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8:50 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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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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DOUTHAT REPLACES KRISTOL.... I don't agree with Ross Douthat on much of anything.
Discussion: The Sideshow and Balloon Juice
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: 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.
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 …
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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Ron Kampeas / JTA:
Ex-AIPACer Rosen suing former employer for defamation
Discussion: Mondoweiss and Ben Smith's Blog
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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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: Swampland
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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 and PoliGazette
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 …
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 …
The Politico:
Second stimulus?  Never heard of it!  —  Nancy Pelosi said this week that she's keeping the door open for a second stimulus bill.  —  She may be the only one.  —  As the nation continues to shed jobs, an increasing number of economists are saying Congress will need to pump more money into the economy this year.
Discussion: The Swamp and The Politico
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Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
Democrats drafting second stimulus package
Discussion: Open Left, RedState and Think Progress
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
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Cities' Plans to Swap Cash for Stimulus Are Stopped  —  LOS ANGELES — Suppose the federal government gave you and your neighbor $500 each to buy a new bike, but what you really wanted was a $250 shopping spree for running gear instead.  So you offered to sell your $500 federal check …
Discussion: BizzyBlog
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
 
 
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 More Items: 
Carl Mortished / Times of London:
What do cars and cows have in common? No, not horns
Discussion: The Corner and Power Line
K. Daniel Glover / Accuracy in Media:
A Dereliction Of Journalistic Duty
Tony Mauro / LAW.com:
TOP JOBS  —  Justice Souter Describes ‘Annual Intellectual Lobotomy’ During Court Term
Discussion: Althouse
Washington Post:
Treasury Seeks Billions More to Aid Ailing Nations
Elizabeth Hester / Bloomberg:
Dimon Says System Can Be Saved If ‘Vilification’ Ends
The Huffington Post:
Ari Fleischer Battles Chris Matthews, Calls Him “Shameful” …
Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary
Discussion: Economix and Calculated Risk
 Earlier Items: 
The Huffington Post:
Chafee Chides Obama Over Bipartisanship
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Commentary
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Lede:
Sacramento and Its Riverside Tent City
Discussion: MyDD
Henry / Crooked Timber:
Let Us Rally to Protect the Delicate Flower of Rugged Individualism!
 

 
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
BuzzFeed sells Complex, acquired for $300M in 2021, to livestream shopping platform Ntwrk for $108.6M; BuzzFeed plans to lay off 16% of its workforce

Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Sources: Amazon plans to shut its FAST service Freevee in the coming weeks, as part of a broader effort to focus its ad and product efforts on Prime Video

Amelia Pollard / Bloomberg:
Filing: a US court gives Audacy, the second-largest radio broadcaster in the US, approval to exit bankruptcy, slashing ~$1.7B of its debt in a restructuring

 
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