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3:30 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: Don Surber, The Reaction 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
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.
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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)
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.
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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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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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:
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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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.
CNN:
Congressman: Stem cell reversal is distraction  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A top congressional Republican on Sunday criticized President Barack Obama's expected decision to reverse the Bush administration's limits on embryonic stem-cell research, calling it a distraction from the country's economic slump.
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Obama to keep stem cell promise
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
BREITBART.COM:
N. Korea warns intercepting ‘satellite’ will prompt counterstrike+ … North Korea warned Monday that any move to intercept what it calls a satellite launch and what other countries suspect may be a missile test-firing would result in a counterstrike against the countries trying to stop it.
Helene Cooper / International Herald Tribune:
Attorney general chided for language on race  —  WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama has chided his attorney general, Eric Holder Jr., for describing America as a “nation of cowards” when discussing race, wading into a tumult that flared over Holder's indictment of the way this country talks about ethnicity.
Discussion: Daily Pundit
Rod Dreher / Crunchy Con:
“Cool to be bisexual”  —  Horrible story in today's Dallas Morning News about an East Texas man who survived the home invasion and slaughter of his wife and children, carried out by his and his wife's teenage daughter, Erin, and three of her friends (all of whom pled guilty in the matter).  Excerpt:
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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
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 …
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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MSNBC:
Mexico morgues crowded with drug-war dead
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BBC:
Bank nationalisation ‘not needed’
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Reuters:
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Discussion: Don Surber
Wall Street Journal:
Auto Team Wraps Up in Detroit
Scott / Power Line:
WHAT PRICE CHURCHILL?  —  Ted Bromund notes that upon entering …
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
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Blumer / NewsBusters.org:
Tea Parties?  What Tea Parties? …
BBC:
Real IRA ‘behind N Ireland shootings’
Discussion: Pajamas Media
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court liberal?
Discussion: The Swamp and Washington Post
Lindsey Baguio / Orange County Register:
Thousands join talk show hosts in tax protest
Discussion: 24Ahead, Hot Air and PoliPundit.com
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Recession on track to be longest in postwar period
Jodi Kantor / New York Times:
New Chairman Boos G.O.P. When He's Not Cheerleading