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4:20 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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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: Firedoglake
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Middle East Reality Check  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton grabbed headlines with an invitation to Iran to attend a conference on Afghanistan, but the significant Middle Eastern news last week came from Britain.  It has “reconsidered” its position on Hezbollah and will open a direct channel to the militant group in Lebanon.
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Martin Kramer / Sandbox:
Chas Freeman and preemptive cringe
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):
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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Patrick Ruffini / The Next Right:
Defending Rush, Steele, and Jindal
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.
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Michaelscherer / Swampland:
The Economy's Psychic Threshold
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and The Corner
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 …
Michelle / Hot Air:
Hot Air TV: Rangel vs. Mattera  —  Our intrepid Hot Air TV special correspondent Jason Mattera is back on Capitol Hill!  You've watched him corner smear merchants Jack Murtha and John Kerry, ask William “Cold Cash” Jefferson for bribe-freezing tips, and roam the Democrat National Convention …
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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.
Discussion: The Corner, Hot Air and New York Times
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
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
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.
Discussion: Salon
Kevin Hassett / Bloomberg:
‘Manchurian Candidate’ Starts War on Business: Kevin Hassett  —  Back in the 1960s, Lyndon Johnson gave us the War on Poverty.  In the 1970s, Richard Nixon launched the War on Drugs.  Now that we have seen President Barack Obama's first-year legislative agenda, we know what kind of a war he intends to wage.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Cutting Earmarks Doesn't Save Money  —  I think it's reasonable well-understood at this point among non-stupid, non-dishonest people that “earmarks” are a minor aspect of the budget and the bloviating about them is just hot air not serious budget policy.  Less well-understood is Stan Collender's point …
CNN:
Saudis order 40 lashes for elderly woman for mingling  —  (CNN) — A Saudi Arabian court has sentenced a 75-year-old Syrian woman to 40 lashes, four months imprisonment and deportation from the kingdom for having two unrelated men in her house, according to local media reports.
Discussion: Shakesville and At-Largely
New York Times:
Who's Filibustering Now?  —  When President George W. Bush was stocking the federal courts with conservative ideologues, Senate Republicans threatened to change the august body's rules if any Democrat dared to try to block his choices, even the least-competent, most-radical ones.
Discussion: Right Wing Watch and Commentary
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.
Laura D'Andrea Tyson / Wall Street Journal:
In Defense of Obamanomics  —  History shows that the president's tax plans are consistent with strong economic growth.  —  If leadership is defined as recognizing a crisis, addressing its challenges, and setting new directions while remaining true to one's values, then Barack Obama is already demonstrating his strengths as a leader.
Discussion: The Foundry and EconLog
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blogs:
Peretz, investors buying back TNR  —  Marty Peretz, former owner of The New Republic, is buying back the magazine with a group of investors led by former Lazard executive Laurence Grafstein.  —  Peretz confirmed recent reports of his interest in the magazine this morning to POLITICO …
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
 
 
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The Hair Fallout  —  The Washington Post's article last week …
BBC:
China ‘will not have democracy’
Roy Edroso / Runnin' Scared:
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Wasting Away in Hooverville
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Chris Wallace asks McCain if he wanted to tell America: “I told …
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