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9:05 PM ET, March 6, 2009


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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Michelle Obama serves food to D.C. poor and homeless, but...  First Lady Michelle Obama showed up Thursday as a surprise and welcome volunteer at Miriam's Kitchen, a soup kitchen for homeless poor people not far from the White House.  —  She brought with her some food donated by White House staff.
Alex Koppelman / Salon:
Conservatives angry over Michelle Obama's trip to homeless shelter  —  It seems Michelle Obama can't even do a good deed without inspiring some outrage on the right.  —  The first lady visited a Washington, D.C., homeless shelter on Thursday, bringing fruit collected in a White House food drive …
Michelle Malkin:
Priceless photo of the day: Homeless...with a cellphone  —  Pop singer Crystal Waters did a song many years ago called “She's Homeless.”  The hook went like this: “She's just like you and me, but she is homeless, she is homeless.”  —  In D.C., the homeless are just like you and me, and they have cell phones, they have cell phones.
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Where Do You Send the Bill?  —  Robert Rector has been pointing …
David S. Cloud / The Politico:
Clinton gift gaffe: ‘Overcharge’  —  GENEVA — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton opened her first meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov by giving him a present meant to symbolize the Obama administration's vow to “press the reset button” on U.S.-Russia relations.
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
US gesture lost in Russian translation  —  GENEVA (AP) — Call it a goodwill gesture lost in translation.  —  With smiles all around, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov gathered with aides Friday for talks on a range of issues …
Discussion: The Corner, Weekly Standard and Eunomia
Rob Stein / Washington Post:
Obama to Lift Ban on Funding for Embryonic Stem Cell Research  —  President Obama is planning to sign an executive order on Monday rolling back restrictions on federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research, according to sources close to the issue.  —  Although the exact wording …
Huma Khan / Political Punch:
President Obama to Sign Executive Order on Stem Cell Research Monday  —  ABC News has learned that on Monday morning President Obama will hold an event at the White House in which he signs an executive order overturning the ban on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Judge assails cases doubting Obama's citizenship  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday threw out a lawsuit questioning President Barack Obama's citizenship, lambasting the case as a waste of the court's time and suggesting the plaintiff's attorney may have to compensate the president's lawyer.
David Brunnstrom / Reuters:
Tongue-tied Clinton gets warm EU welcome  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton raised eyebrows on her first visit to Europe as secretary of state when she mispronounced her EU counterparts' names and claimed U.S. democracy was older than Europe's.  —  Clinton has set herself a grueling pace …
David S. Cloud / The Politico:
Standing O's greet Clinton in Brussels
Discussion: TalkLeft, Reuters and Associated Press
Eric Martin / Bloomberg:
‘Obama Bear Market’ Punishes Investors as Dow Slumps  —  President Barack Obama now has the distinction of presiding over his own bear market.  —  The Dow Jones Industrial Average has fallen 20 percent since Inauguration Day, the fastest drop under a newly elected president in at least 90 years …
Megan McArdle:
Should Geithner go?  —  Henry Blodget thinks it is time for Timothy Geithner to go.  So far, Geithner's performance has been shockingly unimpressive.  It's not as if he's walking into the crisis anew; he's been the head of the New York Fed for years, and dealing with these issues from the very beginning.
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Riehl World View
Henry Blodget / Clusterstock:   Time To Fire Tim Geithner
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
State high court denies Franken bid for election certificate  —  The Democrat had sought to be seated in the U.S. Senate provisionally while Republican Norm Coleman's lawsuit plays out.  Meanwhile, Franken also is pressing to have that suit dismissed.  —  The Minnesota Supreme Court today ruled …
Discussion: Hot Air
James Fallows:
A fight I didn't intend to get into: Chas Freeman  —  I have never met Chas Freeman, the man whose reported selection as head of the National Intelligence Council has drawn such criticism, including from my colleague Jeffrey Goldberg.  Not having had a chance to assess him first hand …
Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
Limbaugh: My Ratings are Way, Way Up  —  One side effect of the Democratic campaign against Rush Limbaugh has been to increase — dramatically increase — the talk show host's ratings.  This morning I asked Rush if he had any numbers he could share on just what effect the increased visibility has had on his business.
Kevin Drum / MoJo Blog Posts:
How to Make Cap-and-Trade Into a Bad Joke  —  Via Gristmill, I see that Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources committee, has decided to preemptively surrender on global warming: … There are lots of bells and whistles that you can add to a cap-and-trade plan …
U.S. energy secretary pledges to fight global warming
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Al-Marri detention case ended  —  The Supreme Court on Friday wiped out a lower court ruling that gave the President the authority to detain indefinitely as terrorism suspects individuals who are living legally in the United States.  The order also approved transfer of Ali Saleh Kahlah Al-Marri …
James Vicini / Reuters:
Supreme Court dismisses accused al Qaeda agent's case
Associated Press:
Democrats blast Limbaugh for comment on Kennedy  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - A Democratic official rebuked conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh on Friday for suggesting a health care proposal will be named in memory of Sen. Edward Kennedy, who is battling brain cancer.
John P. Walters / Wall Street Journal:
Drug Legalization Isn't the Answer  —  Countries that have experimented with a permissive approach have always turned back.  —  Since 2001 the number of young people using illegal drugs has dropped by 900,000 to about 2.7 million.  This drop is an important development for all the obvious reasons, plus one.
Discussion: Reason and Cato @ Liberty
Drudge Report:
CHAVEZ CALLS ON OBAMA TO FOLLOW PATH OF SOCIALISM  —  Caracas - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Friday called upon US President Barack Obama to follow the path to socialism, which he termed as the “only” way out of the global recession.  “Come with us, align yourself, come with us on the road to socialism.
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and PoliGazette
Tim Townsend / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Could St. Louis lose its Catholic hospitals under new federal abortion legislation?  —  A proposed bill promising major changes in the U.S. abortion landscape has Roman Catholic bishops threatening to close Catholic hospitals if the Democratic Congress and White House make it law.
Robert Reich / Salon:
Is Obama responsible for Wall Street's meltdown?  —  “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer.  —  Is Obama responsible for the meltdown of the Dow?  The consistently wrongheaded Wall Street Journal's editorial page says so, as does Republican Fox News, CNN's reliably demagogic Lou Dobbs, and now CNBC …
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Card: Health Care Is A ‘Want,’ Not A ‘Need’ — 'Don't Have The Government Fund It'  —  During the White House's health care summit yesterday, President Obama said that “there are those who say we should defer health care reform once again” because they claim “that at a time of economic crisis …
Peter Orszag / The White House:
The Fiscal Impact of Winding Down a War  —  The President is committed to responsibly winding the war.  I don't do foreign policy, but I can tell you this: ending wars saves money - and so the Administration's budget includes savings from ramping down overseas military operations over time.
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
Court Upholds Most Charges Against Ex-Governor  —  A federal appeals court panel in Atlanta upheld the bribery conviction of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman on Friday, giving new weight to a prosecution that Democrats have contended was an example of the political use of the courts during the Bush administration.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Cherian Thomas / Bloomberg:
Roubini Says Recession May Continue Until End of 2010  —  The global recession may continue until the end of 2010 as the response by governments to rectify it is “too little, too late,” said Nouriel Roubini, the New York University professor who predicted the financial crisis.
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Congress Approves Stopgap Spending Resolution  —  WASHINGTON — With 12 hours or so to spare, Congress approved a stopgap resolution on Friday to avoid a shutdown of the federal government for another five days.  —  The House approved the measure by 328 to 50, and the Senate rushed it through …
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Battling Obama by ‘Going Galt’  —  A protester at the Chicago Tea Party on February 27 references Ayn Rand's novel.  (Flickr: swyngarden)  —  “Do you ever wonder,” wrote Dr. Helen Smith, “after dealing with all that is going on with the economy and the upcoming election, if it's getting to be time to ‘go John Galt?’”
Iain Martin's blog listings:
President Barack Obama dislikes Britain, but he's keen to meet the Queen  —  President Obama has been rudeness personified towards Britain this week.  His handling of the visit of the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, to Washington was appalling.  First Brown wasn't granted a press conference with flags …
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
Better that Patterico fails, I think [UPDATED: NOW WITH EVEN MORE PATTERICO!]  —  From Mr Frey, Esquire: … Indeed?  —  Well then.  Here's my considered (and no doubt extremist) response:* In suggesting that the trouble here is that Republicans are straddled with the burden of having …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Pawlenty: GOP has ‘bottomed out’  —  I didn't get to Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty in time to quote him in my story on how bad things are for the Republican Party, but spoke to him on the subject today.  —  “It's kind of like asking whether the stock market has bottomed out,” …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Spending-bill vote called off, lacking Dem support
Discussion: Donklephant and Power Line
Stuart Taylor / National Journal Online:
Obama's Left Turn
Discussion: RedState, The Foundry and Betsy's Page
Jeri Thompson / AmSpecBlog:
The Politics of Personal Distraction
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
It's War!  Union Blasts Blue Dog Dem For Saying He'll Vote …
Discussion: Hot Air, MSNBC and Daily Kos
Jack Healy / New York Times:
Wall Street Tries to Rally at Close
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Blogoland
Allison Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Congressmen try to restrict Gaza funds
Discussion: Commentary, Firedoglake and Haaretz
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
GOP at the Abyss  —  American conservatism — intellectually …
 Earlier Items: 
Michelle Malkin:
Cube-steak Americans vs. the Wagyu-beef White House
Discussion: Right Wing News
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
HOW THE RULES WERE RIGGED  —  I'm sure the knowledgeable people already know this.
David Bauder / Associated Press:
CNBC stays mum after takedown by Jon Stewart
Discussion: Think Progress and D-Day
Maggie Haberman / New York Post:
Keith Johnson / Environmental Capital:
A Heated Exchange: Al Gore Confronts His Critic(s)