Look for a Reliever in Kentucky  —  WASHINGTON — One of the entrenched narratives in American politics is the case of the guy who refuses to quit, even though a lot of people on his own team want him gone.  —  While the Democrats are preoccupied with Senator Roland W. Burris …
Gary Duffy / BBC:
Rape row sparks excommunications  —  A Brazilian archbishop says all those who helped a child rape victim secure an abortion are to be excommunicated from the Catholic Church.  —  The girl, aged nine, who lives in the north-eastern state of Pernambuco, became pregnant with twins.
Discussion: PoliGazette and Associated Press
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Defense Contractors Gird for Fight  —  The F-22 Raptor is produced by Lockheed Martin, the largest American defense contractor.  (U.S. Air Force photo)  —  With President Obama's announcement Wednesday that he intends to attack wasteful Pentagon spending, one of the most powerful …
Discussion: D-Day, ATTACKERMAN and Danger Room
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Military-Industrial Complex Planning to Use Taxpayer Dollars to Lobby for Waste
Discussion: Will Wilkinson
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Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
Big risks for the insurer of last resort
Discussion: naked capitalism
Janet I. Tu / Seattle Times:
State's hospitals formulate assisted-suicide plan
Associated Press:
Pig-odor study is not pork, Iowans say
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Judge: Will Obama defend Yoo?
Washington Post:
OUTSPOKEN: A Conversation With James K. Glassman
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
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Pam Benson / CNN:
Senate panel probes CIA interrogations
Discussion: At-Largely
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LA-Sen: Big Trouble For Diaper Dave
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Obama Preferred Over Reagan — In Fox News Poll
Discussion: The Impolitic and The Plum Line