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5:50 AM ET, March 14, 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 …
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 …
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: Firedoglake, The Raw Story and TVNewser
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.
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
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Michelle Malkin:   Obama to re-brand “enemy combatants”
Terry Frieden / CNN:
U.S. reverses policy, drops ‘enemy combatant’ term
Discussion: DISSENTING JUSTICE and Jihad Watch
Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama drops ‘enemy combatant’ label
Discussion: New York Times
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
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
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
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 …
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 …
John Koblin / New York Times:
2009, A.G.: The Arthur Gregg Sulzberger Era Begins  —  He hasn't even been three weeks yet on the job, and The New York Times' new boy wonder has been pumping out the bylines!  —  A.G. Sulzberger, 28-year-old son of Arthur Jr, has produced seven bylines already.
Discussion: New York Magazine
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
Andrew Cohen / CBS News:
Trial Tweets Through The Ages  —  The Associated Press reported Friday that a juror in Arkansas may be in trouble for allegedly “tweeting” (via Twitter) while hearing a civil lawsuit involving a buildings material company.  —  No doubt the juror will get in trouble—may even a contempt sanction …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
G.O.P. Rift on Need for Alternate Budget  —  WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans are engaged in a highly coordinated political assault on President Obama's budget, but they are not so united when it comes to offering an alternative to the spending plan they have been shredding as irresponsible.
Discussion: Political Machine and TPMDC
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Associated Press:
Obama shifts to more upbeat economic message
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
WaPo ditches business section
Stop the Presses?  Many Americans Wouldn't Care a Lot if Local Papers Folded
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Michelle Malkin:
Tea Party update: Revolution is brewing
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
On AfPak, The Riedel Review Nears Completion
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and New York Times
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Party-Line President  —  A Post-Partisan Dawn Quickly Turns False
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Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Rep. Bachmann Claims To Have Taken No-Pork Pledge, But Actually …
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David Leonhardt / Economix:
Lawrence Summers on the Crisis
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James Traub / New York Times:
The Academic Freedom Agenda
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