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4:55 PM ET, March 18, 2009

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Edward M. Liddy / Washington Post:
Repairing AIG and Repaying the Public  —  The government rescue of American International Group (AIG) and other financial firms has produced a palpable wave of anger on the part of Americans and a rising public demand for accountability from corporate and government leaders.
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Ian Swanson / The Hill:
AIG staff: We deserve this money  —  AIG's new management team last year proposed that its employees give up their “retention” bonuses, or at least reduce them.  The response from the 370 or so employees set to rake in $450 million in bonuses through 2010?  —  Take a hike.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
No Boiled Carrots  —  Barack Obama even needs a teleprompter to get mad.  —  On St. Patrick's Day, the president spoke a bit of Gaelic, dyed the White House fountains green and talked about his distant relatives in the tiny Irish town of Moneygall, aptly named since money and gall are the two topics now consuming him.
Matt Lira / Office of the Republican Whip:
House Democrats Vote to Let AIG Keep Bonuses  —  Moments ago on the House floor, Democrats did something truly remarkable - they voted to let AIG executives keep their taxpayer-financed bonuses.  As you know, this week, $165 million was awarded to 73 AIG employees primarily …
Discussion: RedState
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Will Obama, McCain, Dodd Return Contributions From AIG Employees?  —  AIG Gave More Than $630,000 During the 2008 Political Cycle  —  AIG employees kept doling out donations to politicians, including presidential candidate Barack Obama, after getting bailed out with federal funds last year …
New York Times:
A.I.G. Chief Expected to Offer Bonus Compromise  —  Edward M. Liddy, the embattled chief of American International Group, is expected to ask employees who received lucrative bonuses to give half the money back.  —  According to a person briefed on Mr. Liddy's plans, the A.I.G. chief …
The Hill:
To release the names or not: Lawmakers split
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Kanjorski slams Obama administration
Discussion: RedState and MSNBC
Wall Street Journal:
Financial Journalists Fail Upward  —  “Listen, you knew what the banks were doing and yet were touting it for months and months,” said “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart to CNBC superstar Jim Cramer in their much-discussed confrontation last week.  “The entire network was, and so now to pretend …
Discussion: At-Largely and Newshoggers.com
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
@ McGraw-Hill: NBCU's Zucker Calls Out Jon Stewart: Blaming CNBC Is ‘Absurd’
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Not my fault  —  “Criticism of CNBC is way out of line,” …
Discussion: BLTv and Wilshire & Washington
Jon Friedman / MarketWatch:
CNBC's woes may open the door to its competitors
Discussion: Blogs and Stories and Clusterstock
David Espo / Associated Press:
Analysis: White House, Dems backpedaling on AIG  —  Analysis: AIG bonuses have Democrats reeling, unable to blame Bush; Republicans go on offense  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time since last fall's election, Democrats and the Obama administration are backpedaling furiously …
Discussion: Power Line and The Politico
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Mack calls Geithner “disaster,” demands resignation
CNN:
Bonuses allowed by stimulus bill
Discussion: Wake up America and PoliGazette
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
The Gloves Come Off  —  White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel just had to scratch that itch.  Speaking for the President and to the New York Times yesterday, he called the contretemps over the AIG news a “distraction” from the “main priority of getting the financial system stabilized.”
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
Wall Street's Dangerous Refusal to Learn
Newt Gingrich / Human Events:
BREAKING: Gingrich Calls on Obama to End Bailouts
Discussion: Think Progress
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
The Nationalization Option  —  You might think that having anted …
Discussion: Open Left
Andy Katz / ESPN:
Presidential pick 'em at the White House  —  ESPN.com takes an exclusive look at President Obama's bracket  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama has studied Lincoln and FDR to help guide him through the early stages of his presidency.  —  But he is very much a modern man …
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The White House:
March Madness at the White House
Discussion: Indecision Forever and MSNBC
Noemie Emery / www.dcexaminer.com:
Palinphobes and the audacity of type  —  Now that the Obama presidency is nearing the 60-day mark, it's time to thank those fastidious scribes on the left and the right who worked so hard to warn us against Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, and the dire things that would surely occur if she ever got close to executive power.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin clashes with feds on wolves
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Adam Levine / CNN:
Pentagon to phase out unpopular ‘stop-loss’ program  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The military will phase out its “stop loss” program, the contentious practice of holding troops beyond the end of their enlistments, for all but extraordinary situations, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Wednesday.
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Monthly
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Associated Press:
Sources: Pentagon to stop forced tour extension
Discussion: democracyarsenal.org and TIME.com
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
In Bid To Grab Control Of Story, Obama Takes Responsibility For AIG Mess  —  This morning I noted that Rahm Emanuel had sounded a bit of a false note, saying that Obama viewed the AIG mess as a “big distraction” from his efforts to fix the financial system overall.  —  Maybe not so much.
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Lymari Morales / Gallup:
Outraged Americans Want AIG Bonus Money Recovered  — USA - Credit Crisis - Financial Services - Government and Politics - Americas - Northern America  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Three in four Americans (76%) want the government to take actions to block or recover the bonuses insurance giant AIG paid …
Discussion: The Swamp, TPMDC and Open Left
Pete Winn / CNSNews:
Army Investigating How and Why Troops Were Sent Into Alabama Town After Murder Spree  —  (CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Army has launched an inquiry into how and why active duty troops from Fort Rucker, Ala., came to be placed on the streets of Samson, Ala., during last week's murder spree in that tiny South Alabama community.
Rob Gillies / Associated Press:
Bush says it's ‘essential’ to help Obama  —  CALGARY, Alberta - Former President George W. Bush, making his first public speech since leaving office in January, says he wants Barack Obama to succeed and that it's “essential” to support the new leader.  —  Bush declined to critique …
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Matt Corley / Think Progress:
The Husband Of Fox News' Greta Van Susteren Is A ‘Protector Of The Palin Brand’  —  During the presidential campaign, Fox News's Greta Van Susteren had perhaps the best access to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin of any journalist.  In September, she hosted a one-hour “documentary” …
Tom Gross Mideast Media Analysis:
Exclusive: This is CNN (& BBC-UNRWA connection revealed)  —  * CNN Jerusalem producer's shocking public outburst against Israel (see video below)  —  * Revealed: UNRWA spokesman who lied about Israel's shelling of a school previously worked at the BBC with Jeremy Bowen
Ben Katcher / The Washington Note:
Guest Post by Lawrence Wilkerson: Some Truths About Guantanamo Bay  —  Lawrence B. Wilkerson was chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell and is chairman of the New America Foundation/U.S.-Cuba 21st Century Policy Initiative.  —  There are several dimensions to the debate …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Stayin' Alive  —  The inside story of health care reform's near-death experience.  —  In early January, most of Barack Obama's senior staff assembled with the president-elect for a meeting inside a windowless, eighth-floor office at the transition headquarters in Washington.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
A Center-Right Nation Forever  —  James Joyner, surveying some data about the demographic shifts threatening conservative politics, concludes “We'll always have a strong “conservative” movement.  It's just that Ronald Reagan and Alex P. Keaton wouldn't quite recognize it.”
 
 
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The Politico:
Boehner: Geithner in serious trouble
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Marcia Coyle / LAW.com:
Study concludes a well-worn gripe may be right: ABA ratings …
Discussion: Bench Memos and Law Blog
Alan Zibel / Associated Press:
Fannie plans bonuses of up to $611K for 4 execs
Discussion: Hot Air and Cafe Hayek
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Rep. Tauscher leaving House for State Dept.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Who Broke AIG?  —  Last weekend AIG released information …
Ryan Powers / Think Progress:
Hagel rips Cheney's claim that Obama is making the U.S. less safe …
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YouTube ‘spammed by US Congressmen’
Bsetser / Brad Setser:
A bit more to worry about; foreign demand for long-term Treasuries has faded
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Union Engages in Labor Dispute With Its Own Employees
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The 5 biggest myths about Obama
Tim / Sky News:
The Obama 100  —  Earlier in the day, the president claimed …
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
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