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3:20 AM ET, March 15, 2009


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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.
New York Times:
A.I.G. Planning $100 Million in Bonuses After Huge Bailout  —  WASHINGTON — Despite being bailed out with more than $170 billion from the Treasury and Federal Reserve, the American International Group is preparing to pay about $100 million in bonuses to executives in the same business unit …
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
End of the Honeymoon  —  Two months into his presidency, it is far too soon to make any judgments about Barack Obama's prospects.  All we really know is that he has assembled the rudiments of an administration and launched a batch of ambitious but unproven initiatives.
Discussion: Don Surber and Balloon Juice
Mark Danner / New York Times:
Tales From Torture's Dark World  —  ON a bright sunny day two years ago, President George W. Bush strode into the East Room of the White House and informed the world that the United States had created a dark and secret universe to hold and interrogate captured terrorists.
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.
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: Cold Fury and alicublog
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Unity '09: Dem groups quietly align  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  A broad coalition of left-leaning groups is quietly closing ranks into a new coalition, “Unity '09,” aimed at helping President Barack Obama push his agenda through Congress.
Orange County Register:
Mark Steyn: Welcome, kids, to the Brokest Generation  —  The young aren't to blame for this mess, but they'll be paying for it.  —  Recommend  —  Just between you, me, and the old, the late middle-aged and the early middle-aged: Isn't it terrific to be able to stick it to the young?
Discussion: Cold Fury and Pajamas Media
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Issue of Gun Rights Still Holds Sway  —  Democrats have been exorcising some of their most stubborn political demons of late.  —  In challenging former President George W. Bush over the war in Iraq, they showed they were overcoming their deep post-Vietnam fear of being painted as weak on defense when taking a strong anti-war stance.
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.
The White House:
Weekly Address: Reversing a Troubling Trend in Food Safety  —  In this week's address, President Barack Obama makes key announcements regarding the safety of our nation's food.  —  “We are a nation built on the strength of individual initiative.  But there are certain things that we can't do on our own.
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 …
Agence France Presse:
Russia weighs Cuba, Venezuela bases: report
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Robert G. Kaiser / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Firedoglake and Eunomia
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Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Speaker Pelosi: I am not partisan
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Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Young President in a Hurry
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