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10:45 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 …
Richard A. D'Errico / Albany:
NY AG issues subpoena to AIG
Discussion: The Raw Story and Firedoglake
William Kristol / PostPartisan:
AIG Bonus Babies
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?
Anne Schroeder Mullins / The Politico:
Gridiron singed by Obama no-show
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   AN ESTABLISHMENT WITH A FRAGILE EGO.... President Obama …
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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!
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.
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
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.”
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.
Shelby Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Why the GOP Can't Win With Minorities  —  Today conservatism is stigmatized in our culture as an antiminority political philosophy.  In certain quarters, conservatism is simply racism by another name.  And minorities who openly identify themselves as conservatives are still novelties, fish out of water.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Quote For The Day II
Discussion: Villainous Company
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 …
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 …
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) …
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CNN:   White House rejects Sanford's request for stimulus waiver
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
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 …
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
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 …
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Business Channel:
What's the matter with Jim Cramer?  —  I've seen a number of people making some variant of the claim that Jon Stewart is the only one brave enough to stand up to the financial journalists who helped get us into this mess.  —  This is purest poppycock.  Jim Cramer had no influence …
Discussion: Reason, Clusterstock and Brian Beutler
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 …
Helene Cooper / The Caucus:
Obama to Appear on ‘Tonight Show’  —  Barack Obama appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in 2007 when he was running for president.  —  President Obama will be making a guest appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on Thursday, a White House official said …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Compare And Contrast  —  From the Red Cross's summary of Bush-Cheney torture techniques: … The Gestapo's list of torture techniques that fit into their “enhanced interrogation program” - a torture regime designed to avoid too-obvious or incriminating physical scars:
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Rendell: I've Tried To Get Specter To Switch — And So Has Joe Biden  —  Ed Rendell told RNN-TV, a regional cable news channel in the Northeast, that he has in fact tried to talk GOP Senator Arlen Specter into switching to the Democrats — oh, and so have some other important people, who Rendell probably shouldn't have mentioned.
 
 
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Think Progress
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
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The Raw Story:
So eager to call CNN ‘Communist News Network,’ …
Discussion: The Reaction
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
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