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3:55 PM ET, March 12, 2009

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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
FBI raids office of D.C. CTO, Obama appointee  —  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 …
Del Quentin Wilber / Washington Post:
D.C. Official Arrested in Federal Bribery Sting  —  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.  —  Yusuf Acar, 40, was taken into custody this morning by FBI agents at his home in Northwest Washington, the sources said.
Discussion: DCist
David A Nakamura / D.C. Wire:   Breaking: D.C. Tech Official Busted in Federal Bribery Sting
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:
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Matt Lewis / Townhall.com:
Blackwell: Steele Needs to Re-Read Bible, Constitution...  I just spoke with Ken Blackwell, a senior fellow at the American Civil Rights Union and a former Ohio Secretary of State, about Michael Steele's comments to GQ.  —  According to Blackwell: … Blackwell ran against Steele …
Mike Huckabee / Huck PAC:
MICHAEL STEELE'S RECENT COMMENTS  —  Comments attributed to Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele are very troubling and despite his clarification today the party stands to lose many of its members and a great deal of its support in the trenches of grassroots politics.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Rendell: Steele's ‘days are numbered’
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Melissa Clouthier / Right Wing News:
Get Off Michael Steele's Back
Discussion: Alarming News
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 …
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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:
Michelle Malkin:
Lamest billboard ever  —  I said last week that Democrat donors ought to question whether the DNC was using its money wisely by indugling in an anti-Rush Limbaugh billboard.  —  See, I told you so.  The Christian Science Monitor skewers the results: … FAIL.
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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Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Winners and losers in the knock-down fight over Charles Freeman's aborted appointment.  —  Discomfiting as it is to say so, President Barack Obama was right to cut Charles Freeman loose—but not for the reasons that Freeman's foes might think.  —  It's always discomfiting when nominees …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Snarksmith
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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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Clyburn: Sanford jab ‘beyond the pale’  —  House Minority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) told me he thinks S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford's quip comparing President Obama's stimulus package to Zimbabwe's economic policies are “beyond the pale” — and suggested they might carry a racial subtext.
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New York Times:
Congresswoman With Ties to Bank Helped Seek Funds  —  WASHINGTON — Top banking regulators were taken aback late last year when a California congresswoman helped set up a meeting in which the chief executive of a bank with financial ties to her family asked them for up to $50 million in special bailout funds, Treasury officials said.
Discussion: Townhall.com and Fox News
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Susan Schmidt / Wall Street Journal:
Waters Held Stake in Bank She Helped
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
David Rothkopf:
Why Freeman himself was wrong about what his defeat signified...  There was a lot I didn't like about the Chas Freeman debacle, but the thing I did not like most was the degree to which it offered apparent support to the “theories” of Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer.
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Los Angeles Times:
An open debate on Israel
Discussion: PostPartisan and Mondoweiss
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
Christine / FishBowlDC:
Pres. Obama Will Not Attend Annual Gridiron Dinner, First President Since Cleveland to Miss  —  A Gridiron Club member tells FBDC first that President Obama will not attend this year's dinner next Saturday, March 21st.  He will be the first president since Grover Cleveland not to attend the first Gridiron Club Dinner of his presidency.
Hamza Hendawi / Associated Press:
Iraqi who threw shoes at Bush jailed for 3 years  —  BAGHDAD - The Iraqi journalist who threw shoes at then-President George W. Bush was convicted Thursday of assaulting a foreign leader and sentenced to three years in prison, lawyers said.  He defiantly shouted “long live Iraq” when the sentence was read.
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Paul / Power Line:
BAGHDAD IN NPR'S PARALLEL UNIVERSE
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.
TBogg:
The Galts 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
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 …
Andrew C. Revkin / Dot Earth:
No Skepticism on the Energy Gap  —  On Tuesday, the final day of the Heartland Institute's conference examining whether global warming was ever a crisis, there was a fascinating moment in one session when the discussion shifted from questioning warming to assessing humanity's limited energy choices.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Gristmill
Wall Street Journal:
Chris Dodd's Irish ‘Cottage’  —  The Senate Ethics Committee has been looking into possible conflicts of interest in Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd's 2003 mortgages.  Now questions about another Dodd real-estate adventure, this one in Ireland, should keep the Ethicists even busier.
Discussion: The Corner
Fox News:
Republicans Propose ‘No Cost’ Stimulus  —  This is a rush transcript from “Hannity,” March 11, 2009.  This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.  —  SEAN HANNITY, HOST: And in “Your America” tonight, another economic plan is also emerging tonight.
Erica Orden / New York Magazine:
Columbia J-School's Existential Crisis  —  The media bloodbath hasn't made for happy days at Columbia Journalism School.  When the Times recently announced that its new, hyperlocal blog experiment “The Local” would be assisted by journalism students not from Columbia but from the City University of New York …
 
 
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Michelle Malkin:
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Young Miss Palin
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