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11:45 AM ET, March 17, 2009


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Washington Post:
Anger Over Firm Depletes Obama's Political Capital  —  President Obama's apparent inability to block executive bonuses at insurance giant AIG has dealt a sharp blow to his young administration and is threatening to derail both public and congressional support for his ambitious political agenda.
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.
Nigel Duara / Associated Press:
Senator suggests AIG execs should kill themselves  —  IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley suggested that AIG executives should take a Japanese approach toward accepting responsibility for the collapse of the insurance giant by resigning or killing themselves.
Washington Post:
Rage at AIG Swells As Bonuses Go Out  —  Fed Decided Payouts Couldn't Be Stopped  —  A tidal wave of public outrage over bonus payments swamped American International Group yesterday.  Hired guards stood watch outside the suburban Connecticut offices of AIG Financial Products …
Louise Story / New York Times:
Goldman Offers Loans to Stretched Employees  —  Goldman Sachs got its bailout.  Now some of its bankers, those aristocrats of Wall Street, apparently need a bit of a bailout too.  —  Goldman, which accepted billions of taxpayer dollars last fall and, as learned Sunday …
Dodd suggests tax to recoup AIG bonuses
Discussion: Congress Matters
Charles Lemos / MyDD:
The Silliness at The Washington Post
Discussion: Washington Post and
Michael Virtanen / Associated Press:
Cuomo to probe AIG bonuses for possible fraud
Discussion: Think Progress
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
AIG Bonuses: Moral Theory of Contract?
Discussion: Clusterstock
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Grassley: AIG's ‘suicide’ obligations
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?
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.
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.
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.
Byron York /
Why tax problems have plagued Team Obama  —  Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner speaks at the Treasury Department in Washington, detailing the Obama Administrations plans for the economic recovery.  It's been a recurring question about the young Obama administration: Why have so many of its nominees come down with tax problems?
Discussion: RedState and Betsy's Page
Cyra Master / The Atlantic Business Channel:
Members Looking For Relief For Madoff Fraud Victims
Discussion: The American Scene
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.
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
In Downturn, China Sees Path to Growth  —  GUANGZHOU, China — The global economic downturn, and efforts to reverse it, will probably make China an even stronger economic competitor than it was before the crisis.  —  China, the world's third-largest economy behind the United States and Japan …
Ariana Eunjung Cha / Washington Post:
Aided by Financial Crisis, China Snaps Up Natural Resources Worldwide
Discussion: FP Passport and Taylor Marsh
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 and Swampland
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 …
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 …
Jim Lindgren / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Illinois's special shame continues: Governor Confuses Democracy with Socialism.  Pat Quinn, our new governor - who seems to be a decent enough guy though of modest talents - on Monday seems to have confused one of Karl Marx's and Joseph Stalin's most famous slogans with a democratic principle.
Discussion: MSNBC
Anchorage Daily News:
GOP says Palin will star at dinner; she says she hasn't yet agreed  —  OR MAYBE NOT: She didn't know about keynoting, aide says.  —  Gov. Sarah Palin's spokesman said Monday that congressional Republicans were mistaken in announcing the governor would headline one of the biggest Republican gatherings …
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Gates readies big cuts in weapons
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Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
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Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
A Hand in the Health Care Debate
Financial Times:
Mexico to impose sanctions on US exports
Discussion: The Foundry and Don Surber
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Obama Team Derides Cheney's Criticisms