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5:50 AM ET, March 9, 2009

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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: TBogg and the talking dog
Rob Stein / Washington Post:
Obama Aims to Shield Science From Politics  —  When President Obama lifts restrictions on funding for human embryonic stem cell research today, he will also issue a presidential memorandum aimed at insulating scientific decisions across the federal government from political influence, officials said yesterday.
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CNN:   Congressman: Stem cell reversal is distraction
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Obama to keep stem cell promise
Discussion: New York Times
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
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
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.
Yahoo! News:
Vatican defends Brazil excommunication  —  A senior Vatican cleric has defended the excommunication of the mother and doctors of a nine-year-old girl who had an abortion in Brazil after being raped.  —  Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, head of the Catholic church's Congregation for Bishops …
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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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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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:
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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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Behind the Curve  —  President Obama's plan to stimulate the economy was “massive,” “giant,” “enormous.”  So the American people were told, especially by TV news, during the run-up to the stimulus vote.  Watching the news, you might have thought that the only question was whether the plan was too big, too ambitious.
Discussion: Economist's View
Albert R. Hunt / Bloomberg:
Obama throws critics by sticking to his word  —  WASHINGTON: Republicans and self-styled conservatives, like Captain Renault in “Casablanca,” are shocked - shocked - that President Barack Obama is trying to govern as candidate Obama promised he would.  —  They are disturbed that Obama's …
Dan Collins / protein wisdom:
Where in the world is El Jefe?  —  Two bits of information regarding Jeff's doings tomorrow.  First, Michelle Malkin's going to give Jeff the opportunity to respond in his own post at Hot Air.  I'm not sure what time that will go up.  Second, he's going to be at Breitbart.TV again …
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.
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
 
 
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Telegraph:
US to step up attacks on Pakistan as it forces Taliban to talk
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Power Line
Helene Cooper / International Herald Tribune:
Attorney general chided for language on race
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BBC:
Bank nationalisation ‘not needed’
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Gene Weingarten / Washington Post:
Fatal Distraction  —  Forgetting a child in the back seat of a hot …
Discussion: Majikthise
Reuters:
Iran test-fires new missile - media
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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
Tom Blumer / NewsBusters.org:
Tea Parties?  What Tea Parties? …
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court liberal?
Discussion: The Swamp and Washington Post