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12:00 AM ET, March 11, 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.
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 …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Freeman hits ‘Israel lobby’ on way out  —  President Barack Obama's controversial pick for a top intelligence post blasted the “Israel lobby” on his way out the door Tuesday, intensifying a debate on the role Israel's allies played in the latest failed Obama appointment.
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pick withdraws  —  Charles Freeman, the Obama administration's choice to head the National Intelligence Council, has withdrawn from consideration after facing strong opposition from Senate Republicans.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 …
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 …
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
Ron Kampeas / Capital J | JTA:
Freeman speaks  —  Laura Rozen at Foreign Policy got the scoop …
Discussion: Power Line, The Corner and Commentary
Martin Kramer / Sandbox:   Chas Freeman's Saudi fable
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
The Most Dishonest Freeman Defense
Discussion: Commentary and The Raw Story
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
Intelligence Pick Derailed by Critics
Discussion: Gates of Vienna
Ira Forman / The Huffington Post:
Questioning the Patriotism of Freeman's Critics
Thomas Omestad / US News:
Embattled Ex-diplomat Chas Freeman Gives Up Top Intelligence Analyst Post
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.
Camille Paglia / Salon:
Heads should roll  —  President Obama's clumsy, smirky staff is sinking him — and resurrecting a deflated GOP!  Plus: Lay off Rush!  And a Brazilian diva, up close and electric  —  View a slide show of Daniela Mercury at the 2009 carnival in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.  —  Free Barack!
Discussion: Don Surber and The Other McCain
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
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Obama Creates White House Women's Council
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.”  —
Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch Uncovers Documents Detailing Pelosi's Repeated Requests for Military Travel  —  House Speaker Issued Unprecedented Demands for Military Aircraft and Wasted Taxpayer Resources with Last Minute Cancellations  —  Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates …
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.
Holly Rosenkrantz / Bloomberg:
Wal-Mart May Win Democrats Unions Need on Card-Check
Jonathan Tasini / The Huffington Post:   Democratic Senators: Mess With EFCA, Face A Primary
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
Howard Fineman / Newsweek:
A Turning Tide?  —  Obama still has the approval of the people, but the establishment is beginning to mumble that the president may not have what it takes.  —  Surfer that he is, President Obama should know a riptide when he's in one.  The center usually is the safest, most productive place in politics …
Teddy Davis / The Note:
S.C. Guv to Obama: Thanks, But No Thanks  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis reports:  —  South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) has completed his review of the recently enacted stimulus package and will be sending President Obama a letter in the next few days asking for permission to apply a quarter …
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
S.C. Rep. Brown to get big-name primary challenger
Discussion: Scorecard's Blogs
David Rogers / The Politico:
Obama gets omnibus and earmark fight  —  A $409.6 billion omnibus appropriations bill cleared Congress Tuesday even as the White House pursued new steps to try to pare back the level of parochial spending projects attached to the budget each year.  —  President Barack Obama is poised to sign …
Discussion: Associated Press and Reuters
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Reid pushes for 60 on labor union bill
Discussion: Rough Sketch and The Hill
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 …
Will Collier:
Tea Party Conservatives vs. Dinner Party Conservatives  —  Forget the “liberalterian” or “moderates vs. conservatives” manamana being bantered about recently.  What we have today is a scism, and it's between the Tea Party Conservatives and Dinner Party Conservatives.
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Is Obama Doing Too Much Too Soon?  —  President Has Taken Action on Almost Every Major Policy Issue in His First 50 Days  —  It was just five months ago that President Obama, the then-junior senator from Illinois was rallying across the country, campaigning for one of the world's most influential seats.
Discussion: and Political Punch
Gateway Pundit:
The Obama Disaster— 50 Days That Changed the World  —  50 Days That Changed the World  —  ...It's hard to imagine we're only 50 days into the Barack Obama Presidency.  —  ** Obama is on track to spend more money than any person in the history of the planet.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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 …
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 …
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