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4:05 AM ET, March 8, 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.
David Frum / Newsweek:
Why Rush is Wrong  —  The party of Buckley and Reagan is now bereft and dominated by the politics of Limbaugh.  A conservative's lament.  —  Ron Edmonds / AP  —  Good As Is: Conservatism, Limbaugh told CPAC, ‘is what it is, and it is forever’  —  From the magazine issue dated Mar 16, 2009
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.
Johnny Dollar / Olbermann Watch:
Ann Coulter and Red Eye Rip Olbermann's Cornell Diploma Embarrassment!  —  It's one of the great smackdowns of all time, and we have the video for your viewing pleasure.  Check it out, check-it-outers:  —  Bonus!  More Keith bashing from the comely Coulter:
Discussion: Cassy Fiano and Riehl World View
Agence France Presse:
Russian media teases Clinton over ‘reset’ button … Russian media has been poking fun at US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after she gave her Russian counterpart a “reset” button with an ironic misspelling.  —  Clinton's gift to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at their meeting …
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BBC:
Hillary Clinton left red-faced by Moscow gift translation gaffe
Discussion: Cafe Talk Aggregator and BLACKFIVE
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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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
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
CONSEQUENCES  —  As I noted last night, there is a growing body of evidence that February's Stimulus Bill was too small and an increasing likelihood that a second Stimulus Bill will be needed — perhaps sooner than we imagine.  —  But aside from the math and economics, there's a point of media criticism that needs to be made.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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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 and Daily Pundit
Robert / Jihad Watch:
Protest Launched Against Facebook for Being Pro-Jihad, Anti-Israel  —  The David Horowitz Freedom Center is calling upon all supporters of freedom of speech and of Israel to join in its protest against Facebook, the Internet social networking site.  Facebook has allowed a group of hackers …
Alan S. Blinder / New York Times:
Nationalize?  Hey, Not So Fast  —  THE financial crisis grows weirder by the day.  When philosophical conservatives like Alan Greenspan start talking about nationalizing banks, you know you've passed into some kind of parallel universe.  Why are so many people entertaining an idea that sounds vaguely Marxian?
Jim Cramer / Washington Post:
Soaking the Rich?  —  The Post asked economists, former officials and others to weigh in on President Obama's proposed tax increases.  —  Chairman of TheStreet.com; host of CNBC's “Mad Money”  —  As someone who can expect a real shock when I get an Obama-shredded paycheck the moment …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 …
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Washington Post:
Federal Courts in Va., N.Y. May Take Some Guantanamo Cases
Discussion: DISSENTING JUSTICE
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 …
 
 
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