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7:30 PM ET, March 20, 2009


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Special Olympics Champ to Barack: Bring it On!  —  A bowling phenom in the Special Olympics has just challenged Prez Barack Obama to a White House roll-off ... and he'll probably kick Barack's butt.  —  Kolan McConiughey, a Special Olympics competitor who has bowled three perfect 300 games …
Michelle Malkin:
Why can't Obama tell a good joke?  —  Why are the president's “jokes” (scripted or not) so lame?  —  The answer is a three-letter-word (or is that four letters, Joe?):  E-G-O.  —  Barack Obama is constitutionally incapable of self-deprecation, because self-deprecation requires sincere humility.
The Campaign Spot:
Palin Hits Obama on ‘Special Olympics’ Joke  —  Gov. Sarah Palin responded to remarks made last night by President Obama related to the Special Olympics on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”: … Well, after the way his allies went after her, he really couldn't count on a full-throated defense of a boneheaded comment.
Toby Harnden / Toby Harnden's blog listings:
Top 10 gaffes by Barack Obama and Joe Biden  —  Perhaps Barack Obama was just trying to make Joe Biden feel better by dropping his clanger on Jay Leno.  Whatever the President was thinking, 60 days into their new administration it's time for a post-election Obama-Biden Top 10, in reverse order:
Washington Post:
GOP Pressed on Health Care  —  House Democrats Set September Deadline for Compromise  —  House Democrats, in consultation with the White House, will give Republican lawmakers until September to reach a compromise on President Obama's signature health-care initiative — otherwise …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:   CBO's Score Won't Deter Obama
David Stout / New York Times:
Much Bigger Deficits Seen in Budget Office Forecast
David Rogers / The Politico:
Budget: Red ink far as the eye can see
Discussion: The Swamp, TPMDC and Commentary
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
THIS FEED IS CLOSED TO THE PRESS.  —  Huh, I wonder why Jake Tapper, press access warrior, has blocked me from following his Twitter feed.  —  Time for a blogger ethics panel?  —  UPDATE: Tapper has also blocked Talking Points Memo.  —  Bonus Tapper: His exchange with White House Press …
Discussion: Gawker and Outside The Beltway
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
TAPPER, TWITTER, AND ONLINE ETIQUETTE.... It was bound to be of interest to the political world anyway, but ABC News' Jake Tapper helped get the ball rolling on the Special Olympics/Obama story last night.  He was first out of the gate with a news item and a report on the president's comment on his Twitter feed.
Discussion: Greg's Opinion
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Discussion: Jack & Jill Politics
Michael Lewis / Bloomberg:
Mass Hysteria Over AIG Obscures Simple Truths: Michael Lewis  —  Last September the U.S. government began to dole out the first of $173 billion to American International Group.  A big chunk of it passed right through to banks that had bought insurance from AIG against mortgage and corporate defaults …
Mother Jones:
Top Geithner Aide Fought CEO Pay Reform  —  As a Goldman Sachs lobbyist, Mark Patterson once worked against a bill to curb executive compensation.  The legislation's sponsor: Barack Obama.  —  Post Comment  —  On Wednesday afternoon, as President Barack Obama was leaving the White House …
Spitzer: I failed in a very important way
Discussion: CBS News
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Joe the Plumber Wants to Make Love to Washington  —  The Republican's Working Man hero Joe the Plumber could barely contain himself last night before a crowd of adoring, media-bashing conservatives.  —  “God, all this love and everything in the room - I'm horny,” declared Joe, whose real name is Samuel Wurzelbacher.
Joe the Plumber tells conservatives he's ‘horny’
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Dodd says he was misled on bonus legislation  —  (CNN) — A defensive Sen. Chris Dodd said Friday that he was misled on the issue of bonuses for AIG executives.  —  He claimed he would not have drafted key legislative changes allowing the bonuses to move forward if he knew the purpose of those changes.
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and Riehl World View
The Huffington Post:
Snowe To Dems: Grow A Pair
Discussion: Daily Kos
Associated Press:   Senate Republicans brake rush to tax AIG bonuses
Paul Krugman:
AIG  —  Preliminary thoughts on the tax bill:  —  1. It's not the way you should make policy — it's clumsy, and it will punish some innocent parties while letting the most guilty off scot-free  —  2. But — there wasn't much alternative at this point.  And for that I blame the Obama people.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama White House bars press from press award ceremony  —  We are not making this up:  —  Barack Obama was elected commander in chief promising to run the most transparent presidential administration in American history.  —  This achievement and the overall promise of his historic administration caused …
Sara Just / The Note:
Democratic Senators Tepid on Geithner Support  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports: With President Obama pronouncing his “complete confidence” in Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's leadership, we thought it might be interesting to ask members of the Senate Democratic caucus whether they agree.
Discussion: The Politico
David Reilly / Bloomberg:
JPMorgan Might Lose Dimon to a Geithner Flameout: David Reilly
Discussion: Portfolio and Matthew Yglesias
Felix Gillette / New York Observer:
MSNBC In Discussions with Ed Schultz  —  The Observer has learned that MSNBC president Phil Griffin is in discussions with syndicated talk radio host Ed Schultz about possibly joining the network on a full-time basis.  It is unclear what exactly the job would entail should Mr. Schultz and MSNBC come to an agreement.
CNN's March Ratings So Far: More Lamb than Lion  —  More evidence that CNN is going to have to find a new strategy fast or risk becoming a cable news also-ran: In the month of March so far, the Time Warner-owned network has come in fourth place in prime time among adults 25 to 54 …
Discussion: Media Blog, Gawker and Don Surber
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
The Big Takeover  —  The global economic crisis isn't about money - it's about power.  How Wall Street insiders are using the bailout to stage a revolution  —  It's over — we're officially, royally f**ked. no empire can survive being rendered a permanent laughingstock …
Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Palin rejects over 30% of stimulus money  —  31 PERCENT: She says state can't commit to continuation.  —  JUNEAU — Gov. Sarah Palin is refusing to accept over 30 percent of the federal economic stimulus money being offered to Alaska, including dollars for schools, energy assistance and social services.
Iran responds to Barack Obama's video appeal with nuclear pledge  —  US President Barack Obama's appeal for a ‘new beginning’ with Iran has been met by a pledge to turn on the country's nuclear power plant this year.  —  Mr Obama sent Iran an unprecedented videotaped message offering …
Dan Gilgoff / US News:
Newt Gingrich Steps Up Efforts to Mobilize Religious Conservatives  —  The former House speaker has launched a group that aims to unite social and economic conservatives  —  At a time when many religious conservatives say the Republican Party is ignoring their issues and taking their support for granted …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Shakesville
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Financial Times:
McCain speaks up for Geithner
Discussion: The Politico and Hot Air
The Politico:
Palin whacks Obama on Special Olympics Politico - 45 minutes ago
Deborah Summers / Guardian:
George Galloway banned from Canada
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Corrente
Think Progress:
Inhofe: The ‘Middle Eastern mentality’ is ‘worse’ than Nazism.
Paul Krugman:
Fiscal aspects of quantitative easing (wonkish)
Discussion: D-Day and Blog
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Support for Nuclear Energy Inches Up to New High
Hotline On Call:
Is Norm Coleman's Attorney “Done” ... ?
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG
 Earlier Items: 
Sasha Issenberg / Boston Globe:
Democrat outside looking in
Discussion: MSNBC and Newsweek Blogs
Monika Scislowska / Associated Press:
Polish documentary shows prewar Jewish life
John Hughes / Bloomberg:
GM, Chrysler May Need Additional Aid, Rattner Says
Discussion: Clusterstock, and Zero Hedge
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
Newspaper cuts open door to more political trickery
Discussion: Democracy in America and Gawker
Mike Corder / Associated Press:
Dutch hospital to send Ghanaian chief's head home
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Pollitt On Douthat  —  For a column that's critical of me …
Discussion: The Other McCain and Hullabaloo
Alessandra Stanley / New York Times:
Seeking Everyman, Obama Does Leno