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9:25 AM 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 Hill:
President Obama's auto plan throws lawmakers  —  President Obama's new ultimatum to U.S. auto manufacturers threw Capitol Hill into turmoil Monday as lawmakers worried about the effects the plans could have on their districts.  —  Michigan's senior Democratic senator, Carl Levin …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Threatens Bankruptcy for GM, Chrysler  —  Plan Would Separate ‘Bad’ and ‘Good’ Assets of Two Companies; Historic Intervention Carries Big Political Risk for Obama  —  President Obama, who announced the plans Monday with Treasury Secretary Geithner, said the U.S. would not let the auto industry “simply vanish.”
Wall Street Journal:
Detroit's Fate Sealed in West Wing
Tomoeh Murakami Tse / Washington Post:
Hard Line on Auto Aid Puts Bailed-Out Firms on Notice
Discussion: Time and TIME.com
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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Alan Elsner / Reuters:
U.S. voters don't blame Obama for economy  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama benefits from a broadly held perception that others bear the bulk of responsibility for state of the U.S. economy …
Discussion: Donklephant
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: RedState
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?  —  James Besser asks why the major Jewish groups have responded to J Street with so much more fury and fear than, say, the formation of Americans for Peace Now, or the Israeli Policy Forum.  One Jewish leader, speaking off the record, confides to Besser that he feels …
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Ex-Commerce Nominee Now Top Budget Critic  —  Standing beside President Obama at the White House as he accepted the nomination to be commerce secretary two months ago, Sen. Judd Gregg (N.H), a stalwart Republican about to join a Democratic administration, said: “This is not a time when we should stand …
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog
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Robert Mackey / The Lede:
Miss Universe Visits Guantánamo Bay  —  Don't ask us how or why we came across this — and the British home secretary's husband did not bring it to our attention — but the latest entry on the blog of the reigning Miss Universe, Dayana Mendoza, has a sort of eye-catching dateline: “March 27, 2009, Guantánamo Bay.”
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Lois Romano / Washington Post:
Michelle's Image: From Off-Putting To Spot-On  —  At first, they didn't like the way she was talking about her husband's dirty socks.  Then, they said she always looked angry.  Later, they questioned her patriotism when she commented that she only recently became proud of her country.
Discussion: TIME.com
Drudge Report:
NANNY STATE: GOVERNMENT WEBSITE TO WARN OF SADNESS/CRYING OVER ECONOMY  —  The U.S. government is set to offer an online emotional rescue kit!  —  “Getting Through Tough Economic Times” will launch Tuesday with a media push across all platforms.  —  The site is meant to help people identify …
Los Angeles Times:
Obama takes step over the line that separates government from private industry  —  His automaker bailout plan wades into ‘industrial policy,’ in which government officials, not business executives or the free market, decide what products a firm makes and how it charts its future.
Discussion: The Swamp and The Politico
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
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Google to Commit $100 Million to Venture Capital Fund in its First Year  —  Google Inc. is expected to Tuesday announce more details about its highly anticipated venture-capital fund, including its plan to commit roughly $100 million to the endeavor in its first year, said people familiar with the matter.
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
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.
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.
David Henderson / EconLog:
Obama Throws the F-Bomb  —  No, not that one; I wish.  President Obama has done something far more serious.  He has already, in less than 100 days, moved the U.S. economy further towards fascism.  Sean Hannity and other critics keep criticizing Obama for his socialist leanings.
Discussion: Megan McArdle and Swords Crossed
Bloomberg:
Fed Takes Lead Role in Executing ‘Stress Tests’ of U.S. Banks  —  The Federal Reserve has taken the primary role in determining how much new capital the nation's biggest banks need to weather the economic slump, people familiar with the matter said.  —  Putting the Fed in charge …
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
First-person Socialism  —  I think our president needs to invest more in the use of the third-person “government,” since his speeches more and more center on the narcissistic “I” and “me.”  Even the car-takeover speech was “I-ed” to death.  E.g. My Auto Task Force And so today …
Monique / HotMES:
Does this skirt make me look fat?  —  I firmly believe that if you have to ask someone's opinion, you probably already know the answer, but you just don't like it.  —  For example, when a woman asks, “Does this skirt make me look fat?”  The answer is probably yes, which she knows deep down inside, but she isn't willing to admit it.
 
 
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Ashley Broughton / CNN:
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Discussion: TalkLeft
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Michelle Malkin:
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Discussion: Reuters
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Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
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Discussion: The Sundries Shack
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Clinton Calls Years of Afghan Aid ‘Heartbreaking’ in Their Futility
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and Taylor Marsh
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Legal Group's Neutrality Is Challenged
Discussion: Bench Memos and HotMES
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
House rejects Flake's call for PMA investigation
Mike Allen / The Politico:
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Discussion: The New Ledger
Christopher Hitchens / Vanity Fair:
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