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6:35 PM ET, March 9, 2009

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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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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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Martin Kramer / Sandbox:
Chas Freeman and preemptive cringe  —  Charles “Chas” Freeman, the former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia who is slated to become chair of the National Intelligence Council (NIC), is being praised by his supporters as a brilliantly “contrarian” analyst.  But has anyone gone back to examine the analyses?
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Charles Freeman, Roger Cohen and the changing Israel debate
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 …
Discussion: American Power and Firedoglake
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 …
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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Dieter Bradbury / kennebecjournal.mainetoday.com:
Snowe, Collins: Ado over Limbaugh reflects struggles of party
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Curt Anderson / The Politico:   Adviser: Steele overhauling GOP
Justin Sullivan / Time:
The 10 Major Newspapers That Will Either Fold or Go Digital Next  —  A San Francisco Chronicle newspaper vendor  —  Over the last few weeks, the newspaper industry has entered a new period of decline.  The parent of the papers in Philadelphia declared bankruptcy as did the Journal Register chain.
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 …
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 …
Frank James / The Swamp:
White House tells China U.S. has right to be in China Sea  —  Impeccable photo from http://www.msc.navy.mil website.  —  by Frank James  —  The Chinese harassment of a U.S. naval surveillance vessel in the South China Sea, the Impeccable, drew a response from the White House at today's daily press briefing.
Discussion: New York Times
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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 …
Jay Newton-Small / Time:
Connecticut's Chris Dodd Faces a Backyard Rebellion  —  In many respects, Senator Chris Dodd is more powerful than ever on Capitol Hill these days.  After enduring eight years in the political wilderness, the Connecticut Democrat is one of his ascendant party's senior statesmen …
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 …
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.
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
Mark Preston / CNN:
Dailykos, firedoglake on blogging in the Obama era  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Liberal bloggers were the cyber cheerleaders for Barack Obama in the 2008 race for the White House.  But now that he has won, these “netroots” activists face a major challenge: criticizing the new president and his administration.
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.
Discussion: American Papist, The Corner and Wizbang
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: Wake up America
W. James Antle, III / AmSpecBlog:
Frum vs. Limbaugh  —  As a broadly “paleo-sympathetic” conservative, I have no problem with right-wing criticism of the conservative movement.  From that perspective, what the movement has actually conserved is more important than how many elections it has won.
Discussion: Eunomia
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Obama's Double Talk  —  To those who believe that Barack Obama is a different kind of politician — more honest, more courageous — please don't examine his administration's budget.  If you do, you may sadly conclude that he resembles presidents stretching back to John Kennedy in one crucial respect.
The Huffington Post:
Dean Allies Suspicious Of Surgeon General Leaks, See Politics At Play  —  Allies of Howard Dean are saying that recent leaks from the White House, in which anonymous officials suggest that the former DNC Chair is being considered for the post of Surgeon General, seem suspiciously-timed and politically motivated.
 
 
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