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2:10 PM ET, March 12, 2009

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Ben Smith / The Politico:
2 arrests in Obama appointee's office  —  Federal agents this morning are searching the office Washington, D.C.'s Chief Technology Officer.  —  The search of the office at 1 Judiciary Square is part of “an ongoing investigation,” said a spokeswoman for the FBI's D.C. Field Office, Lindsay Gotwin, said.
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WTOP.com:
2 arrested in FBI raid at Obama appointee's office  —  WASHINGTON - Two officials in the D.C.'s Office of the Chief Technology Officer have been arrested in a federal bribery sting, sources tell WTOP.  —  D.C. Office of the Chief Technology Officer employees Sushil Bansal and 40-year-old Yusuf Acar …
David A Nakamura / D.C. Wire:
Breaking: D.C. Tech Official Busted in Federal Bribery Sting  —  [Note: For complete story, go here.]  —  An official in the D.C. government's office of the chief technology officer has been arrested in a federal bribery sting, according to law enforcement sources.
Discussion: DCist and Say Anything
Del Quentin Wilber / Washington Post:
D.C. Official Arrested in Federal Bribery Sting
Discussion: DCist and The Raw Story
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:   FBI searches DC government office, arrests 2
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Steele backs off abortion remarks  —  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:
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David S. Broder / Washington Post:
The Country's Loss  —  The Obama administration has just suffered an embarrassing defeat at the hands of the lobbyists the president vowed to keep in their place, and their friends on Capitol Hill.  The country has lost an able public servant in an area where President Obama has few personal credentials …
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Jimmy Orr / Christian Science Monitor:
New Limbaugh billboard slogan announced - creativity was not considered  — E-mail a friend - Print this - Letter to the Editor - Republish - - Get e-mail alerts - RSS  —  Setting a world record today for beating a dead horse, the Democratic National Committee will announce they've selected …
Discussion: Don Surber and Fausta's Blog
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John / Power Line:
THE WINNING BILLBOARD IS...  We ridiculed here the Democratic Party's lame contest for an anti-Rush Limbaugh slogan to be put on a billboard near his home.  The five “finalists” were, we thought, rather pathetic.  Just this morning, the Democrats announced the winner; click to enlarge:
Discussion: The Corner
Michelle Malkin:   Lamest billboard ever
New York Times:
Madoff Is Jailed After Pleading Guilty  —  Bernard L. Madoff pleaded guilty Thursday to all the charges against him and expressed remorse for a vast Ponzi scheme that bilked investors out of billions of dollars.  —  Standing before Judge Denny Chin in United States District Court in Manhattan …
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Associated Press:
Madoff pleads guilty and goes to jail in handcuffs
Discussion: MSNBC
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Paved With Magnificent Intentions  —  Charles Dickens, who visited in 1842, described Washington as a “city of magnificent intentions” because of the incongruity between the city's grand aspirations and muddy, swampy actuality.  Today Washington's discrepancy is not architectural but political.
Discussion: The Foundry and Commentary
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Forbes:
How Low Can The Stock Markets Go?
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
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.
Paul / Power Line:
BAGHDAD IN NPR'S PARALLEL UNIVERSE  —  The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President Bush has been sentenced to three years in prison.  The sentence seems harsh to me (a fine might have been sufficient), but I'm the last person who would presume to judge a great Arab culture.
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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 …
TBogg:
The Galt's of Gullible Gulch  —  Galt Gulch seemed so much bigger in the book  —  Threatened by “Obama's Thugs” which slims her pickin's mightily, Dr. Mrs Ole Perfesser assembles a crack panel of quarter millionaires (plus one dollar) who describe how they are going to Go John Galt.
MsJoanne / TheZoo:
How DARE you say 9/11 happened on Bush's watch!  —  Oh boy...popcorn all around!  This from the Bush Legacy Revisionism Tour ™.  —  Chris Matthews asks Ari Fleischer about how Bush left the economy.  Fleischer answers 9/11!  9/11!  Then the money shot...  Priceless!
Discussion: Think Progress and Wonk Room
The Huffington Post:
Citigroup Enters Union Fray With Anti-EFCA Call  —  Embattled financial giant Citigroup Inc., which has received at least $50 billion in federal bailout funds, hosted a private conference call on Wednesday to build opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act.
CNN:
Chuck Norris for president ... of Texas  —  (CNN) - Actor Chuck Norris has his eyes on the presidency, but not the White House.  Norris wrote that he would be interested in becoming the president of Texas, if the state were ever to secede from the Union.  —  “I may run for president of Texas …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Shakesville
Quinnipiac University:
Christie Opens 9-Point Lead Over Corzine In NJ Gov Race, Quinnipiac University New Jersey Poll Finds; Prosecutor's Experience Helps Challenger  —  Christopher Christie, the Republican challenger in this year's New Jersey Governor's race, leads Democratic incumbent Gov. Jon Corzine 46 …
 
 
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Aaron Blake / The Hill:
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Pres. Obama Will Not Attend Annual Gridiron Dinner, First President …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
KEEP YOUR EYE OUT  —  As I said last night, I think Michael …
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Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
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Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Theodore Postol / New York Times:
Defensible Missile Defense
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
Allow Me to Twirl My Evil Moustache (or Payess, If You Know What I Mean)
Discussion: Hot Air
Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
Young Miss Palin
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