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7:30 PM ET, March 10, 2009

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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pick withdraws  —  Charles Freeman, the Obama administration's choice to head the National Intelligence Council, has withdrawn from consideration after facing strong opposition from Senate Republicans.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 …
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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 / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Freeman's withdrawal  —  My first take, with Rep. Mark Kirk and Ambassador Nicholas Veliotes weighing in:
Discussion: Mondoweiss
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 …
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.
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 …
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 and Mondoweiss
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Freeman's out  —  A statement from ODNI just now:
Discussion: Hot Air and Yourish.com
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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
Jonathan Tasini / The Huffington Post:   Democratic Senators: Mess With EFCA, Face A Primary
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Democrats introduce card-check, vow to move it
Discussion: The Swamp
The Hill:
A Vote for Cloture is a vote against the Secret Ballot
Discussion: The Politico
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.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Chamber Mobilizes  —  I'm probably not breaking any news …
Discussion: Washington Post
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.”  —  FOXNews.com
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 …
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Justin Elliott / TPMMuckraker:
Exclusive: Inside The Pentagon's Idea Factory
Discussion: Danger Room
William Saletan / Slate:
You just won the stem-cell war.  Don't lose your soul.  —  Today, President Obama lifted the ban on federal funding of stem-cell research using destroyed human embryos.  If you support this research, congratulations: You won.  Now for your next challenge: Don't lose your soul.
Discussion: neo-neocon and Crunchy Con
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Stem cell decision ignites right's ire
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
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.
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
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Vaunted Obama message machine is off-key  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When billionaire investor Warren Buffett says President Barack Obama's economic message is muddled and undermining public confidence, it's worth listening.  —  Halfway through his first 100 days in office …
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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 …
New York Times:
Obama Calls for Changes to the Education System  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama called for sweeping changes in American education on Tuesday, urging states to lift limits on charter schools and exhorting teachers, parents and students to embrace a renewed commitment to learning from grade school through adulthood.
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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 …
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.
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Conrad: Obama budget lacks votes  —  Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) said Tuesday that President Obama's budget plan doesn't have enough support from lawmakers right now to win approval.  —  Conrad said that he has spoken to enough colleagues with reservations …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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.
 
 
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The Huffington Post:
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