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10:25 AM ET, March 12, 2009

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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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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 …
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 …
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The distorting effect of anonymity
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
Allow Me to Twirl My Evil Moustache (or Payess, If You Know What I Mean)
Discussion: Media Blog
David S. Broder / Washington Post:   The Country's Loss  —  The Obama administration has just suffered …
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 …
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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 …
Margaret Carlson / Bloomberg:   Inside Man Geithner Shines When He's Offstage: Margaret Carlson
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: MSNBC, The Impolitic and Swampland
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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.”
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CNN:
Bush shoe-thrower gets 3-year prison sentence
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Guardian
Sam Cage / Reuters:
RPT-FEATURE-Corporate oil booms in low-tax Switzerland  —  * Companies seek Swiss domiciles despite tax row  —  * U.S. political climate may be helping  —  * Appeal as corporate location may outlast offshore dispute  —  The tidy towns and mountain vistas of Switzerland are an unlikely setting for an oil boom.
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: Fox News and QandO
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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
Agence France Presse:
Kerry: Climate change delay is ‘suicide pact’  —  A leading US senator warned on Wednesday that deferring potentially costly actions to combat climate change because of the global economic slump amounted to “a mutual suicide pact.”  —  “Climate change is not governed by a recession …
Discussion: The Foundry and Telegraph
 
 
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 Earlier Items: 
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A Dereliction Of Journalistic Duty
Tony Mauro / LAW.com:
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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
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Discussion: BizzyBlog
Washington Post:
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John / Power Line:
LIBERAL HACKERS AT IT AGAIN
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The Huffington Post:
Ari Fleischer Battles Chris Matthews, Calls Him “Shameful” …