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10:00 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 …
Greg Gordon / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Wagoner's pension secure as GM's workers could be hit
Discussion: The Mahablog and Prairie Weather
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: Wall Street Journal, 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
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 …
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Reuters:
U.S. website offers emotional rescue from economy  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Stressed out by the economy?  The U.S. government is offering an online emotional rescue kit.  —  The “Getting Through Tough Economic Times” guide at www.samhsa.gov/economy/ is meant to help people identify …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Michelle Malkin:   The soul-fixer-in-chief is here to dry your tears
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 …
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.
Discussion: Daily Finance and Clusterstock
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Bloomberg:   Fed Takes Lead Role in Executing ‘Stress Tests’ of U.S. Banks
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 and MSNBC
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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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Dmitry A. Medvedev / Washington Post:
Building Russian-U.S. Bonds  —  MOSCOW — It is hard to dispute the pessimistic assessments of the Russian-American relationship that prevailed at the end of last year.  Unfortunately, relations soured because of the previous U.S. administration's plans — specifically …
Discussion: TIME.com
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Clinton Calls Years of Afghan Aid ‘Heartbreaking’ in Their Futility
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and Taylor Marsh
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
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
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.
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.
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
“10 terms not to use with Muslims”  —  So suggests Chris Seiple, writing in the CSM: … — Because naturally, why should our dear Muslim friends have to learn how we use particular signs?  Rather it's prudent, when around Muslims, to have memorized all the ways they might intentionally misinterpret you …
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
 
 
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Jerome Starkey / The Independent:
Afghan leader accused of bid to ‘legalise rape’
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Party leaders stressed about Dodd
Ashley Broughton / CNN:
Aging Manson ‘family’ longs for freedom
Discussion: TalkLeft
Monique / HotMES:
Does this skirt make me look fat?
David Henderson / EconLog:
Obama Throws the F-Bomb
Discussion: Megan McArdle and Swords Crossed
Connie Llanos / L.A. Daily News:
Charter schools weathering the storm
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Michael Osinski / New York Magazine:
My Manhattan Project  —  How I helped build the bomb that blew up Wall Street.
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Experts: Obama needs to watch the gaffes
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
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:
Obama hits e-campaign trail
Discussion: The Hill and The New Ledger