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12:40 PM ET, March 19, 2009

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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.
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Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
House debates bill taxing AIG and other bonuses  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - Democrats are rushing through a legally questionable tax on employee bonuses from bailed-out firms to paper over the failure of the Obama administration and key lawmakers …
Manu Raju / The Politico:
GOP wary of plan to tax AIG bonuses  —  A plan to recoup millions of dollars of American International Group bonuses by taxing them into oblivion has put top Republicans on opposite sides of a riddle: When is a tax hike not a tax hike?  —  House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Geithner Agonistes  —  Some basic points: what matters is whether he can make this work, a sane reckoning date for which would be a year or so's time.  With respect to boo-boos so far:  —  1. The under-staffed Treasury has some liability: … But it's Obama's and Geithner's job to staff it up …
Washington Post:
What to Do About AIG?  —  Chief executive of AIG from 1967 to 2005
Gail Collins / New York Times:
The Grievance Committee
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
A.I.G. Uproar Is a Defining Moment for Geithner
Fox News:
Duke Coach to Obama: Worry About the Economy, Not NCAA Picks  —  Reacting to news Obama picked North Carolina to win the NCAA Championship, Mike Krzyzewski says, “the economy is something that [the president] should focus on, probably more than the brackets.”
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Cherry-Picker-in-Chief  —  FiveThirtyEight Exclusive: Obama NCAA Bracket Suggests Bias Toward Schools from Swing States  —  Is President Obama playing favorites with his NCAA bracket?  Neither Columbia University nor the University of Chicago have an entry in the Big Dance (the Maroons, alas, aren't even in D-1).
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Coach K disses Obama's basketball picks  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski isn't thrilled his team got snubbed by the leader of the free world.  —  “Somebody said that we're not in President Obama's Final Four, and as much as I respect what he's doing, really …
Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Obama's $500,000 book bonanza  —  Deal reached 5 days before he took office  —  As he empathized with recession-weary Americans, President Obama arranged in the days just before he took office to secure a $500,000 advance for a children's book project, a disclosure report shows.
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Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
Obama Earned Nearly $2.5 Million in Book Royalties in 2008
Discussion: Political Machine and TIME.com
Eddie / Sky News:
Julia Alasheyeva, Moscow  —  A picture has emerged apparently showing Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in his former days as a KGB officer.  —  The 20-year old photo depicts two world leaders - US President Ronald Reagan and the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev - in Moscow.
Washington Post:
Our Must-Win War  —  The ‘Minimalist’ Path Is Wrong for Afghanistan  —  Later this month, the Obama administration will unveil a new strategy for the war in Afghanistan.  This comes as most important indicators in Afghanistan are pointing in the wrong direction.
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Byron York / www.dcexaminer.com:
Candidate Obama vs. President Obama
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
13 firms receiving federal bailout owe back taxes  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — At least 13 firms receiving billions of dollars in bailout money owe a total of more than $220 million in unpaid federal taxes, a key lawmaker said Thursday.  —  Rep. John Lewis, chairman of a House subcommittee overseeing …
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Michelle Malkin:
Lovely: 13 bailout recipients owe $220 million in back taxes
Discussion: Flopping Aces
Laura Rozen / The Cable:
Top brass disturbed by GOP stalling of Iraq ambassador  —  There's one as yet unremarked constituency increasingly disturbed by some Republican senators' efforts to block the confirmation of former North Korea envoy Christopher Hill to be the next U.S. ambassador to Iraq: the U.S. military.
James Vicini / Reuters:
Some Guantanamo prisoners could be released in US  —  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.  —  Holder, who was chosen by President Barack Obama …
Discussion: Townhall.com
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Michelle Malkin:
Audio comedy gold: Bozo the Vice President is looking out for you  —  The gaffetastic gift that keeps on giving.  —  In trying times, we can always count on Bozo the Vice President to provide some welcome comic relief.  Joe Biden was The Newshour on PBS last night in full swagger …
Discussion: Online NewsHour and Bill Nienhuis
Erik Schatzker / Bloomberg:
Citigroup Said to Commit $10 Million for New Executive Suite  —  Citigroup Inc. plans to spend about $10 million on new offices for Chief Executive Officer Vikram Pandit and his lieutenants, after the U.S. government injected $45 billion of cash into the bank.
Discussion: Swampland and TigerHawk
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
On the Bloated Defense Budget  —  Robert Farley has a provocative observation about the defense budget: “If an analyst had proposed, during the Reagan administration, that the U.S. outspend the Soviet Union by a factor of 5-10, he or she would have been laughed out of government by Republicans and Democrats alike.”
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
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Robert Farley / American Prospect:
AND EVEN DUMBER: THE IMPERIAL DEFENSE BUDGET.
David Adam / Guardian:
Leading climate scientist: 'democratic process isn't working'  —  Protest and direct action could be the only way to tackle soaring carbon emissions, a leading climate scientist has said.  —  James Hansen, a climate modeller with Nasa, told the Guardian today that corporate lobbying …
Andrew Blankstein / Los Angeles Times:
Photo of Charles Manson is released by prison officials  —  The image shows the convicted mass murderer with a receding hairline, a thick gray beard and a fading swastika-shaped scar on his forehead.  —  California corrections officials released a photograph taken Wednesday …
Discussion: LA Observed
Rolling Stone:
The 100 People Who Are Changing America  —  It would be a luxury if the function of the list we present here were simply to shake ourselves out of complacency.  But, unfortunately, we are far beyond that.  With the election of Barack Obama and the deep hole that his predecessor left …
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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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Gives the GOP an Opening
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Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
GOP honchos slam tax on AIG bonuses
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Thomas Vinciguerra / New York Times:
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Eminent Domain, Alabama Style
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Rethinking The JournoList List
The Hill:
Specter crosses aisle despite election risks
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