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9:30 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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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.
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 …
Washington Post:
Transcript: President Obama's Press Conference  —  [*] OBAMA: Hello, everybody.  Please have a seat.  —  Good evening.  Now, before I take questions from the correspondents, I want to give everyone who's watching tonight an update on the steps we're taking to move this economy from recession to recovery …
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 …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:   Full text of Barack Obama news conference
A.L. / The Anonymous Liberal:
A Better Press Corps Please
Discussion: Salon, RADAMISTO and Hot Air
New York Times:
Dear A.I.G., I Quit!  —  The following is a letter sent on Tuesday by Jake DeSantis, an executive vice president of the American International Group's financial products unit, to Edward M. Liddy, the chief executive of A.I.G.  —  DEAR Mr. Liddy,  —  It is with deep regret that I submit …
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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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   DEFICITS DON'T MATTER (RIGHT NOW).... Following up on Hilzoy's …
New York Times:
Democrats in Congress Are Ready to Pare Budget
Discussion: The Politico, Open Left and The Swamp
Thomas Ferraro / Reuters:
U.S. bill seeks to rescue faltering newspapers  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With many U.S. newspapers struggling to survive, a Democratic senator on Tuesday introduced a bill to help them by allowing newspaper companies to restructure as nonprofits with a variety of tax breaks.
Jeremy P. Jacobs / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Toomey smokes Specter in new poll  —  Former Congressman Pat Toomey (R) would crush Sen. Arlen Specter (R) in the 2010 GOP primary, according to a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday.  —  Toomey, who is currently the president of the conservative Club for Growth, beat the senator 41 percent …
Discussion: The Hill
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Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Specter delivers death blow to labor union bill
Washington Post:
‘Global War On Terror’ Is Given New Name  —  The Obama administration appears to be backing away from the phrase “global war on terror,” a signature rhetorical legacy of its predecessor.  —  In a memo e-mailed this week to Pentagon staff members, the Defense Department's office of security review noted that …
Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Barak strives to keep Labor party united  —  Article's topics: Labor, Ehud Barak, Coalition Government, Likud, Binyamin Netanyahu  —  Labor chairman Ehud Barak will meet one-on-one with his opponents in the Labor faction on Wednesday to demand that they respect the decision …
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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 …
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:
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.
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
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
GOP faithful still loves Jindal  —  While President Barack Obama commanded a national prime time TV audience, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal played to the GOP faithful Tuesday night, warning a Republican fund raising dinner that Obama was undertaking “the greatest expansion of government in our lifetimes.”
Discussion: First Draft
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
Louise Story / New York Times:
Top Hedge Fund Managers Do Well in a Down Year  —  The financial crisis may have turned much of Wall Street's wealth into dross, but a select group of hedge fund managers has managed to maintain a golden touch that might make King Midas blush.  —  As major markets and economies careened downward last year …
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 …
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
Greg Gordon / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Most electronic voting isn't secure, CIA expert says  —  WASHINGTON — The CIA, which has been monitoring foreign countries' use of electronic voting systems, has reported apparent vote-rigging schemes in Venezuela, Macedonia and Ukraine and a raft of concerns about the machines' vulnerability to tampering.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Seem Skeptical of Campaign Law's Scope  —  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.
Discussion: The Politico, Althouse and SCOTUSblog
 
 
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Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
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Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
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