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6:50 PM ET, March 6, 2009


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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 …
Discussion: five feet of fury and Lean Left
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 …
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.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama rescinding stem-cell research ban
Discussion: The Politico
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
Discussion: Weekly Standard and The Corner
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.
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: Salon and ACSBlog
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 …
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Albright Declines to Endorse Freeman; Dem Leadership Set to Weigh In?
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dem Congressional Leaders Telling White House They're Concerned About Freeman
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
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 …
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
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.
Henry Blodget / Clusterstock:   Time To Fire Tim Geithner
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 Miller / Blogs and Stories:
How to Shake Down the Banks  —  Still Weird: Pat O'Brien …
Discussion: DealBook
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.
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: Scorecard's Blogs
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: Emptywheel, The Corner and Law Blog
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.
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 …
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 …
U.S. energy secretary pledges to fight global warming  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. energy secretary Steven Chu on Thursday pledged to work with Congress to pass legislation that would impose a cap-and-trade system to curb greenhouse gas emissions and fight global warming.
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 …
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 Weekly Standard
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 …
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
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?’”
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.
Jeri Thompson / AmSpecBlog:
The Politics of Personal Distraction  —  Good thing Rush Limbaugh has big shoulders.  He'll need them now that Barack Obama and his Clintonista reunion band have put the full weight of the Unites States government on top of him.  —  It's great that maestros of slime like Begala, Carville and Greenberg (What?
Calculated Risk:
Fed's Hoenig: ‘Too Big has Failed’  —  This seems like a break in the ranks ...  From Kansas City Fed President Thomas Hoenig: Too Big has Failed … Update: More excerpts (ht Josh): … That is a call for temporary nationalization.  —  How would nationalization work? … And Hoenig concludes:
Discussion: Paul Kedrosky's …
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Stuart Taylor / National Journal Online:
Obama's Left Turn
Discussion: Betsy's Page, RedState and The Foundry
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Pawlenty: GOP has ‘bottomed out’
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
It's War!  Union Blasts Blue Dog Dem For Saying He'll Vote …
Discussion: MSNBC and Hot Air
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IT'S LIKE DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN.... I'd mentioned earlier …
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
GOP at the Abyss  —  American conservatism — intellectually …
Discussion: Commentary and The Opinionator
Michelle Malkin:
Cube-steak Americans vs. the Wagyu-beef White House
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
HOW THE RULES WERE RIGGED  —  I'm sure the knowledgeable people already know this.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
David Bauder / Associated Press:
CNBC stays mum after takedown by Jon Stewart
Discussion: Think Progress
Stephen Green / Pajamas Media:
My Fellow Conservatives, Let's Be Bad Guys!
Discussion: Right Wing News
Maggie Haberman / New York Post:
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Big Dither  —  Last month, in his big speech to Congress …