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9:05 PM ET, March 10, 2009


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Laura Rozen / The Cable:
Freeman speaks out on his exit  —  Retired Amb.  Chas Freeman, who said today that he no longer accepts an offer to chair the National Intelligence Council, has just sent this message: … More to come.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Controversial intelligence pick withdraws  —  Charles Freeman, the Obama administration's choice to head the National Intelligence Council, has withdrawn from consideration after facing strong opposition from Senate Republicans.  —  Freeman is the latest in a string of Obama administration appointees …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Schumer Takes Credit For Getting Chas Freeman Ousted  —  Chuck Schumer's office sends over a statement from the Senator himself, saying he's the one who got Chas Freeman dumped from the post of National Intelligence Council chief: … As I reported the other day, Schumer had privately communicated …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Freeman Precedent  —  There are a couple of things worth noting about this minor, yet major, Washington spat.  The first is that the MSM has barely covered it as a news story, and the entire debate occurred in the blogosphere.  I don't know why.  But that would be a very useful line of inquiry for a media journalist.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Chas Freeman pulls out  —  The controversial appointee to chair President Barack Obama's National Intelligence Council walked away from the job Tuesday as criticism on Capitol Hill escalated.  —  Charles W. Freeman Jr., the former ambassador to Saudi Arabia, had been praised by allies …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Freeman's withdrawal  —  My first take, with Rep. Mark Kirk and Ambassador Nicholas Veliotes weighing in:
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Charles Freeman fails the loyalty test  —  Obviously, John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt are rabid, hateful paranoids — total bigots and anti-Semites — for having suggested that there are powerful domestic political forces in the U.S. which enforce Israel-centric orthodoxies …
Ira Forman / The Huffington Post:
Questioning the Patriotism of Freeman's Critics
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Chas Freeman On Verge Of Make Or Break Moment
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Freeman's out  —  A statement from ODNI just now:
Discussion: Hot Air and
Martin Kramer / Sandbox:   Chas Freeman's Saudi fable
Wall Street Journal:
Labor Bill Faces Threat in Senate  —  WASHINGTON — Key Senate Democrats are wavering in their support of legislation that would give more power to labor unions, dealing a setback to labor's top priority as businesses warn of the damage the bill would cause.
The Huffington Post:
Ben Nelson Opposes Employee Free Choice Act  —  Ben Nelson will once again be playing a key role in Senate negotiations over a major legislative drive.  The centrist Nebraska Democrat told reporters Tuesday afternoon that he does not currently support the Employee Free Choice Act —
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Reid pushes for 60 on labor union bill
Discussion: The Politico and The Hill
Holly Rosenkrantz / Bloomberg:
Wal-Mart May Win Democrats Unions Need on Card-Check
Discussion: Commentary and DownWithTyranny!
Jonathan Tasini / The Huffington Post:
Democratic Senators: Mess With EFCA, Face A Primary
Discussion: Riehl World View
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Democrats introduce card-check, vow to move it
Discussion: The Swamp
Fox News:
Pelosi Made Repeated Requests for Military Aircraft, Documents Show  —  Representatives for Judicial Watch, which obtained e-mails and other documents showing the requests, say House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has treated the Air Force as her “personal airline.”  —
Josh Rogin / CQ Politics:
Obama Seeks to Delay Tanker, Cancel Bomber  —  The White House has given the Pentagon guidance to delay procurement of aerial refueling tankers by five years and cancel plans for a new long-range bomber, according to three sources close to the discussions.  —  No final decisions have been made …
Justin Elliott / TPMMuckraker:
Exclusive: Inside The Pentagon's Idea Factory
Discussion: Danger Room
Ben Smith / The Politico:
The new left-wing conspiracy  —  The vast new left-wing conspiracy sets its tone every morning at 8:45 a.m., when officials from more than 20 labor, environmental and other Democratic-leaning groups dial into a private conference call hosted by two left-leaning Washington organizations.
Ali Frick / Think Progress:   Specter on Steele: 'I wouldn't pay a whole lot of attention to him.'
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Politico: 20+ lefty groups holding daily calls to coordinate messages
Discussion: Wizbang and JammieWearingFool
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Obama Creates White House Women's Council
Paul Krugman:
Can America be saved?  —  So I read this: … and I wonder if this country can handle the crisis we're in.  Remember, John Boehner is, in effect, the second-most influential member of the GDP (after Rush Limbaugh).  And while Democrats hold a majority, it's not enough of a majority to make the minority party irrelevant.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Chamber Mobilizes  —  I'm probably not breaking any news …
Discussion: Washington Post
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Cantor: Obama losing focus on economy  —  House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) seized on the opportunity to criticize the president Tuesday for over-reaching in his first 50 days on the job.  —  Following the GOP's weekly conference meeting, the second-ranking House Republican told reporters …
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Ann Coulter and Bill Maher spar at Radio City Politico - 1 hour, 52 minutes ago  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  NEW YORK — Bill Maher couldn't have asked for a better act to follow.  —  Maher took the stage at the Radio City Music Hall Monday after Ann Coulter …
Discussion: New York Post
The Huffington Post:
McCain Prepping ‘Contract With America’ Style Economic Plan  —  Sen. John McCain is putting together a major economic plan that will be structured, in some ways, off of Newt Gingrich's famous Contract With America.  —  In an email obtained by the Huffington Post, the Arizona Republican's chief of staff …
Rasmussen Reports:
53% Say It's Likely the U.S. Will Enter a Depression Similar to 1930's  —  Most Americans (53%) now think the United States is at least somewhat likely to enter a 1930's-like depression within the next few years.  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 39% think this outcome is unlikely.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
S.C. Rep. Brown to get big-name primary challenger  —  Rep. Henry Brown Jr. (R-S.C.) will face one of his state's biggest family names in next year's Republican primary — an announcement that came just months after Brown's surprisingly narrow win over a tough Democratic challenger.
Discussion: Scorecard's Blogs
Roger Kimball / Pajamas Media:
The Idiot's Guide to Destroying the Economy: a 12-Step Program  —  Think destroying the mighty economy of the United States is too big a job for you?  Relax.  Anyone can do it.  A friend sent me a handy-dandy no-fuss 12-step program for wreaking financial havoc among even the world's most advanced economies.
The Huffington Post:
LaHood Hits Back Hard Against Charges Of “Socialism,” “Obama Recession”  —  Secretary of Transportation Ray Lahood hit back hard on Monday to charges from White House critics that President Barack Obama's economic policies — focused on leveraging government spending to stimulate demand …
Discussion: Big Hollywood, Salon and MyDD
Michael Spencer / Christian Science Monitor:
The coming evangelical collapse  —  An anti-Christian chapter in Western history is about to begin.  But out of the ruins, a new vitality and integrity will rise.  —  ONEIDA, KY. -  —  We are on the verge - within 10 years - of a major collapse of evangelical Christianity.
Robert Ballinger / Maryland Department …:
The Maryland Department of the Evironment Continues to Investigate Fly Ash Spill to North Branch Potomac River In West Virginia  —  MDE Monitoring Clean up and Repair Activities, Investigation is Ongoing  —  On March 9, 2009, New Page Corp. at the pulp and paper mill located in the Town of Luke …
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Christopher Keating / Capitol Watch:
Catholic Church Hearing Canceled Wednesday By Judiciary Committee …
Discussion: Hot Air
William Saletan / Slate:
You just won the stem-cell war. Don't lose your soul.
Discussion: neo-neocon and Crunchy Con