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12:50 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 …
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Times Hires New Conservative Columnist  —  The New York Times has hired Ross G. Douthat, a 29-year-old conservative writer and editor at The Atlantic, as an Op-Ed columnist, nearly two months after ending the year-long run of another conservative columnist, William Kristol, officials at the paper said Wednesday.
Discussion: American Power
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   DOUTHAT REPLACES KRISTOL.... I don't agree with Ross Douthat on much of anything.
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:   Rosenthal on Douthat: ‘Unafraid to take on orthodoxy’
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 …
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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 …
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!
Discussion: Political Machine and Gothamist
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Star Mag: Bristol And Levi Split Up
Discussion: Associated Press and NY Daily News
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.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CARVILLE THEN, LIMBAUGH NOW.... Fox News' Bill Sammon …
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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John / Power Line:
LIBERAL HACKERS AT IT AGAIN  —  At the end of January, a hacker broke into Senator Norm Coleman's web site and gained access to information there about donors to the Coleman campaign.  Coleman's staff had a forensic analysis performed and were assured that the donor information had not been downloaded.
Discussion: Wikileaks
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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: Washington Post
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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Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
Obama backs pet projects and signs spending bill
Discussion: Reuters
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 …
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 …
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 …
Lisa Belkin / New York Times:
Motherlode: Obama's Council on Women  —  President Obama has just signed an executive order establishing the “White House Council on Women and Girls.”  The purpose of the new group “is to ensure that American women and girls are treated fairly in all matters of public policy,” he said at the signing.
Discussion: Swampland and The Caucus
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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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post and Mondoweiss
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
Washington Post:
Treasury Seeks Billions More to Aid Ailing Nations  —  Geithner Pledges Help for IMF, Will Ask Europe to Boost Stimulus  —  Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner yesterday unveiled a sweeping plan that calls on the United States and other nations to offer billions more to bail out economies …
Henry / Crooked Timber:
Let Us Rally to Protect the Delicate Flower of Rugged Individualism!  —  Two recent versions of the same argument.  First, the simplified 800 word version, from Roger Cohen. … Second, the lengthier and more sophisticated variant from Clive Crook. … There is something very, very strange in my eyes about this kind of argument.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
 
 
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