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12:30 PM ET, March 15, 2009

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Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Cheney's Excuse For Economic Failures Under His Watch: ‘Stuff Happens’  —  During an interview with Dick Cheney this morning, CNN host John King asked the former vice president why “we should listen to you” for economic advice.  To make his case, King noted the following statistical changes …
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CNN:
Cheney says Obama reversals risk new terror attacks  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Obama administration has endangered Americans and opened the country to further attack by reversing Bush administration anti-terrorism policies such as harsh interrogations of suspects, former Vice President Dick Cheney said Sunday.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Cheney says Obama endangers U.S.  —  Asked Sunday on CNN if President Obama's policies are making the U.S. less safe, former Vice President Dick Cheney said: “Yes.”  —  Looking slimmer and relaxed, Cheney told John King on “State of the Union” that Bush administration policies on detention …
Discussion: The Note and TIME.com
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 …
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Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line:
Summers: AIG Bonus Bombshell ‘Outrageous’  —  President Barack Obama's top economics adviser, Lawrence Summers, said that insurance giant American International Group's plan to award senior executives hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses and retention pay is “outrageous.”
Discussion: Political Punch and TIME.com
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
AIG, BEGONE!  —  I've written been highly critical of the government bailout of AIG.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
New York Times:
Administration Is Open to Taxing Health Benefits  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is signaling to Congress that the president could support taxing some employee health benefits, as several influential lawmakers and many economists favor, to help pay for overhauling the health care system.
Ronald D. Rotunda / Chicago Tribune:
Some strings attached  —  Is the stimulus law constitutional?  —  Last month, Congress enacted the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, popularly called “the stimulus plan.”  It gives billions of dollars to the states, but the gift has strings attached.  One of its unique provisions changes state constitutions!
James Forsyth / Spectator:
Petraeus Planning 2010 Visit To Iowa  —  “THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned that General Petraeus is planning on delivering the commencement address at the University of Iowa in 2010.”  —  So reports Michael Goldfarb, late of the McCain campaign, on the magazine's blog.
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Mideast Publications Question Obama Over Top Intelligence Pick's Withdrawal  —  Top Intelligence Pick's Pullout Blamed on ‘Pro-Israel Hawks’  —  The Middle East press has questioned President Obama's authority over Arab-Israeli issues since Charles W. Freeman Jr.'s withdrawal from his appointment to a senior intelligence position.
Discussion: Commentary and abu muqawama
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Charles Lane / Washington Post:
A Parting Shot That Maligns Obama, Too
Discussion: Mondoweiss and Commentary
Babar Dogar / Associated Press:
Violence mars Pakistani anti-government protest  —  LAHORE, Pakistan - Pakistan's opposition leader defied house arrest on Sunday to lead anti-government protests that briefly turned violent before becoming a jubilant show of force against the country's pro-Western president.
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
Monique / HotMES:
Start smoking: It just may save a child's life!  —  I do realize that most people don't smoke and so they ignore all of the attacks on smokers.  It's not you, and you hate those pesky smokers, anyway.  They're always polluting your lungs!  —  I'm a smoker, I guess.
New York Times:
Obama Reassures Countries on U.S. Debt  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama reassured China and other countries on Saturday that their investments in United States government debt were safe as he seeks to finance record deficit spending to pull the American economy out of its deep recession.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and MyDD
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.
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The Poor Man Institute:
In praise of class warfare
Tim Shipman / Telegraph:
Barack Obama's aides admit errors are making him less popular
Discussion: The Corner and Jay Currie
Fox News:
Obama's Stem Cell Policy Hasn't Reversed Legislative Restrictions
Discussion: Power Line and NewsBusters.org
Rod LIddle / Times of London:
Hate cleric leads jihad cash appeal
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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Bin Laden accuses Arab leaders, urges jihad
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Issue of Gun Rights Still Holds Sway