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11:50 AM ET, March 8, 2009

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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Should Michelle Cover Up?  —  Journalists are never supposed to start a piece with a scene in a taxi because it signals either laziness about gathering facts or a tendency to embroider facts.  —  Nonetheless, I'm going to.  David Brooks and I were sharing a cab to the British Embassy the other day to meet with Gordon Brown.
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
Jodi Kantor / New York Times:
New Chairman Boos G.O.P. When He's Not Cheerleading  —  None of the guests seemed to be complaining, yet Michael Steele stood at a Fifth Avenue fund-raiser in New York on Wednesday evening and defended his month-old tenure as chairman of the Republican National Committee.
Gretel C. Kovach / New York Times:
Mixed Opinions of a Judge Accused of Misconduct  —  DALLAS — If Sharon Keller, the presiding judge of Texas' highest criminal court, has ever doubted her judgment, she has not shown it.  —  In 1998, Judge Keller wrote the opinion rejecting a new trial for Roy Criner, a mentally retarded man convicted …
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 …
Rory Carroll / Guardian:
Obama to bring Cuba in from the cold  —  US companies are queuing up as the president moves to ease restrictions on travel and trade, raising hopes of warmer relations and an end to the embargo  —  President Barack Obama is poised to offer an olive branch to Cuba in an effort to repair the US's tattered reputation in Latin America.
Michelle Malkin:
Tea Party on: Taxpayer revolts in Green Bay, Lafayette, Olathe, and Harrisburg; Plus: Live from Fullerton CA... “Recall the Taxinator!  ;” Arnie videotapes/DVDs smashes/shredded  —  Scroll for updates...  The tax-paying rebels are not going away.  —  In Green Bay, Wisconsin …
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Tom Barnes / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Hundreds protest bailouts in Harrisburg
Discussion: Instapundit
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
David Barrett / Telegraph:
Campaigners will seek arrest of Islamic radical  —  Campaigners from the Centre for Social Cohesion have pledged to seek an arrest warrant for Dr Ibrahim Moussawi, an Islamic extremist, who is due to visit Britain this March.  —  The think-tank said the Home Office would be “beyond hypocrisy” …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Recession on track to be longest in postwar period  —  WASHINGTON - Factory jobs disappeared.  Inflation soared.  Unemployment climbed to alarming levels.  The hungry lined up at soup kitchens.  —  It wasn't the Great Depression.  It was the 1981-82 recession, widely considered America's worst since the depression.
Discussion: PoliBlog
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Dreaming of Splitting the Taliban  —  FRIENDS?  FOES?  —  WASHINGTON  —  HERE is a proposition that is bound to cut deep into the national psyche: Should the United States seek to negotiate with some of the same people who gave sanctuary to Osama bin Laden prior to the Sept. 11 attacks?
Discussion: MyDD and FP Passport
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 …
 
 
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Yossi Melman / Haaretz:
Report: Shoe hurled at Ahmadinejad in Iranian city
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
BBC:
MI5 telegrams ‘fed interrogation’
Discussion: Biased BBC
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
High-Speed Rail Drives Obama's Transportation Agenda
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Guy Adams / The Independent:
‘Shut up about Chavez the killer’ Venezuelan co-star tells Sean Penn
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and Don Surber