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4:50 AM ET, March 31, 2009

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CNBC:
New GM CEO: Bankruptcy May Be Best Option for Automaker  —  General Motors's new chief executive told CNBC that filing for Bankruptcy may be the best option for the struggling automaker.  —  In a taped interview to be aired tonight on NBC Nightly News, Fritz Henderson said that because of greater demands …
Wall Street Journal:
Detroit's Fate Sealed in West Wing  —  WASHINGTON — Inside a windowless, ornate room Thursday just across from the Oval Office, President Barack Obama and a group of senior economic advisers began the job of remaking the American automobile industry.  —  The first order of business …
Tomoeh Murakami Tse / Washington Post:
Hard Line on Auto Aid Puts Bailed-Out Firms on Notice
Discussion: TIME.com
Reuters:
President Obama's remarks on U.S. car industry
Michael P. Tremoglie / thebulletin.us:
‘New York Times’ Spiked Obama Donor Story  —  Congressional Testimony: ‘Game-Changer’ Article Would Have Connected Campaign With ACORN  —  A lawyer involved with legal action against Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) told a House Judiciary subcommittee on March 19 …
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MataHarley / Flopping Aces:
NY Times deliberately killed ACORN-Obama stories to thwart “game changer”
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Danny / The Note:
Despite McCain's Comments, Senate GOP Not Offering Detailed Budget  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports:  —  Much has been made in recent days about divisions inside the House Republican caucus over how to frame the party's opposition to President Obama's budget.
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
DNC chair infuriates abortion backers  —  Tim Kaine, the Virginia governor and President Barack Obama's hand-picked choice as the head of the Democratic National Committee, infuriated abortion-rights groups Monday by signing legislation that gives abortion foes an important symbolic win.
Discussion: Associated Press, QandO and TalkLeft
William Glaberson / New York Times:
U.S. Decides to Release Detainee at Guantánamo  —  The Justice Department announced Monday that the administration had decided to release a detainee at the prison at Guantánamo Bay, a Yemeni doctor who the Bush administration once claimed had taken part in an anthrax program of Al Qaeda.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Robert Mackey / The Lede:
Miss Universe Visits Guantánamo Bay
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dem Strategists: Sarah Palin Is The New Rush Limbaugh  —  Is the Rush Limbaugh strategy giving way to the Sarah Palin strategy?  —  Multiple Democratic strategists say the party plans to increasingly elevate Palin in the same manner it has employed Rush for weeks, using her high-visibility …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Legal Group's Neutrality Is Challenged  —  Two weeks ago, the American Bar Association's eight-year exile ended.  The Obama administration restored the group to the special status it had enjoyed since the Eisenhower years, and it will once again get early word about potential nominees to the federal bench.
Discussion: Bench Memos and HotMES
ABCNEWS:
PAYDAY: GM's Rick Wagoner Drives Away with $20M Retirement  —  Critic Calls Multi-Million Package “Perfect Example” of Frustration with Industry  —  Rick Wagoner will leave his post as CEO of bailed-out General Motors with a $20 million retirement package, the company's financial filings show.
Washington Post:
Most Americans Don't Blame Obama for Economy, Poll Finds  —  The number of Americans who believe that the nation is headed in the right direction has roughly tripled since Barack Obama's election, and the public overwhelmingly blames the excesses of the financial industry, rather than the new president …
Discussion: TIME.com
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Clinton Calls Years of Afghan Aid ‘Heartbreaking’ in Their Futility  —  The billions of dollars spent in U.S. aid to Afghanistan over the past seven years have been largely wasted, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday.  —  “For those of you who have been on the ground in Afghanistan …
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and Taylor Marsh
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Experts: Obama needs to watch the gaffes  —  Instant Internet communication and an explosion in political commentary are magnifying President Obama's gaffes and administration missteps, and could erode his popularity faster than that of other presidents, say experts from both left and right.
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
Meghan Clyne / New York Post:
OBAMA'S MOST PERILOUS LEGAL PICK  —  JUDGES should interpret the Constitution according to other nations' legal “norms.”  Sharia law could apply to disputes in US courts.  The United States constitutes an “axis of disobedience” along with North Korea and Saddam-era Iraq.
William Fisher / IPS Inter Press Service:
POLITICS-US: Let Spy Laws Fade into the Sunset, Group Urges  —  One of the nation's leading legal rights groups is calling on the U.S. Congress to make major changes in the USA Patriot Act to reverse parts of the hurriedly passed law that have been found unconstitutional or have been abused to collect information on innocent people.
Discussion: The Raw Story and TheZoo
Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
Romney's work puts him in 2012 political spotlight  —  BOSTON (AP) — Mitt Romney is building toward a White House bid in 2012 by judiciously engaging and disengaging with the national debate.  —  The former Massachusetts governor and 2008 Republican presidential candidate is speaking at a political fundraiser Tuesday in Chicago.
Discussion: Donklephant
Lucy Bannerman / Times of London:
Fire kills child, 3, and parents as police prevent neighbours from trying to rescue them  —  A pregnant woman, her husband and their three-year-old son were killed in a house fire early yesterday as police who arrived before the fire brigade prevented neighbours from trying to save them.
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Samizdata.net
Christopher Hitchens / Vanity Fair:
The Swastika and the Cedar  —  In newly liberated Lebanon, the signposts on “the Arab street” point in opposite directions.  The author's experiences—he was buoyed by a huge rally for democracy in downtown Beirut, then beaten up by Fascist bullies—show how much this diverse society offers hope …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama hits e-campaign trail  —  Who's going to ignore an e-mail from “President Barack Obama”?  —  He's hitting in-boxes Monday night with a reminder to Democrats in New York's 20th Congressional District to get out and vote Tuesday for businessman Scott Murphy.
Discussion: The New Ledger
Justin Lahart / Wall Street Journal:
How a Modern Depression Might Look — If the U.S. Gets There  —  In the wake of the biggest financial shock since 1929, economists say the odds of a depression are less than 50-50 — though still uncomfortably high.  But even if a depression comes to pass, a 21st-century version would look very different from the one 80 years ago.
Discussion: The New Republic
Susan Saulny / New York Times:
Banks Starting to Walk Away on Foreclosures  —  SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Mercy James thought she had lost her rental property here to foreclosure.  A date for a sheriff's sale had been set, and notices about the foreclosure process were piling up in her mailbox.
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
House rejects Flake's call for PMA investigation  —  For the sixth time, the House has rejected a resolution by Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) to initiate an ethics investigation into the relationship between lawmakers at the PMA Group.  This time, however, Flake gained more Democratic supporter than any of the previous votes.
Michelle Malkin:
The soul-fixer-in-chief is here to dry your tears  —  Reuters is running a story on the Obama administration's new federally subsidized counseling services/referrals for those suffering from depression related to the economy.  As usual, the government's prescription for pain is...more government.
Discussion: Reuters
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Divided on Treasury Secretary Geithner  —  Democrats approve; Republicans disapprove  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans are split essentially down the middle when asked to assess the job Tim Geithner is doing as Treasury secretary: 42% say they approve, 40% disapprove, and 18% have no opinion.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Catholics Similar to Mainstream on Abortion, Stem Cells  —  Catholics actually more liberal on some issues  — USA - Abortion - Moral Issues - Religion - Religion and Social Trends - Stem Cell Research - Americas - Northern America  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Despite the Roman Catholic Church's …
Discussion: The Swamp, Hot Air and AMERICAblog News
The Daily Politics:
20th CD, La Deluge  —  Even as Jim Tedisco plans an all-night sprint of campaigning leading up to tomorrow's 20th CD special election, Republicans are privately lowering expectations and rather gloomily suggesting that this could be the beginning of the end for them in New York.  Again.
 
 
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Albert R. Hunt / Bloomberg:
Geithner Will Outlast AIG Outrage, Public Pounding: Albert Hunt
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Michael Osinski / New York Magazine:
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Janet Daley / Telegraph:
G20: If capitalism is ‘overthrown’ we'll lose our political freedom
Jim Wolf / Reuters:
Nearly 7 in 10 major U.S. arms programs over budget
Justin Logan / Cato @ Liberty:
The State of Play in the Bomb-Iran Debate
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Maher salutes American troops
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
New Administration Reversing Course on Many Environmental Policies
Discussion: D-Day and Washington Monthly
 Earlier Items: 
Jeremy P. Jacobs / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Bush to throw out first pitch on Opening Day
Discussion: Associated Press and TIME.com
Michelle Malkin:
Another day, another troop smear
Discussion: Moonbattery
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Should My Blog Word Count Be Restricted?