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12:00 AM ET, March 12, 2009

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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 a late-twenties-year …
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Ross Douthat:
The Times and Me  —  As Marc is reporting (amid many undeserved compliments), I'll be leaving the Atlantic to join the New York Times next month.  I'll have more to say on this front soon, but for now the only thing to say is thanks - to the Atlantic, for everything and then some …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DOUTHAT REPLACES KRISTOL.... I don't agree with Ross Douthat on much of anything.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Times Hires New Conservative Columnist
Discussion: American Power
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:   Rosenthal on Douthat: ‘Unafraid to take on orthodoxy’
Lisa Depaulo / Men's Fashion, Men's Clothing …:
The Reconstructionist  —  Michael Steele, the embattled new head of the Republican Party, on whether he'd be in this job if he were white, why he left the seminary for the GOP, and where his diminished party goes from here  —  I met Michael Steele in his office at the RNC several weeks into his new job …
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Steele: Abortion an ‘individual choice’  —  In an interview with GQ, Michael Steele called abortion an “individual choice” and said the question should be left to the states.  —  Steele describes himself as pro-life and has in the past backed both state bans and a constitutional amendment against abortion.
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 …
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Lorenzo Benet / People.com:
Bristol Palin & Fiancé Split  —  Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin  —  Bristol Palin and her fiancé Levi Johnston have broken up, two sources tell PEOPLE.  —  The split happened “a few weeks ago,” according to a source close to the couple, but it's unclear what precipitated it.
Star:
World Exclusive: Bristol Palin's Bitter Split!  —  The teen love affair that rocked last year's presidential race is over.  —  Sarah Palin's daughter, Bristol, has ditched her baby daddy, Levi Johnston!  —  Now's Levi's sister, Mercede is telling all exclusively to Star and the picture …
Discussion: Gothamist and Political Machine
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Star Mag: Bristol And Levi Split Up
Discussion: Associated Press and NY Daily News
Muriel Kane / The Raw Story:
Hersh: ‘Executive assassination ring’ reported directly to Cheney  —  Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh dropped a bombshell on Tuesday when he told an audience at the University of Minnesota that the military was running an “executive assassination ring” throughout the Bush years …
Discussion: AlterNet.org and protein wisdom
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Eric Black / MinnPost:
Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh describes ‘executive assassination ring’  —  Journalist Seymour Hersh speaking in Doha at an Al Jazeera forum on the media in 2007.  —  At a “Great Conversations” event at the University of Minnesota last night, legendary investigative reporter Seymour Hersh …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CARVILLE THEN, LIMBAUGH NOW.... Fox News' Bill Sammon has an interesting piece today that some on the right are excited about.  I don't think they've thought this one through.  (thanks to reader D.D. for the tip) … Some conservatives are already pointing to a possible double-standard.
Discussion: Don Surber
Diana West:
Rush Limbaugh Is Not the Problem
Discussion: The Liberty Papers
Hotline On Call:
TSA Probing Vitter Incident  —  The Transportation Security Administration is examining Sen. David Vitter's much-reported decision to open the closed gateway door to his plane — even though he was warned against it by an airline worker.  —  “We will be reviewing the alleged incident,” …
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:   Dems put heat on Vitter for reported airport blow up
Washington Post:
Obama Signs Spending Bill, Calls for Earmark Guidelines  —  President Obama today signed what he called an “imperfect” spending bill to keep the government running even though it contains thousands of lawmakers' pet projects, but he called for more rigorous review of future projects …
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The White House:
President Obama Announces White House Council on Women and Girls
Lisa Belkin / New York Times:
Motherlode: Obama's Council on Women
Discussion: The Caucus and Swampland
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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New York Times:
Israel Stance Was Undoing of Nominee for Intelligence Post
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Phil Izzo / Wall Street Journal:
Obama, Geithner Get Low Grades From Economists  —  U.S. President Barack Obama and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner received failing grades for their efforts to revive the economy from participants in the latest Wall Street Journal forecasting survey.  —  The economists' assessment stands …
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David Harsanyi / Reason:   Now You Own It, Mr. President
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 …
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John / Power Line:
LIBERAL HACKERS AT IT AGAIN
Discussion: Wikileaks
Michael Kranish / Boston Globe:
Now-needy FDIC collected little in premiums  —  With fund going strong, banks didn't pay for decade  —  WASHINGTON - The federal agency that insures bank deposits, which is asking for emergency powers to borrow up to $500 billion to take over failed banks, is facing a potential major shortfall …
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 …
Don Surber:
“There is nobody there”  —  Barack Obama is too busy posing for magazine covers to actually do the job to which he was elected.  —  There is a price to be paid when a president throws a party every other night, weekends in Chicago or Camp David and poses for magazine cover after magazine cover.
Think Progress:
NEW POLL: America Is Evenly Divided Between Progressives/Liberals And Conservatives/Libertarians  —  Our guest bloggers are John Halpin and Ruy Teixeira, fellows at the Center for American Progress.  —  For years, traditional public opinion polling has broken down Americans' political ideology …
Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary  —  Technical information:  —  Employment: (202) 691-6559 USDL 09-0246  —  Unemployment: (202) 691-6392  —  REGIONAL AND STATE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT: JANUARY 2009  —  Regional and state unemployment rates were nearly all higher in January.
The Huffington Post:
Ari Fleischer Battles Chris Matthews, Calls Him “Shameful” And “Disingenuous” (VIDEO)  —  In a clash between two of the loudest and most intrusive political talkers in the business, neither Chris Matthews nor former Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer endeared themselves very well on Wednesday evening.
Julie Satow / The Huffington Post:
Jim Cramer Shorting Stocks, Manipulating Markets, Saying The SEC Doesn't Understand  —  In light of the current economic crisis, and with the hullabaloo ignited recently by Jon Stewart over the accuracy of CNBC's reporting, we thought it might be useful to revisit this shocking 2006 interview Jim Cramer gave …
Ron Kampeas / JTA:
Ex-AIPACer Rosen suing former employer for defamation  —  WASHINGTON (JTA) — Steve Rosen, the former AIPAC foreign policy chief charged with receiving classified information, is suing his former employer for defamation, JTA has learned.  —  Rosen filed a civil action March 2 in the District …
Elizabeth Hester / Bloomberg:
Dimon Says System Can Be Saved If ‘Vilification’ Ends  —  Jamie Dimon, chief executive officer of JPMorgan Chase & Co., said the U.S. can rescue its banking system by the end of the year if officials start cooperating and stop the “vilification” of corporate America.
The Huffington Post:
Chafee Chides Obama Over Bipartisanship  —  One of Barack Obama's high-profile Republican endorsers during the campaign said he was “stunned” that the president could muster only three Republicans votes for his stimulus package and put the blame squarely at the president's feet.
Discussion: Commentary and Washington Monthly
 
 
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Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
Obama backs pet projects and signs spending bill
Discussion: The Politico, Reuters and Hot Air
Bloomberg:
Madoff's Refusal to Admit Conspiracy Said to Have Scuttled Deal
Discussion: TalkLeft
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Lede:
Sacramento and Its Riverside Tent City
Henry / Crooked Timber:
Let Us Rally to Protect the Delicate Flower of Rugged Individualism!
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Increased Number Think Global Warming Is “Exaggerated”
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Think Progress
Joe Conason / New York Times:
Dumbest Proposal Ever?
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:
Howard Fineman, the Establishment, and Barack Obama
Discussion: Washington Monthly and TalkLeft
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
BIG FIBBIN'  —  You just can't trust this Eric Cantor guy as far as you can throw him.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 Earlier Items: 
NBC Los Angeles:
Chanting Teachers Take Over Building
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and BizzyBlog
Andrew S. Grove / Washington Post:
Mr. President, Time to Rein In The Chaos
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Steve Hendrix / Washington Post:
Creationist Students Take Trip to Evolution Headquarters: The Smithsonian
Geoff Earle / New York Post:
REVEALED: PELOSI'S ‘AIR RAGE’