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1:00 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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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.
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 …
Discussion: TalkLeft, AmSpecBlog and Pajamas Media
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: Townhall.com
Wall Street Journal:   Government Forces Out Wagoner at GM
Associated Press:
GM CEO Wagoner to step down at White House request
Discussion: NY Daily News
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.
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.
Discussion: Pajamas Media and ThreatsWatch
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Michelle Levi / CBS News:   Obama: No Ground Troops Needed In Pakistan
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 …
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
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
 
 
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