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6:15 PM ET, March 22, 2009

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Martina Stewart / CNN:
Gregg: ‘This country will go bankrupt’  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Even though he was almost a member of the new Obama administration, New Hampshire Republican Judd Gregg Sunday slammed President Obama's approach to handling the country's fiscal outlook.  —  “The practical implications …
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Associated Press:
Sen. Gregg says Obama budget will bankrupt US  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - The top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee says the Obama administration is on the right course to save the nation's financial system.
Associated Press:
Top GOP senator losing confidence in Geithner
Discussion: Reuters and The Politico
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Obama Backs Geithner Despite Vast Criticisms
Discussion: TalkLeft, Corrente and Commentary
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Friendly fire: NYT hits Obama  —  The leading liberal voices of the New York Times editorial pages all criticized—and, in some cases, clobbered—President Obama on Sunday for his handling of the economy and national security.  —  It's not unusual for Barack Obama to take a little friendly fire from the Times.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Airstrikes in Pakistan  —  If you want something a bit under the radar to worry about, consider Greg Miller's LA Times article on the increasing use of airstrikes in Pakistan against alleged al-Qaeda targets.  —  I can't imagine that an American president ever would or should completely disavow the right to launch this sort of attack.
Discussion: American Power and Newshoggers.com
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Greg Miller / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. missile strikes take heavy toll on Al Qaeda, officials say
Discussion: On Deadline
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Victor Davis Hanson / Pajamas Media:
Thoughts About Depressed Americans
Amanda Carpenter / Washington Times:
Retailers floating union compromise  —  Three major retail companies with a reputation for generous dealings with their employees and very little union involvement are floating compromise legislation that would make it easier for organized labor to unionize but preserve a workers' ability to decide using a secret ballot vote.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Retailers offer compromise on Card Check
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and But As For Me
Newsweek:
Coming Soon: Declassified Bush-Era Torture Memos  —  From the magazine issue dated Mar 30, 2009  —  Over objections from the U.S. intelligence community, the White House is moving to declassify—and publicly release—three internal memos that will lay out, for the first time, details of the …
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Christopher Booker / Telegraph:
The ‘Global Warming Three’ are on thin ice  —  The only problem with a project to prove that Arctic ice is disappearing is the fact that it is actually getting thicker, says Christopher Booker.  —  What a wonderful parable of our time has been the expedition to the North Pole led by the explorer Pen Hadow.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obamateurism of the Day  —  This is a clip from a few days ago, and in this case, it's not so much what he says as the obvious fact that he got lost on his Teleprompter while saying it.  Watch President Obama look nervously left and right trying to find the thread of his remarks …
Darleen Click / protein wisdom:
A man and his dog  —  Governor Mark Sanford interprets Obama's intent in the real world. … Yes, Gov. Sanford, you're starting to get the message.  No matter how reasonable your argument, no matter how rational your reasons for not dropping to your knees in genuflection for the money Obama wants …
Bill O'Reilly / Boston Herald:
Coming soon to a lefty rag near you  —  The other day, left-wing muckraker Seymour Hersh went on MSNBC and said he had information, provided by the usual anonymous sources, that Dick Cheney was running an assassination squad out of the White House.  —  I have but one simple observation …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Think Progress
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Are We Home Alone?  —  I ran into an Indian businessman friend last week and he said something to me that really struck a chord: “This is the first time I've ever visited the United States when I feel like you're acting like an immature democracy.”  —  You know what he meant …
Discussion: QandO, Balloon Juice and Don Surber
Newsweek:
Follow the Bailout Cash  —  From the magazine issue dated Mar 30, 2009  —  There was plenty of outrage on Capitol Hill last week over the executive bonuses paid out by AIG after getting federal bailout money.  But another money trail could make voters just as angry: the campaign dollars …
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago Way extension runs right through D.C.  —  President Barack Obama must not have had his Hopium before appearing on “The Tonight Show” last week, because he really screwed up.  —  No, not the screw-up in which he abandoned his trusty teleprompter to ad-lib a joke about how he's such a lousy bowler …
Discussion: But As For Me
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Frank: Uncle Sam should sue AIG  —  In spite of recent signals of waning White House support for the bonus tax legislation working its way through Congress, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) on CBS's “Face the Nation” said his talks with the administration lead him to believe there is still support for the tax idea.
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Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:
AP quotes “labor lawyer” who is really an anti-labor lawyer  —  Earlier, I noted that the Washington Post failed to quote a single labor representative in its Employee Free Choice article today, though it quoted three CEOs.  Turns out the AP is even worse.  This article doesn't quote any labor sources …
Carol Marin / Chicago Sun Times:
Parking meter rate hike sparks a rebellion  —  I spent last week staring at parking meters.  And wondering if I was witnessing the beginnings of a boycott.  —  Boycott is probably too strong a term.  Quiet rebellion may be more like it.  —  Whatever the word, on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m …
 
 
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Frank Jack Daniel / Reuters:
Venezuela's Chavez calls Obama “ignoramus”
Tabassum Zakaria -Analysis / Reuters:
Resistance grows to Obama's bigger government
Discussion: Brendan Nyhan
Tim Shipman / Tim Shipman's blog listings:
Tongue-tied Barack Obama is turning into Jimmy Carter
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
VIDEO: Shelby: Geithner 'won't last'
Discussion: Hot Air
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
NY election seen as referendum on stimulus
Discussion: But As For Me
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Jonathan B. Cox / Raleigh News & Observer:
Pork fried at Capitol protest
Discussion: Firedoglake
Stella M.Hopkins / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
BofA's insider loans zoomed in 2008, but no one will say why
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Andrew Martin / New York Times:
Is a Food Revolution Now in Season?
Discussion: Crunchy Con
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Spitzer open to comeback
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Conservatism As Water  —  Via Dreher, Stewart Lundy talks …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Ye Xie / Bloomberg:
Dollar Declines Most Since 1985 Plaza Accord on Fed Bond Buying
Discussion: Gateway Pundit