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10:30 AM 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.
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.
Discussion: Commentary
David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
There are fates worse than bonuses  —  Here's an idea: If you stop nationalizing banks, there will be no need to engage in phony-baloney indignation over bonus payments anymore.  —  This cockamamie populism in Washington really hit its stride when Iowa Republican Sen. Charles Grassley suggested …
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
Wall Street's Dangerous Refusal to Learn  —  You have to wonder what else has to go wrong, how much more wealth will need to be destroyed, before the people on Wall Street get the message that it's no longer business as usual.  —  The latest outrage, of course, is over the $400 million …
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
Washington Post:
White House Calls Bonuses a Late Surprise  —  Congress Moves to Impose Hefty Tax on Executives Who Don't Return Money  —  Senior White House officials said last night that President Obama did not learn that bonuses worth $165 million were to be paid to executives of American International …
Lawrence A. Cunningham / New York Times:
A.I.G.'s Bonus Blackmail
Discussion: The Swamp
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The dishonest “Blame Dodd” scheme from Treasury officials
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Fury over AIG fuels clawback bills
Washington Post:
The Big Bash
Washington Post:
AIG Firestorm Raises Alarm For Other Firms
Associated Press:
Begorra!  Irish PM trips over White House speech  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen was just a few paragraphs into an address at a St. Patrick's Day celebration at the White House when he realized something sounded way too familiar.
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Healing the Planet  —  The President of Brazil gets the Obama treatment: … I was hoping they'd misspelt it as “Lulu.”  And given him the DVD of To Sir With Love.  Dubbed into Spanish.  —  By the way, a few years ago The Economist did a cover story on Brazil headlined “The Meaning Of Lula.”
Discussion: Power Line and Tim Blair
Tim / Sky News:
The Obama 100  —  Earlier in the day, the president claimed …
Discussion: pw and JustOneMinute
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
President's Budget Strategy Under Fire  —  Tactic May Break Obama's Bipartisan Pledge, GOP Says  —  Senior members of the Obama administration are pressing lawmakers to use a shortcut to drive the president's signature initiatives on health care and energy through Congress without Republican votes …
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.
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Obama axes GOP in new budget push
Discussion: The Politico and New York Times
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Can Obama's Grass-Roots Supporters Fire Up the Budget?
Discussion: The Swamp
Serena Ng / Wall Street Journal:
Hedge Funds May Get AIG Cash  —  Some Bailout Money Is Set Aside to Pay Firms That Bet Housing Market Would Crater  —  Some of the billions of dollars that the U.S. government paid to bail out American International Group Inc. stand to benefit hedge funds that bet on a falling housing market …
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Tauscher in line for State Dept. job: Reports  —  Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.) is under consideration to take a top State Department position under Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, according to reports.  —  Tauscher, chairwoman of the House Armed Forces Subcommittee on Strategic Forces …
Discussion: Washington Post and
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Sources: Tauscher tapped for arms control post
Ira Iosebashvili /
At G20, Kremlin to Pitch New Currency  —  The Kremlin published its priorities Monday for an upcoming meeting of the G20, calling for the creation of a supranational reserve currency to be issued by international institutions as part of a reform of the global financial system.
Marybeth Hicks / Washington Times:
Men are women's ‘issue’  —  Last week, President Obama signed an executive order creating the White House Council on Women and Girls.  He did so with a speech in which he praised the perseverance and pluck of his own single mother, the grandmother who ultimately raised him, and especially his wife …
Discussion: Dr. Helen
Pamela A. MacLean /
In a First, Bankruptcy Judge Rules Calif. City Can Void Union Contracts  —  Post a Comment Printer-friendly Email this Article Reprints & Permissions  —  In the first ruling of its kind, a bankruptcy judge held the city of Vallejo, Calif. has the authority to void its existing union contracts …
Discussion: RedState and Paul Kedrosky's …
The Politico:
Some Dems want brake in Obama plans  —  Barack Obama's Big Bang Theory of Governance is starting to face its first big test among the new president's fellow Democrats.  —  At the White House Tuesday morning, Obama began the day with a sharp push-back against the idea that his far-reaching agenda …
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 …
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Specter won't rule out run as an Independent  —  Sen. Arlen Specter said Tuesday that he will not run for reelection in 2010 as a Democrat, but might run as an Independent.  —  The Pennsylvania Republican has been under tremendous pressure from the GOP base since being one of just three Republicans …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, TPMDC, MyDD and MSNBC
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