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3:45 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 …
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.
Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
Treasury's toxic asset plan could cost $1 trillion  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - The Obama administration's latest attempt to tackle the banking crisis and get loans flowing to families and businesses rely on a new government entity …
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
Associated Press:   Biden pokes fun at his boss during Gridiron
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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Retailers offer compromise on Card Check
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and But As For Me
Scott / Power Line:
WHY I AM DEPRESSED  —  Victor Davis Hanson asks why so many Americans are depressed.  Suggesting five themes that might provide an answer, he thinks it might be more than the economy that explains our state of mind.  I agree, but none of Dr. Hanson's themes accounts for my despair.
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: and Think Progress
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.
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.
Discussion: RedState and Redhot
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 …
Greg Miller / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. missile strikes take heavy toll on Al Qaeda, officials say  —  Predator drone attacks in northwest Pakistan have increased sharply since Bush last year stopped seeking Pakistan's permission.  Obama may keep pace as officials speak of confusion in Al Qaeda ranks.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and On Deadline
Washington Post:
A Conversation With David Kilcullen
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 …
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 …
Stella M.Hopkins / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
BofA's insider loans zoomed in 2008, but no one will say why  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Bank of America vaulted into the top 10 banks for insider lending last year with an increase of more than $358 million, much of it coming as credit markets froze and mounting financial calamity threatened the industry's survival.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
VIDEO: Shelby: Geithner 'won't last'  —  Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) told Wallace “a lot of people question” whether Geithner “is the man for the job.”  —  Citing Treasury's role in recommending the removal of a provision to block bonus payouts by TARP recipients, Shelby said “there's a lot of questions to be asked.
Discussion: Hot Air
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Spitzer's road back  —  Eliot Spitzer re-emerged last week as an early critic of AIG — he had forced the company's founder, Hank Greenberg, out for unrelated issues — and left many wondering if he's looking at a return to public life.  —  In a long interview with Fareed Zakaria, he warned of …
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Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
NY election seen as referendum on stimulus
Discussion: But As For Me
Jonathan B. Cox / Raleigh News & Observer:
Pork fried at Capitol protest
Discussion: Firedoglake
David Cho / Washington Post:
Treasury Presses Ahead With Plan For Toxic Assets
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
Andrew Martin / New York Times:
Is a Food Revolution Now in Season?
Discussion: Crunchy Con
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Conservatism As Water  —  Via Dreher, Stewart Lundy talks …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
In Afghanistan, US military's ‘Help Wanted’ sign
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and But As For Me
Ye Xie / Bloomberg:
Dollar Declines Most Since 1985 Plaza Accord on Fed Bond Buying
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Les Blumenthal / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Could split contract solve Air Force tanker dispute?
Discussion: But As For Me
Rhys Southan / Clusterstock:
Protest Bust: Lots Of Media, Just One Bus Of Protesters