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10:45 AM ET, March 14, 2009


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William Glaberson / New York Times:
U.S. Won't Label Terror Suspects as ‘Combatants’  —  The Obama administration said Friday that it would abandon the Bush administration's term “enemy combatant” as it argues in court for the continued detention of prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, in a move that seemed intended …
Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama drops ‘enemy combatant’ label
Discussion: Don Surber
Terry Frieden / CNN:
U.S. reverses policy, drops ‘enemy combatant’ term
Discussion: DISSENTING JUSTICE and Jihad Watch
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Michelle Malkin:   Obama to re-brand “enemy combatants”
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 …
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.”
Discussion:, Macsmind and Balloon Juice
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 Swamp, The Politico and Daily Kos
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.
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 and TPMDC
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell: Coleman fight should go to federal court
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.
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
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.
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.
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 …
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
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.
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.
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Con Coughlin / Telegraph:
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Associated Press:
Man accused of beheading wife arraigned
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Jihad Watch
John Koblin / New York Times:
2009, A.G.: The Arthur Gregg Sulzberger Era Begins
Discussion: New York Magazine
Frank J. Fleming / Pajamas Media:
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Discussion: protein wisdom
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Michael Calderone / The Politico:
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Michelle Malkin:
Tea Party update: Revolution is brewing