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9:20 AM ET, March 28, 2009

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Economist:
Learning the hard way  —  Barack Obama may at last be getting a grip.  But he still needs to show more leadership, at home and abroad  —  HILLARY CLINTON'S most effective quip, in her long struggle with Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination last year, was that the Oval Office is no place for on-the-job training.
Discussion: The Atlanticist, QandO and TIME.com
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Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Not Like We Didn't See this Coming  —  The Economist, which endorsed Barack Obama for president, is not pleased.  Empathizing with Hillary Clinton's warning that “the Oval Office is no place for on-the-job-training,” they conclude that his “performance has been weaker than those who endorsed his candidacy …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and GayPatriot
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Missing the point  —  The Economist is the latest of the smart guys …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Todd Beeton / MyDD:
Reid To Cave To Bayh On Cram-Down?  —  Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed cram-down legislation designed to allow judges to write down the principal and interest on some mortgages to allow homeowners to stay in their homes, a goal that is a central pillar of President Obama's housing legislation.
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Dan Friedman / National Journal Online:
Reid Might Drop Cram-Down Provision From Banking Bill  —  Senate Majority Leader Reid said today he would drop a cram-down provision from a House-passed banking bill if the language threatened to keep the Senate from passing the overall bill.  The provision would allow a bankruptcy judge to reduce a homeowner's mortgage principal.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Reid: Nuclear Option for Me But Not for Thee  —  At a briefing with reporters this morning, Harry Reid said that Republicans attempted to “ruin our country” when some tried to change Senate rules so that only a simple majority would be needed to confirm judges, a legislative maneuver dubbed the “nuclear option.”
Discussion: Commentary, RedState, Hot Air and The Corner
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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David Corn / MoJo Blog Posts: mojo:
Holbrooke Calls for “Complete Rethink” of Drugs in Afghanistan
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Daily Dish
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Obama: Taliban and al-Qaida must be stopped
Discussion: Swampland and TIME.com
The Smoking Gun:
ShamWow Guy In Slap, Chop Bust  —  TV pitchman battered hooker in South Beach hotel room brawl  —  Meet Vince Shlomi.  He's probably better known to you as the ShamWow Guy, the ubiquitous television pitchman who has been phenomenally successful peddling absorbent towels and food choppers.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama Pledges Attention to Flooding  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama, facing his first major natural disaster as president, used his weekly address on Saturday to urge those in flood-stricken areas in the Midwest to “remain vigilant” in monitoring the surging rivers there and to assure …
Discussion: The Swamp and The Politico
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CNN:
Red River at record high and still rising
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
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 …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and BeltwayBlips
Nick Gillespie / Reason:
Obama on Pot: Har Har Har, The Joke's On You!  —  At yesterday's super-excellent online intertubes Town Hall meeting, admitted pot user President Barack Obama drew his biggest laugh with his comments about legalizing marijuana: … Ha ha ha.  Very funny.  Not.  Especially given two recent developments.
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Other McCain
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Obama order worries free speech groups  —  Free speech advocates from across the political spectrum are accusing President BarackObama of impinging on First Amendment rights and are gearing up to take their case public.  —  At issue is an unprecedented directive that Obama …
Discussion: Hot Air
Judson Berger / Fox News:
Outspoken But Not Outmaneuvered, Rep. Bachmann Manages Her Candor  —  The Minnesota congresswoman has shown an uncanny knack for infuriating critics with her sometimes off-the-wall behavior and comments, all the while advancing her political career.  —  FOXNews.com
Telegraph:
Women more attracted to men in expensive cars  —  Men who drive expensive cars really are more attractive to women, according to a study by university researchers.  —  Psychologists proved what car-dealers have boasted for generations the car one drives is key when it comes to turning a woman's head.
Discussion: Power Line and Reason
Eric Sundwall / Sundwall for Congress:
Campaign Statement  —  The decision of the Board of Election to remove my name from the ballot proves once again that the political system in New York is rigged by professionals to make sure that average citizens are excluded from the process.  While the two major parties could choose …
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Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
BREAKING: UPS Announces It Will Stop Advertising On Bill O'Reilly's Show  —  In response to our Stop Supporting The O'Reilly Harassment Machine campaign, UPS told us yesterday that it was investigating whether to continue supporting O'Reilly's show.  “We are sensitive to the type …
Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
Kansas doctor acquitted in late-term abortion case  —  Dr. George Tiller was charged with violating a Kansas law that requires an independent second opinion on late-term abortions.  A six-person jury found Tiller not guilty on all 19 counts.  —  Reporting from Wichita …
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Associated Press:   Jury Finds Kan. Doctor Not Guilty in Abortion Case
 
 
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Michael James / Political Radar:
Exclusive: Three Israeli Airstrikes Against Sudan
Discussion: BeltwayBlips
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Israel Disputes Soldiers' Accounts of Gaza Abuses
Sara A. Carter / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Hezbollah uses Mexican drug routes into U.S.
Discussion: Pat Dollard and ThreatsWatch
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New York Post:
‘FAST’ FLARE-UP RATTLES CNBC
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Freddie Mac's Duel With Regulator: Does It Report Government's Role in Its Losses?
Discussion: EconLog and OpenMarket.org
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
Clash of Subways and Car Culture in Chinese Cities
Discussion: The Bellows
Jason Noble / Kansas City Star:
Missouri Highway Patrol retracts controversial report on militia activity