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11:45 PM ET, March 16, 2009

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Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Obama Orders Treasury Chief to Try to Block A.I.G. Bonuses  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama vowed to try to stop the faltering insurance giant American International Group from paying out hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses to executives, as the administration scrambled to avert …
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Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Grassley on AIG execs: Quit or suicide  —  Sen. Charles Grassley is so angry over AIG bonuses that he says the executives should resign or kill themselves.  —  In a comment aired this afternoon on WMT, an Iowa radio station, Grassley (R-Iowa) said: “The first thing that would make me feel …
Wall Street Journal:
Political Heat Sears AIG
Discussion: Open Left and Newshoggers.com
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Who Stole Our Country, and How are We Going to Get It Back?
DealBook:
Cuomo to Subpoena A.I.G. for Bonus Information
Discussion: TIME.com
William Kristol / PostPartisan:
AIG Bonus Babies
Richard A. D'Errico / Albany:
NY AG issues subpoena to AIG
Discussion: The Raw Story and Firedoglake
lauraingraham.com:
“USEFUL IDIOT” WATCH...  Memo to Meghan McCain: Enjoy the media coverage while it lasts, but know you're being used.  You are the flavor of the month in left-wing media land because you are a Republican bashing the GOP.  Likewise, your dad is most popular among the same people when he is slamming …
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Meghan McCain tells Laura Ingraham to kiss her “fat ass” after Laura attacked her weight.  UPDATED  —  The Hot Line's Jennifer Skalka is even shocked by this exchange between Republicans, although she thinks it's more about the hatred konservatives have for John McCain which I disagree with.
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Gibbs calls Cheney ‘the next most popular member of the Republican cabal’ after Limbaugh.  —  Yesterday on CNN, former Vice President Cheney said Obama was making Americans less safe.  Today, when CNN's Ed Henry asked Press Secretary Robert Gibbs for his reaction to Cheney's criticisms …
Discussion: PERRspectives and ATTACKERMAN
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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
CBS' Chip Reid Asks Gibbs: Is This The Official Tone Toward Cheney?  —  Here's yet another sign that Washington media is still wired to a great extent for a playing field of GOP dominance.  During today's White House press conference, CBS correspondent Chip Reid asked Robert Gibbs if it was appropriate for him to attack Dick Cheney:
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Second Poll Finds That Approval For GOP Leaders Has Plummeted — Among Republicans  —  One thing we've been chronicling here is the increasing disillusionment that Republicans are experiencing with their own party's Congressional leadership, and a new poll today finds that approval for GOP leaders …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Seattle P-I to publish last edition Tuesday  —  The Seattle Post-Intelligencer will roll off the presses for the last time Tuesday.  —  The Hearst Corp. announced Monday that it would stop publishing the 146-year old newspaper, Seattle's oldest business, and cease delivery to more than 117,600 weekday readers.
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AMERICAN DIGEST:   Buh-Bye to the P. I.: Couldn't happen to a more liberal paper. …
Hearst Corporate Site:
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER TO BECOME LARGEST DAILY NEWSPAPER …
Discussion: Romenesko
The Huffington Post:
Steele's Tour-De-Force: Compares Obama To Nixon, Declares “Ultimate Political Armageddon,” Backs Challenges Against Republicans  —  Read More: Michael Steele, Radio Host, Steele Amragedon, Steele Bill Bennett, Steele Global Warming, Steele Greenland, Steele Nixon, Steele Obama Nixon.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Quote For The Day II
Discussion: Villainous Company
Anne Schroeder Mullins / The Politico:
Gridiron singed by Obama no-show  —  No offense intended, says the Obama White House.  —  None taken, say the esteemed leaders of the Gridiron Club.  —  Still, in Washington, a slap does not have to be officially labeled as such for its sound to echo — and its sting to be felt.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   AN ESTABLISHMENT WITH A FRAGILE EGO.... President Obama …
Henry J. Pulizzi / Wall Street Journal:
White House Tries to Quell Trucking Dispute With Mexico
Discussion: RedState
Think Progress:
Fox News Edits Clip To Suggest That Biden Recently Declared ‘Fundamentals Of The Economy Are Strong’  —  This afternoon, Fox News's Martha MacCallum introduced a segment highlighting Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Christina Romer's claim yesterday that the “fundamentals of the economy are sound.”
U.S. Newswire:
The American Legion Strongly Opposed to President's Plan to Charge Wounded Heroes for Treatment  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  Contact: Craig Roberts of The American Legion, +1-202-263-2982 Office, +1-202-406-0887 Cell  —  The leader of the nation's …
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Casting the First Stone . . .  I am mystified by Barney Frank's desire to recall the AIG execs' bonuses, not so much over the idea that corporate-welfare recipients should not have grandstanding demagogues chastising them for their hypocrisy, but rather the notion that someone of Frank's ethical past …
Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
Fear of Reese Witherspoon Look-Alikes on the Pill  —  I was once approving of Ross Douthat as a New York Times oped columnist.  But that was when I was younger.  And easily misled.  —  From Ross Douthat, Privilege, bottom of p. 184: … What squicks me out is (a) that the real turnoff …
Discussion: Blogs and Stories
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Seeks to Avoid Bankruptcies  —  The leaders of President Barack Obama's auto task force are focused on restructuring General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC outside of bankruptcy court, despite suggestions from some experts that a Chapter 11 filing would be the best way to revamp their troubled operations.
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Bill Vlasic / New York Times:
Chief Doubts Chrysler Would Survive Bankruptcy
The Huffington Post:
Biden Drops F-Bomb On Live Mic (AUDIO)  —  Joe Biden dropped a big F-bomb into a live mic at an event on Friday afternoon.  —  “Gimme a f—ing break,” the vice president said after a former Senate colleague referred to him as “Mr. Vice President.”  —  Biden was at Union Station in Washington …
Discussion: The Sleuth
Right Wing News:
The 50 Most Popular Right-Of-Center Websites  —  I thought it might be interesting to see which right-of-center websites actually receive the most traffic.  So, I went to Alexa.com and ranked the 50 sites on the right.  Do keep in mind that...  1) Alexa doesn't distinguish between top level domains and their sub-directories.
Discussion: Hot Air
Jim Davenport / Associated Press:
Obama rejects SC gov's bid to use stimulus on debt  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Obama administration has rejected South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's request to use $700 million in federal stimulus cash to pay down state debt.  —  White House Budget Director Peter Orszag (OHR'-zag) …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
A Compelling Message Of Personal Responsibility  —  Here is White House press flack Robert Gibbs explaining Obama's belated posturing on the AIG bonuses:  —  Gibbs said the tough talk from Obama and other administration officials was aimed in part at pressuring bonus recipients to turn them down.
Discussion: Associated Press and Donklephant
Reuters:
Citigroup CEO awarded $10.8 million  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Citigroup Inc awarded Chief Executive Vikram Pandit $10.82 million of compensation in 2008, a year when the government propped up the bank with $45 billion of capital.  —  Citigroup also nominated four new independent directors …
Christopher Drew / New York Times:
Drones Are Weapons of Choice in Fighting Qaeda  —  A missile fired by an American drone killed at least four people late Sunday at the house of a militant commander in northwest Pakistan, the latest use of what intelligence officials have called their most effective weapon against Al Qaeda.
Discussion: Amygdala
Fox News:
Don Imus Suffering From Stage II Prostate Cancer  —  Radio host Don Imus announced on his radio show Monday that he is battling stage II prostate cancer.  —  Imus, 68, known for his controversial and outspoken opinions on everything from sports to politics, offered no word on his prognosis …
 
 
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Michael M. Phillips / Wall Street Journal:
Stimulus Plans Face Local Road Blocks
Sarah Lovenheim / The Fix:
Wag the Blog Redux: Obama's Earmarking Approach
Discussion: Townhall.com
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
GOV'S SECRET PORK TO ‘BUY’ BUDGET VOTES
Discussion: The Daily Politics
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Treasury Considers Bailout Reduction For AIG
Discussion: Clusterstock
Charles Murray / AMERICAN.COM:
The Europe Syndrome and the Challenge to American Exceptionalism
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Do influential people develop more conventional opinions?
Discussion: Eunomia and Outside The Beltway
Raleigh News & Observer:
Burr picks Obama for courtside, not dinner
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Michael A. Lindenberger / Time:
A Gay-Marriage Solution: End Marriage?
Discussion: The Daily Dish
 Earlier Items: 
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
As Markets Fell, Pundits Came Down On Obama
Discussion: Think Progress
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
OUR FINAL OFFER IS THIS: NOTHING
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Business Channel:
What's the matter with Jim Cramer?
Discussion: Reason, Clusterstock and Brian Beutler
The Raw Story:
So eager to call CNN ‘Communist News Network,’ …
Discussion: The Reaction
Helene Cooper / The Caucus:
Obama to Appear on ‘Tonight Show’