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8:15 AM ET, March 22, 2009


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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
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.
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
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 …
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
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.
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
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.
Kris Maher / Wall Street Journal:
Three Companies to Back Proposal on Union Bill
Discussion: MyDD, The Politico and Think Progress
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
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;
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
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Has a ‘Katrina Moment’ Arrived?  —  A CHARMING visit with Jay Leno won't fix it.  A 90 percent tax on bankers' bonuses won't fix it.  Firing Timothy Geithner won't fix it.  Unless and until Barack Obama addresses the full depth of Americans' anger with his full arsenal of policy smarts and political gifts …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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.
David Warren / Real Clear Politics:
Too Clever by Half  —  It is now spring; the vernal equinox was reached Friday morning.  To celebrate, Barack Obama sent a video of himself to Iran.  —  This was one of several end-of-week media performances, as Mr. Obama went back into “campaign mode” after a break of several months.
Discussion: Maggie's Farm and neo-neocon
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