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3:35 AM ET, March 25, 2009

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Ron Fournier / Associated Press:
Analysis: Teleprompter telegraphs Obama caution  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - What kind of politician brings a teleprompter to a news conference?  —  A careful one.  —  President Barack Obama took no chances in his second prime-time news conference …
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New York Times:
In a Volatile Time, Obama Strikes a New Tone for Crisis  —  WASHINGTON — For just under an hour on Tuesday night, Americans saw not the fiery and inspirational speaker who riveted the nation in his address to Congress last month, or the conversational president who warmly engaged Americans …
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Obama: Budget, recovery ‘inseparable’  —  President Barack Obama used a prime-time news conference Tuesday to try to convince Americans that his budget and policy prescriptions are exactly what's needed to get nation's economy back on track, despite criticism from both parties in Congress.
New York Times:
Democrats in Congress Are Ready to Pare Budget
Discussion: The Swamp
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Larry Margasak / Associated Press:
Senator proposes nonprofit status for newspapers
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Obama skips major papers  —  During President Obama's second East Room news conference, he took questions from 13 reporters over about an hour — that's the same as during his first presser on Feb. 9.  —  But in quite a departure from the first presser — and White House protocol — Obama skipped over the nation's top newspapers.
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Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama's 2nd press conference live-blog  —  9:05 pm — The press conference is over, not having gone the full hour.  Obama didn't make any news either way.  There won't be any new controversies coming out of this press conference, which is the first way of measuring the success or failure of these staged events.
Washington Post:
Transcript: President Obama's Press Conference
Discussion: Corrente
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Specter delivers death blow to labor union bill  —  Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) announced Tuesday he will oppose card check, giving an apparent death blow to the most important congressional issue to organized labor.  —  Specter made the dramatic announcement in a floor speech.
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The Huffington Post:
Specter Will Vote Against Employee Free Choice Act  —  UPDATE: Senator Specter ended speculation on where he would come down on the Employee Free Choice Act by declaring, on the Senate floor, that he would oppose the legislation until the economy improves.  —  “The problems of a recession …
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
K-Lo & Crew: Only Republicans Should be Honored at Catholic Colleges  —  Right-wing Catholics are furious that President Obama is [defiling the sanctity of] delivering the commencement address at Notre Dame.  —  K-Lo called it “disgraceful,” grunting, “They took a giant step away …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Ehud Barak to Join Netanyahu Cabinet  —  Kadima Leader Tzipi Livni has spent weeks resisting Benjamin Netanyahu's pleas that she enter his cabinet, citing the fact that she has no desire to be moderate window-dressing for a hard-right administration that's overtly opposed to a two-state resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Discussion: Israel Matzav and ATTACKERMAN
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Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Barak strives to keep Labor party united
Discussion: Swampland
Ted Barrett / CNN:
Dems propose cutting Obama budget by billions  —  CNN Congressional Producer  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Hours before President Obama was to hold a prime-time news conference — in part to boost his $3.6 trillion budget plan — a key Democratic senator Tuesday unveiled a scaled-down budget proposal.
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Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:   Obama Defends Budget Plan
The White House:
Open for Questions: President Obama to Answer Your Questions on Thursday  —  Today, the President invited everyone to use a new feature on WhiteHouse.gov called “Open for Questions” to ask a question about the economy and rate other questions up or down.  Then, on Thursday morning …
Karen Tumulty / Swampland:
Why God Invented C-SPAN  —  In today's installment, Michele Bachmann saves us from a sneaky Chinese and Russian plot to achieve world domination through a global currency, but reveals that she was not at school the day they studied this in sixth grade:  —  Sphere Related Blogs & Articles
New York Times:
President Obama's News Conference  —  Following is a complete of President Obama's prime-time press conference on March 24, as transcribed by Federal News Service.  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA: Hello, everybody.  Please have a seat.  —  Good evening.  Now, before I take questions from the correspondents …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Stimulus idea: How about massive forgiveness of student loans?  —  Nothing on this yet from Congress or The One, but a Facebook group dedicated to the proposal has 138,000 members and counting.  No typo.  My sense of personal responsibility says no but my debt-crushed monthly budget cries proceed:
Conn Carroll / The Foundry:
Bush Deficit vs. Obama Deficit in Pictures  —  President Barack Obama has repeatedly claimed that his budget would cut the deficit by half by the end of his term.  But as Heritage analyst Brian Riedl has pointed out, given that Obama has already helped quadruple the deficit with his stimulus package …
Discussion: Wizbang
Greg Burke / Fox News:
Politicians Fret as Muslim Population Swells in Europe Amid Little Integration  —  BRUSSELS, Belgium — A clash of civilizations may be taking place on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, but it's also happening a lot more quietly in European cities.  —  Old Europe's population …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Gates of Vienna
CNN:
Blagojevich to host radio show  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will be back on the airwaves Wednesday, serving as a fill-in host on a Chicago talk radio station.  —  Blagojevich will host the Don Wade and Roma Morning Show on WLS-AM — a show the station refers to as …
Discussion: CBS News, The Reaction and Wonkette
Reed Abelson / New York Times:
A Health Plan for All and the Concerns It Raises  —  It is one of the most contentious health care proposals President Obama has floated: offer a federal, Medicare-like insurance plan to anyone, at any age.  And let commercial insurers offer their private health plans alongside it.
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Obama must choose this week between two radically different Afghanistan policies.  —  With just a week until President Barack Obama flies to Strasbourg, France, for his first NATO conference, his top advisers are still divided over what U.S. policy should be on the summit's No. 1 issue: how to fight the war in Afghanistan.
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Sources: Obama will lay out new plan for Afghanistan war on Friday  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will lay out a new Afghanistan strategy on Friday that calls for more U.S. troops and civilian officials and increased aid to combat militants along the ungoverned Pakistan border, officials said.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Consider Interplay Between First Amendment and Campaign Finance Laws  —  WASHINGTON — A quirky case about a slashing documentary attacking Hillary Rodham Clinton would not seem to be the most obvious vehicle for a fundamental re-examination of the interplay between the First Amendment and campaign finance laws.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dems Hammer GOP's New “Too Many Ideas” Strategy  —  Dems are opening fire on the GOP in response to our story below, which quotes Mitch McConnell's spokesperson saying that the GOP will start attacking the Obama administration for throwing out too many ideas on the economy, with not enough cohesion.
New York Times:
Next Foreign Crisis Could Be Next Door  —  MEXICO CITY — Mexico's economy is being dragged down by the recession to the north.  American addicts have turned Mexico into a drug superhighway, and its police and soldiers are under assault from American guns.  Nafta promised 15 years ago …
Discussion: New York Times
Christopher D. Carroll / The Economists' Forum:
Treasury rewards waiting  —  Maybe it was worth the wait.  —  Judging from preliminary details, the US Treasury's plan to rescue the financial system is a lot savvier about the relationship between financial markets and the macroeconomy than are the usual-suspects: critics from both left …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
IT'S LIKE THIS BLOG FELL ASLEEP AND IS HAVING A NIGHTMARE.  —  Last weekend, my best friend, an aid worker in Sierra Leone, was in a motorcycle crash.  Injuries were serious but not life threatening.  The worst of it were three breaks in his leg: Two clean, one less so.
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Summers briefs $5k conference goers  —  National Economic Adviser Larry Summers is conducting a private briefing at the White House Tuesday afternoon for about 100 financial industry executives attending a $5,000-a-head conference sponsored by the Wall Street Journal.
Discussion: TIME.com and Open Left
 
 
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Khaled Abu Toameh / Hudson New York:
On Campus: The Pro-Palestinians' Real Agenda
Discussion: Power Line and Atlas Shrugs
Deborah Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
Contender for TARP Job Drops Out
Discussion: Associated Press and The Politico
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