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8:55 AM ET, March 14, 2009


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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: ACSBlog and Salon
Michelle Malkin:   Obama to re-brand “enemy combatants”
Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama drops ‘enemy combatant’ label
Discussion: New York Times
Terry Frieden / CNN:
U.S. reverses policy, drops ‘enemy combatant’ term
Discussion: DISSENTING JUSTICE and Jihad Watch
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
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 …
Hilary Potkewitz / Crain's New York Business: CEO quits after Cramer's TV flameout  —  Thomas Clarke, longtime chief executive of the financial news Web site, abruptly leaves, “effective immediately.”  —  Friday brought more tumult for CNBC anchor Jim Cramer, when the chief executive of his online financial news site, The, resigned.
Discussion: The Raw Story, Firedoglake and TVNewser
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 …
Megan McArdle:
Cramer v. Stewart
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: PoliGazette and Sister Toldjah
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Senate recount trial: Now it's up to the judges  —  They haven't said when they'll rule, but don't hold your breath for a conclusion.  —  After seven long weeks, Minnesota's U.S. Senate election trial came down to a debate Friday between following the rules and a notion of common sense.
Discussion: MyDD, The Caucus, TPMDC and MinnPost
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell: Coleman fight should go to federal court
Michael C. Moynihan / Reason:
Keith Olbermann and the Ring of Assassins!  —  On last night's episode of Countdown, the always excitable Keith Olbermann led the show with a “bombshell allegation” from investigative reporter Seymour Hersh exposing a “covert executive assassination ring” run out of Dick Cheney's office.
Obama Signs Law Banning Federal Embryo Research Two Days After Signing Executive Order to OK It  —  ( - On Wednesday, only two days after he lifted President Bush's executive order banning federal funding of stem cell research that requires the destruction of human embryos …
Wake judge orders home schoolers into public classrooms  —  RALEIGH, N.C. — A judge in Wake County said three Raleigh children need to switch from home school to public school.  Judge Ned Mangum is presiding over divorce proceeding of the children's parents, Thomas and Venessa Mills.
Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
Obama Pledges to Improve Food Safety  —  WASHINGTON — Describing the government's failure to inspect 95 percent of food-processing plants as “a hazard to the public health,” President Obama promised Saturday to bolster and reorganize the nation's fractured food-safety system.
Discussion: The Politico and Daily Kos
Associated Press:
Interfax: Cuba, Venezuela may host Russian bombers  —  MOSCOW - A Russian Air Force chief said Saturday that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has offered an island as a temporary base for strategic Russian bombers, the Interfax news agency reported.  —  The chief of staff of Russia's long range aviation …
Ginger Thompson / New York Times:
Obama Says He Will Review Request for Guard on Border  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama is considering a request by Gov. Rick Perry of Texas to deploy National Guard troops along the southern border to stop a devastating wave of violence from spilling into this country from Mexico.
Discussion: Riehl World View
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
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Con Coughlin / Telegraph:
Britain is fighting a war - and we are too soft on our enemies
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Daimnation!
Andrew Cohen / CBS News:
Trial Tweets Through The Ages
Associated Press:
Man accused of beheading wife arraigned
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Michelle Malkin
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: Political Machine and TPMDC
Joshua Rhett Miller / Fox News:
What's In a Number? That Depends on How You Define ‘Homeless’
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
WaPo ditches business section
Michelle Malkin:
Tea Party update: Revolution is brewing
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Party-Line President  —  A Post-Partisan Dawn Quickly Turns False
Discussion: RedState and The Huffington Post
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Conservative Think Tank Adjusts to Tough Times
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts and ATTACKERMAN