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6:30 AM ET, March 29, 2009


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John / Power Line:
More Smart Diplomacy?  —  The Catholic News Agency reports that on her recent trip to Mexico, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  She left flowers on behalf of the American people.  —  The Basilica is the second most visited Catholic shrine in the world …
Evan Thomas / Newsweek:
Obama's Nobel Headache  —  Paul Krugman has emerged as Obama's toughest liberal critic.  He's deeply skeptical of the bank bailout and pessimistic about the economy.  Why the establishment worries he may be right.  —  From the magazine issue dated Apr 6, 2009  —  Traditionally, punditry in Washington has been a cozy business.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
David Dayen / Washington Monthly:
KRUGMAN OPENS THE OVERTON WINDOW... The upcoming cover of Newsweek, the Village weekly reader, will feature Paul Krugman, or at least 60%-65% of his face, with the headline “OBAMA IS WRONG: The Loyal Opposition of Paul Krugman.” … The full Newsweek article is here.
Discussion: Oliver Willis and Daily Kos
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Krugman: the left's new anti-Obama
David Dayen / Washington Monthly:
A NEW BRAND OF STUPID ON CLIMATE CHANGE... Today is the second annual Earth Hour, a worldwide campaign to raise awareness on the issue of climate change.  At 8:30pm local time, major businesses, local and national points of interest, and individual homes will dim their lights for one hour.
Vanessa Gera / Associated Press:   Antarctica to Pyramids — lights dim for Earth Hour
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Rep Shimkus Says We Need Uncapped Carbon Emissions Because Carbon is “Plant Food”
Marlise Simons / New York Times:
Spanish Court Weighs Inquiry on Torture for 6 Bush-Era Officials  —  LONDON — A high-level Spanish court has taken the first steps toward opening a criminal investigation against six former Bush administration officials, including former Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales …
Kathy Kattenburg / The Moderate Voice:
What Went Around Is Coming Around
Discussion: BeltwayBlips
Rod Liddle / Times of London:
Brown snubbed over tax  —  Germans wreck ‘global new deal’  —  GORDON BROWN'S carefully laid plans for a G20 deal on worldwide tax cuts have been scuppered by an eve-of-summit ambush by European leaders.  —  Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, last night led the assault on the prime minister's …
Brad Hamilton / New York Post:
‘FRIEND’ OF BIDEN'S DAUGHTER SHOPPING TAPE OF HER ALLEGEDLY DOING COCAINE  —  A “friend” of Vice President Joseph Biden's daughter, Ashley, is attempting to hawk a videotape that he claims shows her snorting cocaine at a house party this month in Delaware.  —  The anonymous male acquaintance …
Danny Glover / The Enlightened Redneck:
How Obama Ruined The Easter Egg Roll  —  Change has come to the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, and our family is not happy about it.  The end result is that we won't get to go for the first time in nine years.  —  President Obama thought outside the box and decided it was better to move …
Discussion: RedState
Washington Post:
Detainee's Harsh Treatment Foiled No Plots  —  Waterboarding, Rough Interrogation of Abu Zubaida Produced False Leads, Officials Say  —  When CIA officials subjected their first high-value captive, Abu Zubaida, to waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods, they were convinced …
The Progress Report / The Huffington Post:
Stop The O'Reilly Harassment Machine  —  by Faiz Shakir, Amanda Terkel, Satyam Khanna, Matt Corley, Benjamin Armbruster, Ali Frick, and Ryan Powers  —  To receive The Progress Report in your email inbox everyday, click here.  —  Last Saturday, March 21, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly sent …
Christina Lamb / Times of London:
US and Iran open Afghanistan peace talks  —  As Obama unveiled his new strategy on Afghanistan, his officials attended a historic meeting with an old enemy  —  IRANIAN and American officials have held their first talks about ending the war in Afghanistan amid signs that President Barack Obama's efforts …
Discussion: BeltwayBlips and Pajamas Media
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Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Thoughts on the ‘Ransom-Note Method’ and the Twelfth Commandment
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
Vultures Wanted: Time to Feast on the LAT's dying carcass!
Discussion: LA Observed
Don Boudreaux / Cafe Hayek:
Free Trade is Common
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Obama Will Face a Defiant World on Foreign Visit
Discussion: Washington Post
John Markoff / New York Times:
Vast Spy System Loots Computers in 103 Countries
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Gawker
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Biden: U.S. ready for ‘collaboration’
Discussion: PoliGazette and
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Bernanke to meet with Black Caucus
 Earlier Items: 
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
White House finalizing plan for more auto aid
The Real Lobby And Its Acolytes
Discussion: Biased BBC
David Bauder / Associated Press:
CNN in third place in prime time for first time
Michael Graham / The Natural Truth:
We Did It!  —  The good guys win!  Ayers is out!
Discussion: Boston Herald and Pat Dollard
Local & Florida:
Cape “tea party” canceled; City fears too many attendees
Discussion: Sweetness & Light