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10:00 AM ET, March 12, 2009

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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 / Ben Smith's Blog:
Steele, under fire, walks back ‘choice’ remark  —  RNC Chairman Michael Steele said today that despite telling an interviewer he supports “individual choice” and state-level decisions on abortion, he in fact opposes abortion and supports a Constitutional ban.  —  Steele said in a statement through an RNC spokesman:
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TIMEBOMB, POSTDATED THREE WEEKS?  —  Ever since I read Michael Steele's trainwreck interview with GQ that came out yesterday, I've been wondering, he thought this was a good moment to give a let it all hang out interview?  —  Remember, this is the one where he appeared to forget in real …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Steele: Abortion an ‘individual choice’
Washington Post:
Blame the ‘Lobby’  —  FORMER ambassador Charles W. Freeman Jr. looked like a poor choice to chair the Obama administration's National Intelligence Council.  A former envoy to Saudi Arabia and China, he suffered from an extreme case of clientitis on both accounts.
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New York Times:
Israel Stance Was Undoing of Nominee for Intelligence Post  —  WASHINGTON — When Dennis C. Blair, the director of national intelligence, announced that he would install Charles W. Freeman Jr. in a top intelligence post, the decision surprised some in the White House who worried that the selection …
Rachel D'Oro / Associated Press:
Alaska Gov. Palin's daughter, fiance break up  —  WASILLA, Alaska — Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin, the teenage daughter of Gov. Sarah Palin, have broken off their engagement, he said Wednesday, about 2 1/2 months after the couple had a baby.  —  Johnston, 19, told The Associated Press …
Discussion: MSNBC and Swampland
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama's honeymoon bliss fading  —  President Obama's honeymoon is beginning to fade.  —  Members of Congress and old political hands say he needs to show substantial progress reviving the economy soon.  —  Some Democrats have started to worry that voters don't and won't understand …
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Makes Use of Signing Statements  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama signed a $410 billion spending bill Wednesday that includes thousands of pet projects inserted by lawmakers, even as he unveiled new rules to restrict such so-called earmarks.  —  At the same time …
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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.
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Ross Douthat's New Perch
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DOUTHAT REPLACES KRISTOL.... I don't agree with Ross Douthat on much of anything.
Discussion: The Sideshow and Balloon Juice
BBC:
Iraqi jailed for Bush shoe attack  —  An Iraqi journalist hailed as a hero in the Arab world for throwing his shoes at former US President George W Bush has been jailed for three years.  —  Muntadar al-Zaidi had pleaded not guilty as his trial resumed in Baghdad, telling the judge: “My reaction was natural, just like any Iraqi.”
Discussion: Truthdig
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CNN:
Bush shoe-thrower gets 3-year prison sentence
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Guardian
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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Maria Recio / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Obama: Troop move to Mexican border under consideration  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama weighed in Wednesday on the escalating drug war on the U.S.-Mexico border, saying that he was looking at possibly deploying National Guard troops to contain the violence but ruled out any immediate military move.
Discussion: QandO
ABCNEWS:
Pelosi Travel Abuse?  Case Not Proved  —  Watchdog Group Criticizes House Speaker for Travel Perks, but Records Don't Agree  —  The treasure trove of documents obtained by Judicial Watch from the Department of Defense regarding Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's use of military aircraft …
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's $80 Billion Exaggeration  —  Last week, President Barack Obama convened a health-care summit in Washington to identify programs that would improve quality and restrain burgeoning costs.  He stated that all his policies would be based on rigorous scientific evidence of benefit.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Detroit News:
Gingrich visits new hospital in West Bloomfield  —  WEST BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich arrived to tour the Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital at 3 p.m. today — a facility he heard about in a speech two years ago and wanted to visit after meeting …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
K. Daniel Glover / Accuracy in Media:
A Dereliction Of Journalistic Duty  —  If a revolution happens and no reporters cover it, will it make a sound?  That's a good question because an anti-tax revolution as American as they come is under way, and the country's top newsmen could care less.  —  Anti-tax protests have been sprouting …
 
 
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Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Meet Jay Carney, the Veep's Chief Spokesman
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
As Cities Go From Two Papers to One, Talk of Zero
Carl Mortished / Times of London:
What do cars and cows have in common? No, not horns
Discussion: The Corner and Power Line
The Politico:
Second stimulus? Never heard of it!
Discussion: CBS News and The Swamp
Tony Mauro / LAW.com:
TOP JOBS  —  Justice Souter Describes ‘Annual Intellectual Lobotomy’ During Court Term
Discussion: Althouse
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Cities' Plans to Swap Cash for Stimulus Are Stopped
Discussion: BizzyBlog
Washington Post:
Treasury Seeks Billions More to Aid Ailing Nations
John / Power Line:
LIBERAL HACKERS AT IT AGAIN
Discussion: Wikileaks and PoliGazette
 Earlier Items: 
Elizabeth Hester / Bloomberg:
Dimon Says System Can Be Saved If ‘Vilification’ Ends
The Huffington Post:
Ari Fleischer Battles Chris Matthews, Calls Him “Shameful” …
The Huffington Post:
Chafee Chides Obama Over Bipartisanship
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Commentary
Henry / Crooked Timber:
Let Us Rally to Protect the Delicate Flower of Rugged Individualism!
Michael Kranish / Boston Globe:
Now-needy FDIC collected little in premiums
Discussion: Newshoggers.com