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11:40 PM ET, March 29, 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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Bill Vlasic / New York Times:
G.M. Chief Is Said to Be Resigning as U.S. Plan Nears  —  DETROIT — The chairman and chief executive of General Motors, Rick Wagoner, is resigning, just as President Obama prepares to unveil his rescue plans on Monday for G.M. and the ailing American auto industry, a person close to the decision said Sunday.
Wall Street Journal:
Government Forces Out Wagoner at GM  —  Executive Agreed to Step Down After U.S. Asked for Resignation in Return for More Bailout Cash; Henderson Takes Over for Now  —  The Obama administration used the threat of withholding more bailout money to force out General Motors Corp. Chief Executive Rick Wagoner …
Bloomberg:
General Motors Chief Rick Wagoner Said to Step Down
Discussion: The Big Picture
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.
Caleb / absentee's blog:
New Revelations In Case of Olbermann v. Twitter  —  On Thursday, Twitter was atwitter and blogs were abuzz about Keith Olbermann's embarrassing “Worst Person” fail, following a post by Greg Pollowitz at National Review Online highlighting the hilarity.  Olbermann named Twitter his …
David Rothkopf / Washington Post:
Where Are the Leaders?  —  You wake up in the morning and once again the financial weather report calls for the Apocalypse followed by brief showers of despair.  Seeking a ray of hope, you turn on the television and settle in to watch a Capitol Hill hearing.
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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.
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Earl Ofari Hutchinson / The Huffington Post:
Wave the White Flag in the Limbaugh War
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and NewsBusters.org
Bill Sammon / Fox News:
Gates: U.S. Not Prepared to Respond to North Korea Missile Launch  —  The defense secretary told “FOX News Sunday” that the United States can do nothing to stop North Korea from thumbing its nose at the international community by test-firing a long-range missile.  —  FOXNews.com
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
A Full Plate is No Excuse for Discrimination
Associated Press:
Gates: No change soon on 'don't ask, don't tell'
Discussion: TalkLeft and Think Progress
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:
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Barbara Plett / BBC:
Militant links  —  In recent days three top American generals …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and ThreatsWatch
Michelle Levi / CBS News:   Obama: No Ground Troops Needed In Pakistan
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 …
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.
Discussion: Riehl World View and AmSpecBlog
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 …
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
The crazy-a** racist  —  Jonah, re your musings on JournoList, Marty Peretz the alleged “f***ing racist” and “crazy-a** racist”, and his lack of defenders: Like you, I don't know him and have never had any contact with him.  I seem to recall him taking a swipe at me during the 2000 Florida recount, but that's ancient history.
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 / Power Line:
Who Can Do the Math?  —  In discussions of the current economic crisis, we hear constant references to “toxic” assets held by banks and other financial institutions.  These assets are mortgage-backed securities for which the market has collapsed.  As is often the case, this dependence on metaphor is revealing.
Discussion: EconLog
Martina Stewart / CNN:
McConnell: I'm ‘disappointed’ in Obama's lack of bipartisanship  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - A leading congressional Republican did not pull any punches Sunday when asked whether President Obama had kept one of his most prominent campaign promises.  —  “I must say I'm disappointed,” …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Hullabaloo
Maha / The Mahablog:
More News That's Not News  —  You can file this under the heading of “stuff we already knew.”  Peter Finn and Joby Warrick write for the Washington Post that … I already wrote a post about this same subject.  It's dated September 9, 2006.  According to news stories then …
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Smith ‘sorry’ for expenses claim
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John / Power Line:
Know-Nothings on the March  —  The G20 summit will take place …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The View From Your Recession
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Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
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 Earlier Items: 
CBS News:
Stop The Presses!
Discussion: BuzzMachine
Seymour M. Hersh / New Yorker:
The Obama Administration's chance to engage in a Middle East peace.
Discussion: TIME.com
Maya Jackson Randall / Wall Street Journal:
US Treasury: $134.5 Billion Left in TARP
Discussion: Daily Finance and The Politico
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Public financing ‘dead,’ McCain says
Discussion: Donklephant and TIME.com