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3:15 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 …
Discussion: 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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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Winnable War  —  I came to Afghanistan skeptical of American efforts to transform this country.  Afghanistan is one of the poorest, least-educated and most-corrupt nations on earth.  It is an infinitely complex and fractured society.  It has powerful enemies in Pakistan, Iran and the drug networks working hard to foment chaos.
New York Times:
Obama Unveils Afghan Plan to Add Troops and Set Goals
Jon Soltz / The Huffington Post:
Obama Got Afghanistan/Pakistan Right
Discussion: The Plum Line and Danger Room
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 …
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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Jeremy P. Jacobs / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Senate smack talking
Discussion: Hot Air and Wonkette
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.
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 …
Jamison Foser / Media Matters:
Gibbs ridicules media's teleprompter obsession  —  Washington Post reporter Lois Romano interviews White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs:
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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.
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Exec says Coleman donor ordered $100K payments  —  Sworn statement backs allegation that Kazeminy directed fees to an insurance firm to benefit the Colemans.  —  The former finance chief of a Texas company controlled by Nasser Kazeminy, a close friend of former Sen. Norm Coleman …
Discussion: Gawker and TIME.com
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Minneapolis Star Tribune:   Continued: Exec says Coleman donor ordered $100K payments
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Bachmann Blasts Obama's “Economic Marxism,” Calls For “Orderly Revolution” To Save Freedom  —  Wow.  Just plain wow.  This past Wednesday, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) appeared on Sean Hannity's radio show, and sharply reiterated her calls for revolution in America, warning against the imminent dangers of tyranny under Barack Obama:
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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.
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 …
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?
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 …
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
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 …
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: Eschaton
Rasmussen Reports:
More Voters Than Ever Say Tax Cuts Help the Economy  —  Democrats in the Senate are talking of cutting back President Obama's pledge of tax cuts for most Americans in the face of record deficits.  But 63% of U.S. voters now say tax cuts would help the economy, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
PART OF THE PROBLEM  —  We're listening to the bank CEO press conference after their meeting with the president at the White House.  And among other comments Jim Rohr, chairman and chief executive of Pittsburgh's PNC Financial Services Group, has just noted that the financial services industry is the …
Lionel / The Huffington Post:
God Bless Bill Maher  —  And now, the award for best critical thinking by a television news commentator.  The nominees are (Drumroll): Bill Maher . . . and that's the only nominee.  He wins.  —  I watched Mr. Maher this weekend (March 20) on HBO's “Real Time with Bill Maher.”
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Jonathan Wheatley / Financial Times:
Brazil's leader blames white people for crisis  —  Brazil's President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on Thursday blamed the global economic crisis on “white people with blue eyes” and said it was wrong that black and indigenous people should pay for white people's mistakes.
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
 
 
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Jeremy P. Jacobs / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Tedisco disputes new poll
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
A Target-Rich Environment  —  Karl Rove made a habit of employing …
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Paul Krugman:
What's our gold standard?
Daniel J. Chacón / Gazette:
Nightclub: ‘Girls Gone Wild’ flashing a 1st Amendment right
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Ruben Navarrette Jr / CNN:
Commentary: Obama is flunking economics
Megan McArdle:
Foreigners + Money = Crisis?
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Michelle Malkin:
The coming G20 riots & the spread of mob rule
 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
Gianluca Baratti / Bloomberg:
Job Losses From Obama Green Stimulus Foreseen in Spanish Study
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Barcepundit
William M. Bulkeley / Wall Street Journal:
Get the Feeling You're Being Watched?  If You're Driving, You Just Might Be