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7:30 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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Richard A. D'Errico / Albany:
NY AG issues subpoena to AIG
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Raw Story
William Kristol / PostPartisan:
AIG Bonus Babies
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts and Sadly, No!
DealBook:
Cuomo Seeks A.I.G. Bonus Information
Emptywheel:
The Semtex in the AIG Retention Contracts
Discussion: Firedoglake and Hullabaloo
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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: The Daily Dish
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: 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  —  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.”
Discussion: TYWKIWDBI, Brian Beutler and Wonkette
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
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.
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.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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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Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: AFL-CIO pledges votes for Specter
Discussion: The Plum Line and Right Wing News
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
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 …
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
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Do influential people develop more conventional opinions?  —  Following up on Robin's question I think the answer is yes, mostly.  We are talking about the time series here, as people rise in influence.  I see a few mechanisms:  —  1. People “sell out” to become more influential.
The Raw Story:
Fox calls CNN ‘Communist News Network,’ then messes up  —  In the war between Fox News and the facts, the facts are always handicapped.  —  On Fox & Friends Monday, host Steve Doocy took time to note that a former CNN employee, Mauricio Funes, has been elected President of El Salvador.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
OUR FINAL OFFER IS THIS: NOTHING  —  Whatever else you can say about AIG CEO Edward Libby, he ain't much for irony.  In his letter to Secretary Geithner he said that AIG “cannot attract and retain the best and brightest talent ... if employees believe that their compensation is subject …
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:
Discussion: Say Anything and Human Rights Now
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.
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
Michael A. Lindenberger / Time:
A Gay-Marriage Solution: End Marriage?  —  When a Jewish boy turns 13, he heads to a temple for a deeply meaningful rite of passage, his bar mitzvah.  When a Catholic girl reaches about the same age, she stands in front of the local bishop, who touches her forehead with holy oil as she is confirmed …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Raleigh News & Observer:
Burr picks Obama for courtside, not dinner  —  U.S. Sen. Richard Burr wouldn't mind watching basketball with Barack Obama.  —  The Winston-Salem Republican was recently on the Charlotte sports talk show “Primetime with the Packman.”  Repeating a question from the Democratic primary last year …
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
 
 
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The Huffington Post:
Biden Drops F-Bomb On Live Mic (AUDIO)
Discussion: The Sleuth
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Treasury Considers Bailout Reduction For AIG
Discussion: Clusterstock
David Ingram / The BLT:
Legal Times to Merge With The National Law Journal
Discussion: Law Blog
Charles Murray / AMERICAN.COM:
The Europe Syndrome and the Challenge to American Exceptionalism
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Gordon / The Shootist:
DOD Ends Sale of Expended Military Brass to Remanufacturers
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
NY-20: Democrat Scott Murphy Dodges a Few Questions
Fox News:
Don Imus Suffering From Stage II Prostate Cancer
Philip Weiss / The American Conservative:
Freeman's Fight PDF
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Commentary
 Earlier Items: 
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
As Markets Fell, Pundits Came Down On Obama
Discussion: Think Progress
Rabbi David Wolpe / The Huffington Post:
Clashing Over Iran and the Jews
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Jeffrey Goldberg
Bill Steigerwald / PittsburghLIVE.com:
My last words ...  TRIBUNE-REVIEW  —  No one sane ever went …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Nathan Hodge / Danger Room:
U.S. Military Confirms It Shot Down Iranian Drone
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Washington Post:
An Immigration Glitch for Gay Couples Is Unjust