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9:25 AM ET, March 9, 2009

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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.
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 …
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
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.
Discussion: The Hill
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Congressman: Stem cell reversal is distraction
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Obama to keep stem cell promise
Discussion: On Deadline and New York Times
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 …
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.
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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Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Obama quickly takes sharp turn on foreign policy  —  Lost in the cacophony of the economic crisis is the issue on which the candidate Barack Obama promised to effect some of the most change: foreign policy.  —  And yet, as Obama's presidential term has buzzed with bailouts, stimulus …
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
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:
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
How Obama plays the pundits  —  When New York Times columnist David Brooks accused the White House last week of “shaking confidence with its hyperactivity,” no fewer than four senior administration officials reached out to explain — ever so politely — how he was wrong.  —  Overkill?  Maybe.
New York Times:
Geithner, With Few Aides, Faces Challenges  —  WASHINGTON — Rarely have so few people had so little time to prop up so many pillars of the economy as those in the Treasury Department under Timothy F. Geithner.  —  In the six weeks since Mr. Geithner took over as Treasury secretary …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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 …
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
Discussion: The Note
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Union bill creates jobs & #8212;for GOP ops  —  Danny Diaz's morning e-mails are back.  —  Diaz, until last month the relentless communications director for the Republican National Committee and reliable source of jabs at Democrats, now sends out a new “Morning Roundup” of attacks on the Employee Free Choice Act.
Randy Krehbiel / Tulsa World:
Liberals told to leave  —  An instructor for a hunter safety course orders Obama voters to get out of his class.  —  Thirteen-year-old Lane Dunkley just wanted to go hunting with his grandfather.  —  What he got was a lecture on politics.  —  Dunkley and his father, Daniel Reddy …
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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Telegraph:
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Helene Cooper / International Herald Tribune:
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BBC:
Bank nationalisation ‘not needed’
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