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9:00 AM ET, March 30, 2009

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Mike Allen / The Politico:
GM CEO resigns at Obama's behest  —  The Obama administration asked Rick Wagoner, the chairman and CEO of General Motors, to step down and he agreed, a White House official said.  —  The White House confirmed Wagoner was leaving at the government's behest after The Associated Press reported …
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Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
GM Chief to Resign at White House's Behest  —  Obama Pushes General Motors and Chrysler to Slim Down, Make More Concessions  —  The Obama administration has forced the longtime head of General Motors to resign and said yesterday that it would withhold additional federal aid to the auto industry unless …
The Politico:
Obama shortens Detroit's lifeline  —  In surprising findings to be outlined at the White House on Monday, President Obama has concluded that neither GM nor Chrysler as they now exist deserve more bailouts.  But the White House is sparing them for a month or two, and is promising American consumers …
Discussion: Corrente
Kevin Krolicki / Reuters:
US autos task force rejects GM, Chrysler plans  —  * GM gets 60 days to develop more sweeping restructuring  —  * Chrysler plans “unrealistic or overly optimistic”  —  * Chrysler gets 30 days to complete revised Fiat tie-up  —  * GM President, COO Fritz Henderson replaces ousted Wagoner (Adds detail, background, byline)
Discussion: PoliBlog, CANNONFIRE and Truthdig
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
White House Cheat Sheet: Obama Plays Hardball on Autos  —  The Obama administration's ouster of General Motors Chairman Richard Wagoner coupled with its decision to reject viability plans offered by GM and Chrysler represent a hard line stance toward dedicating government resources to a pillar of the American economy.
Bill Vlasic / New York Times:
G.M. Chief Is Said to Be Resigning as U.S. Plan Nears
Associated Press:   GM CEO Wagoner to step down at White House request
Washington Times:
Rules for conservative radicals  —  A digital war has broken out, and the conservative movement is losing.  Read the comment sections of right-leaning blogs, news sites and social forums, and the evidence is there in ugly abundance.  Internet hooligans are spewing their talking points to thwart the dissent of the newly-out-of-power.
James R. Hagerty / Wall Street Journal:
New Task Seen for Fannie, Freddie  —  The regulator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is considering giving the government-backed mortgage companies another role: helping to finance small mortgage banks.  —  A spokeswoman for the regulator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency …
Pundita:
Washington continues to play ostrich about Mexico … The quote is from Zenpundit Mark Safranski's A Mexican Standoff with Reality.  He has written a gravely important post on the Mexico situation, which dashes the notion that the country is in no danger of becoming a failed state.
Financial Times:
G20 draft communiqué  —  Introduction  —  1. We, the Leaders of the Group of Twenty met, for a second time, in London on 2 April.  —  Over the last half century strong growth and increasing international trade has brought untold jobs and prosperity to our citizens.
Discussion: The Baseline Scenario and Guardian
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
Wide Cyber Attack Is Linked to China  —  Security researchers said they have discovered software capable of stealing information installed on computers in 103 countries from a network that targeted government agencies.  —  The software infected more than 1,200 computers …
Associated Press:
Palestinian youth orchestra disbanded over concert for Holocaust survivors  —  Palestinian authorities disbanded a youth orchestra from a West Bank refugee camp after it played for a group of Holocaust survivors in Israel, a local official said on Sunday.  —  Adnan Hindi of the Jenin camp called …
John Dorschner / MiamiHerald.com:
Insurers shun those taking certain meds  —  How health insurers secretly blacklist those with certain ailments.  —  JDORSCHNER@MIAMIHERALD.COM  —  Trying to buy health insurance on your own and have gallstones?  You'll automatically be denied coverage.  Rheumatoid arthritis?  Automatic denial.
Greta Van Susteren / GretaWire:
Huh?  —  Is ABC's Clair Shipman getting this - below - about her husband, former Time Magazine reporter and now Vice President Joe Biden's Chief of Staff Jay Carney?  I hope not.  NBC's Andrea Mitchell for her husband Alan Greenspan?  I hope not.  CBS's Rita Braver, wife of lawyer Bob Barnett …
Manu Raju / The Politico:
In Minnesota, it's still November  —  Texas Sen. John Cornyn is threatening “World War III” if Democrats try to seat Al Franken in the Senate before Norm Coleman can pursue his case through the federal courts.  —  Cornyn, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee …
Discussion: TIME.com
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama gets personal  —  Barack Obama is a storyteller, and lately he has been telling lots of them: tales of sick children and a dying parent, of religious discovery and of a magical journey across the American West.  —  The stories have something in common: They all spring from Obama's own life.
Barbara Plett / BBC:
Militant links  —  In recent days three top American generals have turned their guns on Pakistan, accusing elements of its main intelligence agency, the ISI, of supporting Taliban and al-Qaeda militants.  —  The unprecedented broadside followed the announcement by the US President Barack Obama of a new strategy for Afghanistan.
Jessica Shepherd / Guardian:
Clever boys dumb down to avoid bullying in school  —  Clever children are saving themselves from being branded swots at school by dumbing down and deliberately falling behind, a study has shown.  —  Schoolchildren regarded as boffins may be attacked and shunned by their peers …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Liberal coalition takes shape  —  I wrote earlier this month about a new alliance of pro-White House groups that came together under the rubric “Unity '09” to run joint field campaigns in key states.  —  The group, a low-profile but powerful element of the cohesive new progressive infrastructure …
David Carr / New York Times:
Cable News Stokes Political Fever  —  MSNBC ran a countdown clock in preparation for the big event last Tuesday night.  CNN's run-up thrummed with portent, while a skeptical Fox News joined in the fervent speculation.  —  So what had the cable news stations in overdrive?
 
 
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John Hendren / ABCNEWS:
Obama Faces Cold Reception in Europe
Discussion: Political Machine
Financial Times:
A fine balance for Obama to strike
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Smoke break gets more expensive with tax boost
John / Power Line:
Who Can Do the Math?  —  In discussions of the current economic crisis …
Discussion: EconLog
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Mark Steyn / The Corner:
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