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8:30 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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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 …
Tomoeh Murakami Tse / Washington Post:
Hard Line on Auto Aid Puts Bailed-Out Firms on Notice  —  GM Ouster and Bankruptcy Warning Resonate at Banks  —  After ousting General Motors' chief executive, President Obama warned Monday that bankruptcy may be unavoidable for two American automotive giants.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, Time and TIME.com
Wall Street Journal:
Detroit's Fate Sealed in West Wing
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
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 …
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?
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
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 …
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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William Glaberson / New York Times:
U.S. Decides to Release Detainee at Guantánamo
Discussion: TalkLeft
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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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 …
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
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 …
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Time:
How Israel Foiled an Arms Convoy Bound for Hamas  —  Israeli fighter-bombers, backed by unmanned drones, were responsible for a mid-January attack on a 23-truck convoy in the Sudanese desert carrying arms to Hamas militants, two highly-placed Israeli security sources revealed to TIME.
Discussion: Reuters and Israel Matzav
 
 
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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
Albert R. Hunt / Bloomberg:
Geithner Will Outlast AIG Outrage, Public Pounding: Albert Hunt
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Michael Osinski / New York Magazine:
My Manhattan Project  —  How I helped build the bomb that blew up Wall Street.
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 New Ledger
Janet Daley / Telegraph:
G20: If capitalism is ‘overthrown’ we'll lose our political freedom
Discussion: No Sheeples Here!
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Catholics Similar to Mainstream on Abortion, Stem Cells
Discussion: The Swamp and Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
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
The Daily Politics:
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Divided on Treasury Secretary Geithner