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12:40 AM ET, March 9, 2009

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NY Daily News:
Spitzer choked her during sex, says call girl  —  His political rivals used to accuse Eliot Spitzer of going for the jugular.  Now a new call girl is claiming the former governor literally went for hers — claiming he wrapped his fingers around her neck during some kinky role-playing.
Discussion: The Reaction, Don Surber and MyDD
New York Times:
Terror-War Fallout Lingers Over Bush Lawyers  —  WASHINGTON — When John C. Yoo, a former Justice Department lawyer, was selected by President George W. Bush in May 2004 to join a government board charged with releasing historical Nazi and Japanese war crimes records, trouble quickly followed.
Discussion: the talking dog
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DAVID BROOKS GETS SHRILL.... Just yesterday I argued that respectable figures of the political establishment are reluctant to call obvious stupidity “stupid,” especially when it comes to truly painful ideas like a spending freeze in the midst of the economic crisis.
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New York Times:
G.O.P. Senators Say Some Big Banks Can Be Allowed to Fail  —  John McCain and Richard C. Shelby, two high-profile Republican senators, said on Sunday that the government should allow a number of the biggest American banks to fail.  —  “Close them down, get them out of business,” Mr. Shelby …
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Mike Dorning / Chicago Tribune:
His words, the president's voice  —  Obama has called his head speechwriter a mind-reader.  And at age 27, his prose is being acclaimed worldwide  —  Head speechwriter Jon Favreau talks with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office on Jan. 29, 2009.  (White House Photo by Pete Souza / January 29, 2008)
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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
President's Political Protector Is Ever Close at Hand  —  WASHINGTON — The pepperoni and cheese pizzas had been delivered, and a meeting about how to sell President Obama's economic plan was set to begin — not at the White House, but a few blocks away in the seventh-floor apartment of David Axelrod.
Frank Schaeffer / The Huffington Post:
Open Letter to the Republican Traitors (From a Former Republican)  —  Dear Republican Leaders: The Republican Party has become the party dedicated to sabotaging the American future.  Check out the sermon I just delivered about the Republican Party on CNN when being interviewed by D.L. Hughley — and/or read on.
Patterico's Pontifications:
Democrats Have No Right To Be Snooty About Rush Not Wanting the President to Succeed  —  Let's put aside arguments about Rush Limbaugh for the time being and recognize that he's undeniably right about this: … I think we all know the answer to that — but here's some hard proof.
Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
A Rising Dollar Lifts the U.S. but Adds to the Crisis Abroad  —  As the world is seized with anxiety in the face of a spreading financial crisis, the one place having a considerably easier time attracting money is, perversely enough, the same place that started much of the trouble: the United States.
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Greyhawk / Mudville Gazette:
Diversions (III)  —  Remember the Iraq drawdown you heard about last month?  The one where a Brigade originally scheduled for Iraq was going to Afghanistan instead?  Well, a funny thing about that...  Last weekend we noted this obscure bit of news from ABC:
Discussion: BLACKFIVE
Reuters:
Iran test-fires new missile - media  —  TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran has test-fired a new air-to-surface missile, Iranian media reported on Sunday, in the Islamic Republic's latest display of its military capability.  —  The missile test was carried out despite the offer by the administration …
Discussion: Don Surber
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Obama to keep stem cell promise  —  President Barack Obama will issue a broad declaration Monday that science should be walled off from political interference in his administration, officials said Sunday.  —  In another break from his predecessor, Obama will also lift restrictions …
Telegraph:
US to step up attacks on Pakistan as it forces Taliban to talk  —  The United States is planning to escalate aerial bombing raids on Pakistan's tribal areas in tandem with efforts to force moderate elements of the Taliban to the negotiating table, the Telegraph has learned.
Discussion: Power Line and Jihad Watch
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Defending Chas Freeman  —  The Chas Freeman saga continues with the publication of the following letter in The Wall Street Journal: … The authors are Thomas Pickering (ambassador to Jordan, then Nigeria, then El Salvador, then Israel, then the United Nations, then India …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The Inflection Is Near?  —  Sometimes the satirical newspaper The Onion is so right on, I can't resist quoting from it.  Consider this faux article from June 2005 about America's addiction to Chinese exports: … Let's today step out of the normal boundaries of analysis of our economic crisis …
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court liberal?  —  In a decision last week against the drug company Wyeth, it was the court's most conservative justice who most harshly criticized a Bush administration legal policy.  —  Reporting from Washington — The Supreme Court opinion that drew the most praise …
Discussion: The Swamp
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Court Defies Pro-Business Label
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Tom Blumer / NewsBusters.org:
Tea Parties?  What Tea Parties?  Predictably, Established Media Coverage of Tea Party Protests Is Sparse  —  Coverage of “tea party” protests in various cities around the country (this March 4 Pajamas Media press release, HT to FreeRepublic, cited 22 locations on February 27 and seven this weekend) …
Discussion: alicublog and Instapundit
Scott / Power Line:
WHAT PRICE CHURCHILL?  —  Ted Bromund notes that upon entering office President Obama returned a bronze bust of Winston Churchill that had been on loan as a symbol of the Special Relationship from the British Government to the United States since 9/11.  According to Newsweek's report …
Gene Weingarten / Washington Post:
Fatal Distraction  —  Forgetting a child in the back seat of a hot, parked car is a horrifying, inexcusable mistake.  But is it a crime?  —  The defendant was an immense man, well over 300 pounds, but in the gravity of his sorrow and shame he seemed larger still.
Discussion: Majikthise
 
 
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Helene Cooper / International Herald Tribune:
Attorney general chided for language on race
Discussion: Daily Pundit
Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
A.I.G., Where Taxpayers' Dollars Go to Die
MSNBC:
Mexico morgues crowded with drug-war dead
Discussion: Associated Press
BBC:
Bank nationalisation ‘not needed’
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Wall Street Journal:
Auto Team Wraps Up in Detroit
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Chris Wallace and Hume on Wall Street: “Is this an ‘Obama bear market?’
Discussion: News Hounds and The Moderate Voice
Pamela Constable / Washington Post:
U.S. Troops Face a Tangle Of Goals in Afghanistan
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BBC:
Real IRA ‘behind N Ireland shootings’
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Lindsey Baguio / Orange County Register:
Thousands join talk show hosts in tax protest
Discussion: 24Ahead, Hot Air and PoliPundit.com
Kevin Rennie / Hartford Courant:
A Pardon For A Friend, A Good Deal For Dodd
Jamie Doward / Guardian:
British Muslim leader urged to quit over Gaza
Discussion: Harry's Place
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Recession on track to be longest in postwar period
Discussion: Balloon Juice