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4:10 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 …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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 …
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.
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’
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.
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:
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
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 …
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.
Gershom Gorenberg / Weekly Standard:
The Missing Mahatma  —  Searching for a Gandhi or a Martin Luther King in the West Bank.  —  They marched southward from Ramallah one windy morning in March 2012.  Sheikh Nasser a-Din al-Masri led them—a slim man with a short black beard that half-hid a puckered scar on his neck.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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
Spectator:
The Real Lobby And Its Acolytes  —  Those who are regularly left open-mouthed at the way in which the British media puts across an overwhelmingly Arab narrative about Israel and the Middle East, trasmitting lies and distortions as facts and reversing victim and victimiser to present Israel …
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
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
In Texas Case, Showdown on Voting Rights  —  In Texas Case, a Divide Over How Far Minorities Have Come  —  Don Zimmerman in front of Jack Steuber's garage — where voting was originally held.  —  AUSTIN, Texas — Don Zimmerman got elected to the local utility board in 2002.
Mark Hughes Crime / The Independent:
Police identify 200 children as potential terrorists  —  Drastic new tactics to prevent school pupils as young as 13 falling into extremism  —  Two hundred schoolchildren in Britain, some as young as 13, have been identified as potential terrorists by a police scheme that aims to spot youngsters who are …
 
 
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BBC:
Wind powered car breaks record
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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
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Reuel Marc Gerecht / Weekly Standard:
The Return of Weakness  —  President Obama means well.  Iran doesn't.
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Power Line
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Michael James / Political Radar:
Exclusive: Three Israeli Airstrikes Against Sudan
Discussion: BeltwayBlips
Telegraph:
Women more attracted to men in expensive cars
Discussion: Power Line and Reason
Sara A. Carter / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Hezbollah uses Mexican drug routes into U.S.