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11:00 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.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Consider The Source  —  Rod Dreher initiates a train wreck with this post that is a little bit about a ghastly home invasion and murder in a small Texas town and more about a comment made by one of the victims.  This is from the Dallas Morning News:  —  [Terry and Penny Caffey] were married eight months later.
Discussion: Dallas Morning News
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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:
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
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
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New York Times:
Geithner, With Few Aides, Is Scrambling  —  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 …
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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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
Cathy Lynn Grossman / USA Today:
Most religious groups in USA have lost ground, survey finds  —  When it comes to religion, the USA is now land of the freelancers.  —  The percentage. of people who call themselves in some way Christian has dropped more than 11% in a generation.  The faithful have scattered out of their traditional bases …
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
PERV GROUP PUTS 10G ‘HIT’ ON ANDY  —  ALBANY - A $10,000 In ternet bounty was placed on Attorney General An drew Cuomo's head by a suspected agent of the North American Man/Boy Love Association, The Post has learned.  —  The shocking death threat by the infamous organization of pederasts …
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Gothamist
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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Joe Curl / Washington Times:
Obama makes Oval Office call to reporters
Discussion: Achenblog and AmSpecBlog
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 …
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 …
David Carr / New York Times:
United, Newspapers May Stand  —  Back when I was a young media reporter fueled by indignation and suspicion, I often pictured the dark overlords of the newspaper industry gathering at a secret location to collude over cigars and Cognac, deciding how to set prices and the news agenda at the same time.
Discussion: First Draft and BuzzMachine
Wall Street Journal:
Who Pays for Cap and Trade?  —  Hint: They were promised a tax cut during the Obama campaign.  —  Cap and trade is the tax that dare not speak its name, and Democrats are hoping in particular that no one notices who would pay for their climate ambitions.  With President Obama depending …
Discussion: Hot Air and QandO
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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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.
Washington Post:
Flat Tires on the Omnibus  —  THE CONGRESSIONAL budget process — and process is an awfully polite word for the current chaos — gets uglier and uglier.  The $410 billion omnibus spending bill that is crawling to final passage and an unenthusiastic signature comes nearly halfway through the fiscal year.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Commentary
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.
 
 
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Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Obama's Double Talk
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Obama Says Hola To a More Inclusive Press Strategy
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Romenesko
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
$410 billion omnibus expected to pass this week
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
New York Times:
CNBC Thrives as Hosts Deliver News With Attitude
William M. Welch / USA Today:
Illegal immigrants might get stimulus jobs, experts say
Jennifer Harper / Washington Times:
Miniter to lead Times editorial pages
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Miga / Associated Press:
Sen. Joe Lieberman now sings Obama's praises
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Chris Wallace asks McCain if he wanted to tell America: “I told …
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Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
Official Washington Celebrates Ted Kennedy's 77th Birthday
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
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Where in the world is El Jefe?