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7:20 AM ET, March 19, 2009

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Massimo Calabresi / Time:
Treasury Learned of AIG Bonuses Earlier Than Claimed  —  Though Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told Congressional leaders Tuesday he only learned of the impending $160 million bonus payments to members of AIG's troubled financial products unit March 10, sources tell TIME that the New …
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Washington Post:
How the Fed Failed to Tell Obama About The Bonuses  —  Federal Reserve officials knew for months about bonuses at American International Group but failed to tell the Obama administration, according to government and company officials, exposing problems in a relationship that is vital to addressing the financial crisis.
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
A Defining Moment for Treasury Secretary  —  WASHINGTON — All three of President Obama's top economic advisers were on message when they appeared Sunday on separate television talk shows.  Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, they said, had concluded, based on lawyers' advice …
The Huffington Post:
Dodd: Treasury Officials Insisted On Weakening Bonus Provision
The Politico:
Dodd facing fresh political firestorm  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) looks like he may be facing a fresh political firestorm.  —  Dodd just admitted on CNN that he inserted a loophole in the stimulus legislation …
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Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in January indicates that the economy continues to contract.  Job losses, declining equity and housing wealth, and tight credit conditions have weighed on consumer sentiment and spending.
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Tucker Carlson / Blogs and Stories:
How Jon Stewart Went Bad  —  Inside Fritzl's Dungeon by Barbie Latza Nadeau  —  Blogs and Stories  —  There is a virtual ban on criticism of him in the press.  Uncritical praise corrupts absolutely.  —  Jon Stewart's recent attack on CNBC's Jim Cramer was so brilliantly performed …
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The Huffington Post:   Stewart On Obama's Plan For Veterans' Insurance: 'That Can't Be Right'
Paul Thomasch / Reuters:
NBC boss: Jon Stewart's criticism absurd, unfair
Discussion: Salon and paidContent.org
DealBook:
Dissecting the A.I.G. Bonus Contract  —  Washington is filled with outrage over the $165 million in bonuses given out by the American International Group.  Yet, as I said in my post on Tuesday, “Seven Sad Truths About A.I.G.,” the real concern over the insurance giant should be about the $170 billion …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
LOOKING FURTHER  —  In a series of posts last night I looked …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Impolitic
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
THE BIG BUCKS  —  Let's go back to Joe Cassano …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
President Takes Campaign for Budget to California  —  COSTA MESA, Calif. — President Obama, escaping the mounting uproar in Washington over executive bonuses at the American International Group, came here Wednesday for a raucous town-hall-style meeting where he promised that his $3.6 trillion budget …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and TIME.com
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Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama heads to Reagan country
Discussion: Associated Press
James Vicini / Reuters:
Some Guantanamo prisoners could be released in U.S.  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some of the Guantanamo Bay prisoners could be released into the United States while others could be put on trial in the American court system, Attorney General Eric Holder said on Wednesday.
Discussion: Wizbang and Stop The ACLU
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Evan Perez / Wall Street Journal:
Detainees May Be Released in U.S.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Guardian:
Anger in Pakistan at US plan to expand attacks  —  • Pentagon urges Obama to widen reach of strikes  —  • Islamabad warns of public backlash against move  —  Pakistan reacted with anger yesterday to an American proposal to expand its drone missile strikes inside the country against Taliban and al-Qaida targets.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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New York Times:   U.S. Plans Expanded Afghan Security Force
Rep. Barney Frank / The Huffington Post:
Is There an Antidote to the Republican Amnesia?  —  Memory eventually fails us all, but apparently the decline strikes one party far more than the other.  —  In recent weeks, my friends across the aisle have expended a lot of breath proclaiming that the Democrats caused the present financial crisis …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Hullabaloo
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Howard Schweber / The Huffington Post:
Put Down the Pitchforks!  —  I am starting to be genuinely worried by the potential destructiveness of a growing torch-and-pitchfork mentality that is partly the result of cynical manipulation, partly a result of failures of understanding, and partly the result of perfectly justified by presently misdirected anger.
Michael Hirsh / Newsweek:
The Next AIG Scandal?  —  The firm's problems may extend to its ‘healthy’ insurance side. … Outrageous.  It's the preferred adjective used by Barack Obama and Ben Bernanke to describe AIG, the crippled giant that has turned into a national money pit.  AIG has swallowed at least $170 billion …
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Obama backs off plan to alter vets' healthcare  —  The White House on Wednesday backed off a controversial plan that would have dramatically altered the way the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) handles insurance claims, after veterans groups staged an all-out fight against such a proposal.
Suzy Khimm / The New Republic:
They Were Against It Before They Were For It  —  This week, Republican leaders have leapt to join the populist outcry against the bonuses that ailing insurance giant AIG has awarded its executives.  But such rants against executive earnings mark a remarkable about-face for the right flank of the party …
Discussion: TPMCafe and Think Progress
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Split Emerging Between Conservative Media And GOP Leadership On AIG Mess  —  Here's an interesting subplot developing amid the AIG mess: The emerging split between leading conservative media figures and GOP leaders over how to respond.  —  GOP Congressional leaders have roundly condemned AIG …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
The Official Guide To Obama Kitsch  —  I am pleased to introduce The Official Guide To Obama Kitsch.  —  Kitsch is a word of Germanic origin which denotes something that is in poor taste, tacky, pretentious, cheap or trashy.  —  In order to qualify, the product must (1) …
 
 
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Robert S. McElvaine / Washington Post:
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Mike Stobbe / Associated Press:
US births break record; 40 pct out-of-wedlock
Discussion: Dohiyi Mir and Donklephant
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Military Laser Hits Battlefield Strength
Discussion: Defense Tech
Victoria McGrane / The Politico:
Dems announce bill to tax bonuses
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Clinton Loyalist Accepts Undersecretary of State Offer
Discussion: The Politico
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
New GOP Talking Points: Obama Administration Is “Most Politically …
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Are Bailouts Saving the U.S. from a New Great Depression?