John Boehner / Washington Post:
Democrats' Diversionary Tactics — In the first two months of 2009, the Democratic Congress and the White House have spent more money than the combined cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and the response to Hurricane Katrina. After they doled out taxpayer dollars at such a blistering pace …
Discussion: The Hill's Blog Briefing Room, The Politico, Swampland, The Corner, The Plum Line and Bob Cesca's Awesome Blog!
Jeremy P. Jacobs / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room: Boehner strikes back at Dems for political ‘sideshow’
Ben Smith / The Politico: Cornyn: Limbaugh attack an ‘outrage’
Jay Newton-Small / Swampland: Wanted: A Villain to Play the Foil to Obama's Hero
Rich Lowry / The Corner: A Little Perspective, Please
Obama surprises daughters with new swing set — WASHINGTON (AP) — First daughters Malia and Sasha Obama got a big surprise after school Wednesday: a brand-new swing set. — They squealed with delight upon seeing it, a spokeswoman for the first lady said.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice, Associated Press, TIME.com and Agence France Presse
Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice: White House in the Swing of Things
Darlene Superville / Associated Press: Obama wants Congress to help him reduce spending
Stephen Collinson / Agence France Presse: Britain's Brown to take stage in US Congress
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Boehner now directly attacking Obama
Boehner now directly attacking Obama
Discussion: Daily Kos
Barbara Morrill aka BarbinMD / Daily Kos: The Official GOP Talking Points On Limbaugh
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Freeman NOW Gets Vetted? — Eli Lake reports that Chas Freeman is indeed to be investigated by the Inspector General. At issue are his ties the to China National Offshore Oil Corp, in which the Chinese government has a majority stake, and his role as president of the Middle East Policy Council (MEPC), which is in part Saudi-funded.
Discussion: The Hill's Blog Briefing Room
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room: contentions — The investigation of Obama intelligence nominee …
Eli Lake / Washington Times:
Foreign ties of nominee questioned — Post handles classified data — An independent inspector general will look into the foreign financial ties of Chas W. Freeman Jr., the Obama administration's pick to serve as chairman of the group that prepares the U.S. intelligence community's …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias, Weekly Standard, The New Republic, Israel Matzav and Sister Toldjah
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias: An IG for Chas Freeman
John McCormack / Weekly Standard: Is Obama in Control of His Own Administration?
James Kirchick / The New Republic: Freeman Not Yet a Done Deal
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
For Young President, Flecks of Gray — WASHINGTON — Well, that didn't take long. Just 44 days into the job, and President Obama is going gray. — It happens to all of them, of course — Bill Clinton still had about half a head of brown hair when he took office but was a silver fox two years later …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway, Althouse, Washington Post, Comment Central, PoliGazette and D-Day
Ann Althouse / Althouse: As long as we're talking about hair, had you noticed our Prez's hair is going gray?
Philip Rucker / Washington Post: Obama's Wearing His Grays as a Distinguished Look of the Presidency
Alice Fishburn / Comment Central: What's making Obama go grey?
Michael van der Galien / PoliGazette: No, Obama's Becoming Gray?
Wall Street Journal:
White House Rethinks Tax Hikes — Obama Open to Revising Plan to Cap Breaks on Mortgage Interest and Donations — WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is meeting strong Democratic Party resistance to his proposal to reduce tax deductions enjoyed by upper-income Americans and could be forced to drop or modify the idea.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Betsy Newmark / Betsy's Page: Never mind about those tax increases
Tom Doggett / Reuters: US Treasury secretary attacks oil, gas tax breaks
GM: ‘Substantial doubt’ about survival — Automaker's annual report says it hopes to get $7.7 billion from the government to remain viable. — NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — General Motors Corp. said in a government filing Thursday that its accounting firm has found there is “substantial doubt” about the automaker's ability to survive.
Libby Quaid / Associated Press:
US schools chief wants DC kids to keep vouchers — WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday that poor children getting vouchers to attend private schools in the District of Columbia should be allowed to stay there, putting the Obama administration at odds with Democrats trying to end the program.
Discussion: The New Republic, Michelle Malkin, Eduwonk and Kausfiles
Clay Risen / The New Republic: Obama's First Education Fight
Arotherham / Eduwonk: Eduwonk Unloads Toxic Assets!
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles: Obama Blinks on Vouchers?
Maxim Lott / Fox News:
Professor Takes Heat for Calling Cops on Student Who Discussed Guns in Class — A professor in Connecticut reported one of her students to the police after he gave a class presentation on why students and teachers should be allowed to carry concealed weapons on campus.
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Warner Todd Huston / Stop The ACLU: Professor Calls Police on Student Supporter of 2nd Amendment
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama Taps Clinton Ideas but Not Clinton Herself — WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton has not participated in any of the White House's planning sessions on health care, the issue that defined her public persona during the 1990s. Intent on establishing herself as a powerful secretary of state …
Discussion: USA Today, TaylorMarsh.com, Los Angeles Times and No More Mister Nice Blog
Richard Wolf / USA Today: Health care summit at White House a first step to overhaul
Ex-First Lady Barbara Bush Has Heart Surgery — Bush Aide Says the Former First Lady Was ‘Alert and Funny’ After Surgery — Former first lady Barbara Bush had open-heart surgery Wednesday and is resting comfortably at a Houston hospital with her husband, former President George H.W. Bush …
Discussion: Flopping Aces and Scared Monkeys
Former first lady has heart surgery
Former first lady has heart surgery
Anthony Faiola / Washington Post:
A Global Retreat As Economies Dry Up — As World Trade Plummets, Bustling Ports Stand Idle And Foreign Workers Track Back Home — SINGAPORE This shimmering city-state was the house globalization built. When world trade boomed, Singapore's seaport at the crossroads of East and West became …
Discussion: The Baseline Scenario, Washington Monthly and Riehl World View
Iain Martin / Iain Martin's blog listings:
President Barack Obama just plain rude to Britain. Don't call us in future. — Why couldn't President Obama have put on more of a show for his British guests? He looked like he simply couldn't be bothered. — Gordon Brown and Barack Obama — Number 10 may be content …
William Teach / Stop The ACLU: President Neophyte Working Hard To Tick Off Allie
Mike's America / Flopping Aces: British Not Happy With Obama's Diss of P.M.
Allahpundit / Hot Air: British press under strange impression that Obama doesn't like to be questioned
Bruce McQuain / QandO: Brits Not Happy With Obama's Treatment Of Brown
Dana Milbank / Washington Post: No Colgate Moment, Indeed
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion: They Like Us. They Really Like Us Now. — Nothing quite …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
For GOP: all pain, no gain — Four months after John McCain's sweeping defeat, senior Republicans are coming to grips with the fact that the party is still - in stock market terms - looking for the bottom. — Republicans this week are processing two sobering new polls that found …
Wall Street Journal:
Merrill Men Paid Over $10 Million Subpoenaed — New York state's attorney general, Andrew Cuomo, has issued subpoenas to several top Merrill Lynch & Co. executives who were each paid more than $10 million in cash and stock last year, according to people familiar with the situation.
Discussion: The BLT, Clusterstock, AMERICAblog News, Portfolio and TPMMuckraker
Henry Blodget / Clusterstock: Cuomo Dragging Merrill-Bonus Execs In For Questioning
Felix Salmon / Portfolio: Top Earners and Top Executives
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker: Merrill's Top Ten Earners Made More Last Year Than In 07
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
Challengers to Gillibrand Emerging — ALBANY — In a sign that Kirsten E. Gillibrand, the newly appointed United States senator, has yet to win over her party's base downstate, the Manhattan borough president said Wednesday that he was considering challenging her in the Democratic primary next year.
Discussion: Scorecard's Blogs and TIME.com
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blogs: Israel considering primary against Gillibrand?
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
Mission Accomplished! Did Obama intentionally nuke the economy? — Is President Obama intentionally attempting to bring the stock market to its knees? Some argue that, indeed, he is. “The free market has failed,” he could say, “just as it failed the housing market!”
Attaturk / Firedoglake:
Eight plus minutes of truth — digg it — This early morning I could write about Rush Limbaugh again but those insurance companies that are not insolvent have mortality tables which say it's likely we've got another 4 years, 1 month to make fun of Rush Limbaugh. So let's pace ourselves.
Discussion: The Hill's Blog Briefing Room, Agence France Presse and marbury
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room: firedoglake — The Daily Show's send-up of CNBC last night amid …
Ian Leslie / marbury: oh, the games they play!
I Daresay It Is Time We Deal With the Mutineers Aboard the S.S. Conservatism — [ed. note: a number of you have written requesting I invite T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII back for another analysis of the sad state of the conservative movement. After some cajoling and a bottle of VSOP, he agreed.]
Discussion: Six Meat Buffet, Hot Air and protein wisdom
Preston Taylor Holmes / Six Meat Buffet: 'Tis A Bleak Day When No Conservatives Can Be Found On The USS Conservative
Dan Collins / protein wisdom: Instant Classic [Dan Collins] — UPDATED BY JEFF
The News International:
Drone attacks — a survey — The Aryana Institute for Regional Research and Advocacy, a think tank of researchers and political activists from the NWFP and FATA, conducts research, surveys and collect statistics on various issues concerning the Taliban and Al-Qaeda terrorism and human security there.
Discussion: Weekly Standard, Danger Room and The Washington Independent
Bill Roggio / Weekly Standard: Survey: Many Pakistanis Support Predator Strikes
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room: Pakistanis Heart Drone Attacks, Survey Says
Health Industry Voices Support for Obama Health Plan — Health Industry Voices Support For Obama's Plan — for Now — Just four months ago, the pharmaceutical industry was prepared for the worst. Drugmakers feared that Barack Obama would press for price controls on prescription drugs …
Discussion: The Fix, Associated Press, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Blog entry, The Note, The Politico, Think Progress, TIME.com and Political Punch
Chris Cillizza / The Fix: White House Cheat Sheet: Steele Antes Up
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal: Presidential Bait-and-Switch — What Obama once promised, and what he's delivering.
Bill Scher / Blog entry: Progressive Breakfast: Health Care Summit Today
Caitlin Taylor / The Note: The Note, 3/5/09: Healthy Start …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico: McConnell: No gov't health insurance
Lee Speigel / Political Punch: President Obama's Health Care Reform Push
Wall Street Journal:
Bailout to Aid 1 in 9 Homeowners — WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced details of a housing-rescue plan it said would help as many as many as one in nine homeowners, from low-income Americans struggling to avoid foreclosure to well-off borrowers who owe more than their homes are worth.
Discussion: New York Times, Washington Post and TigerHawk
Garry Kasparov / Wall Street Journal:
Beware of Doing Deals With Putin — The U.S. shouldn't get too cozy with a regime on the skids. — Vladimir Putin's regime is fighting for its political life. That's the good news. But the bad news is that the Obama administration is sending out mixed messages that may help the Russian autocratic regime survive.
Discussion: The Opinionator, Guardian and George's Bottom Line
Eric Etheridge / The Opinionator: Morning Skim: The Rush to Limbaugh, and More
Robert Farley / Guardian: Rebooting US-Russia relations
Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line: Beware of Deals with Putin?
New York Times:
Matters of Principal — TO stanch the hemorrhage of foreclosures, we don't need another bailout. What we need is a fix — and the wisdom to see what is in our own self-interest. — An avalanche of foreclosures is coming — as many as eight million in the next several years.
Discussion: naked capitalism and Marginal Revolution
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Democrats Stop Effort To Remove Earmarks — The Senate approved $10 million in funding yesterday for clients of a now-disbanded lobbying firm that is under federal investigation for alleged fraud in political contributions to members of Congress, while approving an additional $16 million …
Discussion: The Foundry and The Campaign Spot
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
When Will Voters Blame Obama? — Buried in the latest NBC/WSJ survey (.pdf) is a question asking voters who they blame for the country's economic problems. Currently, 8 percent of voters say that Obama's policies are “mostly responsible” for the poor economy and another 6 percent blame him in part.
Justin Gardner / Donklephant: When Does Obama Own The Economy?