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12:15 AM ET, March 29, 2009

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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 …
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Kathy Kattenburg / The Moderate Voice:
What Went Around Is Coming Around
Discussion: BeltwayBlips and Salon
David Dayen / Washington Monthly:
SPANISH COURT OPENS TORTURE INQUIRY AGAINST GONZALES, ADDINGTON …
Discussion: Guardian
David Dayen / Washington Monthly:
KRUGMAN OPENS THE OVERTON WINDOW... The upcoming cover of Newsweek, the Village weekly reader, will feature Paul Krugman, or at least 60%-65% of his face, with the headline “OBAMA IS WRONG: The Loyal Opposition of Paul Krugman.” … The full Newsweek article is here.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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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 …
Evan Thomas / Newsweek:
Obama's Nobel Headache  —  Paul Krugman has emerged as Obama's toughest liberal critic.  He's deeply skeptical of the bank bailout and pessimistic about the economy.  Why the establishment worries he may be right.  —  From the magazine issue dated Apr 6, 2009  —  Traditionally, punditry in Washington has been a cozy business.
catholicnewsagency.com:
Hillary Clinton leaves flowers for Our Lady of Guadalupe, asks ‘Who painted it?’  —  Mexico City, Mexico, Mar 27, 2009 / 04:59 pm (CNA).- During her recent visit to Mexico, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made an unexpected stop at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe and left a bouquet …
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John / Power Line:   MORE SMART DIPLOMACY?  —  The Catholic News Service reports …
David Dayen / Washington Monthly:
A NEW BRAND OF STUPID ON CLIMATE CHANGE... Today is the second annual Earth Hour, a worldwide campaign to raise awareness on the issue of climate change.  At 8:30pm local time, major businesses, local and national points of interest, and individual homes will dim their lights for one hour.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Rep Shimkus Says We Need Uncapped Carbon Emissions Because Carbon is “Plant Food”
Discussion: Multi Medium
Rod Liddle / Times of London:
Brown snubbed over tax  —  Germans wreck ‘global new deal’  —  GORDON BROWN'S carefully laid plans for a G20 deal on worldwide tax cuts have been scuppered by an eve-of-summit ambush by European leaders.  —  Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, last night led the assault on the prime minister's …
Brad Hamilton / New York Post:
‘FRIEND’ OF BIDEN'S DAUGHTER SHOPPING TAPE OF HER ALLEGEDLY DOING COCAINE  —  A “friend” of Vice President Joseph Biden's daughter, Ashley, is attempting to hawk a videotape that he claims shows her snorting cocaine at a house party this month in Delaware.  —  The anonymous male acquaintance …
The Progress Report / The Huffington Post:
Stop The O'Reilly Harassment Machine  —  by Faiz Shakir, Amanda Terkel, Satyam Khanna, Matt Corley, Benjamin Armbruster, Ali Frick, and Ryan Powers  —  To receive The Progress Report in your email inbox everyday, click here.  —  Last Saturday, March 21, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly sent …
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.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Vast Spy System Loots Computers in 103 Countries  —  TORONTO — A vast electronic spying operation has infiltrated computers and has stolen documents from hundreds of government and private offices around the world, including those of the Dalai Lama, Canadian researchers have concluded.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Gawker
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Obama Will Face a Defiant World on Foreign Visit  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama is facing challenges to American power on multiple fronts as he prepares for his first trip overseas since taking office, with the nation's economic woes emboldening allies and adversaries alike.
Akmuckraker / The Mudflats:
In Exposing the Identity of Mudflats, Rep. Mike Doogan Exposes Himself.  —  Anonymity is an interesting thing.  Anyone who has read my “About” page knows that Mudflats popped out of my head and on to my keyboard last May.  I, like many of you, get frustrated with my government.
Don Boudreaux / Cafe Hayek:
Free Trade is Common  —  Persons who, fancying themselves observant realists, insist that “free trade doesn't exist” have their visions and brains distorted by political boundaries.  —  It is quite true that national governments almost universally erect barriers that hinder their citizens' freedom …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Biden: U.S. ready for ‘collaboration’  —  Vice President Joe Biden and Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner at the Progressive Governance Leaders' Summit today in Vina del Mar, Chile.  (Photo by Martin Bernett / AFP / Getty Images.)  —  by Mark Silva
Discussion: TIME.com
 
 
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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Bernanke to meet with Black Caucus
Discussion: TIME.com
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
White House finalizing plan for more auto aid
Publius / Washington Monthly:
OMINOUS CANARY SONGS.... Count me among the skeptical of Obama's new Afghanistan strategy.
Discussion: The Opinionator and Cato @ Liberty
Spectator:
The Real Lobby And Its Acolytes
Discussion: Biased BBC
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’
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Gromer Jeffers Jr / TRAIL BLAZERS:
Kay Bailey Hutchison praises Hillary Clinton
Michael Graham / The Natural Truth:
We Did It!  —  The good guys win!  Ayers is out!
Discussion: Pat Dollard and BeltwayBlips
Local & Florida:
Cape “tea party” canceled; City fears too many attendees
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
In Texas Case, Showdown on Voting Rights
Louise Story / New York Times:
Goldman Bailed Out 2 Executives
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Clusterstock