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1:40 PM ET, March 6, 2009

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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.
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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.
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 …
Michelle Obama / Telegraph:
Michelle Obama serves lunch at Washington soup kitchen
Jack Healy / New York Times:
651,000 Jobs Reported Lost in February  —  Another 651,000 jobs were lost in February, adding to the millions of people who have been thrown out of work as the economic downturn deepens.  —  In a stark measure of the recession's toll, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday …
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Chris Isidore / CNNMoney.com:
Unemployment hits 25-year high  —  Jobless rate hits 8.1% in February as a record-high 12.5 million people are unemployed.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — The U.S. economy continued to hemorrhage jobs in February, bringing total job losses over the last six months to more than 3.3 million …
CNBC:
White House Says No Silver Lining On Jobless Rate
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
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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.
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 …
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 …
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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: Law Blog, Emptywheel and TPMDC
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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 living legally in the United States.  The order also approved transfer of Ali Saleh Kahlah Al-Marri …
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Connie Hair / Human Events:
Republican Spending Freeze Fails in House Vote  —  In a bold move today, House Republicans attempted to force the Democrat majority to freeze federal government spending at current levels.  Because Senate Democrat leadership failed to get enough votes to pass the porked-up $410 billion omnibus spending bill …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and RedState
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The Great Non Sequitur  —  The Sleight of Hand Behind Obama's Agenda  —  Forget the pork.  Forget the waste.  Forget the 8,570 earmarks in a bill supported by a president who poses as the scourge of earmarks.  Forget the “2 trillion dollars in savings” that “we have already identified …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Michael J. Boskin / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Radicalism Is Killing the Dow  —  A financial crisis is the worst time to change the foundations of American capitalism.  —  It's hard not to see the continued sell-off on Wall Street and the growing fear on Main Street as a product, at least in part, of the realization …
Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
Fox News' Glenn Beck strikes ratings gold by challenging Barack Obama  —  His success comes as Fox News embraces the role of voice of opposition to the new administration.  —  Reporting from New York — Before Glenn Beck started his new show on Fox News in January, he sat down with Roger Ailes …
Keith Johnson / Environmental Capital:
A Heated Exchange: Al Gore Confronts His Critic(s)  —  The Goreacle has spoken-again.  —  Former Vice President Al Gore repeated his message that climate change is a planetary emergency at the WSJ's Eco:nomics conference in California.  The Nobel-prize winner declined to take any questions from reporters …
Discussion: The Real Revo and Gristmill
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Birther smackdown  —  As the many lawsuits challenging Obama's eligibility make their way through the courts, judges appear to be getting a little fed up, and D.C. District Judge James Robertson penned a particularly harsh memo yesterday dismissing a case called Hollister vs. Soetero.
Discussion: ACSBlog
Maggie Haberman / New York Post:
WEINER'S ‘NAUGHTY’ HOTTIE$  —  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.
New York Times:
Undisclosed Losses at Merrill Lynch Lead to a Trading Inquiry  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — One Merrill Lynch trader apparently gambled away more than $120 million in the currency markets.  Others seemingly lost hundreds of millions on tricky credit derivatives.  —  But somehow all this red ink …
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Obama calls latest job losses astounding  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio - Calling the latest job losses astounding, President Barack Obama promised on Friday to get Americans back to work.  —  Obama spoke at the graduation ceremony …
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Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Obama Highlighting Stimulus Funds for Law Enforcement
Discussion: The Politico, The Swamp and The Caucus
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Newt Gingrich mulls a run  —  The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Newt Gingrich — who mulled running in 2008 — is now openly considering a 2012 bid. … One reality check on the Newt mania: He remains a deeply unpopular figure in America, having never rehabilitated himself …
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Alan Cullison / Wall Street Journal:
Kyrgyzstan Hesitates on Plan to Close Base  —  BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan — The government of Kyrgyzstan is showing signs of waffling on its decision last month to close a U.S. air base that is a major supply hub for troops in Afghanistan.  —  The mixed signals come as Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Danger Room
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Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Afghan Supply Chain a Weak Point
 
 
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John / Power Line:
ONE VOTE SHORT  —  Harry Reid called off a cloture vote …
Discussion: Rasmussen Reports and The Hill
The Politico:
House turns back call for PMA probe
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
FEW RANDOM THOUGHTS ON THE ECONOMIC CRISIS
David Leonhardt / Economix:
Ever Closer to 1982  —  The job market is getting ever closer …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Global Guerrillas
Stephen Green / Pajamas Media:
My Fellow Conservatives, Let's Be Bad Guys!
Discussion: Riehl World View
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CNBC:
AIG ‘Was Going to Bring Down Europe’: Lawmaker
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Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Rep. Grayson won't hold his tongue
Discussion: Firedoglake
Tim Reid / Times of London:
Barack Obama bets the farm in $4 trillion poker game
Fox News:
Rev. Wright Cautions: Obama 'Ain't Jesus'
Discussion: Political Machine
John F. Harris / The Politico:
DLC on brink of a major shake-up
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and The Fix