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7:30 PM ET, March 9, 2009

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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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Ashley Rindsberg / The Huffington Post:
Obama Intel Chief Wants National ID System
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Commentary
Huma Khan / Political Punch:
Debating Chas Freeman
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Charles Freeman, Roger Cohen and the changing Israel debate
Thomas Joscelyn / Weekly Standard:
Freeman's Analytical Incompetence
Discussion: The New Republic
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 …
Discussion: MSNBC, Salon and Washington Monthly
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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 …
Rob Stein / Washington Post:
Obama Aims to Shield Science From Politics
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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Jason Hancock / Iowa Independent:
Iowa Dems invoke Limbaugh's drug use in fight over labor bill
Dieter Bradbury / kennebecjournal.mainetoday.com:   Snowe, Collins: Ado over Limbaugh reflects struggles of party
The Huffington Post:
Gingrich Takes On Rush: Hoping For Prez's Failure Is “Irrational” (VIDEO)
Discussion: Salon and Hot Air
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.
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 …
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
The Hair Fallout  —  The Washington Post's article last week about the graying of President Obama had barely hit the Web site when New York PR maven Jacqueline Agosta fired off an e-mail news release noting: “Whether it is crow's feet, smile lines or wrinkles on their foreheads …
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The Huffington Post:   Dean Allies Suspicious Of Surgeon General Leaks, See Politics At Play
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 …
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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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 …
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.
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 …
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
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Card check battle starts tomorrow  —  Tomorrow, Democrats in both houses of Congress plan to introduce a union-organizing bill that is labor's top priority for the year, Democratic officials said.  —  The result could be a high-decibel, high-stakes brawl between business and labor, which strongly supported President Barack Obama.
Discussion: TPMDC and D-Day
Agence France Presse:
Obama creates post for international women's issues  —  WASHINGTON (AFP) — US President Barack Obama announced Friday the creation of a new foreign policy position designed to tackle global women's issues.  —  Obama named Melanne Verveer, an aide in former president Bill Clinton's administration …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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.
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
 
 
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Gateway Pundit:
Wikipedia Scrubs Dear Leader's Page Clean of Critical Entries
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
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Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and The Corner
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Recession Sends Lawyers Home
Discussion: Law Blog and Townhall.com
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Laura D'Andrea Tyson / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: The Foundry and EconLog
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CNN:
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Obama's Double Talk
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Discussion: Wake up America