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4:45 PM ET, March 11, 2009

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Democracy Corps:
Rush Limbaugh Weighs Down Heavily on Republicans  —  Read the full memo:  —  Overview  —  With a national debate raging over the place of radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh in the Republican Party, a new national survey from Democracy Corps and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner finds that Limbaugh weighs …
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
Some Banks, Citing Strings, Want to Return Federal Aid  —  WASHINGTON — The list of demands keeps getting longer.  —  Financial institutions that are getting government bailout funds have been told to put off evictions and modify mortgages for distressed homeowners.
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Wall Street Journal:
Buffett's Unmentionable Bank Solution  —  Last week's post mortem on the Fannie and Freddie takeover was received better than we might have expected.  A few readers assumed Eddie Lampert and Bill Miller, fund managers who lost money when Fan and Fred were seized, and whose letters …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and EconLog
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
SHOW US THE MONEY
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
Bill Sammon / Fox News:
Flashback: Carville Wanted Bush to Fail  —  The press never reported that Democratic strategist James Carville said he wanted President Bush to fail before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.  But a feeding frenzy ensued when radio host Rush Limbaugh recently said he wanted President Obama to fail.
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Diana West:
Rush Limbaugh Is Not the Problem
Discussion: The Liberty Papers
RADAR:
BRISTOL PALIN & LEVI JOHNSTON BREAK OFF ENGAGEMENT  —  Sarah Palin's 18-year-old daughter Bristol has reportedly broken off her engagement with Levi Johnston, the father of her 2-month-old son Tripp.  It's surprising because in an interview just last month with FOX's Gretta Van Susteren …
Roll Call:
Heard on the Hill: Vitter Goes From Hookergate to Gate-Crashing  —  Among Members of Congress, there's a long-standing, proud tradition of the Airport Freakout.  Add to the list of those who've indulged in meltdowns and temper tantrums while traveling one Sen. David Vitter …
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The Times-Picayune / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Sen. David Vitter says airport gate incident overstated  —  WASHINGTON - Citing an anonymous “tipster,” a column in the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call (subscription required) is reporting that Sen. David Vitter, R-La., went “ballistic on an airline worker after missing a flight …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
No quit: the campaign to boost Bush  —  The defense never rests.  When President Barack Obama released his own policy this week on former President George W. Bush's practice of attaching controversial signing statements to legislation, a reporter quickly got a tip from a Bush loyalist …
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Obama inks Council on Women and Girls
Discussion: The Swamp and Shakesville
CNN:
Obama lays out guidelines to overhaul earmarks
Discussion: RedState
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
NYT's Baquet defends handling of Freeman  —  For nearly three weeks, the nomination of Chas Freeman as chairman of the National Intelligence Council has been a hot-button issue among bloggers.  —  That's included those holding strong foreign policy positions—especially relating to Israel and China …
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John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
GOP chair Steele appears to disparage Republicans on Hill as “scurrying mice”  —  The Republican civil war continues.  —  Very weird quote from chairman of the Republican National Committee Michael Steele. … Sounds like stage two of a two-stage process to get himself fired.
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Barbara Barrett / Raleigh News & Observer:
Edwards talks about poverty, stays silent on paternity  —  PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Former U.S. Sen. John Edwards took another tentative step into the public spotlight tonight, speaking at Brown University about extreme poverty around the world and urging Americans to get involved in what he called a “fundamental moral issue.”
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Approval of Congress Hits Four-Year High, Fueled by Dems  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans' job approval rating of Congress is up an additional 8 points this month, after a 12-point increase last month, and now stands at 39% — the most positive assessment of Congress since February 2005.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Ross Douthat's New Perch  —  It's one step back for the Atlantic, but an order of magnitude forward for the country: my colleagues and I learned today that senior editor Ross Douthat will, in short order, become an opinion columnist for the New York Times.  —  Ross is late-twenties-year-old …
Johanna Neuman / Top of the Ticket:
Ron Paul defends earmarks, says anti-pork McCain is just grandstanding  —  Ron Paul, the Texas congressman who is the darling of the Libertarian Right, has more earmarks in the pork-laden $410-billion spending bill than any other Republican.  —  That's not according to the MSM, or the liberal blogosphere.
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Andrew S. Grove / Washington Post:
Mr. President, Time to Rein In The Chaos  —  There is nothing more difficult . . . than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.  —  Machiavelli's 500-year-old warning notwithstanding, we elected a president who is committed to “change.”
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Coleman supporters' private info likely breached  —  Norm Coleman's Senate campaign said Wednesday that the private information of its supporters has probably been breached and is encouraging them to cancel their credit cards.  —  Coleman backers began receiving e-mails Tuesday night …
Discussion: Associated Press, Hot Air and TPMDC
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Dem closing in key N.Y. House race  —  Democrat Scott Murphy has slashed into the huge lead once held by Republican Jim Tedisco in the New York special House election scheduled for March 31, according to a new Democratic-sponsored poll.  —  Tedisco, the state Assembly minority leader …
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
China's Way Forward  —  OUR APARTMENT IN Beijing overlooks one of the city's long-distance bus terminals, where people arrive from the countryside to find work or sell wares, and depart for visits or permanent returns to their home villages.  Early last summer, the terminal was jammed, and most of the passengers were leaving town.
Discussion: The Peking Duck
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
This Is Not a Test.  This Is Not a Test.  —  It's always great to see the stock market come back from the dead.  But I am deeply worried that our political system doesn't grasp how much our financial crisis can still undermine everything we want to be as a country.  Friends, this is not a test.
Geoff Earle / New York Post:
REVEALED: PELOSI'S ‘AIR RAGE’  —  WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has gone from frequent flier to jet-aircraft connoisseur, with aides berating military officials to get the best planes, e-mails revealed yesterday.  —  Pelosi, who clashed with the military to get nonstop service …
Discussion: Anorak News and GayPatriot
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
BIG FIBBIN'  —  You just can't trust this Eric Cantor guy as far as you can throw him.  He's still on TV repeating that discredited ‘scoring’ of the House GOP stimulus bill, which contained the fairly preposterous claim that their version would create twice the jobs at half the price even though …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
David Harsanyi / Reason:
Now You Own It, Mr. President  —  There are few things more satisfying than unloading your righteous rage on one of those insatiably greedy Wall Street bankers.  —  We have Gordon Gekko to blame.  Barack Obama has George W. Bush.  So while the president is busy radically centralizing the nation's economy …
Discussion: Dean's World
Sydney Morning Herald:
Obama Wiki fiddler caught red-handed  —  US President Barack Obama and, inset, Aaron Klein.  —  Asher Moses  —  A right-wing pundit has been caught red-handed manufacturing controversy after claiming US President Barack Obama's Wikipedia page was being whitewashed, in a scandal that fooled big news outlets including Fox News.
Upstaged:
Pastor tense: Ted Haggard visits This Beautiful City  —  Former evangelical superpastor Ted Haggard slipped out of the Vineyard Theatre at 9:15pm tonight, with his wife, Gayle, and two other companions: filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi, who directed the 2007 HBO documentary The Trials of Ted Haggard, and her husband, Michael Vos.
Discussion: TPMDC and The Bilerico Project
Michael Yon:
David Rhodes Still Missing  —  11 March 2009  —  Few people realize that New York Times journalist David Rhodes was kidnapped in Afghanistan back in November.  There were a few scattered stories early on, but big reporting apparently has been squashed.  In December, during a trip with Secretary Gates …
Wall Street Journal:
The Union Cudgel  —  Big Labor gets nasty on ‘card check.’  —  Big Labor's drive to eliminate secret ballots for union elections has united American business in opposition, so labor chiefs are putting on the brass knuckles: The new strategy is to threaten companies with government retaliation …
 
 
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BBC:
Nigeria gay activists speak out
Discussion: Box Turtle Bulletin and Truthdig
Oliver Schmale / Associated Press:
Teen gunman kills self after slaying 15 in Germany
Discussion: The Atlanticist
NBC Los Angeles:
Chanting Teachers Take Over Building
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and BizzyBlog
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Missing $1,000,000 Tax Bracket
Steve Hendrix / Washington Post:
Creationist Students Take Trip to Evolution Headquarters: The Smithsonian
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Pharyngula
 Earlier Items: 
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Stephanopoulos Tweets McCaskill
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Congress at work: ‘$1 billion an hour’
Discussion: Swampland and The Sundries Shack
Washington Post:
Time to Call It Quits  —  ATTORNEY GENERAL Eric H. Holder Jr …
Salon:
Heads should roll  —  Oh, the incestuous mediocrity …
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and AmSpecBlog
Bruce Kesler / Maggie's Farm:
Top Ten Reasons For ObamaCare Are Based On False Information