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5:05 AM ET, March 23, 2009

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Craig Gordon / The Politico:
Kroft to Obama: Are you punch-drunk?  —  President Barack Obama said he believes the global financial system remains at risk of implosion with the failure of Citigroup or AIG, touching off “an even more destructive recession and potentially depression.”  —  His remarks came in a “60 Minutes” …
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Most Accounts / The Politico:
60 Minutes transcript  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  Steve Kroft Michael Radutzky Frank Devine  —  AFTER CAMPAIGNING IN CALIFORNIA TO DRUM UP SUPPORT FOR HIS THREE POINT SIX TRILLION DOLLAR BUDGET, THE PRESIDENT SAT DOWN WITH US IN THE OVAL OFFICE …
Frank Jack Daniel / Reuters:
Venezuela's Chavez calls Obama “ignoramus”  —  CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez said on Sunday his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama was at best an “ignoramus” for saying the socialist leader exported terrorism and obstructed progress in Latin America.
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Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Obama Says a Way Out of Afghanistan Is Needed
Discussion: The Politico
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:   Frank: Uncle Sam should sue AIG
Gateway Pundit:
Obama Upsets Sarkozy With Letter to Jacques Chirac  —  In his latest faux pas Obama managed to pi$$ off France...  President Obama wrote Jacques Chirac saying he was looking forward to working with the former French president in the coming four years(?)  —  Monsters and Critics reported:
New York Times:
U.S. Rounding Up Investors to Buy Bad Assets  —  WASHINGTON — Obama administration officials worked Sunday to persuade reluctant private investors to buy as much as $1 trillion in troubled mortgages and related assets from banks, with government help.  —  The talks came a day before the …
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
GOP predicts doomsday if Obama budget passed  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - Congressional Republicans on Sunday predicted a doomsday scenario of crushing debt and eventual federal bankruptcy if President Barack Obama's massive spending blueprint wins passage.
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Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
I Think Paul Krugman Is Wrong  —  I find that a scary sentence to write.  If the past decade has taught me anything, it has taught me that mistakes are avoided if you follow two rules:  — Remember that Paul Krugman is right.  — If your analysis leads you to conclude that Paul Krugman is wrong, refer to rule #1.
Discussion: Bronte Capital
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Timothy Geithner / Wall Street Journal:
My Plan for Bad Bank Assets  —  The private sector will set prices.  Taxpayers will share in any upside.  —  The American economy and much of the world now face extraordinary challenges, and confronting these challenges will continue to require extraordinary actions.
Discussion: MyDD
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.
Pete Yost / Associated Press:
THE INFLUENCE GAME: Mixing donations, earmarks  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - Rep. John Murtha celebrated his 35th anniversary as a congressman by getting an early start on his next campaign, staging an invitation-only fundraising luncheon …
Erica Werner / Associated Press:
Questions surround health IT money  —  WASHINGTON - Here's the best-case scenario for the government's plans to spend $19 billion on computerized medical records: seamless communication among doctors and patients, and far fewer mistakes.  —  And the worst-case: $19 billion goes down the drain.
Times of London:
UK population must fall to 30m, says Porritt  —  JONATHON PORRITT, one of Gordon Brown's leading green advisers, is to warn that Britain must drastically reduce its population if it is to build a sustainable society.  —  Porritt's call will come at this week's annual conference …
Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
‘We must recapture rocket-launch zones’  —  Article's topics: Cast Lead, Gaza War, Home Front Command, Yair Golan  —  The IDF should take control of areas inside the Gaza Strip from which mortar shells are fired at the South, Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilna'i said Sunday evening.
Discussion: Israel Matzav
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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Helen Eckinger / Orlando Sentinel:
Orlando ‘Tea Party’ rally draws more than 4,000  —  Valerie Rike, 52, (left) with sister Christy Bishop, 59, attend the ‘Orlando Tea Party,’ a conservative rally Saturday at Lake Eola, downtown Orlando.  (Helen Eckinger, Orlando Sentinel / March 21, 2009)  —  Singer Lloyd Marcus told …
Jim Abrams / Associated Press:
IRS defends drop in audits of millionaires  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service is not living up to its pledge to crack down on wealthy tax cheats, an IRS watchdog group says, citing a drop in audits of millionaires last year.
PittsburghLIVE.com:
Sunday pops  —  Gov. Ed Rendell said the possible removal of Mitchell Rubin as chairman of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission — for accepting a no-work state Senate job for $150,000 a year from now-convicted fraudster and former state Sen. Vince Fumo — “warrants an investigation.”
 
 
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Gordon Brown / Guardian:
We are about to take the war against terror to a new level
Discussion: Samizdata.net
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago Way extension runs right through D.C.
Discussion: But As For Me
Tim Shipman / Tim Shipman's blog listings:
Tongue-tied Barack Obama is turning into Jimmy Carter
Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:
AP quotes “labor lawyer” who is really an anti-labor lawyer
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Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
NY election seen as referendum on stimulus
Discussion: But As For Me and Reuters
Christopher Booker / Telegraph:
The ‘Global Warming Three’ are on thin ice