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12:45 AM ET, March 10, 2009

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Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
How Long?  —  Jake Tapper appears to be one of the few (only?) mainstream reporters keeping current on the Chas Freeman story.  You would think it would be hard to ignore the growing tidal wave of protest and controversy.  The latest is a letter signed by the Republican members …
Discussion: Power Line and JustOneMinute
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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.
Ashley Rindsberg / The Huffington Post:
Obama Intel Chief Wants National ID System  —  Charles “Chas” Freeman, President George H.W. Bush's ambassador to Saudi Arabia and now President Obama's pick for the crucial intelligence post of National Intelligence Council chairman, has come under fire in the past weeks for his financial ties to China and Saudi Arabia.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Freeman allies begin ‘outreach effort,’ no converts so far
Discussion: Commentary
Tim Starks / CQ Politics:   Blair Defends Intelligence Pick From Questions on Foreign Connections
Eli Lake / Washington Times:
GOP senators vow scrutiny over Freeman
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Rush whacks Newt  —  Rush Limbaugh responded to Newt Gingrich's shot at him with a broadside at the former speaker on today's show.  —  “I'm frankly getting tired of talking about Newt.  I mean, it's a pointless exercise,” Limbaugh said of Gingrich's dismissal of him on “Meet the Press.”
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Ryan Powers / Think Progress:
Beck: Stem-cell research will lead directly to the search for a new ‘master race.’  —  On his radio show today, conservative talker Glenn Beck commented on President Obama overturning the ban on federally funded stem-cell research.  Beck argued that funding stem-cell research would lead directly …
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Craig Gordon / The Politico:
Nancy Reagan praises Obama  —  Under fire from congressional Republicans for lifting restrictions on stem-cell research, President Barack Obama got a powerful endorsement for his move Monday from Nancy Reagan, the former's president's wife.  —  “I'm very grateful that President Obama …
Matthew Cooper / TPMDC:   The Media's Meme: Obama's Too Distracted
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 …
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 …
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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 …
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):
Julia A. Seymour / The Business & Media Institute:
CNBC's Kernen: ‘You Might Not Have Fixed Global Warming’ After D-Day  —  ‘Oracle of Omaha’ Warren Buffett agrees, says job 1, 2 and 3 must be the ‘economic war.’  —  Business & Media Institute  —  The U.S. is at war with the failing economy, according to Warren Buffett, who told CNBC viewers that it had “fallen off a cliff.”
Discussion: The Foundry
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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 …
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 …
Justin Sullivan / Time:
The 10 Major Newspapers That Will Either Fold or Go Digital Next  —  A San Francisco Chronicle newspaper vendor  —  Over the past few weeks, the U.S. newspaper industry has entered a new period of decline.  The parent of the papers in Philadelphia declared bankruptcy, as did the Journal Register chain.
Gateway Pundit:
Wikipedia Scrubs Dear Leader's Page Clean of Critical Entries  —  Wikipedia scrubs Obama's entry clean of any critical information that may taint your view of Dear Leader.  —  Communist tyrany Joseph Stalin routinely air-brushed his enemies out of photographs.
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Aaron Klein / WorldNetDaily:
Wikipedia scrubs Obama eligibility
Discussion: Wizbang and Threat Level
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Democrats Stung by Dissenters  —  Democratic leaders in Congress did not expect much Republican support as they pressed President Obama's ambitious legislative agenda.  But the pushback they are receiving from some of their own has come as an unwelcome surprise.
Justin Fox / The Curious Capitalist:
How much of Citigroup could the FDIC actually take over?  —  FDIC chairman Sheila Bair doesn't think a full government takeover of Citigroup and other multinational financial institutions is practical or even possible.  Here are her reasons, as summarized by Pete Davis:
Associated Press:
Specter Says Nation on ‘Brink of a Depression’  —  Specter sees ‘reasonable chance’ stimulus law can help  —  The nation is on the “brink of a depression,” but there's a “reasonable chance” that the $787 billion economic stimulus package will help ease the situation, Sen. Arlen Specter said Monday.
Discussion: Hot Air
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court rules against minority districts  —  Dividing 5-4, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that federal voting rights law does not require the creation of a new legislative district when that would include a racial minority group that has less than 50 percent of the population, as a remedy when minority voters' rights have been diluted.
William Glaberson / New York Times:
Detainees Say They Planned Sept. 11  —  The five detainees at Guantánamo Bay charged with planning the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks have filed a document with the military commission at the United States naval base there expressing pride at their accomplishment and accepting full responsibility …
Discussion: the talking dog
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.
Jane Wells / CNBC:
US Recession Could Last Up to 36 Months: Roubini  —  The man who predicted the current financial crisis said the US recession could drag on for years without drastic action.  —  Among his solutions: fix the housing market by breaking “every mortgage contract.”
Dan Harris / ABCNEWS:
America Is Becoming Less Christian, Less Religious  —  American Religious Identification Survey Finds Major Denominations Losing Members  —  America is still a predominantly Christian nation, but it's becoming both less Christian and less religious, according to the results of the new American Religious Identification Survey.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Truthdig
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
 
 
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