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3:35 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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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Who Stole Our Country, and How are We Going to Get It Back?  —  The White House is worried about backlash over AIG's payout of $450 million in bonuses to the executives in its high flying Financial Services Group, the out-of-control derivatives trading arm that looted the company …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
WHY IT'S CUTTING  —  Like you, I've been watching this AIG bonus story unfold over the weekend.  And though I did not see it at first, I think it may prove to be a turning point, both for AIG and the government.  —  I don't believe the bonuses themselves are the heart of the matter …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The sanctity of AIG's contracts  —  (updated below - Update II- Update III)  —  Larry Summers, Sunday, on AIG's payment of executive bonuses: … Associated Press, February 18, 2009: … Apparently, the supreme sanctity of employment contracts applies only to some types of employees but not others.
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Free Larry Summers
Discussion: Kausfiles and Portfolio
DealBook:
Cuomo Seeks A.I.G. Bonus Information
Discussion: TIME.com, TalkLeft and Runnin' Scared
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
AIG SUCCEEDS IN BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER.... Rep. Barney Frank …
CBS News:
White House May Want AIG Money Back
Emptywheel:
The Semtex in the AIG Retention Contracts
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Democrats.com
Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
Frank on AIG: 'Maybe it's time to fire some people.'
Discussion: Reuters
Pew Research Center:
Obama's Approval Rating Slips Amid Division Over Economic Proposals  —  GOP Congressional Leaders' Ratings Hit New Low - 28%  —  President Barack Obama's approval rating has slipped, as a growing number of Americans see him listening more to his party's liberals than to its moderates …
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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:   Obama rating high, but poll finds worries on economy
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 …
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.
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Dramatic Advances Sweep Iraq, Boosting Support for Democracy  —  ABC News/BBC/NHK National Survey of Iraq  —  Dramatic advances in public attitudes are sweeping Iraq, with declining violence, rising economic well-being and improved services lifting optimism, fueling confidence in public institutions …
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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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.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
A Continent Adrift  —  I'm concerned about Europe.  Actually, I'm concerned about the whole world — there are no safe havens from the global economic storm.  But the situation in Europe worries me even more than the situation in America.  —  Just to be clear, I'm not about to rehash …
Meir Javedanfar / RealClearWorld - Blog:
Why Khatami Withdrew  —  With 87 days to go before Iran's presidential elections, the air is already thick with excitement.  Usually, big events happen within a month before elections.  But this time, we are witnessing them almost three months prior to the big day.
Discussion: CNN and Israel Matzav
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BBC:
Khatami ‘to pull out of Iran race’
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and PoliBlog
Washington Post:
An Immigration Glitch for Gay Couples Is Unjust  —  THE UNITING American Families Act would allow gay and lesbian Americans and permanent residents to sponsor their foreign-born partners for legal residency in the United States.  The bill, introduced last month in the Senate by Patrick Leahy …
Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
Fareed Zakaria  —  PostGlobal co-moderator Fareed Zakaria is editor of Newsweek International, overseeing all Newsweek's editions abroad.  He writes a regular column for Newsweek, which also appears in Newsweek International and often The Washington Post.  He is a member of the roundtable of ABC News' …
Stacy Schiff / New York Magazine:
Sexual Politics  —  How long has it been since a First Couple seemed to want each other?  —  Look, Ma, no hands!  Only one cool forehead and some extra-strength hairspray touch, and yet everything combusts in this Inauguration Night photo.  Not since Doris Day and Rock Hudson split a pair of pajamas …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** Rage against the machine: Anger at Wall Street and at America's financial institutions has been simmering for a while now — the numerous bailouts, Bernie Madoff, and Jon Stewart vs. CNBC have been just a few examples.
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.
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Documents: Penn.  Center Funneled Federal Funding to Rep. Murtha's Supporters  —  A Pennsylvania defense research center regularly consulted with two “handlers” close to Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) as it collected nearly $250 million in federal funding through the lawmaker …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
3 Percent  —  Ta-Nehisi links to the latest numbers on HIV in DC.  This commenter's response is worth pondering.  It's not a matter of resources.  It's a matter of finding a way to reach the most beleaguered and at-risk population: African-American men who have sex with men (and then women).
Nathan Hodge / Danger Room:
U.S. Military Confirms It Shot Down Iranian Drone  —  Last month, a U.S. fighter aircraft tracked and shot down an Iranian drone.  Details — first reported by Danger Room — have been elusive, but the U.S. military has now confirmed the incident.  —  Multinational Forces Iraq spokesman …
Charles Levinson / Wall Street Journal:
Netanyahu Strikes Deal With Rival's Far-Right Party  —  JERUSALEM — The leader of a controversial nationalist political party in Israel, Avigdor Lieberman, has agreed to join Prime Minister designate Benjamin Netanyahu's government in exchange for an appointment as foreign minister and a handful …
 
 
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Roxana Hegeman / Associated Press:
Kansas late-term abortion provider faces trial
Discussion: PoliPundit.com and NewsBusters.org
Rabbi David Wolpe / The Huffington Post:
Clashing Over Iran and the Jews
Discussion: Jeffrey Goldberg
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Business Channel:
What's the matter with Jim Cramer?
Discussion: Clusterstock
The Raw Story:
Fox calls CNN ‘Communist News Network,’ then messes up
Discussion: The Reaction and The Politico
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
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Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Bachmann Falsely Claims Her Earmarks Were ‘Very Small’ …
Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Massachusetts Faces Costs of Big Health Care Plan
Discussion: The Corner and MNpublius.com
Bill Steigerwald / PittsburghLIVE.com:
My last words ...  TRIBUNE-REVIEW  —  No one sane ever went …
 Earlier Items: 
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
So Far, Few Ripples From Landmark Ruling on Guns
Discussion: SSRN
Patricia Sellers / Fortune:
Can Meg Whitman save California?
Discussion: The Caucus and TIME.com
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Bristol Palin's ‘family’ on hold
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
DEMS ISSUE WARNING ABOUT GILLY TO PARTY BOSS
William Kristol / PostPartisan:
AIG Bonus Babies
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Ruling may not be enough to fill Minn. Senate seat
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Richard Kerbaj / Times of London:
Thousands of girls mutilated in Britain
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Billy Wharton / Washington Post:
Obama's No Socialist. I Should Know.