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6:10 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.
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.
Jim VandeHei / The Politico:
Why AIG outrage rings hollow  —  President Barack Obama and everyone else in Washington is in a sprint for the microphones to express outrage at the big bonuses for the knuckleheads who screwed up American International Group and threaten to do the same to the rest of the economy.
Discussion: Pajamas Media, Wizbang and
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Glenn Beck Comes Out in Favor of Paying AIG Executive Bonuses  —  The Populist Champion of the Everyman is sticking up for those downtrodden, forgotten millionaires at AIG. … Really shows his true colors, eh?  —  Beck also reaffirmed his comparison of Al Gore to Joseph Goebbles and claims …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Whiskey Fire
The Last Man Standing Speaks in Defense of AIG Bailout Bonuses
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:   Great Idea, Let's Let AIG Thieves Blackmail Everyone
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?
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
OBLIGATORY JOURNOLIST POST.  —  It is true: I am the coordinating force behind a vast, tentacular conspiracy involving every journalist and policy wonk in Washington, DC.  —  To this I say: It's all true.  My power is immense.  My enemies will be crushed.  My bling shines fierce.  Mwahahahahaha.
Discussion: The Corner
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: The Note, The Swamp, TalkLeft and Hot Air
Washington Wire:
Gibbs Peppered With Questions About AIG and Geithner
Discussion: TPMDC
Byron York /
Why tax problems have plagued Team Obama
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Fox apologizes for using Biden clip UPDATE  —  Both ThinkProgress and Huffington Post pointed out that Fox aired a clip of Joe Biden commenting on the fundamentals of the economy, supposedly from this past weekend.  —  Actually, the Biden quote was from a stump speech last year criticizing McCain …
Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
Fox News apologizes for dishonest splicing of Biden clip.  —  Yesterday, ThinkProgress noted that Fox News spliced a six-month old clip of Vice President Biden to misleadingly imply that he recently said the “fundamentals of the economy are strong.”  Today, Fox News's Martha MacCallum apologized …
Discussion: Canadian Press and PERRspectives
The Huffington Post:
Fox News Misleads Viewers With Biden Splice (VIDEO)
Discussion: FishBowlDC
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.”
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 …
Russia announces rearmament plan
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and Hot Air
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 …
Discussion: Salon, Reason and Washington Monthly
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.
Rasmussen Reports:   61% Say Secret Ballot Is Fair Way To Vote For A Union
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?
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and TPMDC
David Goldstein / Buffalo News:
Obama mulls making vets foot bill for service injuries  —  WASHINGTON—The Obama administration is considering making veterans use private insurance to pay for treatment of combat and service-related injuries.  —  The plan would be an about-face on what veterans believe is a long-standing pledge …
Discussion: Big Hollywood
Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:
Poll: More view Afghan war as ‘mistake’  —  WASHINGTON — American support for the war in Afghanistan has ebbed to new a low, as attacks on U.S. troops and their allies have hit record levels and commanders are pleading for reinforcements, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll shows.
Max Boot / Commentary:   Losing Support for Afghanistan
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
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
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Republicans concerned over RNC fundraising  —  GOP strategists and party leaders are increasingly worried that the party's run of bad news over the last month and a half is set to continue this week as the Republican National Committee (RNC) prepares to release what are expected to be markedly low fundraising numbers on Friday.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Salon
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Bunning on Bernanke's ‘60 Minutes’ sit-down: ‘Ugggghh’  —  Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) continued his streak of weekly conference calls with Kentucky repporters in which the endangered incumbent proves himself unafraid to speak his mind, this week going after CBS news.
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Republicans Ask Obama to Withdraw Hill Nomination  —  The signatories include Senators Ensign, Brownback, Bond, Kyl, and Inhofe, though interestingly no Republican from the Foreign Relations Committee.  The complaints echo those made by Senators Graham and McCain last week, mainly that Christopher Hill …
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