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10:05 PM ET, March 13, 2009


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SteveK / TVNewser:
MSNBC Producers Asked Not To Highlight Cramer/Stewart  —  A TVNewser tipster tells us MSNBC producers were asked not to incorporate the Jim Cramer/Jon Stewart interview into their shows today.  In fact, the only time it came up on MSNBC was during the White House briefing …
Capital Commerce:
Why Jon Stewart Really Attacked Jim Cramer  —  There was a lively exchange last night on The Daily Show between Jon Stewart and CNBC's Jim Cramer, in which Stewart hammered Cramer and the network for being subservient to Wall Street and not alerting viewers to the coming meltdown.
Alessandra Stanley / New York Times:
Economic Meltdown Not a Laughing Matter  —  It wasn't a “Brawl Street,” or a thrilla in vanilla.  It wasn't a “Daily Show” friendly feud or even much of a discussion.  Mostly, the much-hyped Thursday night showdown between Jon Stewart and Jim Cramer, the mercurial host of “Mad Money” on CNBC, felt like a Senate subcommittee hearing.
Megan McArdle:
Cramer v. Stewart  —  The buzz today is Cramer's appearance on Jon Stewart's show.  I've been of two minds about this whole fooforaw, which is why I haven't blogged about it.  On the one hand, I am not a fan of financial cable news (Bloomberg usually excepted).  I think Jim Cramer should be illegal.
Ryan Powers / Think Progress:
MSNBC producers told ‘not to incorporate’ Cramer's Daily Show interview into their programming.  —  TVNewser reports that “MSNBC producers were asked not to incorporate the Jim Cramer/Jon Stewart interview into their shows today.”  By TVNewser's count, Cramer's Daily Show interview …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
To Catch A Predator  —  I watched the Daily Show with growing shock last night.  Did you expect that?  I expected a jolly and ultimately congenial discussion, after some banter.  What Cramer walked into was an ambush of anger.  He crumbled from the beginning.
Discussion: TheZoo
James Fallows:
It's true: Jon Stewart has become Edward R. Murrow (updated)
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Obama admin. to end use of term ‘enemy combatant’  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - The Obama administration said Friday that it is abandoning one of President George W. Bush's key phrases in the war on terrorism: enemy combatant.
Discussion: Donklephant and Don Surber
Washington Post:
Obama Administration Abandons Use of Term ‘Enemy Combatant’  —  The Obama Administration today dropped the term “enemy combatant” to describe those held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and increased the legal threshold needed to detain them.
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
U.S. defines its claim to detention power  —  The Obama Administration disclosed on Friday that it will no longer claim the power to detain terrorism suspects under the label “enemy combatant,” even while claiming broad authority to detain those who are a part of terrorist networks or who supplied “substantial support” to such forces.
Discussion: Salon and ACSBlog
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Michelle Malkin:   Obama to re-brand “enemy combatants”
Washington Wire:
McCain Threatens to Oppose Interior Nominee Over Reagan Remark  —  Stephen Power reports on politics.  —  Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain today denounced as “highly offensive” remarks about Ronald Reagan made by President Barack Obama's nominee for the number two spot at the Department of the Interior.
Memo to McCain: There are no saints in America, not even St. Ronnie
Discussion: Associated Press
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THE WHITE HOUSE'S FAVORITE COLUMNIST.  —  This is a bit of an inside baseball observation, but it's becoming clear that the columnist with the best access to the White House is, improbably, David Brooks.  A month ago, Brooks got the first word on the banking plan and a rare one-on-one interview with Tim Geithner.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell: Coleman fight should go to federal court  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Friday that he would urge former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) to take his legal battle with Al Franken to federal court, potentially dragging out the Minnesota Senate race for several more months.
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and The Plum Line
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Coleman v. Franken
Discussion: Associated Press and
Mike Allen / The Politico:
White House: Greed will help  —  The nation's economy used to have too much greed and not enough fear of the future, but now has too much fear and could use a little more “greed” - spending.  —  Lawrence H. Summers, the White House economic adviser, calls it “the paradox at the heart of the financial crisis. ”
David Leonhardt / Economix:
Lawrence Summers on the Crisis
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Frank James / The Swamp:
Larry Summers: Economy wouldn't fix itself
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Politico
Washington Wire:
S.C. Legislature Moves to Override Gov. Sanford on Stimulus Funds  —  Sara Murray reports on state politics.  —  Republicans in the South Carolina state Senate are laying the groundwork to accept the stimulus funds Gov. Mark Sanford is likely to reject.  —  Sanford, a Republican …
Frank J. Fleming / Pajamas Media:
Could Obama Be Just Too Awesome?  —  While the president's brilliant radiance may fill us with boundless ecstasy, it could actually hurt the eyes of those unused to such light.  —  It's unfashionable right now to worry about things.  The dark ages of being ruled by a thuggish tyrant are now behind America.
Discussion: protein wisdom
David Brooks / New York Times:
‘No Picnic for Me Either’  —  In his education speech this week, Barack Obama retold a by-now familiar story.  When he was a boy, his mother would wake him up at 4:30 to tutor him for a few hours before he went off to school.  When young Barry complained about getting up so early …
Ann Coulter's Book Sales Head South  —  Though never exactly shy, Ann Coulter has been especially noisy in her self-promotion lately, inventing a beef with NBC News, arguing with Keith Olbermann over the meaning of a Cornell degree and taking her act on the road with Bill Maher as foil.
Elana Schor / TPMDC:
Eight Dem Senators Defend the Right to Filibuster Climate Change  —  When President Obama submitted a budget that predicted passage of a revenue-raising climate change bill, hopes rose that Congress could successfully rein in carbon emissions this year.  —  But a cap-and-trade climate bill …
Bottoms Up: W.Va. Senator Drinks Homemade “Coal Waste” on Senate Floor  —  Email Address:  —  CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) — A West Virginia State Senator made a unique statement Thursday by drinking a bottle of what he referred to as coal slurry.
Joshua Rhett Miller / Fox News:
What's In a Number?  That Depends on How You Define ‘Homeless’  —  A well publicized report this week that an estimated 1.5 million American children experienced homelessness in 2005-06 did not use the federal definition of homelessness.  Instead, it used a different definition that grossly inflated the actual number.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Associated Press:
Man accused of beheading wife arraigned  —  Muzzammil Hassan stands at his arraignment in Erie County Court in Buffalo, N.Y. (David Duprey, Associated Press / March 13, 2009)  —  BUFFALO - The founder of a Muslim-American television station pleaded not guilty Friday to beheading his estranged wife.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Michelle Malkin
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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John Koblin / New York Times:
2009, A.G.: The Arthur Gregg Sulzberger Era Begins
Discussion: New York Magazine
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
G.O.P. Rift on Need for Alternate Budget
Discussion: TPMDC
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
WaPo ditches business section
Americans for Prosperity:
28 Senators Oppose Cap-and-Trade in Reconciliation
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Stop the Presses?  Many Americans Wouldn't Care a Lot if Local Papers Folded
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Associated Press:
Ginsburg: Possible court opening soon
 Earlier Items: 
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Conservative Think Tank Adjusts to Tough Times
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and MoJo Blog Posts
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Rep. Bachmann Claims To Have Taken No-Pork Pledge, But Actually …
Discussion: Minnesota Independent and #gay
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Birther bill hits Congress
Discussion: MyDD
James Traub / New York Times:
The Academic Freedom Agenda
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Forget Britney; Media Outrage Hits Big Spenders
David Rogers / The Politico:
Ya can't make it up: House praises pi
Discussion: QandO and Lean Left