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1:35 AM ET, March 27, 2009


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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Bad blood: GOP infighting on budget  —  House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) raised objections to an abbreviated alternative budget “blueprint” released today — but were told by House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) they needed to back the plan, according to several Republican sources.
The Huffington Post:
GOP Budget Proposal: Massive Tax Cut For Wealthy  —  House Republican leaders called a press conference Thursday to unveil their “alternative budget.”  While it was thin on specifics, it does include one major policy proposal: a huge tax cut for the wealthy.
David Freddoso / The Corner:
A Summary of the Republicans' Buget  —  House Republicans are presenting their alternative budget in a few minutes.  As we await the details, here is a summary, based on the materials they have distributed in advance.  One problem is that there is no scoring yet for the bottom line yet.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and alicublog
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
MY FAVORITE BUDGET EVER.  —  If you're having a bad day, I highly encourage you to spend some quality time with the Republican budget proposal.  It's reads like what would happen if The Onion put together a budget.  “Area Man Releases Proposal for 2010 Federal Spending Priorities.”
Elana Schor / TPMDC:
House GOP Unveils Its Budget Shiny Packet of Goals  —  Stung by their stereotyping as the “party of no,” House Republicans eagerly promoted the unveiling of their alternative to President Obama's budget today — but when they finished speaking, reporters had one big question: Where's the actual budget?
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
A Quick Explanation for the GOP Seppuku Today
Discussion: The Swamp
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
A First Look At Obama's New Afghan Policy  —  President Barack Obama's new posture toward Afghanistan and Pakistan, to be unveiled tomorrow, codifies for the first time Iran's role in regional diplomacy, emphasizes counterterrorism as the primary mission of U.S. policy, and includes …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
'Obama's war' - New troops and new plan  —  President Barack Obama plans to commit to sending 4,200 more troops and hundreds more civilians to Afghanistan in a speech at the White House on Friday morning, and also to embrace a new system of benchmarks to measure progress.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin's prayer remark angers former staffers  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Some of Sarah Palin's former campaign aides are frustrated with the Alaska governor for remarking in a lengthy, freewheeling speech that she had refused to pray with them before last October's vice presidential debate.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Obama's Pathetic Pot Answer  —  The chuckle suggests a man of his generation.  The dismissiveness toward the question of ending Prohibition as both a good in itself and a form of tax revenue is, however, depressing.  His answer was a non-answer.  I'm tired of having the Prohibition issue treated as if it's trivial or a joke.
John Ward Anderson / The Politico:
Pot-related questions deluge W.H.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Obama Jokes About Pot-Brained Online Audience
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Assessing The Obama Online Town Hall Meeting  —  I've been critical of the White House New Media office before, but I think they deserve kudos today for instigating and executing the President's first online town hall meeting.  (Macon Phillips, the new media director, and Jesse Lee …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Obama's Online Town Hall Meeting Goes To Pot  —  It was an experiment that the White House reportedly liked and could well try again.  President Barack Obama held his highly-anticipated online Town Hall and the response was big and positive — and also heavily weighted with people who had lots of questions about pot.
Matthew Vadum /
Podesta Plant at White House Presser — Brace Yourself for MSM Non-Outrage
Blundering Afghan suicide bomber blows up 6 militants  —  A would-be suicide bomber accidentally blew himself up on Thursday, killing six other militants as he was bidding them farewell to leave for his intended target, the Interior Ministry said.  —  “The terrorist was on his way to his destination …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and The Jawa Report
Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Bid Business Adieu  —  Barack Obama meets with a flock of nervous bankers at the White House tomorrow to reassure them he understands their interests.  Good luck.  There has always been tension between the Democratic Party and the private sector.  That tension is over.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and protein wisdom
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Bachmann bill would ban global currency  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has introduced legislation that would “bar the dollar from being replace by any foreign currency.”  A statement from Bachmann's website: … On Monday, Geithner and Bernanke both rejected the idea of a global currency in Congressional testimony.
Discussion: Clusterstock
Hans A. von Spakovsky / The Corner:
What Non-political Looks Like  —  Democrats complained endlessly about the supposed “politicization” of the Bush Justice Department.  When asked about this at his confirmation hearing, Eric Holder piously pledged that his Justice Department would “serve justice” and “not the fleeting interests of any political party.”
Discussion: Power Line and Commentary
Washington Wire:
Politicization Charges at DOJ over Brazile Appearance
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Kevin Yamamura / Sacramento Bee:
Schwarzenegger says he's not running for another office  —  Kill the Arnold Schwarzenegger-for-U.S. Senate rumors - for now.  —  The Republican governor said Wednesday in his clearest language yet that he is not running for Senate, Congress or dogcatcher.  —  Schwarzenegger …
The New Republic:
Bill Kristol's Next Act  —  As post-Bush conservatives search for a new direction, Bill Kristol has teamed up with Robert Kagan to form a new think tank, The Foreign Policy Initiative.  Here are their stated principles:  — continued U.S. engagement—diplomatic, economic, and military …
Christopher Buckley / Blogs and Stories:
The Audacity of Poping  —  D.C. Mystery: Who Did Nancy Pelosi's New Face? by Sandra McElwaine  —  Blogs and Stories  —  The much-married Newt Gingrich converts to Catholicism this weekend—and I'd pay a year's salary to have been a bug on the wall during his religious instruction.
Expanded Americorps has an authoritarian feel  —  With almost no public attention, both chambers of Congress in the past week advanced an alarming expansion of the Americorps national service plan, with the number of federally funded community service job increasing from 75,000 to 250,000 at a cost of $5.7 billion.
James Barron / New York Times:
Art Dealer Is Charged With Stealing $88 Million  —  A noted Upper East Side art dealer has been indicted on charges he stole $88 million from investors and collectors who consigned artwork to him and said they were cheated out of the sale proceeds or never saw the pieces again, according to a person briefed on the case.
Discussion: Gothamist and Runnin' Scared
Joe Dwinell / Boston Herald:
Deval Patrick tanks in new poll  —  + Recent Articles + Recent Blog Entries + Email + Bio  —  A wave of voter disgust at business as usual on Beacon Hill has swamped Gov. Deval Patrick, dealing the first-term governor a devastating credibility blow that leaves his re-election hopes shaken, a new 7News poll has found.
Simon Johnson / The Atlantic Online:
The Quiet Coup  —  ONE THING YOU learn rather quickly when working at the International Monetary Fund is that no one is ever very happy to see you.  Typically, your “clients” come in only after private capital has abandoned them, after regional trading-bloc partners have been unable to throw …
Discussion: The Baseline Scenario and Salon
Rachel Gordon / San Francisco Chronicle:
DEA raids pot dispensary in SF  —  (03-25) 22:05 PDT San Francisco — Federal agents raided a medical marijuana dispensary in San Francisco Wednesday, a week after U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder signaled that the Obama administration would not prosecute distributors of pot used …
Tom Topousis / New York Post:
PORT AUTHORITY DOING AWAY WITH FREEDOM TOWER NAME  —  Freedom is so passe at Ground Zero.  —  Once hailed as a beacon of rebirth in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, the Freedom Tower's patriotic name has been swapped out for the more marketable One World Trade Center, officials at the Port Authority conceded today.
Jonathan Berr / Daily Finance:
Tim Geithner is less popular than Jell-o on Facebook  —  Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who has struggled to win over Wall Street, is having an equally difficult time making new “friends” on Facebook.  —  Geithner's page, which a Treasury spokesman could not immediately confirm was legitimate, lists 718 fans.
Discussion: Clusterstock
Phil Singer / The Marathon Blog:
Is Santorum Backing Specter?  —  Arlen Specter supported Rick Santorum during his losing campaign in 2006.  So one would assume that Santorum will be returning the favor this year.  Hold on making that bet.  —  A few weeks ago, the Hill asked Santorum if he would be backing Specter.
Discussion: TPMDC
Ian Donnis / WRNI:
Chafee on the verge  —  As Lincoln Chafee celebrates his 56th birthday today, a source tells WRNI that he has decided to run for governor in 2010, and will soon begin to assemble a campaign organization.  —  Chafee is traveling outside of the United States and he couldn't be reached for immediate comment.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Gregg: U.S. couldn't even join E.U. due to debt levels  —  The United States wouldn't even be eligible to enter the European Union if it wanted to because of its debt levels, Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) claimed Thursday.  —  “We won't even be able to get into the EU if we wanted to,” …
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Liz Rappaport / Wall Street Journal:
Cuomo Widens His Probe to a Unit's Swaps Deals
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Amanda Covarrubias / L.A. Now:
Phil Spector case goes to jury
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Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
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Albany Times Union:
Libertarian removed from ballot
Discussion: TPMDC
Rep. Cantor speaks out on Britney concert
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Joe The Plumber Enlisted To Campaign Against Employee Free Choice Act
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Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Why Obama Can't Satisfy The Left
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New York Post:
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Dems warn against first lady bill
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