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3:55 PM ET, March 27, 2009

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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Reid: Roberts 'didn't tell us the truth'  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Friday that John Roberts misled the Senate during his confirmation hearings by pretending to be a moderate - and that the United States is now “stuck” with him as chief justice.
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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Reid to liberals: Back off  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Friday that liberal groups targeting moderate Democrats with ads should back off, saying pressure from the left wing of his party won't be helpful to enacting legislation.  —  “I think it's very unwise and not helpful,” Reid said Friday morning.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Pro-Life Democrat Harry Reid Says He Could Support Abortion Provision in Health-Care Bill  —  At a breakfast meeting with reporters sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor this morning, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that he could vote for a health care bill that included insurance coverage for abortion.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Corner
New York Times:
Obama Sets New Afghan Strategy  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to further bolster American forces in Afghanistan and for the first time set benchmarks for progress in fighting Al Qaeda and the Taliban there and in Pakistan, officials said Thursday.  —  In imposing conditions …
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The New Republic:
What Obama Couldn't Say About Af-Pak
Discussion: The Daily Dish and The Swamp
New York Times:
Obama Unveils Afghan Plan to Add Troops and Set Goals
Robert Kagan / PostPartisan:
Obama's Gutsy Decision on Afghanistan
Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Grassley: ‘Your Wife Said the Same Thing’  —  Priceless.  Chuck Grassley gets Kent Conrad good at Thursday's Senate Budget Committee markup. … Courtesy of the C-SPAN Video Library.
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The Huffington Post:
Senators Get Nasty: “You're Good” ... “Your Wife Said The Same Thing” (VIDEO)  —  Marking up budget legislation can be a brutal affair, often beginning early and lasting long into the night.  —  But buried within the hours of debate in the Senate on Thursday is an exchange you'd be more likely …
Jeremy P. Jacobs / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Senate smack talking
Discussion: Wonkette and Hot Air
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Touting Her Currency Conspiracy, Bachmann Insists: ‘This Is Not Michele Bachmann Being A Kook’  —  Touting Her Currency Conspiracy, Bachmann Insists: ‘This Is Not Michele Bachmann Being A Kook’ »  —  Earlier this week, right-wing fanatic Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
Conservatives embrace the Snuggie  —  “Never let it be said that conservatives and libertarians have no sense of humor,” says Americans for Tax Reform's Derek Hunter, who's been doing his best to photograph fellow conservatives sporting the trend of the moment: the Snuggie.
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 …
New York Times:
As New Lawyer, Senator Was Active in Tobacco's Defense  —  The Philip Morris Company did not like to talk about what went on inside its lab in Cologne, Germany, where researchers secretly conducted experiments exploring the effects of cigarette smoking.  —  So when the Justice Department tried …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
GOP Leadership Rivals Throw Mike Pence Under the Bus  —  I've seen a lot of people link to this Glenn Thrush Politico item, but I have a slightly different take on it: … To me the salient point here is that Pence's spokesman is almost certainly telling the truth here …
Henry J. Pulizzi / Wall Street Journal:
Bank CEOs Meet at White House  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama met with the leaders of top U.S. banks Friday to focus on the White House's drive to overhaul financial regulations and on thorny issues like executive compensation.  —  Mr. Obama urged the chief executives to deal …
Discussion: Dennis the Peasant
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David Catanese / KY3 Political Notebook:
Poll Pokes At Blunt's Negatives in Senate Contest  —  FLASH POLL:  —  CARNAHAN 47%, BLUNT 44%  —  CARNAHAN 47%, STEELMAN 39%  —  BLUNT CAMPAIGN RESPONDS: “Push polling is a nasty tactic and these tactics do not merit a response from the campaign.”  —  WATCH THE KY3 NEWS @ 10 REPORT HERE
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David Catanese / KYTV-TV:
Carnahan leads Blunt & Steelman in U.S. Senate poll
Discussion: The Fix and TPMDC
John Cook / Gawker:
Sarah Palin Adviser's Secret Scientology Plot to Take Over Washington  —  John Coale, currently advising Sarah Palin on running for president in 2012, is a Scientologist.  And according to a memo obtained by Gawker, Coale once plotted to use friendly politicians to advance the power-hungry cult's agenda.
Michael J. Totten:
Baghdad in Fragments  —  Many third world cities look better at night than during the day.  Darkness hides shabbiness.  You have to imagine what the city actually looks like.  If you live in a first world city yourself, you might fill in the blanks with what you're familiar with.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
A Target-Rich Environment  —  Karl Rove made a habit of employing this strategy in the salad days of the Bush revolution: draw out the more voluble, more controversial, more trigger-happy Democratic voices and use them reductively, cutting off more legitimate debate with more legitimate Democrats.
Byron York / www.washingtonexaminer.com:
On Spending and the Deficit, McCain Was Right  —  Barack Obama used to get very upset about federal budget deficits.  Denouncing an “orgy of spending and enormous deficits,” he turned to John McCain during their presidential debates last fall and said, “We have had, over the last eight years …
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
When Stars Twitter, a Ghost May Be Lurking  —  The rapper 50 Cent is among the legion of stars who have recently embraced Twitter to reach fans who crave near-continuous access to their lives and thoughts.  On March 1, he shared this insight with the more than 200,000 people who follow him …
Thomas Joscelyn / Weekly Standard:
Welfare for Freed Gitmo Detainees?  —  Here, from the Associated Press, is a partial account of DNI Dennis Blair's first press conference today (emphasis mine): … Four short questions/comments:  —  (1) Does this mean that the Obama administration is planning on giving some freed Guantanamo detainees a stipend?
Wall Street Journal:
National Health Preview  —  The Massachusetts debacle, coming soon to your neighborhood.  —  Praise Mitt Romney.  Three years ago, the former Massachusetts Governor had the inadvertent good sense to create the “universal” health-care program that the White House and Congress now want to inflict on the entire country.
Discussion: NCPA and Cato @ Liberty
Michael Yon:
Obama on Afghanistan: Disappointing  —  27 March 2009  —  President Obama has just spoken on AfPak.  I closed my eyes and listened closely to his words, coming via the BBC from the other side of the world.  —  The President's words were disappointing.  He talked about our goal to reach …
Timothy Wilson / Washington Post:
Slow Boil Over Egg Roll Tickets on Web  —  Maybe we should go back to standing in line.  —  The White House's Internet distribution of tickets to this year's Easter Egg Roll appears to have begun with a splat.  —  Yesterday's release of tickets online in batches produced …
Robert Stacy McCain / AmSpecBlog:
David Horowitz: ‘100% Chance’ of Terror Strike on U.S. Soil  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — There is a “100% chance that there will be . . . an attack on U.S. soil,” conservative author David Horowitz said Thursday.  —  Horowitz made the prediction while speaking to a George Washington University student group …
Discussion: pw
George Russell / Fox News:
U.N. ‘Climate Change’ Plan Would Likely Shift Trillions to Form New World Economy  —  A United Nations document on “climate change” that will be distributed to a major environmental conclave next week envisions a huge reordering of the world economy, likely involving trillions of dollars in wealth transfer …
Gianluca Baratti / Bloomberg:
Job Losses From Obama Green Stimulus Foreseen in Spanish Study  —  Subsidizing renewable energy in the U.S. may destroy two jobs for every one created if Spain's experience with windmills and solar farms is any guide.  —  For every new position that depends on energy price supports …
Discussion: Hot Air, Barcepundit and AmSpecBlog
Michael Powell / City Room:
A Glance Back at Cramer vs. Cuomo  —  Jim Cramer, the stock-investment personality on CNBC, has taken so many hits of late, perhaps this is piling on.  —  Or perhaps not.  —  A recent article in The New York Times reviewing the record of New York's attorney general, Andrew M. Cuomo …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Eschaton
 
 
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE RNC POLLS ITS SUPPORTERS.... The Republican National Committee …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Lionel / The Huffington Post:
God Bless Bill Maher
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Jeremy P. Jacobs / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Tedisco disputes new poll
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
PART OF THE PROBLEM  —  We're listening to the bank CEO press …
Anne Schroeder Mullins / Anne Schroeder's Blog:
Eric Cantor's Britney Spears' concert-going: the story that won't die
Paul Krugman:
What's our gold standard?
Daniel J. Chacón / Gazette:
Nightclub: ‘Girls Gone Wild’ flashing a 1st Amendment right
Discussion: The Other McCain
Ruben Navarrette Jr / CNN:
Commentary: Obama is flunking economics
 Earlier Items: 
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Why Not Arbitrary Limits on Executive Pay?
Discussion: Angry Bear and Talking Points Memo
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Brad DeLong's Case for the Geithner Plan
Rasmussen Reports:
More Voters Than Ever Say Tax Cuts Help the Economy
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Continued: Exec says Coleman donor ordered $100K payments
William M. Bulkeley / Wall Street Journal:
Get the Feeling You're Being Watched?  If You're Driving, You Just Might Be
Jonathan Wheatley / Financial Times:
Brazil's leader blames white people for crisis
Discussion: Fausta's Blog