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3:00 PM ET, March 17, 2009


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Rich Edson /
Amid AIG Furor, Dodd Tries to Undo Bonus Protections He Put In  —  Senator Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) on Monday night floated the idea of taxing American International Group (AIG) bonus recipients so the government could recoup the $450 million the company is paying to employees in its financial products unit.
Discussion: and Michelle Malkin
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
The Case for Paying Out Bonuses at A.I.G.  —  Do we really have to foot the bill for those bonuses at the American International Group?  —  It sure does sting.  A staggering $165 million — for employees of a company that nearly took down the financial system.  And heck, we, the taxpayers, own nearly 80 percent of A.I.G.
Louise Story / New York Times:
Cuomo Details Million-Dollar Bonuses at A.I.G.  —  Seventy-three employees were paid more than $1 million in the latest bonuses at the insurance giant American International Group, according to the New York attorney general, Andrew M. Cuomo.  —  The attorney general provided some new details …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Great Idea, Let's Let AIG Thieves Blackmail Everyone
Discussion: TheZoo
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
JournoList: Inside the echo chamber  —  For the past two years, several hundred left-leaning bloggers, political reporters, magazine writers, policy wonks and academics have talked stories and compared notes in an off-the-record online meeting space called JournoList.  —  Proof of a vast liberal media conspiracy?
Senate to explore taxing controversial AIG bonuses  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Senate Democrats want to tax the controversial bonuses doled out to AIG employees who work for the division that led to the company's downfall.  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced on the Senate floor Tuesday …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Washington Post:
Anger Over Firm Depletes Obama's Political Capital
Byron York /
Why tax problems have plagued Team Obama
Caitlin Taylor / The Note:
The AIG Bonus Tax: “Give the money back or we'll take it away”
Discussion: The Swamp
The New Majority:
WHAT IS GOING ON AT FOX NEWS?  —  What the hell is going on at Fox News?  —  On Friday evening, Fox viewers were treated to an hour-long televangelical special starring Glenn Beck.  (The opening of the show can be seen in our Watch Now window, at right.)  —  Watching Beck cry for the cameras …
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Don't Blame Jim Cramer  —  What Jon Stewart needs is Jon Stewart.  He could use a droll comedian to temper his ferocity and correct him when he's wrong, as he was about the financial media, particularly CNBC and its excitable analyst Jim Cramer.  They didn't cover up the story of financial shenanigans.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:   Richard Cohen defends financial execs & business media; blasts Stewart
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Grassley Calls for Contrition, Not Suicide  —  I thought Senator Chuck Grassley's initial impulse to suggest that AIG-folk ought to kill themselves, samurai-style, was a bit over the top.  But there was a ray of truth in what he was saying.  And I think he found the way …
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.
The Huffington Post:
Fox News Misleads Viewers With Biden Splice (VIDEO)  —  ThinkProgress made an excellent catch today, of the sort that I'm frankly surprised are still available to make, given the increased capacity that the internet lends to the practice of factchecking.  —  Earlier today, Fox News ran …
Discussion: FishBowlDC and TVNewser
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Fox apologizes for using Biden clip UPDATE
Jeffrey Goldberg:
The Lieberman Disaster  —  Not this Lieberman, this Lieberman.  It's not a disaster for the reasons some people think; I know Avigdor Lieberman a little bit, and he's actually a person interested in a cold compromise with the Palestinians.  It's a disaster because he's made himself into a racist.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Bryan Bender / Boston Globe:
Gates readies big cuts in weapons  —  Battle looms with Congress  —  Aides said Defense Secretary Robert Gates's decisions will be guided by what he learns while spending time with troops.  —  WASHINGTON - As the Bush administration was drawing to a close, Robert M. Gates …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Majority Receptive to Law Making Union Organizing Easier  —  But most Americans not closely following news about union bill in Congress  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A new Gallup Poll finds just over half of Americans, 53%, favoring a new law that would make it easier for labor unions to organize workers; 39% oppose it.
Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
Santelli on AIG bonus rage: “You know, $165 million is like worrying about 16.5 cents, while $165 maybe necessitates a little more outrage”  —  From the March 17 edition of CNBC's Squawk Box:
Manu Raju / The Politico:
GOP eyes Bush v. Gore for Coleman  —  A state court could rule any day now on Norm Coleman's challenge to Al Franken's 225-vote lead in Minnesota, but the race may be far from over no matter what the judges say.  —  Top Republicans are encouraging Coleman to be as litigious as possible …
Eli Lake / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Israel's national security aide barred from U.S.  —  Former Israeli spy linked to Pentagon leak  —  Uzi Arad, who is expected to serve as national security adviser in the next Israeli government, has been barred from entering the United States for nearly two years on the grounds that he is an intelligence risk.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Commercial Republic  —  Over the centuries, the United States has been most conspicuous for one trait: manic energy.  Americans work longer hours than any other people.  We switch jobs more frequently, move more often, earn more and consume more.  —  This energy was first aroused by abundance …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Commentary
Latest NPR Poll: Democrats Besting Republicans in National Debate on Key Budget Issues  —  Greenberg Quinlan Rosner National Public Radio  —  Research Categories … Executive Summary  —  NOTE: TO HEAR THE FULL NPR BROADCAST CLICK HERE.  —  The first bipartisan survey conducted for NPR …
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Dems press Specter to switch sides  —  Democrats want Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) in their ranks — and they've been sending in their big guns to lobby him to make the switch.  —  Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) said he, Vice President Biden and Sen. Bob Casey Jr. (D-Pa.) …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Cary Tennis / Salon:
Why teach journalism if newspapers are dying?  —  Dear Cary,  —  I am a college journalism professor.  When I got into this field a half dozen or so years ago, after 17 years as a journalist, I was excited to enlighten young minds and inspire them.  And I have, and hope I still do.
Discussion: Media Blog
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 …
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Associated Press:
Steelers owner is Ireland nominee
Discussion: UN Dispatch and Associated Press
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
Cleanup Task for a Shining City
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
David Goldstein / Buffalo News:
Obama mulls making vets foot bill for service injuries
Discussion: Big Hollywood and The Corner
Alex Spillius / Telegraph:
Barack Obama noshow at top journalist society Gridiron Club event
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Stop The ACLU
Greg Toppo / USA Today:
Gay-themed film cost Oklahoma teacher her job
Craig Gordon / The Politico:
Obama: Go big or go home
Discussion: The Swamp and The Politico
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
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John Dickerson / Slate:
Obama's plans to adapt FDR's model to address today's economy.
Jim Lindgren / The Volokh Conspiracy:
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Discussion: MSNBC
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
A Hand in the Health Care Debate