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5:40 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.
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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.”
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.
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
Reuters:
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 BeltwayBlips
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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.
Discussion: BLACKFIVE, Weekly Standard and TIME.com
Rod Liddle / Times of London:
British Army chief ready to send 2,000 more troops to Afghanistan  —  The head of the Army is ready to send up to 2,000 extra troops to Afghanistan amid fears that the US-led mission will struggle without significant reinforcements.  —  General Sir Richard Dannatt told The Times yesterday …
Discussion: Guardian
Associated Press:
Sources: Obama plans to send more troops to Afghanistan
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.
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Obama: Marijuana is not a good strategy to spur economy  —  (CNN) — In a statement that's sure to disappoint many of those who submitted questions to President Obama's virtual town hall meeting, the president made clear Thursday he does not support legalizing marijuana as a means to spur economic growth.
Discussion: Donklephant
Matthew Vadum / NewsBusters.org:
Podesta Plant at White House Presser — Brace Yourself for MSM Non-Outrage
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Assessing The Obama Online Town Hall Meeting
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Swamp
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.
Mary Williams Walsh / New York Times:
Inquiry Asks Why A.I.G. Paid Banks  —  Members of Congress and the New York State attorney general demanded detailed information Thursday on how tens of billions of taxpayer dollars flowed through the American International Group during its crisis last fall and ended up in the coffers …
Discussion: naked capitalism and Angry Bear
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Liz Rappaport / Wall Street Journal:
Cuomo Widens His Probe to a Unit's Swaps Deals
Discussion: Clusterstock and TPMMuckraker
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
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Washington Wire:
Politicization Charges at DOJ over Brazile Appearance
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
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.
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 …
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Johnny Dollar / Olbermann Watch:
Howard Dean Says Don't Call a Sitting President ‘Fascist’—As He's Talking to Olbermann?!?  —  Did Dr Dean know whom he was talking to?  We did, and this will serve as a little reminder to the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann that even his own guests think he is a sleazy creep:
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 …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Market Mystique  —  On Monday, Lawrence Summers, the head of the National Economic Council, responded to criticisms of the Obama administration's plan to subsidize private purchases of toxic assets.  “I don't know of any economist,” he declared, “who doesn't believe that better functioning capital markets …
Discussion: Corrente
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 …
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.
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.
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.
 
 
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www.washingtonexaminer.com:
Expanded Americorps has an authoritarian feel
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