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9:40 PM ET, March 14, 2009


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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 …
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.”
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE BLAME GAME.... The Washington Post has an odd front-page …
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Minutiae?  In This White House, Call It News  —  WASHINGTON — It's been another busy few days for the Obama administration, which the news media has faithfully cataloged.  —  The Politico broke the story that the president's aides sang “Happy Birthday” to the assistant press secretary …
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Salazar's Wolf Decision Upsets Administration Allies
Edward Cline / Capitalism Magazine:
On The Left-Wing Reaction to John Galt, Ayn Rand, and Tea Parties  —  The nation — indeed, the world — is waking up to the idea that ideas have consequences.  One idea is that sacrificing is not a life-enhancing option and will lead to misery or death.  Another is that the heedless policy …
Discussion: alicublog and Cold Fury
John / Power Line:
PICASSO INTERPRETS BARACK  —  As channeled by Michael Ramirez; click to enlarge:  —  Whereas some of us less artistic types thought he just has a hard time keeping his story straight!
David Cho / Washington Post:
AIG Paying Millions in Bonuses Despite Receiving Federal Bailout  —  Despite receiving $170 billion in federal aid and recording a staggering loss for the last quarter, insurance giant American International Group is doling out tens of million of dollars in bonuses this week to senior employees.
Discussion: Boing Boing and Congress Matters
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Russia takes the Biden Challenge  —  Joe Biden warned us that Barack Obama would get tested by unfriendly nations in the first six months of his administration because of his inexperience.  That prediction now looks like sunny optimism.  Just days after China aggressively challenged the US Navy …
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and Pajamas Media
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Without a Pastor of His Own, Obama Turns to Five  —  President Obama has been without a pastor or a home church ever since he cut his ties to the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. in the heat of the presidential campaign.  But he has quietly cultivated a handful of evangelical pastors …
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.
Scott Johnson / Blog:   President Barack Obama Punches Osama Bin Laden And Carries Gun In Comic Books
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Madoff Had Accomplices: His Victims  —  Standing in the security line Thursday morning, waiting to get into the federal courthouse in Manhattan, I started chatting with the man behind me.  He looked to be in his early 60s, and though he was well dressed, he looked a little haggard.
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Pentagon Rethinking Old Doctrine on 2 Wars  —  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:
Post-Rush: Obama's message war  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  Beginning Sunday, the White House will harness every part of the Democratic Party's machinery to defend President Obama's budget and portray Republicans as reflexively political, according to party strategists.
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
Karin Laub / Associated Press:
American wounded by Israeli troops has surgery  —  RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — An American activist struck in the head by a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops in the West Bank was in serious condition Saturday after undergoing surgery, hospital officials said.
Discussion: Tim Blair, The Raw Story and Mondoweiss
N. Gregory Mankiw / New York Times:
Finding Messages in a Blueprint  —  PRESIDENTIAL candidates campaign with soaring rhetoric, but presidents and their advisers make actual policy with spreadsheets.  So for policy wonks like me, there is no better place to learn what President Obama really believes than the budget proposal released late last month.
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NAACP accuses Wells Fargo and HSBC of steering well-qualified blacks …
Robert G. Kaiser / Washington Post:
Are Earmarks Defensible?  —  The Post asked members of Congress …
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Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
WashPost's David Ignatius makes stuff up
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Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Young President in a Hurry
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Chinese Grease the Wheels of Power With Luxury Gifts
Mike Allen / The Politico:
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Con Coughlin / Telegraph:
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