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5:20 PM ET, March 24, 2009


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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 …
United States Senator Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania:
Senator Specter Speaks on Employee Free Choice Act/Card Check  —  Washington D.C.  —  Watch Video Clip  —  U.S. Senator Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) today spoke on the Senate floor concerning the Employee Free Choice Act/Card Check.  —  Senator Specter's full floor statement, including the appendix, follows:
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Specter Doesn't Close Door On Card Check Forever
Discussion: Shopfloor
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Specter To Oppose Employee Free Choice Act
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Report: Specter To Oppose Cloture On “Card Check”
Discussion: Clusterstock
Jillian Bandes /   Norquist: Specter Will Vote No On Card Check
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Breaking: Specter Confirms He'll Vote Against Employee Free Choice
Discussion: Open Congress
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The GOP's Cheney Problem  —  The least popular vice-president in memory is not helping the Republicans regroup - according to this piece from the Hill.  But Cheney is not giving these disgraceful and classless interviews to help the GOP.  He's giving them because it is beginning to dawn …
Geithner Plan Will Rob US Taxpayers: Stiglitz  —  The U.S. government plan to rid banks of toxic assets will rob American taxpayers by exposing them to too much risk and is unlikely to work as long as the economy remains weak, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz said on Tuesday.
Christopher D. Carroll / The Economists' Forum:
Treasury rewards waiting
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Bank of America Analyst Thinks Treasury Plan Won't Work
Discussion: The Politico, D-Day and On Deadline
Room for Debate:
Will the Geithner Plan Work?
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 …
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 …
Charles Homans / Washington Monthly:
Culture Shock  —  What happened when one conservative Web site ventured outside the movement bubble.  —  Last May, Conor Friedersdorf, a twenty-eight-year-old recent graduate of NYU's Journalism School, decided he was going to save conservative journalism.
Associated Press:
Bunning: McConnell making fundraising difficult  —  FRANKFORT, Ky. — U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning is blaming his fundraising difficulties on a fellow Kentucky Republican, Senate Minority Floor Leader Mitch McConnell.  —  Bunning said during a conference call Tuesday that McConnell and Texas …
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
McConnell's sabotaging me, Bunning says
Discussion: Enraged Conservative
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: NRSC ad targets Obama on hypocrisy
Discussion: Moe Lane and Cassy Fiano
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Strip-Search of Girl Tests Limit of School Policy  —  SAFFORD, Ariz. — Savana Redding still remembers the clothes she had on — black stretch pants with butterfly patches and a pink T-shirt — the day school officials here forced her to strip six years ago.  She was 13 and in eighth grade.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Hot Air
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Reines storm: Clinton conflict brews  —  Hillary Clinton's departure for the State Department was meant to end the era of Clinton drama, and to leave the turmoil of her campaign behind.  But one former Clinton aide, now a senior adviser to Secretary Clinton, has brought at least some of that drama along with him.
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
The Russia Reset Button Doesn't Work
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
A major difference between conservatives and progressives  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  One of the linchpins of the Bush presidency, especially during the first term (and well into the second, until he became a major political liability), was the lock-step uncritical reverence …
Discussion: American Power
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 …
Discussion: The Corner and RedState
Pro-life group calls on Notre Dame to rescind Obama invite
Discussion: The Swamp and Washington Monthly
Michael Brooks / New Scientist:
Space storm alert: 90 seconds from catastrophe  —  Related editorial: We must heed the threat of solar storms  —  IT IS midnight on 22 September 2012 and the skies above Manhattan are filled with a flickering curtain of colourful light.  Few New Yorkers have seen the aurora this far south but their fascination is short-lived.
Discussion: The New Republic
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Forbes:
Money For Nothing  —  Jilted Wall Street donors should rethink future political donations.  —  An honest politician, as an old saw has it, is one who stays bought.  If this is true, then we have the most dishonest bunch of officeholders ever, and it may lead Wall Street to reconsider its donations in the future.
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
TAMMY BRUCE.  —  It's worth considering the full context of Tammy Bruce's comments on Michelle Obama yesterday.  Bruce said this of the first lady: … Right.  Nothing that makes a racist comment more obvious than a self-conscious attempt to qualify it as not being racist.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Erin Durkin / NY Daily News:
Madoff's pain is a Queens man's gain  —  Someone is finally making some money off Bernie Madoff.  —  A Queens construction worker used the swindler's prison number to play the lottery and won $1,500.  —  Ralph Amendolaro, 50, noticed the digits under Madoff's mug on the front page …
Discussion: Gothamist and TPMMuckraker
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.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Reporters war-game Obama questions  —  CBS's Chip Reid jots the gist of his questions on a legal pad.  CNN's Ed Henry writes them word for word on white paper torn from the notebook he's using, so there's no danger of cards dropping to the ground.  Fox's Major Garrett has three word …
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Analysis: Campaign films may get OK  —  Analysis  —  Because a government lawyer pushed his argument as far as logic would carry it, an alarmed Supreme Court on Tuesday seemed poised to create a new exception to federal power to regulate what advocacy groups can say during national political campaigns.
Discussion: Election Law, pw and Althouse
Dane Schiller / Houston Chronicle:
Border plants to be killed to reveal smugglers  —  The U.S. Border Patrol plans to poison the plant life along a 1.1-mile stretch of the Rio Grande riverbank as soon as Wednesday to get rid of the hiding places used by smugglers, robbers and illegal immigrants.
Discussion: TalkLeft and On Deadline
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
AIG, Congress, Geithner Target of Bonus Backlash  —  No consensus on best way to recover bonus money  — USA - Credit Crisis - Financial Services - Government and Politics - Americas - Northern America  —  PRINCETON, NJ — For the most part, the central players in the AIG bonus controversy …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Geithner: We Don't Need No Stinkin' Contingencies  —  Moments ago, Secretary Geithner artfully dodged a question that's on everybody's mind: What happens if his plan fails.  Echoing the architects and supporters of the success-bonanza that is the Iraq war, Geithner said that the only thing …
Discussion: Calculated Risk
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Jeffrey A. Miron / CNN:
Commentary: Legalize drugs to stop violence
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Raw Story
Ed Whelan / The Corner:
Barney Frank's Name-Calling
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Dr. Sanity
James Kanter / Green Inc.:
World's Cheapest Car: Boon or Bane?
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
GOP's Next Attack Line: Obama Administration Has Too Many Plans, Not Enough Cohesion
Discussion: Washington Monthly
David R. Sands / Washington Times:
Grassley: Budget freeze to stop ‘socialism’
Discussion: Washington Monthly
New York Post:
Discussion: A Blog For All
Patrick J. Buchanan / The American Conservative:
The Weimar Way  —  “The best way to destroy the capitalist system …
 Earlier Items: 
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Make Haste, Slowly  —  President Obama's financial rescue plans have two limiting factors.
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Jack Cafferty / CNN:
Commentary: Time for another tea party?
Discussion: The New Republic
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
The End of the Global War on Terror
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Newsweek Blogs
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Wars, Guns, and Votes
Discussion: Portfolio
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Obama and Pelosi - With Friends Like These...
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Consider This: NPR Achieves Record Ratings
Wall Street Journal:
Will Obama Listen to Iran's Bloggers?