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5:00 PM ET, March 7, 2009

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Martin Kramer / Sandbox:
Chas Freeman and 9/11  —  How important has resentment of Israel been to Al Qaeda's terrorism?  Here is one side of the argument, by an American who knows Saudi Arabia well: … And here is the opposing view, by an American who knows the Kingdom equally well: … So now you've heard two sides of the debate.
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Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
Fathers and Sons: A Spirited Defense of Chas Freeman by his Politically Divergent Son  —  This is a guest post for The Washington Note by CSIS Freeman Chair in China Studies Charles Freeman.  The entry first appeared on Freeman's facebook page.  Freeman previously served as assistant U.S. trade representative (USTR) for China affairs.
Discussion: Jeffrey Goldberg and TPMCafe
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Freeman Time-Line  —  Jon Chait argues that the opposition to Chas Freeman is largely about the rigidity of his realism, his connections with Saudi Arabia, and his brutal realpolitik with respect to China.  And he has argued against the notion that this contretemps was initiated and pursued …
New York Times:
Obama Ponders Outreach to Elements of the Taliban  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama declared in an interview that the United States was not winning the war in Afghanistan and opened the door to a reconciliation process in which the American military would reach out to elements of the Taliban, much as it did with Sunni militias in Iraq.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Specter faces make-or-break shift as challenge looms  —  Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) does not have the fall-back option of running as an independent should he lose his 2010 primary election, giving the senior lawmaker strong incentive to abandon his party this year.
Michael Hirsh / Newsweek:
Honeymoon In Hell  —  Amid all the gloom, Obama gets high marks in the latest NEWSWEEK poll, with the GOP in the doghouse.  —  Despite the tumbling economy, Barack Obama continues to enjoy a honeymoon with the American public in the face of the most trying crisis any newly inaugurated president …
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Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
New Poll Reveals 56 Percent Of Americans Favor Bank Nationalization  —  A new Newsweek poll finds that 72 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of President Obama, 58 percent approve of the job he is doing, and 65 percent are very or somewhat confident that he will be successful in turning the economy around.
Discussion: Wonk Room and D-Day
BBC:
Hillary Clinton left red-faced by Moscow gift translation gaffe  —  Russian media have been poking fun at the US secretary of state over a translation error on a gift she presented to her Russian counterpart.  —  Hillary Clinton gave Sergei Lavrov a mock “reset” button, symbolising US hopes to mend frayed ties with Moscow.
Discussion: Cafe Talk Aggregator
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Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
George W. Obama?  —  Washington has spent the past couple of weeks debating whether Barack Obama's ambitious agenda and political strategy are more comparable to those of Franklin Roosevelt or Ronald Reagan.  Oddly, hardly anyone is talking about the ways in which Obama is beginning to resemble the man who just vacated the White House.
Benjamin Duer / Repository:
Stark's hottest job: Janitor  —  Lack of work.  —  How hungry are people for work in today's sinking economy?  —  Nearly 700 people have applied for a single job as a school custodian.  —  Perry Local Schools have an open position — full time with benefits — at Edison Junior High School after its afternoon janitor retired.
Discussion: PoliGazette and Sweetness & Light
CNN:
Obama to visit Turkey in next few weeks  —  ANKARA, Turkey (CNN) — President Obama plans to visit Turkey in about a month, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Saturday.  —  Clinton was holding talks in Ankara with officials “to emphasize the work the United States and Turkey must …
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Christi Parsons / The Swamp:
Obama to visit Turkey
Discussion: The Politico
The Politico:
Obama to visit Turkey
Discussion: Associated Press and Reuters
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Preventing a judicial ruling on the power to imprison without charges  —  After being held in captivity as an accused “enemy combatant” by the U.S. Government for more than five years without charges or a trial of any kind, Ali Al-Marri — who was a legal resident in the U.S. and was on U.S. soil …
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Channels Cheney  —  Obama adopts Bush view on the powers of the presidency.  —  The Obama Administration this week released its predecessor's post-9/11 legal memoranda in the name of “transparency,” producing another round of feel-good Bush criticism.
Discussion: The Corner and GayPatriot
 
 
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