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8:20 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.
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
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:   Obama to keep stem cell promise
Agence France Presse:
NKorea's Kim wins parliamentary seat: official media  —  SEOUL (AFP) — Leader Kim Jong-Il has been unanimously elected to a seat in North Korea's parliament following a 100 percent turnout, state media said Monday.  —  Sunday's elections for the rubber-stamp Supreme People's Assembly featured …
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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.
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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Mike Dorning / Chicago Tribune:   His words, the president's voice
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.
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 …
Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
Official Washington Celebrates Ted Kennedy's 77th Birthday  —  Washington, on certain special nights, feels like America's living room writ large.  —  Last night, it was Uncle Teddy's living room.  —  They all crammed in, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's whole Washington familial tableau …
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
Anne Barrowclough / Times of London:
George Galloway stoned in Egypt  —  A humanitarian convoy led by maverick MP George Galloway,carrying medical supplies for Gaza has come under attack in Egypt  —  The convoy, carrying aid worth £1m, was pelted with stones and vandalised after it stopped in El-Arish …
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.
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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Andy Ram / Ynetnews:
Sad moment in Sweden  —  Tennis player Andy Ram dismayed by violent anti-Israel demonstrations during tennis contest  —  In almost every respect, the events of the past week in Sweden are a sad moment for Tennis, for sports in general, and certainly for  —  Up until the last moment …
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 …
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 …
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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Michael Calderone / The Politico:
How Obama plays the pundits
Discussion: marbury and Jack & Jill Politics
Rod Dreher / Crunchy Con:
“Cool to be bisexual”  —  Horrible story in today's Dallas Morning News …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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
Discussion: Commentary and Daily Pundit
BBC:
Bank nationalisation ‘not needed’
Discussion: The Huffington Post
 Earlier Items: 
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
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