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4:15 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.
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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.
Discussion: Washington Post
Salon:
Conservatives angry over Michelle Obama's trip to homeless shelter
Discussion: Lean Left
James Fallows / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
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 …
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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Albright Declines to Endorse Freeman; Dem Leadership Set to Weigh In?  —  The former Secretary of State appeared on Morning Joe and was less than enthusiastic about the selection of Chas Freeman to head the NIC.  Asked her view of the pick, Albright repeatedly refuses to endorse Freeman …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dem Congressional Leaders Telling White House They're Concerned About Freeman
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Birther smackdown  —  As the many lawsuits challenging Obama's eligibility make their way through the courts, judges appear to be getting a little fed up, and D.C. District Judge James Robertson penned a particularly harsh memo yesterday dismissing a case called Hollister v. Soetero.
Discussion: ACSBlog
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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 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.
Discussion: The Swamp and The New Republic
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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 …
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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.
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 …
Keith Johnson / Environmental Capital:
A Heated Exchange: Al Gore Confronts His Critic(s)  —  The Goreacle has spoken-again.  —  Former Vice President Al Gore repeated his message that climate change is a planetary emergency at the WSJ's Eco:nomics conference in California.  The Nobel-prize winner declined to take any questions from reporters …
The Politico:
Steele pushes back; rivals gripe  —  With Republican criticism of Michael Steele intensifying following his dust up earlier this week with Rush Limbaugh, the new Republican National Committee chairman's high command is moving to rebut claims that he's not up to leading the party.
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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 …
Jim Nolan / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Gingrich, in Ashland, ponders White House run; says Cantor will be Speaker someday  —  Newt for president?  —  Newt Gingrich, the conservative former Speaker of the House, didn't rule it out tonight in Ashland, before he was to address a packed house of 650-plus at Randolph-Macon College.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   GINGRICH EYEING PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN?.... This would offer …
Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
Fox News' Glenn Beck strikes ratings gold by challenging Barack Obama  —  His success comes as Fox News embraces the role of voice of opposition to the new administration.  —  Reporting from New York — Before Glenn Beck started his new show on Fox News in January, he sat down with Roger Ailes …
Michael J. Boskin / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Radicalism Is Killing the Dow  —  A financial crisis is the worst time to change the foundations of American capitalism.  —  It's hard not to see the continued sell-off on Wall Street and the growing fear on Main Street as a product, at least in part, of the realization …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Nominee for Solicitor General Revises Her Opinion on Opinions  —  Perhaps every nominee committed a dark, regrettable act in the past that he or she hopes will never see the light, but unfortunately for Elena Kagan, hers was discovered pretty quickly after she was nominated to be solicitor general:
Discussion: The Corner, Emptywheel, Law Blog and TPMDC
Maggie Haberman / New York Post:
WEINER'S ‘NAUGHTY’ HOTTIE$  —  FOREIGN BABES GAVE ILLEGALLY  —  Talk about the wrong kind of foreign aid!  —  After he proposed to expand the visas available to foreign models so they can work in New York, Rep. Anthony Weiner's mayoral campaign took contributions from some cat walkers from abroad.
Discussion: Majikthise and Gothamist
Stephen Green / Pajamas Media:
My Fellow Conservatives, Let's Be Bad Guys!  —  No matter what we do, we're painted as the villains.  So let's twirl our mustaches and get to work.  —  By the numbers: since President Barack Obama was sworn in, the financial markets have dropped to ten-year lows, housing prices are off …
Discussion: Right Wing News
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
HOW THE RULES WERE RIGGED  —  I'm sure the knowledgeable people already know this.  But it turns out that one of the features of the 2005 Bankruptcy bill was to put derivative counter parties at the front of the line ahead of other creditors in bankruptcy proceedings.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 …
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.
David Bauder / Associated Press:
CNBC stays mum after takedown by Jon Stewart  —  NEW YORK (AP) — If you make a date to be on a late-night talk show, it's best not to back out.  —  John McCain learned that lesson the hard way with David Letterman last fall, and CNBC reporter Rick Santelli just took it on the chin from Jon Stewart.
Discussion: Think Progress
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The Great Non Sequitur  —  The Sleight of Hand Behind Obama's Agenda  —  Forget the pork.  Forget the waste.  Forget the 8,570 earmarks in a bill supported by a president who poses as the scourge of earmarks.  Forget the “2 trillion dollars in savings” that “we have already identified …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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: Weekly Standard and Reason
 
 
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
GOP at the Abyss  —  American conservatism — intellectually …
Discussion: Commentary and The Opinionator
Megan McArdle:
Should Geithner go?  —  Henry Blodget thinks it is time for Timothy Geithner to go.
Discussion: Clusterstock
Michelle Malkin:
Cube-steak Americans vs. the Wagyu-beef White House
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Battling Obama by ‘Going Galt’
Discussion: Reason
Roger Kimball / Pajamas Media:
Incompetence, malevolence, or both? or Why Obama's policies are pink …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Nicholas Carlson / Clusterstock:
Uh Oh, White House Seeks Economic Advice From Twitter
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Cassy Fiano
Jonathan Mann / CNN:
Anti-Obama retains radio power
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
 Earlier Items: 
The Politico:
Obama meeting with paper
Connie Hair / Human Events:
Republican Spending Freeze Fails in House Vote
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
John / Power Line:
IT GETS A BIT CHILLY AT NIGHT IF YOU'RE ONE OF THE LITTLE PEOPLE
John / Power Line:
ONE VOTE SHORT  —  Harry Reid called off a cloture vote …
Discussion: The Hill and Rasmussen Reports
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
FEW RANDOM THOUGHTS ON THE ECONOMIC CRISIS
CNBC:
AIG ‘Was Going to Bring Down Europe’: Lawmaker
Discussion: AMERICAblog News