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7:30 AM ET, March 22, 2009


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Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
Administration Seeks Increase in Oversight of Executive Pay  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will call for increased oversight of executive pay at all banks, Wall Street firms and possibly other companies as part of a sweeping plan to overhaul financial regulation, government officials said.
Stephen Labaton / MSNBC:
NYT: White House takes on executive pay  —  Government's plan will also target hedge funds, insurance companies  —  WASHINGTON - The Obama administration will call for increased oversight of executive pay at all banks, Wall Street firms and possibly other companies as part of a sweeping plan …
The New / New York Times:
Obama Responds to Criticism From Cheney  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama has hit back at former Vice President Dick Cheney, calling Bush administration policy on detainees at the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, “unsustainable.”  —  “How many terrorists have actually …
Discussion: Liberty Street
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Obama Backs Geithner Despite Vast Criticisms  —  No Talk of Treasury Secretary Resigning, President Says in ‘60 Minutes’ Interview  —  Embattled Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner's job is safe and the subject of resignation has not come up in his conversations with President Obama despite calls …
Discussion: Commentary
wRitErsbLock / Pereiraville:
Orlando Tea Party 032109  —  Additional pictures now posted at Bakerstreet.  —  I have more than a hundred pictures already cropped, so I'll put them all in the extended entry.  Rough estimate of 3,000 people showed up, and two people from the media that I saw.  —  Clearly I need a “Got Glock?” shirt!
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Les Blumenthal / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Could split contract solve Air Force tanker dispute?  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON — Despite opposition from the Pentagon , one of the most powerful members of the House Appropriations Committee is considering including a provision …
Discussion: But As For Me
Charlie Cook / National Journal Online:
Are Independents Hedging Their Bets?  —  IF REPUBLICANS REALLY HAVE PULLED EVEN AMONG INDEPENDENTS, IT'S AN OMINOUS SIGN FOR DEMOCRATS.  —  Just as the economic news was relentlessly negative until the last few days, poll numbers for Republicans were horrific for months.
Jonn Lilyea / This ain't Hell …:
ANSWER March on the Pentagon  —  Since the sixth anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War was the other day, ANSWER and it's assorted affiliates of beggars, drama queens and ne'er-do-wells picked today out of the air to hold their March on the Pentagon.  —  So here's the photos  —  Me either;
Associated Press:
Biden pokes fun at his boss during Gridiron  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden poked fun at Barack Obama's do-no-wrong reputation as he spoke at an annual white-tie gathering of journalists and top administration officials Saturday night.
Discussion: Reuters
Washington Post:
Obama Plans Anti-Drug Effort on Border to Aid Mexico  —  Obama Plans to Send Agents, Equipment To Aid Mexican Fight  —  President Obama is finalizing plans to move federal agents, equipment and other resources to the border with Mexico to support Mexican President Felipe Calderón's campaign …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
Executives Lay Out Compromise to ‘Card Check’ Labor Bill  —  As business and labor gird for battle over legislation that would make it easier for workers to organize, the debate could be transformed by a “third way” proposed by three companies that like to project a progressive image: Costco, Starbucks and Whole Foods.
Chris Mooney / Washington Post:
Climate Change's Myths and Facts  —  A recent controversy over claims about climate science by Post op-ed columnist George F. Will raises a critical question: Can we ever know, on any contentious or politicized topic, how to recognize the real conclusions of science and how to distinguish …
Rhys Southan / Clusterstock:
Protest Bust: Lots Of Media, Just One Bus Of Protesters  —  Ed note: Our embed Rhys Southan is following today's AIG protest from the inside.  His first dispatch can be found here.  —  Several hours after the protest was set to begin, it's looking like today's much-hyped protest against AIG (AIG) and its execs is a total bust.
MJ Rosenberg / Mideast Peace Pulse:
Did Israel Intentionally Undermine Obama's Outreach To Iran?  —  Yesterday, when the New York Times inexplicably gave Shimon Peres' insulting message to Iran equal play with President Obama"s, I thought it might be no coincidence.  —  Peres, who is an uberhawk on Iran, suddenly sends …
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