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11:00 PM ET, March 7, 2009

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Tim Shipman / Telegraph:
Barack Obama ‘too tired’ to give proper welcome to Gordon Brown  —  Barack Obama's offhand approach to Gordon Brown's Washington visit last week came about because the president was facing exhaustion over America's economic crisis and is unable to focus on foreign affairs, the Sunday Telegraph has been told.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Great news: Obama fumbled Brown visit because he's in over his head  —  After insulting Gordon Brown during the British prime minister's visit this week by ignoring protocol and cheaping out on the traditional gift exchange, the UK media has erupted in outrage.
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.
New York Times:
Obama's Interview Aboard Air Force One  —  President Obama spoke in a 35-minute interview aboard Air Force One on Friday afternoon as he traveled from Columbus, Ohio to Andrews Air Force Base.  This is an edited transcript, as recorded by The New York Times.
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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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 …
David Rogers / CBS News:
Reid, Pelosi Swearing Match Over Omnibus  —  Politico: Heated, Profane Exchanges Took Place Between Democrats After Spending Bill Didn't Reach 60 Votes In Senate  —  Page 1 of 2  —  (The Politico) This story was written by David Rogers.  —  After an angry, swearing late night meeting …
Discussion: Don Surber
Guy Adams / The Independent:
‘Shut up about Chavez the killer’ Venezuelan co-star tells Sean Penn  —  The saccharine conventions of showbusiness were thrown out of the window last week, when the Hollywood actress Maria Conchita Alonso was collared by paparazzi and asked if she was pleased about her former co-star Sean Penn's recent Oscar victory.
Discussion: Don Surber
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 and BLACKFIVE
John Yoo / Wall Street Journal:
Yes, We Did Plan for Mumbai-Style Attacks in the U.S.  —  Why the latest assault on Bush antiterror strategy could make us less safe.  —  Suppose al Qaeda branched out from crashing airliners into American cities.  Using small arms, explosives, or biological, chemical or nuclear weapons …
Discussion: American Power
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Washington Post:
Federal Courts in Va., N.Y. May Take Some Guantanamo Cases
Discussion: DISSENTING JUSTICE
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: Sweetness & Light and PoliGazette
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.
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.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Case for Progressive Growth  —  Someone emailed me this Will Wilkinson post which I find interesting because his description of what progressives think about the economy has basically zero points of contact with what I think about the economy.  It's especially interesting …
Aljazeera:
Iran and Hamas back Sudan's Bashir  —  A delegation of senior Middle Eastern leaders has travelled to Sudan to express international support for Omar al-Bashir, the Sudanese president, who is accused of war crimes in Darfur.  —  Officials from Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah joined Syria's parliament speaker …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Andrew Wood / Hotline:   ICC arrest warrant for Sudan's Al Bashir has both humanitarian …
Andrew Downie / Time:
Nine-Year-Old's Abortion Outrages Brazil's Catholic Church  —  Demonstrators hold a banner during an antiabortion march in Brasília  —  The case of the pregnant 9-year-old was shocking enough.  But it was the response of the Catholic Church that infuriated many Brazilians.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   SHE'S A 9-YEAR-OLD GIRL.... The crime was heinous beyond description.
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
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The Politico:
Obama to visit Turkey
Discussion: Associated Press and Reuters
 
 
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