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10:35 PM ET, March 9, 2009

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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Half Dozen Republican Senators To Blast Obama Intel Pick Over Israel Views  —  Okay, Senate Republicans are officially ratcheting up their war against Chas Freeman, who is taking heavy fire from the pro-Israel lobby and the neocons as Obama's pick to head the National Intelligence Council.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Freeman allies begin ‘outreach effort,’ no converts so far  —  The office of the Director of National Intelligence, Dennis Blair, has begun to reach out to members of Congress who have been raising questions about the appointee chair the National Intelligence Council, Chas Freeman, but with little positive effect so far.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Commentary
Tim Starks / CQ Politics:   Blair Defends Intelligence Pick From Questions on Foreign Connections
Ashley Rindsberg / The Huffington Post:
Obama Intel Chief Wants National ID System
Discussion: Commentary and Weekly Standard
The Daily Beast:
Charlie Gasparino Talks to Fallen Wall Street Titan Jimmy Cayne  —  Blogs and Stories  —  As the pundit begins a series of national debates this week, Meghan McCain says that having her as the face of the Republican Party is a recipe for disaster.  —  It is no secret that being a Republican …
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CNN:
Meghan McCain calls Ann Coulter ‘offensive’ and ‘insulting’  —  (CNN) - Fresh off public complaints about her own love life, Meghan McCain has a new target for her most recent gripes: conservative commentator Ann Coulter.  —  In a new blog post for the Daily Beast as Ann Coulter …
Ryan Powers / Think Progress:
Beck: Stem-cell research will lead directly to the search for a new ‘master race.’  —  On his radio show today, conservative talker Glenn Beck commented on President Obama overturning the ban on federally funded stem-cell research.  Beck argued that funding stem-cell research would lead directly …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
GOP Rep: “Our Goal Is To Bring Down Approval Numbers” For Dems  —  GOP Rep. Patrick McHenry, a key player in helping craft the Republican message, has offered an unusually blunt description of the Republican strategy right now.  —  McHenry's description is buried in this new article from National Journal (sub. only):
Jim Cramer / Mainstreet.com:
Cramer Takes on the White House, Frank Rich and Jon Stewart  —  Suddenly, bloggers, opinion people, columnists and, yes, pundits who haven't paid attention to anything I have been saying or writing for the past 18 months are all over me.  Suddenly, I find myself in the center of a firestorm …
Rasmussen Reports:
Republicans See Their Party As Leaderless  —  Who's in charge here?  —  Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Republican voters say their party has no clear leader, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.  Another 17% are undecided.  —  Just five percent (5%) …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   THE LEADER OF THE PARTY.... Last week, in response to an awkwardly …
Jason Hancock / Iowa Independent:
Iowa Dems invoke Limbaugh's drug use in fight over labor bill
Discussion: Hot Air and The Raw Story
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Don't Rely on Bush's Signing Statements, Obama Orders  —  WASHINGTON — Calling into question the legitimacy of all the signing statements that former President George W. Bush used to challenge new laws, President Obama on Monday ordered executive officials to consult with Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr …
Justin Sullivan / Time:
The 10 Major Newspapers That Will Either Fold or Go Digital Next  —  A San Francisco Chronicle newspaper vendor  —  Over the past few weeks, the U.S. newspaper industry has entered a new period of decline.  The parent of the papers in Philadelphia declared bankruptcy, as did the Journal Register chain.
Arthur Herman / New York Post:
WHAT'S BEHIND BARACK'S BRIT SNIT  —  PRESIDENT Obama's first hosting of a foreign leader, the UK's Gordon Brown, was a diplomatic disaster.  —  Obama failed to hold a joint Rose Garden press conference, the usual protocol when a US president and a British prime minister first meet …
Gateway Pundit:
Wikipedia Scrubs Dear Leader's Page Clean of Critical Entries  —  Wikipedia scrubs Obama's entry clean of any critical information that may taint your view of Dear Leader.  —  Communist tyrany Joseph Stalin routinely air-brushed his enemies out of photographs.
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Aaron Klein / WorldNetDaily:
Wikipedia scrubs Obama eligibility
Discussion: Threat Level
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Rush whacks Newt  —  Rush Limbaugh responded to Newt Gingrich's shot at him with a broadside at the former speaker on today's show.  —  “I'm frankly getting tired of talking about Newt.  I mean, it's a pointless exercise,” Limbaugh said of Gingrich's dismissal of him on “Meet the Press.”
Discussion: Hot Air and Eunomia
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Jeff Goldstein / Hot Air:
How I learned to stop worrying and love the f-bomb  —  Let me begin by noting that this post is not about Rush Limbaugh.  —  You're welcome.  —  Now, just to be clear, Mr Limbaugh will appear in the post — and as a character he will be prominently featured — but this post is no more about Rush than …
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
The Hair Fallout  —  The Washington Post's article last week about the graying of President Obama had barely hit the Web site when New York PR maven Jacqueline Agosta fired off an e-mail news release noting: “Whether it is crow's feet, smile lines or wrinkles on their foreheads …
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The Huffington Post:
Dean Allies Suspicious Of Surgeon General Leaks, See Politics At Play
Discussion: Salon and Wonkette
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Middle East Reality Check  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton grabbed headlines with an invitation to Iran to attend a conference on Afghanistan, but the significant Middle Eastern news last week came from Britain.  It has “reconsidered” its position on Hezbollah and will open a direct channel to the militant group in Lebanon.
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Dan Harris / ABCNEWS:
America Is Becoming Less Christian, Less Religious  —  American Religious Identification Survey Finds Major Denominations Losing Members  —  America is still a predominantly Christian nation, but it's becoming both less Christian and less religious, according to the results of the new American Religious Identification Survey.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Truthdig
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court rules against minority districts  —  Dividing 5-4, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that federal voting rights law does not require the creation of a new legislative district when that would include a racial minority group that has less than 50 percent of the population, as a remedy when minority voters' rights have been diluted.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Connecticut moving to regulate the Catholic Church?  —  According to the First Amendment and the Establishment Clause, the government has no business dictating to religious organizations how they should structure themselves.  In Connecticut, though, some lawmakers seem to have skipped over the Constitution.
Associated Press:
Specter Says Nation on ‘Brink of a Depression’  —  Specter sees ‘reasonable chance’ stimulus law can help  —  The nation is on the “brink of a depression,” but there's a “reasonable chance” that the $787 billion economic stimulus package will help ease the situation, Sen. Arlen Specter said Monday.
Discussion: Hot Air
Kenneth D. Lewis / Wall Street Journal:
Some Myths About Banks  —  Nationalization would undermine confidence in the financial system.  —  The story of our economic crisis mirrors every great market bubble in history.  Clearly, banks were key participants, but they were not alone.  Mortgage lenders, borrowers, regulators …
Discussion: Money & Company
CNN:
Saudis order 40 lashes for elderly woman for mingling  —  (CNN) — A Saudi Arabian court has sentenced a 75-year-old Syrian woman to 40 lashes, four months imprisonment and deportation from the kingdom for having two unrelated men in her house, according to local media reports.
Jane Wells / CNBC:
US Recession Could Last Up to 36 Months: Roubini  —  The man who predicted the current financial crisis said the US recession could drag on for years without drastic action.  —  Among his solutions: fix the housing market by breaking “every mortgage contract.”
 
 
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Frank James / The Swamp:
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Card check battle starts tomorrow
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Laura D'Andrea Tyson / Wall Street Journal:
In Defense of Obamanomics  —  History shows that the president's …
Discussion: The Foundry and EconLog
Roy Edroso / Runnin' Scared:
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Discussion: The Huffington Post