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6:40 AM ET, March 13, 2009

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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.
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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 …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
In Interview, Republican Chairman Strays From the Party Line on Abortion  —  WASHINGTON — This was supposed to be the week that Michael Steele, the beleaguered new chairman of the national Republican Party, got his groove on, as he might put it: From filling vacancies left by the mass-firing …
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Steven Thomma / MiamiHerald.com:   Obama v. Limbaugh: Poll finds it's no contest
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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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
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Stimulus overseer: Waste ‘inevitable’  —  The chief watchdog for spending from the $787 billion stimulus package says it's guaranteed there will be waste and fraud.  —  Earl Devaney, tapped by President Obama to track the giant spending plan, also said it will be at least a year …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
MiamiHerald.com:
S.C.'s Sanford makes it official, rejects $700 million stimulus  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford on Wednesday became the first governor to reject some of his state's share of President Barack Obama's economic stimulus money, spurning $700 million that he said would harm his state's residents in the long run.
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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, Pajamas Media and Redhot
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
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
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
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Obama on 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.
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
New York Times:
Congresswoman, Tied to Bank, Helped Seek Funds  —  WASHINGTON — Top federal regulators say they were taken aback when they learned that a California congresswoman who helped set up a meeting with bankers last year had family financial ties to a bank whose chief executive asked them for up to $50 million in special bailout funds.
Nia-Malika Henderson / The Politico:
Michelle Obama tours Fort Bragg  —  On her out-of-town solo trip, First Lady Michelle Obama toured a military base in North Carolina, met with military families, and called on the nation to support soldiers and their relatives.  —  “I encourage everyone...to reach out on your own …
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Public Wants to Believe In Big Government  —  Walter Shapiro has an article in TNR titled “Americans Like Big Government: They just don't really know it yet” which is about the importance of branding in building support for a progressive agenda.  I think our new CAP report on the state …
 
 
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Jay Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
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Jeff Pope / Pajamas Media:
Does Voting Matter Anymore?
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
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Michael Wines / New York Times:
A Dirty Pun Tweaks China's Online Censors
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Joseph Abrams / Fox News:
LOST and Found: Senate Moves Toward Ratification of U.N.'s ‘Law of the Sea Treaty’
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Stephanie Green / Washington Times:
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Jacob Sullum / Reason:
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