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10:10 PM ET, March 6, 2009


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David S. Cloud / The Politico:
VIDEO: Wrong red button  —  GENEVA—After promising to “push the reset button” on relations with Moscow, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton planned to present Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a light-hearted gift at their talks here Friday night to symbolize the Obama administration's desire …
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 …
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: Reuters, TalkLeft and Associated Press
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 …
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Where Do You Send the Bill?  —  Robert Rector has been pointing …
Michelle Malkin:
Priceless photo of the day: Homeless...with a cellphone
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 …
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
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Dems need Franken more than ever  —  Suddenly, Al Franken represents more than just an empty seat in the Senate chamber.  —  Franken could have been be the critical 60th vote on the stalled $410 billion omnibus Thursday night.  He'd be a likely yes on President Barack Obama's ambitious budget.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:   Congress Approves Stopgap Spending Resolution
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.
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.
Henry Blodget / Clusterstock:
Time To Fire Tim Geithner  —  We don't mean to sound impatient, but we've seen enough.  The country is in the middle of the worst financial crisis in 75 years, and the second-most-important person in charge clearly isn't the right man for the job.  —  When both engines on US Air Flight 1549 quit …
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.
Wade Henderson / The Huffington Post:
EFCA Battle Begins: Senate Hearing Set For Tuesday  —  The Senate health committee is set to host the first hearings of the legislative session on the Employee Free Choice Act this Tuesday, a union official says.  It's the truest indication yet that Democrats in Congress are willing to plow forward with the hotly contested measure.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Booman Tribune
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
It's War!  Union Blasts Blue Dog Dem For Saying He'll Vote …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!, Hot Air and MSNBC
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Obama Lobbyist Policy Doing More Harm Than Good  —  Ryan Grim has an excellent story in The Huffington Post spelling out in some detail what's been a mounting problem with the Obama administration—the ban on lobbyists is having perverse consequences for staffing:
Discussion: Open Left
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
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
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
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Hot Air and Clayton Cramer's BLOG
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 …
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
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
REASON TV: Jeff Flake on how the GOP can get its groove back.  —  Plus, via Randy Barnett, Make Mine Freedom:
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Spending-bill vote called off, lacking Dem support  —  Senate Democratic leaders called off a vote to end debate on the $410 billion omnibus spending bill Thursday night after they realized they lacked the votes to push it to passage.  —  Two Democrats, Sens. Russ Feingold (Wis.) and Evan Bayh …
Discussion: Donklephant and Power Line
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.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and TPMDC
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?’”
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,” …
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 …
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Allison Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Congressmen try to restrict Gaza funds
Discussion: Commentary and Firedoglake
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
Court Upholds Most Charges Against Ex-Governor
Discussion: TalkLeft
Mike Robinson / Associated Press:
AP Source: Prosecutor seeking FBI tapes of Burris
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
GOP at the Abyss  —  American conservatism — intellectually …
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.
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David Bauder / Associated Press:
CNBC stays mum after takedown by Jon Stewart
Discussion: Think Progress and D-Day
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Nominee for Solicitor General Revises Her Opinion on Opinions
Discussion: The Corner, Emptywheel and Law Blog
Maggie Haberman / New York Post:
Keith Johnson / Environmental Capital:
A Heated Exchange: Al Gore Confronts His Critic(s)

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Alexandra Canal / Yahoo Finance:
Netflix says India brought in the second-highest net subscriber additions in Q2 and was the third highest-country in revenue growth

A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Connor Mycroft / South China Morning Post:
Media orgs, WSJ union, and a congressional panel express support for Selina Cheng, who says WSJ fired her for assuming Hong Kong Journalists Association's chair

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