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8:25 PM ET, March 15, 2009

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Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
John King cites Human Events headline, asks Cheney, “Is the president of the United States trying to brazenly deceive the American people?”
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Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Cheney fearmongers: Obama is ‘making some choices’ …
Discussion: The Reaction
New York Post:
WITH REPUBLICAN FRIENDS LIKE THESE ...  THE MEDIA LOVES CONSERVATIVES, BUT ONLY IF THEY HATE REPUBLICANS  —  Dear Mainstream Media:  —  I'm a conservative who believes that other conservatives are fat, drug-stuffed, money-grubbing warthogs like Rush Limbaugh, or scary inbred backwoods retards like Sarah Palin.
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Michael Goodwin / NY Daily News:
Goodwin: More than a bad day  —  Not long ago, after a string of especially bad days for the Obama administration, a veteran Democratic pol approached me with a pained look on his face and asked, “Do you think they know what they're doing?”  —  The question caught me off guard because the man is a well-known Obama supporter.
Amber Ellis / Cincinnati.com:
Thousands gather for ‘Tea Party’  —  DOWNTOWN - Thousands of people filled Fountain Square this afternoon for the Cincinnati Tea Party, a grassroots-effort designed to show their disapproval for bailouts and the massive federal stimulus plan.  —  People wore Revolution-era costumes …
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Liam Pleven / Wall Street Journal:
AIG to Pay $450 Million in Bonuses  —  American International Group Inc. will pay $450 million in bonuses to employees in its financial products unit.  That division was at the heart of AIG's collapse last fall, which compelled the U.S. government to provide $173.3 billion in aid to keep it running.
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CNN:
AIG bonuses raise ire in Washington
Discussion: The Raw Story
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS NOT DUE.... Wall Street had a nice little rally this week, but former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino hopes President Obama doesn't get too much credit. … I see.  Just so we're clear, here's a helpful guide to the rules of market watching, as they relate to partisan politics:
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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The Huffington Post:
Perino: Bush Deserves Credit For Recent Market Uptick
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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.
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
Conservative talk radio on the wane in California  —  The economy's downturn has depressed ad revenue at stations across the state, thinning the ranks of conservative broadcasters.  —  Tune in to conservative talk radio in California, and the insults quickly fly.
Fareed Zakaria / Newsweek:
Why Washington Worries  —  Obama has made striking moves to fix U.S. foreign policy—and that has set off a chorus of criticism.  —  From the magazine issue dated Mar 23, 2009  —  As George W. Bush's term came to a close, he had few defenders left in the world of foreign policy.
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
Tomoeh Murakami Tse / Washington Post:
Three Wise Men Offer Three Takes On Markets  —  Experts Differ on What Has Changed, What to Do About It  —  Bond guru Bill Gross says he's sold off all the stocks in his retirement portfolio, down to the very last share.  The world as we know it, he says, has “changed almost overnight.”
Discussion: Clusterstock and AMERICAblog News
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
This way lies fascism: an OUTLAW's lament (cont.)  —  So long as we're talking about code words and “who decides” what interpretation is best, let me add a few points to help combat the creeping fascism that comes with certain ideas about how language works.
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
Frayed Thread in a Free Society  —  BOSTON — The biggest challenge facing America's struggling newspaper industry may not be the high cost of newsprint or lost ad revenue, but ignorance stoked by drive-by punditry.  —  Yes, Dittoheads, you heard it right.
Jane Perlez / New York Times:
Mass Demonstration Defies Pakistani Government  —  LAHORE, Pakistan — A crackdown by the Pakistani government to prevent a national demonstration and detain the country's leading opposition figure collapsed on Sunday, and what had been a clash between the police and protesters transformed into a huge anti-government rally.
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Hartford Courant:
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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Bilderbergers excite conspiracists
Discussion: Moe Lane
Washington Post:
At Least 3 Percent of D.C. Residents Have HIV or AIDS, City Study …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Kelley Holland / New York Times:
Is It Time to Retrain B-Schools?
Discussion: Angry Bear
Los Angeles Times:
Is anti-Zionism hate?
Discussion: Israel Matzav and American Power
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
Harnessing the Sun, With Help From Cities
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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Monique / HotMES:
Start smoking: It just may save a child's life!
Ronald D. Rotunda / Chicago Tribune:
Some strings attached  —  Is the stimulus law constitutional?
Tim Shipman / Telegraph:
Barack Obama's aides admit errors are making him less popular