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1:20 PM ET, March 18, 2009


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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.
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.
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.
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 …
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Will Obama, McCain, Dodd Return Contributions From AIG Employees?
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
White House Cheat Sheet: Cleaning Up the AIG Mess
Lawrence A. Cunningham / New York Times:
A.I.G.'s Bonus Blackmail
Discussion: The Swamp
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
David Kaplan /
@ McGraw-Hill: NBCU's Zucker Calls Out Jon Stewart: Blaming CNBC Is ‘Absurd’  —  NBC Universal (NYSE: GE) CEO Jeff Zucker, in a Q&A with Ellen Pollock, executive editor, BusinessWeek, opened the *McGraw-Hill* Media Summit by taking on Comedy Central's Jon Stewart, who on the Daily Show …
Jon Friedman / MarketWatch:
CNBC's woes may open the door to its competitors  —  Commentary: Jon Stewart's criticisms could resonate with viewers … NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — When Jon Stewart excoriated CNBC on “The Daily Show,” he barely mentioned its competition.  That seemed to imply that the Fox Business Network …
Tim / Sky News:
The Obama 100  —  Earlier in the day, the president claimed an Irish ancestry, saying his mother's family could be traced back to Ireland.  —  He joked to Cowen: “We may be cousins.  We haven't sorted that through yet.”  —  Speaking in the Oval Office, he told the Irish premier …
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.
Alex Conant / The Politico:
The 5 biggest myths about Obama  —  By trade if not by choice, I have become something of a Barack Obama aficionado.  POLITICO's Mike Allen wrote last week that I have “probably listened to more President Obama speeches than any human besides [White House spokesman Robert] Gibbs.”
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
LOWERING THE BAR FOR MOB RULE.... About two weeks ago …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Obama axes GOP in new budget push
Discussion: New York Times and Blog entry
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 …
Andy Katz / ESPN:
Presidential pick 'em at the White House  — 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 …
Discussion: The Swamp and Right Pundits
CNN:   Obama's Final Four picks revealed
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:
Some Members of Evan Bayh's New Anti-Progressive Caucus Too Frightened to Admit Membership  —  It's been known for a while now that Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN) has been planning to form a caucus of “moderate” Senate Democrats hoping to soak up special interest cash in exchange for blocking the progressive agenda.
Bsetser / Brad Setser:
A bit more to worry about; foreign demand for long-term Treasuries has faded  —  I wanted to highlight one trend that I glossed over on Monday, namely that foreign demand for long-term Treasuries has disappeared over the last few months.  Consider a chart showing foreign purchases of long-term Treasuries over the past 3 months.
Mark Coleman / Telegraph:
YouTube ‘spammed by US Congressmen’  —  YouTube, the internet hosting site, is being flooded with cringe worthy video messages from US politicians, it has been claimed.  —  Two months ago, the website added an official Congress channel, inviting Democrats and Republicans to share quirky political messages with voters.
Discussion: Pajamas Media and FishBowlDC
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 …
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
Union Engages in Labor Dispute With Its Own Employees  —  As it helps push for legislation that would make it easier for workers to organize, the country's fastest-growing union is engaged in its own labor dispute with employees it is seeking to lay off.  —  The Service Employees International Union …
Discussion: The Foundry and The Next Right
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
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David Espo / Associated Press:
Analysis: White House, Dems backpedaling on AIG
Discussion: The Politico
Julian E. Zelizer / CNN:
Zelizer: GOP's ‘small government’ talk is hollow
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
YOU KNOW IT'S BAD WHEN ...  Insurance companies say they have no choice …
Discussion: First Draft
Terri Jo Ryan / Waco Tribune-Herald:
From St. Patrick's Day to Shamrock Day?
Discussion: protein wisdom and
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Tom LoBianco / Washington Times:
Obama climate plan could cost $2 trillion
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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IBM in Talks to Buy Sun in Bid to Add to Web Heft
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Welfare Reform R.I.P.
Discussion: Right Wing News
David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
There are fates worse than bonuses
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Ira Iosebashvili /
At G20, Kremlin to Pitch New Currency
Discussion: QandO
Marybeth Hicks / Washington Times:
Men are women's ‘issue’
Discussion: Dr. Helen