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3:15 AM ET, March 13, 2009

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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.
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Rendell: Steele's ‘days are numbered’
The Huffington Post:
Steele In Serious Hot Water With Social Conservatives
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Melissa Clouthier / Right Wing News:
Get Off Michael Steele's Back
Discussion: Alarming News and Macsmind
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.
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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 …
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Laura Ingraham mocks Meghan McCain as being ‘plus-sized.’  —  Last night, Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) daughter, Meghan McCain, appeared on Rachel Maddow's MSNBC show, where she continued to criticize Ann Coulter.  On her radio show today, Laura Ingraham responded to McCain's critique …
CampusProgress.org:
Ross Douthat: the College Years  —  A look at the newest New York Times columnist's undergrad writing.  —  The New York Times reported yesterday that it had hired conservative Atlantic blogger Ross Douthat as an op-ed columnist.  Douthat, who will be one of the youngest—if not the youngest …
Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line:
Third Top Treasury Pick Withdraws From Consideration  —  Democratic sources say that H. Rodgin Cohen, a partner in the New York law firm Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, and the leading candidate for Deputy Treasury Secretary, has withdrawn from consideration.  —  It's the third withdrawal …
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Associated Press:
Source: Obama official on leave after FBI raids  —  Source: Obama technology official on leave after FBI raids his old DC office, arrests 2  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — An aide to President Barack Obama is on leave from his White House job after the FBI raided his old District …
Discussion: Reuters
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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: DownWithTyranny!
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Army fired 11 soldiers in Jan. as openly gay  —  The Army fired 11 soldiers in January for violating the military's policy that gay service members must keep their sexuality hidden, according to a Virginia congressman.  Democratic Rep. Jim Moran said he has requested monthly updates …
Discussion: MyDD and Think Progress
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Congressman Jim Moran:
Don't Ask, Don't Tell Discharge Data for 2009 Released
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 …
Steven Thomma / MiamiHerald.com:
Obama v. Limbaugh: Poll finds it's no contest  —  WASHINGTON — The deepening recession is taking a slight toll on President Barack Obama's standing, but he's still twice as popular as archnemesis Rush Limbaugh, according to a new McClatchy-Ipsos poll.  —  The survey found that 65 percent …
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Michelle Malkin:
Lamest billboard ever
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Clyburn: Sanford jab ‘beyond the pale’  —  House Majority 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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Don Surber:
52 days, 52 mistakes  —  Let me count them up, in no particular order.  Some are big.  Some are small.  —  We all make mistakes.  Here's his:  —  1. A do-over on the oath of office.  —  2. Tim Geithner.  —  3. Bill Richardson.  —  4. Tom Daschle.  —  5. Eric “Nation of Cowards” Holder.
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
US missile strike in Kurram agency levels Taliban training camp  —  The US targeted a Taliban compound in a cross-border strike into Pakistan's tribal areas today.  The strike took place in the Kurram tribal agency and was the second attack there since December 2008.
Discussion: Danger Room and The Jawa Report
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Big Union Vows To Back Arlen Specter In 2010 If He Supports Employee Free Choice  —  This is big: Senior officials with the powerful AFL-CIO have privately assured GOP Senator Arlen Specter that they'll throw their full support behind him in the 2010 Senate race if he votes for the Employee Free Choice Act …
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.
Associated Press:
White House objects to UN calling US ‘deadbeat’  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House objected Thursday to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's description of the United States as a “deadbeat” donor to the world body.  —  Ban used the phrase Wednesday during a private meeting with lawmakers at the Capitol …
LILEKS (James) Welcome:
I'd have preferred his prosecutor got the job, but I'm vindictive like that  —  I know it's old news, but it's fascinating.  Remember this guy?  —  John Walker Lindh, the “American Taliban.”  Caught in Afghanistan after the invasion while fighting on the side of the Taliban against the Northern Alliance …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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 …
Hanna Rosin / The Atlantic Online:
The Case Against Breast-Feeding  —  IMAGE CREDIT: JOSE LUIS PELAEZ/GETTY IMAGES  —  ONE AFTERNOON AT the playground last summer, shortly after the birth of my third child, I made the mistake of idly musing about breast-feeding to a group of new mothers I'd just met.
Discussion: Ross Douthat and Crunchy Con
MSNBC:
‘Hardball with Chris Matthews’ for Wednesday, March 11  —  Guests: Michelle Bernard, Mary Thompson, Lawrence O'Donnell, Pat Buchanan  —  CHRIS MATTHEWS, HOST: We band of Bushies.  —  Let's play HARDBALL.  —  Good evening.  I'm Chris Matthews.  Leading off tonight: We just can't quit you.
Discussion: David Corn
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
U.S. Jet Shoots Down Iranian Drone Over Iraq (Updated)  —  An American fighter jet shot down an Iranian drone as it was flying over Iraq, U.S. military sources in Baghdad tell Danger Room.  —  Details of the previously-unreported shoot-down, which occurred last month, are still sketchy.
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Workers' Health Benefits Eyed for Taxation  —  Revenue Would Fund Expansion of Coverage  —  With President Obama's plan to tax the rich to pay for health care facing deep skepticism on Capitol Hill, key lawmakers are pressing a different way to raise money: taxing the health benefits workers receive from their employers.
 
 
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