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5:35 PM ET, March 28, 2009

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Scott Horton / Harper's:
Bush Torture Lawyers Targeted in Criminal Probe  —  One of America's NATO allies—which supported the Bush Administration's war on terror by committing its troops to the struggle-has now opened formal criminal inquiries looking into the Bush team's legacy of torture.
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Marlise Simons / New York Times:
Spanish Court Weighs Inquiry on Torture for 6 Bush-Era Officials  —  LONDON — A high-level Spanish court has taken the first steps toward opening a criminal investigation against six former Bush administration officials, including former Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales …
Leora Broydo Vestel / New York Times:
Do New Bulbs Save Energy if They Don't Work?  —  SAN FRANCISCO — It sounds like such a simple thing to do: buy some new light bulbs, screw them in, save the planet.  —  But a lot of people these days are finding the new compact fluorescent bulbs anything but simple.
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Obama order worries speech groups  —  Free speech advocates from across the political spectrum are accusing President Barack Obama of impinging on First Amendment rights and are gearing up to take their case public.  —  At issue is an unprecedented directive that Obama …
New York Times:
White House Debate Led to Plan to Widen Afghan Effort  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama's plan to widen United States involvement in Afghanistan came after an internal debate in which Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. warned against getting into a political and military quagmire …
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Michelle Levi / CBS News:
President Obama"s Face The Nation Interview
Discussion: TIME.com
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama: ‘Proof of pudding in the eating’
Discussion: The Politico
Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
Obama Town Hall Questioners Were Campaign Backers  —  President Obama has promised to change the way the government does business, but in at least one respect he is taking a page from the Bush playbook, stocking his town hall Thursday with supporters whose soft — though far from planted …
David Bauder / Associated Press:
CNN in third place in prime time for first time  —  NEW YORK - CNN is poised to finish March third in the prime-time weeknight ratings behind Fox News Channel and MSNBC, the first time this has ever happened for the channel that pioneered the cable news genre nearly three decades ago.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Krugman: the left's new anti-Obama  —  A stark image of Paul Krugman, the bearded New York Times op-ed columnist and Princeton economist, appears on the cover of next week's Newsweek, with the headline “OBAMA IS WRONG: The Loyal Opposition of Paul Krugman.”  —  Krugman, who won the Nobel Prize …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Michael Graham / The Natural Truth:
We Did It!  —  The good guys win!  Ayers is out!  Because you spoke out, got on the phones and sent the emails, Boston College did the right thing and told unrepentant domestic terrorist Bill Ayers to take a hike.  —  Here's how the Boston Herald reports it today:
Jodi Kantor / New York Times:
Obama's Man on the Budget: Just 40 and Going Like 60  —  WASHINGTON — At 6 in the morning, Peter R. Orszag is racing: across wet pavement for a 35-minute run, into a shower and a suit, and through a living room that looks rather like an office, the walls painted presidential gold and hung with pictures of federal monuments.
Local & Florida:
Cape “tea party” canceled; City fears too many attendees  —  CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A tea party to protest government spending and taxing is canceled.  Canceled by the government.  —  Why?  They feel too many people could show-up.  —  Lynn Rosko planned to hold a tax payer tea party at Jaycee Park in Cape Coral on April 1st.
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Weeks of Obama's budget sales pitch and support still slips  —  Now, we know why the White House laid on the immense trans-continental public relations offensive over its immense budget these past two-to-three weeks.  —  The Gallup Poll did another one this week on President Obama's $3,550,000,000,000 budget …
Louise Story / New York Times:
Goldman Bailed Out 2 Executives  —  The financial giant Goldman Sachs spent tens of millions of dollars to bail out two senior executives last fall who were short on cash, according to the bank's proxy statement filed on Friday.  —  In an unusual move, Goldman bought back stakes …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Clusterstock
The White House:
Weekly Address: Crisis and Service  —  This week the President dedicates his address to the people of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota as they face down disastrous flooding.  He speaks of what the government is doing, but also stresses that times of crisis like this are reminders …
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama Pledges Attention to Flooding
 
 
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Publius / Washington Monthly:
OMINOUS CANARY SONGS.... Count me among the skeptical of Obama's new Afghanistan strategy.
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Gershom Gorenberg / Weekly Standard:
The Missing Mahatma  —  Searching for a Gandhi or a Martin Luther King in the West Bank.
BBC:
Wind powered car breaks record
Discussion: On Deadline
Alaska_Politics / Anchorage Daily News:
Palin on stimulus: ‘More dependence on Washington’
Gromer Jeffers Jr / TRAIL BLAZERS:
Kay Bailey Hutchison praises Hillary Clinton
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Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Building Good Roads  —  One problem in our transportation policy …
Discussion: Streetsblog and Eschaton
NY Daily News:
Van crashes in Midtown; kills pregnant woman
Reuel Marc Gerecht / Weekly Standard:
The Return of Weakness  —  President Obama means well.  Iran doesn't.
Mark Hughes Crime / The Independent:
Police identify 200 children as potential terrorists