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3:30 PM ET, March 24, 2009


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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 …
The Hill:
Go back into hiding, GOP begs Dick Cheney
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.
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 …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
White House Cheat Sheet: Obama In Primetime
Discussion: MSNBC
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
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 …
Jillian Bandes /   Norquist: Specter Will Vote No On Card Check
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 and Commentary
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
A major difference between conservatives and progressives  —  (updated below)  —  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
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.
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.
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.
Pro-life group calls on Notre Dame to rescind Obama invite  —  (CNN) — The National Right to Life Committee is calling on the University of Notre Dame to rescind its invitation to President Obama to speak at the university's May commencement.  —  In a letter sent to Notre Dame's president …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Wall Street Journal:   Obama Gets Their Irish Up
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
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.
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Coleman won't rule out federal appeal  —  Former Sen. Norm Coleman is still considering taking his election lawsuit to the federal court if he's unsuccessful in reversing Al Franken's 225-vote lead in the Minnesota Senate recount.  —  Speaking to reporters at the Capitol …
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: Israel Matzav and Betsy's Page
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 …
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: Althouse
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Worst Pollster in the World Strikes Again  —  Dirty little secret: I sometimes write material in the late evening that will be posted the following morning.  This is one of those instances.  The early word, however, is that a Zogby poll to be released today will show Barack Obama's presidential approval numbers at around 50-50.
Center for American Progress:
Sustainable Security in Afghanistan  —  Crafting an Effective and Responsible Strategy for the Forgotten Front  —  The Obama administration must distinguish between short-term goals to stabilize conditions on the ground in Afghanistan and sustainable intermediate and long-term goals …
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 Clusterstock
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 …
Jack Cafferty / CNN:
Commentary: Time for another tea party?  —  Editor's note: Jack Cafferty is the author of a new book, “Now or Never: Getting Down to the Business of Saving Our American Dream.”  He provides commentary on CNN's “The Situation Room” daily from 4 to 7 p.m. ET.  You can also visit Jack's Cafferty File blog.
Discussion: The New Republic
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Wars, Guns, and Votes  —  The subtitle is Democracy in Dangerous Places and the author is Paul Collier.  Here are three bits:  —  Anke and I have estimated the proportion of Africa's private wealth that is held outside the region.  By 2004 it had reached the astounding figure of 36 percent …
Discussion: Portfolio
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
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Make Haste, Slowly  —  President Obama's financial rescue plans have two limiting factors.  One is the willingness of the Congress to sanction what amounts to an unprecedented federal intervention in the economy and the ability of the administration to calmly transport the Congress towards a particular destination.
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Benjamin Sarlin / Blogs and Stories:
Don't Fear the Swedish Model  —  The Triumph of the Geeks and Tough Guys by Tina Brown  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Bo Lundgren, Sweden's minister for fiscal and financial affairs, stared down a financial crisis in the 1990s and lived to tell the tale.  In a Daily Beast interview …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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Michael Brooks / New Scientist:
Space storm alert: 90 seconds from catastrophe
Discussion: The New Republic
Tom Petruno / Los Angeles Times:
Individuals may be able to invest in toxic assets
Discussion: D-Day and MoJo Blog Posts
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
The End of the Global War on Terror
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Newsweek Blogs
Jen DiMascio / The Politico:
Napolitano announces border plan
Discussion: The Swamp
Wayne Slater / Dallas Morning News:
Perry, Hutchison tangle over governor's rejection of part of stimulus package
Discussion: ProPublica
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Ex-CIA Official Joins Senate Foreign Relations Committee Staff
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
Obama's aunt back in Boston for deportation hearing
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Krugman:
Larry, Larry  —  From The Hill: … I'm fine with this.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Build Transit Where It's Most Needed: In the Core
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Consider This: NPR Achieves Record Ratings
Amanda Carpenter / Washington Times:
House GOP obtains e-mails from Countrywide's VIP loan program