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10:05 AM ET, March 13, 2009

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James Fallows:
It's true: Jon Stewart has become Edward R. Murrow  —  Through karmic guidance, I sprang awake at the exact moment Jon Stewart was beginning his [merciless demolition of] interview with Jim Cramer of CNBC's “Mad Money.”  —  Yes, it is cliched to praise Stewart as the “true” voice of news …
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Eric Etheridge / The Opinionator:
Fight Night: Cramer vs. Stewart  —  CNBC Mad Money host Jim Cramer appearance on the Daily Show last night, the much-anticipated showdown in the feud between the financial network and the fake news show.  The reviews now pouring onto the net are virtually unanimous: Stewart won.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
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Eric March / Indecision Forever:   Jon Stewart and Jim Cramer: The Extended Daily Show Interview
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Poll Numbers Are Falling to Earth  —  It is simply wrong for commentators to continue to focus on President Barack Obama's high levels of popularity, and to conclude that these are indicative of high levels of public confidence in the work of his administration.
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Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Obama: Economic crisis ‘not as bad as we think’ … WASHINGTON (AP) - Confronting misgivings, even in his own party, President Barack Obama mounted a stout defense of his blueprint to overhaul the economy Thursday, declaring the national crisis is “not as bad as we think” and his plans will speed recovery.
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
GREGG: BUDGET FORECAST A LIE  —  From NBC's Ken Strickland  —  It was obvious to most Capitol Hill insiders why President Obama wanted Republican Judd Gregg as a member of his cabinet: He's one of the sharpest money-minds in Congress.  —  But instead of getting Gregg's counsel within the administration …
Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
Morally Unserious in the Extreme  —  WASHINGTON — Last week, the White House invited me to a signing ceremony overturning the Bush (43) executive order on stem cell research.  I assume this was because I have long argued in these columns and during my five years on the President's Council on Bioethics that …
New York Times:
How to Surge the Taliban  —  “DONT worry, we are not going to lose this war.”  —  These were the parting words to us from Brig. Gen. Sher Muhammad Zazai, commander of the 205th Corps of the Afghan National Army in Kandahar.  He was echoing the sentiments of a group of village elders …
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Leslie H. Gelb / New York Times:
How to Leave Afghanistan  —  ONLY if our troop levels hit 100,000 …
Discussion: MyDD
Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
US missile strike in Kurram agency levels Taliban training camp
Discussion: Danger Room
Paulina Neuding / Weekly Standard:
Welcome to Ramallmö  —  How a tennis match sparked riots in Sweden.  —  “This is how it was last time too,” said a Holocaust survivor, when she was escorted from Malmö's main square by the police.  “We had to leave the square, while they got to stay.”
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Scott / Power Line:   Report from Malmo  —  Swedish journalist Paula Neuding provides …
Joe McDonald / Associated Press:
China “worried” about US Treasury holdings  —  BEIJING (AP) - China's premier expressed concern Friday about its massive holdings of Treasuries and other U.S. debt, appealing to Washington to safeguard their value, and said Beijing is ready to expand its stimulus if the economy worsens.
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Michael Wines / New York Times:
China ‘Worried’ About Safety of U.S. Treasuries
Conor Clarke / The Atlantic Business Channel:
Obama and Biden will shame you  —  Obama and Biden both gave stern warnings yesterday about misuse of stimulus funds.  “If we see money being misspent, we're going to put a stop to it,” Obama told a gathering of state officials at the White House.  How?  Obama says “we will call it out and we will publicize it.”
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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Stimulus overseer: Waste ‘inevitable’
Discussion: QandO and AmSpecBlog
Wall Street Journal:
There's No Pill for This Kind of Depression  —  Six months after the collapse, a “pandemic of fear.”  —  It is six months since Lehman fell and the crash (or the great recession, or the collapse—it's time it got its name) began.  An aspect of the story given less attention than it is due …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Obama Is on the Spot as Rulings Aid Gay Partners  —  WASHINGTON — Just seven weeks into office, President Obama is being forced to confront one of the most sensitive social and political issues of the day: whether the government must provide health insurance benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
How Obama Will Handle U.S. Attorney Posts Remains Unclear  —  One of the better spoils of winning the presidency is the power to appoint nearly 100 top prosecutors across the country.  But filling the plum jobs has become a test of competing priorities for President Obama.
Discussion: Law Blog and Stop The ACLU
David Cho / Washington Post:
Fourth Nominee Withdraws From Treasury's Roster  —  H. Rodgin Cohen, chairman of the New York law firm Sullivan & Cromwell, has withdrawn his name from consideration for deputy Treasury secretary, becoming the fourth pick for a prominent Treasury Department post to pull out in recent weeks.
Sally Denton / Blogs and Stories:
The Man Obama Double-Crossed  —  As George Clooney Returns, Dr. Mehmet Oz On How ER Changed Our Lives.  —  Web  —  Blogs and Stories  —  The president's staffing nightmares began with Bill Richardson, the erstwhile Commerce nominee, who has told confidants that he was promised the secretary of State job.
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Lieberman open to reunion with Democratic Party  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) is not ruling out running as a Democratic candidate in his reelection race in 2012.  —  Lieberman said on Thursday that he has been asked by friends about the possibility of returning to the party that nominated him for vice president in 2000.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Lawmakers deny Freeman's Israel lobby charges  —  Republicans on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence said pro-Israel lobby groups did not spur their opposition to Charles Freeman.  —  Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.), a senior member of the House intelligence panel …
S. Mitra Kalita / Wall Street Journal:
Americans See 18% of Wealth Vanish  —  The wealth of American families plunged nearly 18% in 2008, erasing years of sharp gains on housing and stocks and marking the biggest loss since the Federal Reserve began keeping track after World War II.  —  The Fed said Thursday …
Discussion: WSJ.com and The Big Picture
Mother Jones:
Sarah Palin: More Earmark Hypocrisy  —  Alaska's governor campaigned as an anti-earmark crusader, but the just-passed omnibus spending bill contains several she sought.  —  Post Comment  —  On the campaign trail last year, Alaska's Republican governor, Sarah Palin, sold herself …
Times of London:
Bailed Roy Bennett tells of horror conditions in Mugabe jail  —  Roy Bennett, one of the right-hand men of Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai - and an implacable opponent of President Mugabe - walked out of a squalid Zimbabwean jail yesterday.  —  The 51-year-old Deputy Agriculture …
Discussion: JoeTrippi.com
 
 
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MSNBC:
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