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2:55 PM ET, March 31, 2009

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David Brooks / New York Times:
Car Dealer in Chief  —  Some companies are in the steel business, some are in the cookie business, but General Motors is in the restructuring business.  For 30 years, G.M. has been restructuring itself toward long-term viability.  —  For all these years, G.M.'s market share has endured a long, steady slide.
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The Politico:
Detroit plan has GOP all over the map  —  President Barack Obama may or may not be able to save the U.S. auto industry, but his dramatic restricting plan is already having some effect: It's sent the highly disciplined GOP message machine careening out of control.
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Republican may vote for Obama budget plan  —  Rep. Joseph Cao (R-La.) may buck his party when the House votes on President Obama's budget proposal later this week.  —  The freshman lawmaker told The Hill that his constituents are split, adding that he wants more information before deciding whether …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
The Hill:
President Obama's auto plan throws lawmakers
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 …
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CNN:
Poll: Americans believe world leaders respect President Obama  —  WASHINGTON (CNN)- As Barack Obama takes off for his first overseas trip as president, a new national poll indicates that more than eight in ten Americans think he will do a good job representing the U.S. to the world.
Ariel Leve / Times of London:
Nicolas Sarkozy's threat to walk out of global summit  —  Anglo-Saxon gibe strains relations with Obama  —  Charles Bremner in Paris and Philip Webster  —  President Sarkozy yesterday threatened to wreck the London summit if France's demands for tougher financial regulation are not met.
Discussion: The Swamp and Clusterstock
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BBC:
France threatens G20 walkout
Discussion: Dani Rodrik's weblog
Bloomberg:
Financial Rescue Approaches GDP as U.S. Pledges $12.8 Trillion  —  The U.S. government and the Federal Reserve have spent, lent or guaranteed $12.8 trillion, an amount that approaches the value of everything produced in the country last year, to stem the longest recession since the 1930s.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama's new GM CEO: You know, bankruptcy looks really good now  —  The man now running General Motors after Barack Obama demanded the resignation of former CEO Rick Wagoner wants to thank America for all the cash.  Really, he does.  Fritz Henderson just doesn't think it will help …
Discussion: Little Green Footballs, D-Day and CNBC
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James Besser / JW Political Insider:
Bashing J Street  —  Follow the Jewish Week on Twitter!  Click here to start.  And we're on Facebook; become a fan today.  —  What is about J Street, the pro-peace process lobby and political action committee, that has the leaders of major Jewish groups in such a snit?
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
WHY IS AIPAC SO AFRAID OF J STREET?
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Gene Healy / www.washingtonexaminer.com:
Beware the cult of Obama  —  You've met them.  They may be friends of yours, or family members.  You may even be one of them (in which case you'll hate this column).  I'm referring to those who've heard the Call of Obama.  —  Tucker Carlson compares it to a dog whistle: Inaudible to most, but irresistible to those who can hear it.
Chris Collins / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Life in Mendota, Calif., where the jobless rate is 41 percent  —  MENDOTA, Calif. — The customer seemed interested in a black blouse offered for $1 at the thrift store.  But instead of buying it, she set it on the front counter.  —  Maybe tomorrow, she told the cashier, she would have the money.
Discussion: D-Day
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Netanyahu to Obama: Stop Iran—Or I Will  —  In an interview conducted shortly before he was sworn in today as prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu laid down a challenge for Barack Obama.  The American president, he said, must stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons—and quickly …
Jerome Starkey / The Independent:
Afghan leader accused of bid to ‘legalise rape’  —  UN and women MPs say Karzai bowed to Islamic fundamentalists before poll  —  Afghanistan's President, Hamid Karzai, has signed a law which “legalises” rape, women's groups and the United Nations warn.  Critics claim the president helped rush …
Jack Cafferty / CNN:
Commentary: War on drugs is insane  —  Editor's note: Jack Cafferty is the author of a new book, “Now or Never: Getting Down to the Business of Saving Our American Dream.”  He provides commentary on CNN's “The Situation Room” daily from 4 to 7 p.m. ET.  You can also visit Jack's Cafferty File blog.
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Impolitic
Alison Flood / Guardian:
Crumb to publish Bible satire  —  Cartoonist Crumb's vision of the first book of the Bible said to be a ‘complex, even subversive narrative that calls for a re-examination of its role in our culture’  —  The famously subversive US cartoonist Robert Crumb has announced the completion of his long-awaited take on the Book of Genesis.
Shobhana Chandra / Bloomberg:
Home Prices in 20 U.S. Cities Fell by a Record 19%  —  Home prices in 20 U.S. cities fell 19 percent in January from a year earlier, the fastest drop on record, as demand plummeted and foreclosures rose.  —  The S&P/Case-Shiller index's decrease was more than forecast and compares with an 18.6 percent decrease in December.
energycommerce.house.gov:
Chairmen Waxman, Markey Release Discussion Draft of New Clean Energy Legislation  —  Chairman Henry A. Waxman of the Energy and Commerce Committee and Chairman Edward J. Markey of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee today released a draft of clean energy legislation that will create jobs …
Patrick Oppmann / CNN:
Microsoft bridge slammed as waste of stimulus  —  REDMOND, Washington (CNN) — Should a bridge that would connect two campuses at Microsoft's headquarters be funded with $11 million from the federal stimulus package?  —  Critics of using stimulus money for the bridge say it would give the software giant a break on a pet project.
Discussion: Cafe Hayek and ProPublica
RushLimbaugh.com:
El Rushbo to New York: Drop Dead  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: Now, let's see.  In New York, they've been going back and forth at the state level on budgets.  They are over-budget.  They have a deficit in the double-digit billions, and they've been going back and forth in the State Assembly in New York over whether to raise taxes.
BBC:
‘Toilet row’ lowers morale on space station  —  The International Space Station, once a place where astronauts would share food and facilities, is said to be embroiled in a Cold War-like stand-off.  —  A Russian cosmonaut has complained he is no longer allowed to use a US toilet as well as a US exercise bike.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Bank Bailouts on the Cheap  —  Via Noam Scheiber, an Adam Posen piece that I think accurately sums up the appeal of the Geithner Plan while being harshly critical of it: … The question here is what would Adam Posen have done if he had Tim Geithner's job?
Discussion: The New Republic
Dan Zak / Washington Post:
Rallying in the Name of the Unkindest Cut?  —  Sharp Rhetoric Abounds In Circumcision Debate  —  In the shadow of the nation's most recognizable phallic symbol, they gather and march.  There are about 50 of them, all ages, both sexes, nearly all white, smiling, quiet …
Discussion: Moonbattery and Reason
American Research Group:
Hodes/Sununu 2010 US Senate Ballot  —  The following results are based on 535 completed telephone interviews among a statewide random sample of adults registered to vote in New Hampshire.  Of the 535 interviews, 155 were among Republicans, 161 were among Democrats, and 219 were among undeclared voters.
The Politico:
What cars are in W.H. driveways?  —  With President Barack Obama showing the ailing U.S. auto industry some tough love Monday, POLITICO wondered — what's ...  ... in the driveways of White House aides?  A lot of foreign cars, as it turns out.  —  A survey of West Executive Drive …
Discussion: Clusterstock and The Swamp
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Nominee For Treasury's Number Two Helped Draft Legislation Deregulating Banks  —  Hmmm.  This isn't exactly confidence inspiring.  —  Tim Geithner's new nominee for number two at the Treasury Department, Neal Wolin, played a key role in drafting legislation in the late 1990s deregulating …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Matthews: Palin like a “mail-order bride”  —  Remember when Hillary Clinton supporters accused Chris Matthews and MS-NBC of sexism in their coverage of the Democratic primaries, as the network became the Barack Obama Channel in 2007?  Matthews has apparently decided to pick an easier target …
Discussion: Moe Lane and Gateway Pundit
Washington Wire:
Pentagon's Gates Might Detail Weapons Cuts Early  —  August Cole reports on the Pentagon.  —  Defense Secretary Robert Gates wants to spell out controversial cuts in weapons programs ahead of a detailed 2010 military budget request later this spring, according to Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin.
Discussion: TIME.com
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Obama Still Popular, GOP Still Doesn't Care  —  With there seeming to be more Senate Democrats who are wary of Barack Obama's agenda than there are Senate Republicans wary of opposing it, Washington often takes on the feel of a town with a president whose honeymoon is over.
Townhall.com:
Join The Debate!  —  View in ascending order View in descending order  —  More to the List  — “Wishes of the American people”.  If the Liberal can find a poll that sides with him if only by 1%...that becomes: “The wishes of the American people” and we must abide by it.
 
 
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Newsdesk / Clout St:
Gov. Pat Quinn panel calls for campaign contribution limits
Discussion: Progress Illinois
Patrick Ruffini / The Next Right:
The Right's Current Transformational Moment
Discussion: Commentary and Oliver Willis
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Quote of the campaign  —  CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. - We have an early nominee …
Discussion: The Swamp
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
ANGELA MERKEL EXPLAINS WHY GERMANY WON'T COOPERATE ON STIMULUS.
Discussion: Ross Douthat and The Atlanticist
Betsy Rothstein / The Hill:
Gingrich becomes a Catholic, then dines at Café Milano
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Special Election in New York Is a Special Case
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Caitlin Taylor / The Note:
Kennedy chairs HHS hearing
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Lois Romano / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Washington Monthly