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12:45 PM ET, March 25, 2009

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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 …
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Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Resigned  —  This resignation letter from an AIG exec is worth reading: … I wonder if Senator Grassley (Republican, of course) is pleased that AIG honchos are now doing as instructed and falling on their swords.  As I said a few days ago, if you own even modest assets (a small house …
Discussion: The Swamp and RedState
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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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: THE OBAMA OCEAN-LINER  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** The Obama ocean-liner: More than anything else, Obama's news conference last night resembled a campaign TV ad — one in which the serious candidate talks directly to the camera …
Jeremy P. Jacobs / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Toomey smokes Specter in new poll
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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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: The Note and First Draft
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Jindal: Obama's failure a ‘gotcha game’
Philip Klein / AmSpecBlog:
Jindal:We Don't Want Obama to Fail, We Want America to Succeed
Discussion: Democracy in America
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 …
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Pejman Yousefzadeh / The New Ledger:
Obama v. The Media: President Superman And The Kryptonite Presser
Discussion: Commentary
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   DEFICITS DON'T MATTER (RIGHT NOW).... Following up on Hilzoy's …
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Democrats Take Knife To Obama's Budget  —  Key Democratic leaders were performing major surgery yesterday on President Obama's first budget plan in an effort to bring skyrocketing annual deficits under control, while preserving the option of enacting some of the president's most significant and costly domestic priorities.
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The Politico:
What Obama said and what he meant  —  Hold a Washington news conference and you'll be sure to hear a lot about Washington obsessions.  —  Two big ones dominated President Barack Obama's prime-time encounter with the White House press corps: budget deficits, and growing criticism in the Congress …
New York Times:
E.U. President Calls U.S. Stimulus the ‘Way to Hell’  —  BRUSSELS — Transatlantic tension over the handling of the global economic crisis intensified on Wednesday when the prime minister of the Czech Republic, which holds the European Union presidency, described the U. S. stimulus measures as the “way to hell.”
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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 …
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 …
BBC:
Obama testing pundits' patience  —  Barack Obama's second televised presidential news conference saw him in combative mood, pundits and bloggers judged after his prime-time White House performance.  —  Online reaction was dominated by the president's minor spat with a TV reporter …
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 …
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Obama's Approach to Protecting ‘State Secrets’ at Issue  —  Like Predecessor, New Justice Dept. Claiming Privilege  —  Civil liberties advocates are accusing the Obama administration of forsaking campaign rhetoric and adopting the same expansive arguments that his predecessor used to cloak …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
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 …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Barack Obama's delivery of no news is quite smooth  —  Tuesday morning The Ticket examined the White House's current political strategy and asked the question of who would show up at Barack Obama's second nationally televised news conference that evening: the president or the senator?
Discussion: Townhall.com and Commentary
The Huffington Post:
Obama Flexes Political Muscle, Enters NY Congressional Race  —  For the first time since his inauguration, President Barack Obama is flexing his electoral muscle, urging supporters to organize and vote for New York Democratic congressional candidate Scott Murphy.
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 …
Discussion: The Big Picture and Clusterstock
Foreign Policy:
FM 3-XX: Revolutionary Operations  —  I've been looking over the Army's new manual for stability operations, which the University of Michigan just reprinted with an all-star lineup of introductions by Michele Flournoy, Shawn Brimley, and Janine Davidson.  —  I'm all for the idea.
Julia Werdigier / New York Times:
Vandals Hit Home of Ex-Chief of Bank  —  LONDON — The house of Fred Goodwin, the former chief executive of ailing Royal Bank of Scotland, was vandalized early Wednesday and windows of his car were smashed.  —  Mr. Goodwin attracted criticism for keeping his £703,000, or $1 million …
Discussion: Guardian and Global Guerrillas
George Packer In / New Yorker:
POPULISM AND PARANOIA  —  Step out of the A.I.G. bonus frenzy, the bailout conundrum, and other matters of the moment to think a bit about American history.  It's all related.  —  Last year, Vintage reissued Richard Hofstadter's classic 1965 essay collection “The Paranoid Style in American Politics.”
Discussion: pw and The Corner
Kim-Mai Cutler / Bloomberg:
U.K. Bond Auction Fails for First Time Since 2002  —  The U.K. failed to find enough buyers for 1.75 billion pounds ($2.55 billion) of bonds for the first time in almost seven years as debt investors repudiated Prime Minister Gordon Brown's plan to stem the worst economic crisis in three decades.
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Sacrifice  —  Apparently Chuck Todd asked President Obama why he isn't asking people to “sacrifice” more amidst the recession.  —  The standard progressive answer to this starts by observing that the hundreds of thousands of people who are losing their jobs each week are, presumably, sacrificing.
Jennifer Reese / Slate:
Of all the reasons to plant a garden, free food may be the worst.  —  The much-discussed Obama kitchen garden seems very noble and well-intentioned (despite Michelle Obama's controversial outfit), and as an avid gardener, I was loving the whole project until I came across the following quote from an ecstatic Alice Waters:
Discussion: OpenMarket.org
Michael Barone:
The Geithner Paradox: Unregulated Institutions Bailing Out Regulated Ones  —  By Michael Barone, Thomas Jefferson Street blog  —  I haven't commented on Timothy Geithner's plan, the one promised for February 10 and delivered on March 23, to clear out the toxic waste assets from the banks …
 
 
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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Behold...The Bachmann Effect!
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Erik Holm / Bloomberg:
AIG Plane Unit Says Survival in Doubt Without Funds
Discussion: naked capitalism and Clusterstock
NY Daily News:
Cops may be closing in on Weber kill suspect
Discussion: New York Post
Paul Begala / CNN:
Begala: GOP means ‘Got 0 Plans’
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
Durable goods orders rebound in February
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
The Start of a Crisis, Through the Lens of Avis
Discussion: Swampland
Martin Feldstein / Washington Post:
An Anti-Charity Tax, at the Worst Time
Discussion: Reason and Commentary
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Guardian:
Warm words, dud deeds
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Apocalypse alert: Barney Frank tells Code Pink to “grow up”
Discussion: Moe Lane
Hernando De Soto / Wall Street Journal:
Toxic Assets Were Hidden Assets
Discussion: EconLog
Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Book Dealers Told to Get The Lead Out
Greg Burke / Fox News:
Politicians Fret as Muslim Population Swells in Europe Amid Little Integration
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs