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11:25 AM ET, March 30, 2009

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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 …
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Kevin G. Hall / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Feds declare GM, Chrysler not viable, refuse more aid  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday will reject requests for almost $22 billion in new taxpayer bailout money for General Motors Corp. and Chrysler, saying the car makers have failed to take steps to ensure their viability.
Discussion: CapitalBeat
Frank James / The Swamp:
Why no GM treatment for Wall Street?
Kevin Krolicki / Reuters:
US autos task force rejects GM, Chrysler plans
Discussion: CANNONFIRE, PoliBlog and Truthdig
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.
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Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Andrew Breitbart Shows Why He's Becoming One of the Most Important Columnists in America Today  —  Ace of Spades was the first to call my attention to the pervasiveness of Obama's Astroturf blog-troll army.  They seemed to start showing up in July, and by September they were ubiquitous.
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Erica Orden / New York Magazine:
Home Decorating With the Obamas  —  At a time when people are having trouble holding on to their houses, Barack and Michelle Obama have sensibly decided not to use taxpayers' money to renovate theirs.  New presidents are allotted $100,000 to overhaul the White House residence and the Oval Office …
Jennifer Haberkorn / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: AIG chiefs pressed to donate to Dodd  —  $160,000 streamed in as senator gained power on banking committee  —  As Democrats prepared to take control of Congress after the 2006 elections, a top boss at the insurance giant American International Group Inc. told colleagues …
New York Times:
Fox News's Mad, Apocalyptic, Tearful Rising Star  —  “You are not alone,” Glenn Beck likes to say.  For the disaffected and aggrieved Americans of the Obama era, he could not have picked a better rallying cry.  —  Mr. Beck, an early-evening host on the Fox News Channel …
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 …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
America the Tarnished  —  Ten years ago the cover of Time magazine featured Robert Rubin, then Treasury secretary, Alan Greenspan, then chairman of the Federal Reserve, and Lawrence Summers, then deputy Treasury secretary.  Time dubbed the three “the committee to save the world,” …
John Hendren / ABCNEWS:
Obama Faces Cold Reception in Europe  —  Support Has Turned to Opposition Over Stimulus Plan  —  The last time President Obama went to Europe, he was greeted with raucous applause and 200,000 Europeans choking a Berlin square, chanting “Obama” and “Yes We Can.”
Discussion: Political Machine
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New York Times:
Merkel Is Set to Greet, and Then Resist, Obama
Discussion: Time and TIME.com
Dan Mangan / New York Post:
PARTIES & POT IN ASHLEY BIDEN'S PAST  —  A decade before a friend came forward trying to sell a video that he claimed showed her snorting cocaine, Vice President Joseph Biden's daughter was busted for pot possession.  —  Ashley Biden “was a hot freshman that every guy wanted to be with …
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?
Leila Fadel / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Arrest of Sunni leaders raises fears of broader clashes  —  BAGHDAD — The arrest of two Sunni paramilitary leaders in Baghdad and the violent clashes that followed this weekend have cast a harsh light on a U.S. program on which Iraq's future stability may depend - the integration …
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and Informed Comment
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Washington Post:
In Iraq, 2 Key U.S. Allies Face Off
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
CNN:
Image shows North Korea rocket on launch pad  —  (CNN) — A North Korean rocket slated for launch sometime early next month can be clearly seen in a satellite photograph taken Sunday, the Institute for Science and International Security said Sunday.  —  The satellite imagery …
Discussion: Danger Room and Fox News
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Why No One Believes What Democrats Say  —  Quite a few bloggers, myself included, have piled on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for siding with Evan Bayh's “moderate working group” at the expense of the progressive wing of the party.  However, he actually made a far more damaging statement about Democrats in general last Friday.
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Navy Secretary Nominee Drew Notice Over Divorce  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama's nominee for secretary of the Navy was involved in a divorce that drew national attention for his secret taping of a conversation between his wife and his family priest that he used against her in court proceedings.
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and 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.
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
Exclusive: AIG Was Responsible For The Banks' January & February Profitability  —  Zero Hedge is rarely speechless, but after receiving this email from a correlation desk trader, we simply had to hold a moment of silence for the phenomenal scam that continues unabated in the financial markets …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Frightful Kindle  —  Until quite recently, I'd seen a Kindle only once.  It was at a friend's house, only for a moment, and my general impression was that it was clunky and only borderline readable.  But I'm very partial to my iPhone.  So a few weeks ago in my never-ending quest …
Discussion: Althouse
Madlen Read / Associated Press:
Stocks sink after automaker plans are rejected  —  NEW YORK — Stocks fell sharply at Monday's open after the White House rejected turnaround plans from General Motors and Chrysler.  —  The specter of an automaker bankruptcy has been looming for months, but recent developments made the scenario more likely.
 
 
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Rod Nordland / New York Times:
Iraqis Snap Up Hummers, Seeing Them as Icons of Power
Discussion: The New Republic
Marc Lacey / New York Times:
In Drug War, Mexico Fights Cartel and Itself
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Eschaton
Yoav Stern / Haaretz:
Arab League tells Israel: Accept Saudi initiative now or never
Discussion: Commentary and Israel Matzav
BBC:
Sarkozy tribute to composer Jarre
Discussion: The Reaction and LA Observed
Ryan J. Donmoyer / Bloomberg:
Geithner Says Some Banks Need ‘Large Amounts’ of Assistance
Discussion: Daily Finance
Michael Kranish / Boston Globe:
Pension insurer shifted to stocks
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Washington Post:
In a Down Time Everywhere Else, K Street Bustles
Discussion: Power Line
Jessica Shepherd / Guardian:
Clever boys dumb down to avoid bullying in school
James R. Hagerty / Wall Street Journal:
New Task Seen for Fannie, Freddie
Discussion: Daily Finance
Financial Times:
G20 draft communiqué
Discussion: The Baseline Scenario and Guardian
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
Wide Cyber Attack Is Linked to China