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9:30 AM ET, March 24, 2009


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Washington Post:
U.S. Seeks Expanded Power to Seize Firms  —  Goal Is to Limit Risk to Broader Economy  —  The Obama administration is considering asking Congress to give the Treasury secretary unprecedented powers to initiate the seizure of non-bank financial companies, such as large insurers …
Monica Langley / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Dials Down Wall Street Criticism  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, after months of criticizing Wall Street, has been scrambling to woo top bankers and financiers to back its latest bailout plan.  —  In recent days, in spite of public furor over huge bonuses paid …
Washington Post:
Senate Will Delay Action on Punitive Tax on Bonuses  —  Jarred by a cool reception from the White House and fears of unintended consequences across the financial world, Senate leaders are likely to delay until late next month legislation to punitively tax bonuses at banks and investment firms that receive federal aid.
Joe Dwinell / Boston Herald:
Poll of change: Obama's job approval slipping to ‘50-50’  —  + Recent Articles + Recent Blog Entries + Email + Bio  —  The honeymoon is over, a national poll will signal tomorrow as President Obama's job approval stumbles to about 50 percent over the lack of improvement with the crippled economy.
Jules Crittenden:
50-50  —  Zogby poll due out in the morning will be reporting the Obama admin's latest grim milestone.  As many people don't like him as do.  Boston Herald: … Maybe, but the vast presidential gaffe repository Obama is amassing can't be helping.  The guy's only been in 60-odd days and he's tripped more than Ford.
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
“A Good Man is Hard to Find,” 2
Discussion: Moe Lane
Jamil Anderlini / Financial Times:
China calls for new reserve currency  —  China's central bank on Monday proposed replacing the US dollar as the international reserve currency with a new global system controlled by the International Monetary Fund.  —  In an essay posted on the People's Bank of China's website, Zhou Xiaochuan …
David Barboza / New York Times:
China Urges New Money Reserve to Replace Dollar
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and AmSpecBlog
Phil Davis / Financial Times:
Ron Paul: Believer in small government predicts 15-year depression
Discussion: ParaPundit and Don Surber
John / Power Line:
HOW WOULD HE PRONOUNCE “CASSIOPEIA”?  —  Everyone knows that Barack Obama is lost without his teleprompter, but his latest blunder, courtesy of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, via the Corner, suggests that the teleprompter may not be enough unless it includes phonetic spellings.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Obama seeks filter-free news  —  At a time when his Washington honeymoon is turning into a hazing, President Barack Obama and his team are launched on a strategy to sail above the traditional White House press corps by reaching out to liberal commentators, local reporters and ethnic media.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Barack Obama Industrial Average: Rising
Discussion: The Politico
David Rogers / The Politico:
Bailout reserve casualty of deficit war
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Go back into hiding, GOP begs Dick Cheney  —  Congressional Republicans are telling Dick Cheney to go back to his undisclosed location and leave them alone to rebuild the Republican Party without his input.  —  Displeased with the former vice-president's recent media appearances …
Jon Ward / Washington Times:
UPDATED:  —  President Barack Obama on Tuesday published an editorial in 31 newspapers around the world, from Riyadh to Hong Kong to New Delhi to Chicago, attempting to stake out a strong leadership position at next month's global economic summit in London.  —  “The United States is ready to lead …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Barack Obama / Chicago Tribune:
A time for global action  —  WASHINGTON — We are living through …
Discussion: The Swamp and Think Progress
Cuomo Says Most Huge A.I.G. Bonuses Were Returned  —  Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo of New York announced late Monday afternoon that 9 of the top 10 bonus recipients at the American International Group were giving back their bonuses.  —  He also said 15 of the largest 20 bonus recipients …
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Congress isn't feeling much heat from Obama's ‘army’  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's army of canvassers fanned out across the nation over the weekend to drum up support for his $3.55 trillion budget, but they had no noticeable impact on members of Congress, who on Monday said they were largely unaware of the effort.
Discussion: Below The Beltway and Don Surber
Eric Martin / Bloomberg:
Bank of America's Bernstein Says Sell Bank Stocks After Rally  —  Investors should sell bank stocks after they rallied 12 percent today because the Treasury Department's plan to buy toxic assets won't stop profits from dropping, Bank of America Corp.'s Richard Bernstein said.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
House bonus bill is buried by the Senate  —  President Obama and Senate Democrats have buried a bill passed last week by the House that would have heavily taxed executive bonuses at bailed-out firms.  —  Despite the public outcry over $165 million in bonuses awarded at troubled insurer AIG …
Megan Slack / The Huffington Post:
Tammy Bruce Calls The Obamas “Trash In The White House”  —  Tammy Bruce, guest host for Laura Ingram's radio show, had some harsh words for First Lady Michelle Obama.  —  Discussing the first lady's visit to a Washington D.C. classroom last week, Bruce incredulously recalled Obama's story …
DougJ / Balloon Juice:
Supporting the troops  —  I guess this is, sadly, not very surprising: … That same day: … No US ally has lost more troops in Afghanistan than Canada.  —  Update.  I missed this part of the Globe and Mail piece the first time through: … I'm not the biggest fan of the HuffPost …
Jessica Leeder / Globe and Mail:
Fox News host apologizes to Canada - sort of
Discussion: The Reaction
Chris Kelly / The Huffington Post:
Townhall: Michelle Obama is a Bitch, Get It?  —  Burt Perlutsky was a TV writer a long time ago.  Then he aged out of it and became a crank.  This wasn't one of those major loses like Steinbeck.  Now he writes a column for, the popular website owned by a Christian radio network.
Wall Street Journal:
Will Obama Listen to Iran's Bloggers?  —  Barack Obama extended the olive branch to Iran's leaders last Friday in a videotaped message praising a “great civilization” for “accomplishments” that “have earned the respect of the United States and the world.”  The death of Iranian blogger Omid-Reza Mirsayafi …
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Soccer Dad
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