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6:45 AM ET, March 16, 2009

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David K. Li / New York Post:
RON SILVER DEAD  —  SUCCUMBS TO CANCER AT AGE 62  —  Actor and longtime political activist Ron Silver died Sunday morning, succumbing to a long battle with cancer, friends of the liberal Democrat-turned-GOP stalwart told The Post.  —  “Ron Silver died peacefully in his sleep with his family around …
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Roger L Simon / Pajamas Media:
In Memoriam - Ron Silver
Discussion: Wilshire & Washington
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Bracing for a Bailout Backlash  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is increasingly concerned about a populist backlash against banks and Wall Street, worried that anger at financial institutions could also end up being directed at Congress and the White House and could complicate President Obama's agenda.
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Robert Kuttner / The Huffington Post:
Lifting the Tarp: Will President Obama's Economic Team Lead Him Off a Cliff?  —  In the past two weeks, political support for the Tim Geithner/Larry Summers approach to solving the banking crisis has been unraveling in Congress, with blistering criticism from legislators of both parties.
Mary Williams Walsh / New York Times:
A.I.G. Lists Firms It Paid With Taxpayer Money  —  Amid rising pressure from Congress and taxpayers, the American International Group on Sunday released the names of dozens of financial institutions that benefited from the Federal Reserve's decision last fall to save the giant insurer from collapse with a huge rescue loan.
Eamon Javers / The Politico:
AIG ships billions in bailout abroad
Brady Dennis / Washington Post:
AIG Discloses $75 Billion in Bailout Payments
Discussion: TIME.com and Truthdig
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Amber Ellis / Cincinnati.com:
Thousands gather for ‘Tea Party’
FOXBusiness.com:
READ: Letter From AIG's Liddy to Treasury Secretary Geithner … - HOME - VIDEO - MARKETS - PERSONAL FINANCE - MY MONEY - OUR TEAM - RSS FEEDS - MOBILE - CONTACT US - ABOUT US - FAQS  —  Personal Finance - Investing - Financial News - Business News - Stock Market Quotes & News - Small Business
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Dominic Lawson / Times of London:
My imam father came after me with an axe  —  Hannah Shah had been raped by her father and faced a forced marriage.  She fled, became a Christian and now fears for her life  —  We are all too familiar with the persecution of Christians in countries such as Pakistan and Afghanistan.
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.
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Tim Graham / NewsBusters.org:
Kathleen Parker: ‘Ignorance’ …
Discussion: ConWebBlog, Pajamas Media and Cold Fury
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
To Urge Passage of Budget, Obama E-Mails His Campaign Army  —  President Obama will kick off an all-out grass-roots effort today urging Congress to pass his $3.55 trillion budget, activating the extensive campaign apparatus he built during his successful 2008 candidacy for the first time since taking office.
Discussion: The Fix, TIME.com and Booman Tribune
BBC:
Far right joins Israel coalition  —  Israel's PM-designate has signed his first coalition deal, which could see controversial right-winger Avigdor Lieberman becoming foreign minister.  —  Benjamin Netanyahu of Likud struck the deal with Mr Leiberman's party Yisrael Beiteinu, which has been accused by some critics of anti-Arab racism.
Washington Post:
Red Cross Described ‘Torture’ at CIA Jails  —  Secret Report Implies That U.S. Violated International Law  —  The International Committee of the Red Cross concluded in a secret report that the Bush administration's treatment of al-Qaeda captives “constituted torture,” a finding that strongly implied …
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Cheney, Bush Strongly Disagreed on Libby  —  Former vice president Richard B. Cheney said yesterday that he strongly disagreed with President Bush's decision not to pardon I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, saying his former chief of staff had been left “hanging in the wind.”
Discussion: Truthdig
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Health care hinges on Senate insiders  —  If you want to know whether President Barack Obama can get a health care overhaul done by year's end, keep an eye on the Board of Directors.  —  It's a bipartisan group of nine senators who share long years of service and a belief something must be done …
Discussion: TIME.com and Time
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.
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:
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
A Continent Adrift
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John Harwood / New York Times:
Alternate Route: Bypassing the G.O.P.
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John R. Emshwiller / Wall Street Journal:
Clinton Leaves Yucaipa Partnerships
Discussion: Clusterstock
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
The rise of Roland Burris.
Discussion: TIME.com
Tomoeh Murakami Tse / Washington Post:
Three Wise Men Offer Three Takes On Markets
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Clusterstock
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Fareed Zakaria / Newsweek:
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Washington Post:
At Least 3 Percent of D.C. Residents Have HIV or AIDS, City Study …
Discussion: Don Surber and Vox Popoli