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2:00 AM ET, March 18, 2009

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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The dishonest “Blame Dodd” scheme from Treasury officials  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  There is a major push underway — engineered by Obama's Treasury officials, enabled by a mindless media, and amplified by the right-wing press — to blame Chris Dodd for the AIG bonus payments.
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Eliot Spitzer / Slate:
It's not the bonuses.  It's that AIG's counterparties are getting paid back in full.  —  Everybody is rushing to condemn AIG's bonuses, but this simple scandal is obscuring the real disgrace at the insurance giant: Why are AIG's counterparties getting paid back in full, to the tune of tens of billions of taxpayer dollars?
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Treasury Attempts to “Blame Dodd” for AIG Bonuses  —  As Geithner tries to get out of the way of the AIG bonus train wreck, it looks like the designated sin eater is going to be Chris Dodd: … So Treasury says Chris Dodd did this?  In a word. . . no.  —  What they're talking about is a clause …
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 …
RushLimbaugh.com:
The Last Man Standing Speaks in Defense of AIG Bailout Bonuses
Washington Wire:
Gibbs Peppered With Questions About AIG and Geithner
Discussion: TPMDC
Mary Kate Cary / US News:
Obama's Jay Leno Tonight Show Gig Will Diminish His Presidency  —  By Mary Kate Cary, Thomas Jefferson Street blog  —  When I was writing speeches for President Bush #41, we'd start working every Spring on the annual “joke” dinners—the Gridiron Club, the Alfalfa Club, and the White House Correspondents Dinner.
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Jorr / Christian Science Monitor:
Obama to appear on Leno - will he bring a teleprompter?  —  The news that President Obama will appear on Jay Leno's show Thursday night could be told in a couple ways depending on what type of site you're on.  —  More right-leaning: Faced with plummeting polls and Boston Tea Party …
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Obama to Appear Sunday on ‘60 Minutes’
Discussion: TIME.com
Agence France Presse:
Canadians throw shoes to protest Bush  —  OTTAWA (AFP) — Three Canadians were arrested and others threw shoes in protest against George W. Bush on Tuesday when he gave his first post-presidential speech in western Canada's oil patch.  —  The footwear was tossed at an effigy …
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Rob Gillies / Associated Press:
Bush refuses to criticize Obama in Canada
Discussion: Reuters and JammieWearingFool
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?
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
OBLIGATORY JOURNOLIST POST.
Discussion: protein wisdom and The Corner
Fox News:
ACORN to Play Role in 2010 Census  —  The U.S. Census Bureau is working with several national organizations to help recruit 1.4 million workers to produce the country's 2010 census, including one with a history of voter fraud charges: ACORN.  —  FOXNews.com
Alan Scherstuhl / Runnin' Scared:
“Off With Those Pants”: Bill O'Reilly Seduces You in Clips From His Dirty Audiobook  —  Your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets.  I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power.  —  Those Who Trespass audiobook
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Limbaugh"s Favorable Rating: 19 Percent  —  Limbaugh's Favorable Rating: 19 Percent  —  Over the past few weeks, the White House has been casting right-wing talk show host Rush Limbaugh as the head of the Republican Party, and based on a new CBS News poll, it appears they may be on to something.
Danny / The Note:
Obama Budget Chief: Numbers Looking Worse  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis reports:  —  President Obama's budget chief said Tuesday that he expects a forthcoming government revenue estimate to reflect a worsening economic picture.  —  “The numbers will be more negative than anticipated,” …
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Manu Raju / The Politico:
National debt hits record $11 trillion
Discussion: Political Punch
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Mistrial by iPhone: Juries' Web Research Upends Trials  —  Last week, a juror in a big federal drug trial in Florida admitted to the judge that he had been doing research on the case on the Internet, directly violating the judge's instructions and centuries of legal rules.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
McCain Refuses To Condemn Ingraham's Attacks On His Daughter  —  Last week, ThinkProgress reported that hate radio host Laura Ingraham responded to Meghan McCain's criticism of right-wingers like Ann Coulter by calling her “plus-sized.”  Meghan shot back, telling Ingraham, “stop talking about my body.”
David Enrich / Wall Street Journal:
Citi Losing Economist to Treasury  —  Citigroup Inc.'s chief economist is leaving the company for a job at the Treasury Department, according to an internal Citigroup memo.  —  Lewis Alexander, who has been at Citigroup since 1999 and before that worked at the Federal Reserve …
Discussion: RedState and JammieWearingFool
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
Tauscher to State  —  Word is that Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.), chair of the House Armed Services Committee's subcommittee on strategic forces and a staunch superdelegate for presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, is in line for a top post at the State Department …
Ameet Sachdev / Chicago Tribune:
Federal judge scolds prosecutor  —  Appeals Judge Richard Posner cites misconduct as conviction overturned  —  U.S. Appeals Judge Richard Posner is known for his provocative opinions, but his harsh criticism of a Chicago federal prosecutor surprises even close court observers.
Discussion: TalkLeft
The Wrap:
AOL Leaps Into Original News Content With PoliticsDaily.com  —  This story has been updated from its original version.  —  New Media is about to meet Old Media.  But not in the way you'd think.  —  AOL is about to launch a politics site, hiring well-respected political journalists …
Dana Goldstein / American Prospect:
THE TRUTH ABOUT SWEDEN'S VOUCHER PROGRAM.  —  In the wake of President Obama's education speech last week, a few proponents of school vouchers are suggesting that the old sawhorse shouldn't be left off the reform table.  The New York Times is featuring a video op-ed by Pacific Research …
New York Times:
U.S. Weighs Taliban Strike Into Pakistan  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama and his national security advisers are considering expanding the American covert war in Pakistan far beyond the unruly tribal areas to strike at a different center of Taliban power in Baluchistan …
Discussion: Danger Room and MyDD
Peter Foster / Telegraph:
North Korea launches perfect Italian pizza  —  North Korea has opened its first pizzeria after a decade of clandestine international research.  —  It has taken almost 10 years of work, but North Korea has acquired the technology to launch a project very dear to its leader's heart - the nation's first “authentic” Italian pizzeria.
Washington Times:
Guns on a plane  —  Obama secretly ends program that let pilots carry guns  —  After the September 11 attacks, commercial airline pilots were allowed to carry guns if they completed a federal-safety program.  No longer would unarmed pilots be defenseless as remorseless hijackers seized control …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Wizbang
The Huffington Post:
Dems Fuming Over White House Plan To Make Vets Pay For Service Injuries  —  Democrats in Congress are organizing to squash a White House proposal that would require veterans to use private insurance to pay for treatment of their combat and service-related injuries.
Discussion: Moe Lane and Commentary
 
 
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The Politico:
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The White House:
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Christian Brose / Shadow Government:
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Conn Carroll / The Foundry:
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Kenneth T. Walsh / US News:
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Discussion: Top of the Ticket and The Swamp
Bill Roggio / Weekly Standard:
Negotiations and Iran's Proxy War
Discussion: Hot Air
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Members want Obama to mull Afghanistan
Joe Weisenthal / Clusterstock:
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 Earlier Items: 
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
GOP turns on itself, risks losses in midterms
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Republicans Ask Obama to Withdraw Hill Nomination
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Republicans concerned over RNC fundraising
Discussion: Salon, Washington Monthly and Hot Air
Capital Commerce:
Yes, the Community Reinvestment Act Really Did Help Cause the Housing Crisis
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