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3:40 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.
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 …
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
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
Discussion: Townhall.com
Wall Street Journal:
G-20 Sets Increased Lending as Priority  —  HORSHAM, England — Finance ministers and central bankers from the Group of 20 leading economies on Saturday said their top priority is to restore bank lending, which will require dealing with impaired assets.  —  In a statement, the G20 …
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: Sweetness & Light and Hot Air
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
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
With Two Wars, U.S. Begins to Rethink an Old Doctrine  —  WASHINGTON — The protracted wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are forcing the Obama administration to rethink what for more than two decades has been a central premise of American strategy: that the nation need only prepare to fight two major wars at a time.
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
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Salazar's Wolf Decision Upsets Administration Allies  —  Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's decision to stick with a controversial Bush administration move that took gray wolves off the endangered species list in most of the northern Rockies reflects the independent streak that has defined his career.
 
 
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