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5:25 AM ET, March 17, 2009

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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 …
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Washington Post:
Anger Over Firm Depletes Obama's Political Capital  —  President Obama's apparent inability to block executive bonuses at insurance giant AIG has dealt a sharp blow to his young administration and is threatening to derail both public and congressional support for his ambitious political agenda.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Wall Street Pursues Pay Loopholes  —  Compensation Caps Drive Some Firms to Weigh Options; Higher Salaries?  —  Some Wall Street firms are looking for ways to sidestep tough new federal caps on compensation.  —  In response to expected bonus restrictions, officials at Citigroup Inc. …
Huma Khan / Political Punch:
Two Weeks Ago: White House Says It's Confident It Knows What Happened to Previous AIG Billions  —  From White House press secretary Robert Gibbs' briefing two weeks ago, when $30 billion in additional funds were announced for AIG.  AIG had at this point designated $165 million in retention bonuses …
Washington Post:
Rage at AIG Swells As Bonuses Go Out  —  Fed Decided Payouts Couldn't Be Stopped  —  A tidal wave of public outrage over bonus payments swamped American International Group yesterday.  Hired guards stood watch outside the suburban Connecticut offices of AIG Financial Products …
New York Times:
Obama in Effort to Undo Bonuses at A.I.G.  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama and his top economic advisers scrambled to calm a nationwide furor on Monday over bonuses paid at the American International Group, even as administration officials acknowledged they had known about the issue for months.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
A Compelling Message Of Personal Responsibility
DealBook:
Cuomo to Subpoena A.I.G. for Bonus Information
Discussion: TIME.com
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.
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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Scott Wilson / Washington Post:   Obama Team Derides Cheney's Criticisms
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. …
Discussion: KING-TV
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: TBogg and The RBC
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Michael Kinsley / Blogs and Stories:
New York Times' New Columnist Is Full of It
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Eunomia
Zachary Coile / San Francisco Chronicle:
Pelosi goes to bat to keep Bay Area papers alive  —  (03-16) 17:38 PDT Washington - —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, worried about the fate of The Chronicle and other financially struggling newspapers, urged the Justice Department Monday to consider giving Bay Area papers more leeway …
Discussion: Pajamas Media, GINA COBB and Hot Air
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.
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Moderate Is Said to Be Pick for Court  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama is expected to name his first candidate to an appeals court seat this week, officials said, choosing David F. Hamilton, a highly regarded federal trial court judge from Indiana, for the appeals court in Chicago.
Discussion: Oliver Willis and TIME.com
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 …
Christopher Beam / Slate:
Ron Paul's insane cameo in the upcoming Bruno movie.  —  Note: This article contains spoilers about Sacha Baron Cohen's upcoming movie, Bruno.  —  Presidential candidates will do almost anything for publicity.  But Ron Paul's appearance in Sacha Baron Cohen's upcoming Bruno movie suggests …
Discussion: Wonkette and LewRockwell.com Blog
John Hawkins / 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.
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.
Discussion: New York Times and TIME.com
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 …
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 and Indecision Forever
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
Jeremy P. Jacobs / The Hill:
Alabama's Love considers Bright rematch  —  Alabama state Rep. Jay Love (R), who narrowly lost to Rep. Bobby Bright (D-Ala.) last year, is considering challenging the congressman next year.  —  After eight-term Rep. Terry Everett (R) retired, Love and Bright faced off in one of the closest contests of last year's election.
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Brian M. Riedl / Heritage Foundation:
The Obama Budget: Spending, Taxes, and Doubling the National Debt  —  During his presidential campaign, President Barack Obama promised the American people a “net spending cut.”  1 Instead, he signed a “stimulus” bill that spends $800 billion, and he has proposed a budget that would:
 
 
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Louise Story / New York Times:
Goldman Offers Loans to Stretched Employees
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Justin Fox / The Curious Capitalist:
On the job front, this is no Great Depression. Not even close
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Fox News:
Iowa Senator Says AIG Executives Should ‘Resign or Commit Suicide’
Discussion: Clusterstock and Swampland
William Glaberson / New York Times:
U.S. and European Officials Discuss Detainees
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
 Earlier Items: 
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Jim Davenport / Associated Press:
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Discussion: ArtsBeat
Raleigh News & Observer:
Burr picks Obama for courtside, not dinner
Discussion: pandagon.net
Michael A. Lindenberger / Time:
A Gay-Marriage Solution: End Marriage?
Discussion: The Daily Dish