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1:35 PM ET, March 14, 2009

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Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Obama Sharpens His Reminders That He Inherited Fiscal ‘Mess’ From Bush  —  President Points to ‘Inherited’ Economy  —  In his inaugural address, President Obama proclaimed “an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics.”
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE BLAME GAME.... The Washington Post has an odd front-page piece today, rebuking President Obama for reminding audiences that the problems he inherited are, well, problems he inherited. … The problem, if I'm reading the article right, isn't that the president is saying anything untrue.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
David Nowak / Associated Press:
Report: Cuba, Venezuela could 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 …
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Agence France Presse:
Russia weighs Cuba, Venezuela bases: report … Russia could use bases for its strategic bombers on the doorstep of the United States in Cuba and Venezuela to underpin long-distance patrols in the region, a senior air force officer said Saturday.  —  “This is possible in Cuba,” …
Discussion: Townhall.com
Stacy St. Clair / Chicago Tribune:
Michelle Obama comic book to be released in April  —  Michelle Obama comic book (Bluewater Productions) (March 13, 2009)  —  She's not faster than a speeding bullet or more powerful than a locomotive.  —  Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound?  Hardly.
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Scott Johnson / Comicbook.com Blog:
President Barack Obama Punches Osama Bin Laden And Carries Gun In Comic Books  —  The first couple of times that Barack Obama popped up in comic books he was fairly conservative.  He received an endorsement from the Savage Dragon during the election, and he hung out with everyone's friendly neighborhood Spider-Man at his inauguration.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Clay Shirky:
Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable  —  Back in 1993, the Knight-Ridder newspaper chain began investigating piracy of Dave Barry's popular column, which was published by the Miami Herald and syndicated widely.  In the course of tracking down the sources of unlicensed distribution …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Battle brews over Bush library  —  Former President George W. Bush is preparing for one final struggle against the odds: raising $300 million for a presidential library, museum and policy institute at a time when dollars are tight and skepticism about his presidency runs high.
Discussion: TIME.com
CNSNews:
Obama Signs Law Banning Federal Embryo Research Two Days After Signing Executive Order to OK It  —  (CNSNews.com) - 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 …
Mark Preston / CNN:
Republican wants WH candidates to prove citizenship  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Rep. Bill Posey, R-Florida, introduced legislation this week requiring candidates to produce a birth certificate to be eligible to run in future presidential elections, triggering a sharp reaction from Democrats who accused him of …
Discussion: TPMDC
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Speaker Pelosi: I am not partisan  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is denying Republican claims that she is partisan, saying she has been open to GOP ideas.  —  In an interview with Charlie Rose on Friday, Pelosi was asked what is the most unfair and misleading impression of her.
Discussion: Hot Air and Sweetness & Light
David Barboza / New York Times:
Chinese Grease the Wheels of Power With Luxury Gifts  —  BEIJING — Last week, a finely dressed Chinese man walked into Louis Vuitton's flagship store here, seeking the perfect gift for that special someone: a senior government official.  —  “I tell you, he is at the top,” the man told the sales clerk, as his bodyguard stood nearby.
 
 
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Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Young President in a Hurry
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Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Salazar's Wolf Decision Upsets Administration Allies
Nick Mathiason / Guardian:
‘Beginning of the end’ for tax havens
Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
President Plans Team to Overhaul Food Safety
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Con Coughlin / Telegraph:
Britain is fighting a war - and we are too soft on our enemies
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Keith Olbermann and the Ring of Assassins!
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