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3:55 PM ET, March 29, 2009

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Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Speaking Freely, Biden Finds Influential Role  —  WASHINGTON — When President Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. meet for their standing Friday lunch engagement, Mr. Obama always picks the cuisine — a subtle break from previous administrations in which the president …
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RADAR:
WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Vice President Biden's Daughter Caught Up In Cocaine Scandal  —  An explosive video being shopped to media outlets has plunged the White House and Vice President Joe Biden into a cocaine scandal, RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively.  —  The video shows a woman …
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Maha / The Mahablog:
More News That's Not News  —  You can file this under the heading of …
Discussion: The Reaction
Publius / Washington Monthly:   THE “OTHER” REASON NOT TO TORTURE.... The Bush administration …
CBS News:
Transcript: Obama On “Face The Nation”  —  Bob Schieffer Interviews The President About The Economy, Afghanistan, Banks And Public Confidence  —  Page 1 of 4  —  (CBS) This interview was conducted in the Oval Office by CBS News chief Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer:
Discussion: NewsBusters.org, Hot Air and TigerHawk
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Michelle Levi / CBS News:   Obama: No Ground Troops Needed In Pakistan
Christina Lamb / Times of London:
US and Iran open Afghanistan peace talks
Andrew Klavan / Los Angeles Times:
Take the Limbaugh Challenge  —  Liberals who hate Rush Limbaugh — why don't you actually listen to his show before bashing him?  —  If you are reading this newspaper, the likelihood is that you agree with the Obama administration's recent attacks on conservative radio talker Rush Limbaugh.
Tahman Bradley / The Note:
US Can't Stop North Korean Launch, Gates Says  —  ABC News' Tahman Bradley reports:  —  Secretary of Defense Robert Gates predicted North Korea would launch a missile soon and said there's nothing the United States can do about it.  —  “I would say we're not prepared to do anything about it …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
A Full Plate is No Excuse for Discrimination  —  Robert Gates' statement that we shouldn't expect the Obama administration to fulfill its pledge to end Don't Ask Don't Tell anytime soon is highly disappointing: … It's simply the nature of the military that this “a lot on our plates right now” excuse will almost always be available.
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Associated Press:
Gates: No change soon on 'don't ask, don't tell'
The Politico:
Staff infection: Allies rip Palin team  —  A seemingly unending series of public relations gaffes has Sarah Palin loyalists frustrated and worried she is diminishing her stature.  And they blame an inner circle they say is composed of not-ready-for-primetime players.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
CBS News:
Stop The Presses!  —  Newspapers As We Know Them May Cease To Exist ... But What Will Become Of The News Itself? … When it comes to news about the news, no news is good news.  —  The Rocky Mountain News recently wrapped up operations.  The Tribune Company filed for bankruptcy protection.
Discussion: BuzzMachine
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Now, a U.S. cardinal denounces Notre Dame's Obama invite  —  Cardinal Daniel DiNardo has become the first American cardinal to denounce the University of Notre Dame for inviting Democratic President Barack Obama as its commencement speaker in May and to receive an honorary degree.
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Public financing ‘dead,’ McCain says  —  Questions Obama's bipartisanship vows  —  Sen. John McCain, an architect of sweeping campaign-finance reform who got walloped by a presidential candidate armed with more than $750 million, predicts that no one will ever again accept federal matching funds to run for the nation's highest office.
Discussion: TIME.com and Donklephant
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
Krugman and Newsweek  —  The Times' liberal columnist is on the cover this week, with a provocative story headlined: “OBAMA IS WRONG: The Loyal Opposition of Paul Krugman.”  It's about Krugman's criticism of Obama's economic policies made from the the left.  —  Writes Newsweek chief Jon Meacham:
The Politico:
VIDEO: Geithner: End booms, busts  —  Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said on back-to-back appearances on Sunday shows that the administration had “no good choices” for dealing with the AIG bonus debacle.  —  “You've already seen a lot of those payments returned,” Geithner told NBC's David Gregory on “Meet the Press.”
Discussion: The Swamp and The Democratic Daily
 
 
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Mark Steyn / National Review:
Obama's False Choice
Seymour M. Hersh / New Yorker:
The Obama Administration's chance to engage in a Middle East peace.
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Jerusalem Post:
Shin Bet head: Hamas continues to smuggle arms into Gaza
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Israel Matzav
Maya Jackson Randall / Wall Street Journal:
US Treasury: $134.5 Billion Left in TARP
Discussion: Daily Finance and The Politico
Steve Volk / The Daily Examiner:
BREAKING: Inquirer CEO Tierney Got Bonus Before Bankruptcy
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Philly.com
CNN:
AIG director named to Obama tax task force
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Robert J. Shiller / New York Times:
It Pays to Understand the Mind-Set
Jeremy D. Mayer / The Politico:
Marijuana issue suddenly smoking hot
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