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10:55 PM ET, March 25, 2009

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The Huffington Post:
Cantor Watched Britney Spears Concert During Obama Presser, Landrieu Denies Rumors  —  There was more than one whip at last night's Britney Spears concert in Washington DC.  —  Three GOP aides confirmed to the Huffington Post that House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) …
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Jim Newell / Wonkette:
Exclusive: Cantor, ‘Democrats’ Attend Britney Spears Concert During Obama Presser  —  And you all thought Washington wasn't sexy: the office of ambitious young House Republican Whip Eric Cantor has confirmed to your Wonkette that instead of watching President Obama's boring press conference …
Discussion: TPMDC and Gawker
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Cantor skips Obama's press conference to attend a Britney Spears concert.  —  In recent weeks, congressional Republicans have been critical of President Obama for doing anything that isn't directly focusing on the economic crisis — such as going on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno or filling out his NCAA bracket.
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
GOP's rising star runs into a rough patch  —  A rising star in the Republican Party has dimmed over the past week.  —  House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (Va.), a politically shrewd up-and-comer in the GOP, has broken with his party on two high-profile issues.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Ed Henry / CNN:
Ed Henry's take on exchange with Obama  —  Ed Henry, CNN's senior White House correspondent, got a tough answer from President Obama when he asked Tuesday night why Obama waited days to express outrage on the AIG bonuses.  “Because I like to know what I'm talking about before I speak,” Obama said.
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Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Fun With the Self-Referential Press Corps  —  Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed Ed Henry's question for the President last night, and the subsequent snippiness it inspired in President Obama, but I think the column-length play-by-play on “the exchange,” as CNN is calling it, is a bit much:
Daniel Libit / The Politico:
NYT on snub: 'We'll get our turn'
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Geithner ‘open’ to China proposal  —  Geithner, at the Council on Foreign Relations, said the U.S. is “open” to a headline-grabbing proposal by the governor of the China's central bank, which was widely reported as being a call for a new global currency to replace the dollar …
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Rebecca Christie / Bloomberg:
Geithner Remarks on IMF Roil Foreign-Exchange Market
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Right-Wing Echo Chamber Fomenting Panic About Fake Sino-Russian Global Currency Plan
Frank James / The Swamp:
Geithner misses lifeline, sinks dollar
Discussion: MarketBeat and The Hill
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
The Right-Wing Echo Chamber In Action: How A Conspiracy Travels …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Washington Post:
House Democrats Slash More Than $100B From Obama's Plan  —  Budget Leaders Refuse to Include More Funding for Financial Sector Bailout  —  House budget leaders today unveiled a $3.45 trillion budget blueprint for fiscal 2010 that slices more than $100 billion from the spending plan President Obama proposed last month.
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
‘Vintage Obama:’ Budget kickoff in Senate
Discussion: The Politico
Bloomberg:
Obama Asks Volcker to Lead Panel on Tax-Code Overhaul
Discussion: The Foundry
Jim Tankersley / The Swamp:
Another Obama nominee withdraws  —  Chalk up another casualty in the Obama administration's attempts to staff federal agencies.  —  Jon Cannon, nominated to be the deputy director of the Environmental Protection Agency, pulled his name from consideration today, citing questions over a non-profit …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Limbaugh An Issue in New York Special  —  Democrats are seeking to use conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh to rally their base in advance of next week's special election in New York's 20th district.  —  A new direct mail piece from businessman Scott Murphy's campaign features …
Discussion: Townhall.com and American Power
Quinnipiac University:
Little-Known GOP Challenger Tops Specter In Primary, Quinnipiac University Pennsylvania Poll Finds; Support For Obama Plan Helps Among Democrats  —  Apparently paying a political price for his support of President Barack Obama's Stimulus Plan, longtime Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter …
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Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Specter not surprised by Toomey lead in poll
Discussion: Right Pundits
BBC:
The man who survived both atomic bombings  —  Japan has certified a man aged 93 as the only known survivor of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, both hit by atomic bombs towards the end of World War II.  —  Tsutomu Yamaguchi was in Hiroshima on a business trip on 6 August 1945 when a US plane dropped the first atomic bomb.
Discussion: Liberty Street
Robert Mackey / The Lede:
Former CNN Anchor Moves to The Onion  —  In yet another sign that the line between real news and fake news is getting thinner, one of CNN's main anchors during the 1980s and 1990s, Bobbie Battista, has taken a step through the looking glass and can now be seen anchoring reports online for ONN, The Onion News Network.
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Nicholas Dawidoff / New York Times:
The Civil Heretic  —  FOR MORE THAN HALF A CENTURY the eminent physicist Freeman Dyson has quietly resided in Prince­ton, N.J., on the wooded former farmland that is home to his employer, the Institute for Advanced Study, this country's most rarefied community of scholars.
Discussion: Ross Douthat and NewsBusters.org
Daniel Hannan / Daniel Hannan's blog listings:
My speech to Gordon Brown goes viral  —  The internet has changed politics - changed it utterly and forever.  Twenty-four hours ago, I made a three-minute speech in the European Parliament, aimed at Gordon Brown.  I tipped off the BBC and some of the newspaper correspondents but, unsurprisingly …
Mary Beth Sheridan / Washington Post:
Clinton: U.S. Drug Policies Failed, Fueled Mexico's Drug War  —  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton traveled to Mexico on Wednesday with a stark mea culpa, saying that decades of U.S. anti-narcotics policies had been a failure and contributed to the explosion of drug violence south of the border.
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Mark Landler / New York Times:
Clinton Says U.S. Feeds Mexico Drug Trade
Discussion: Alterdestiny
Mark DeCambre / New York Post:
DOUBLE-DIPPERS  —  CITI, BOFA BUYING BACK LAUNDERED LOANS AT LOWER RATES  —  As Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner orchestrated a plan to help the nation's largest banks purge themselves of toxic mortgage assets, Citigroup and Bank of America have been aggressively scooping up those same securities …
Discussion: Clusterstock and naked capitalism
Mark Preston / CNN:
Jindal defends those who want Obama to fail  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — It's OK for Republicans to want President Obama to fail if they think he's jeopardizing the country, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal told members of his political party Tuesday night.  —  Jindal described the premise of the question …
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin unplugged in speech to Alaska GOP dinner  —  (CNN) - Sarah Palin is teeing off on the media once again.  —  In a little-noticed speech to a GOP dinner in Alaska last week, Palin riffed for nearly an hour on a variety of topics — including her relationship with former McCain staffers …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
John Authers / Financial Times:
Is it back to the Fifties?  —  “My mother is 75,” said Jon Stewart, the US late-night comedian, at the end of his already famous interview with Jim Cramer, the television stock market pundit.  “And she bought into the idea that long-term investing is the way to go.  And guess what?”
Discussion: Portfolio and Grasping Reality …
Haaretz:
Netanyahu, Lieberman ‘struck secret deal for West Bank construction’  —  Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu has struck a secret deal with Yisrael Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman for highly contentious construction on West Bank land known as E1, Army Radio reported Wednesday.
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Michelle Bachmann, Vigilant Guardian of the Constitution  —  Watch Timothy Geithner's face as he's grilled here by Bachmann.  Priceless. … Funny how all these Bush/Cheney Republicans have suddenly discovered there's this thing called “the Constitution,” isn't it?
Phillip Coorey / Sydney Morning Herald:
New best friends have a great meeting of the minds  —  BARACK OBAMA delivered Kevin Rudd the ultimate compliment yesterday by citing the Prime Minister while defending his own approach to the global financial crisis.  —  During a live, nationally televised press conference that had been hyped …
Michael Fleming / Variety:
MGM gets its ‘Stooges’  —  Penn, Carrey, Del Toro part of studio's plan  —  MGM and the Farrelly brothers are closing in on their cast for “The Three Stooges.”  —  Studio has set Sean Penn to play Larry, and negotiations are underway with Jim Carrey to play Curly, with the actor already making plans …
Discussion: Don Surber
Hollywoodreporter / The Live Feed:
Obama's viewership declines  —  UPDATED: Most TV shows start strong in the ratings, then decline as their novelty wears off.  —  Apparently that trend also holds true for the president's primetime telecasts.  —  According to the national Nielsen ratings, Barack Obama's Tuesday-night press …
Lane Hudson / Firedoglake:
FEC Turns Blind Eye to Thompson, Sets Awful Precedent  —  Nearly a year and a half ago, Fred Thompson was called to task on his blatant abuse of the ‘testing the waters’ exemption of campaign finance law.  That complaint was a compilation of research and writing by progressive bloggers.
The Politico:
Democrats vs. Democrats  —  House Minority Leader John A. Boehner snarled at moderate Democrats Wednesday, but the real bite came from liberal groups frustrated by centrist opposition to Barack Obama's budget priorities.  —  As Boehner accused Blue Dog Democrats of being “lap dogs” for Obama …
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Poll: Clinton has high job approval  —  CNN Deputy Political Director  —  (CNN) — As Hillary Clinton flies to Mexico for a high-level summit, a new national poll indicates seven in 10 Americans are happy with the job she's doing as secretary of state.  —  Seventy-one percent of people questioned …
Mike Mount / CNN:
Air Force jet crashes; pilot dies  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — An Air Force F-22A fighter jet crashed Wednesday near Edwards Air Force Base in California, killing the test pilot, the Air Force said.  —  The single-seater crashed about 10:30 a.m. (1:30 p.m. ET) for unknown reasons, Air Force officials said.
 
 
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