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2:35 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:
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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.
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 …
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 …
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
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.”
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 …
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: Balloon Juice, QandO and Don Surber
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.
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
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: Newshoggers.com and American Power
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Reuters:
Obama: U.S. must have “exit strategy” in Afghanistan  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama insisted on Sunday that military force alone would not end the war in Afghanistan and suggested a U.S. “exit strategy” could be part of a new comprehensive policy he is expected to unveil soon.
Discussion: Reuters, Riehl World View and Truthdig
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.
 
 
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Gordon Brown / Guardian:
We are about to take the war against terror to a new level
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Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
NY election seen as referendum on stimulus
Discussion: But As For Me and Reuters
Jonathan B. Cox / Raleigh News & Observer:
Pork fried at Capitol protest
Stella M.Hopkins / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
BofA's insider loans zoomed in 2008, but no one will say why
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Bill O'Reilly / Boston Herald:
Coming soon to a lefty rag near you
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