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4:20 PM ET, March 31, 2009

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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 …
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The Atlantic Online:
Netanyahu to Obama: Stop Iran—Or I Will  —  Ya'alon, a former army chief of staff who is slated to serve as Netanyahu's minister for strategic threats, dismissed the possibility of a revitalized peace process, telling me that “jihadists” interpret compromise as weakness.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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.
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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
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
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.
Paul Krugman:
Partying like it's 1931  —  I'm detecting a trend in commentary that I find slightly ominous.  Some of the economic news lately has been slightly better than expected, which was bound to happen at some point (on average, after all, half the news should be better than expected).
Discussion: Megan McArdle and AMERICAblog News
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.
Discussion: Eschaton, Wonkette and MoJo Blog Posts
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.
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
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
NY Daily News:
Discussion: Gothamist
Lauren Stanforth / Local politics:
Text message to wrong district  —  Democratic candidate Scott Murphy got an unexpected volunteer today, in the form of woman fuming about a text message she received this morning from Republican challenger Jim Tedisco's camp.  —  Niskayuna resident Clara Mehserle says she received a text message …
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.
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: The Impolitic and TalkLeft
Tom Loftus / Courier-Journal:
Bunning says his fund-raising is ‘lousy’  —  U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning said today that fundraising for his re-election campaign next year has been “lousy” so far.  —  But, in a conference call with reporters, he said that despite a slow start his efforts to raise money for his 2010 re-election campaign have improved recently.
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 …
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.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
YOUR WORLD IN GRAPHS: THE SENATE IS BROKEN EDITION.  —  Congressional expert Norm Ornstein's has a nice article arguing that the Senate is an increasingly broken and incapable institution.  It's anchored by this graph tracking the rise in filibusters over time.
Discussion: Think Progress
The Huffington Post:
“Economists Laid End To End”: Judging The Geithner Plan  —  “If all economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion” — George Bernard Shaw  —  Disagreements among the cadre of economists critical of the Obama administration's economic strategies have made it difficult …
Discussion: The New Republic
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
ANGELA MERKEL EXPLAINS WHY GERMANY WON'T COOPERATE ON STIMULUS.  —  The New York Times scored a useful interview where German Chancellor Angela Merkel lays out her opposition to increased stimulus spending at greater length.  In America, the consensus has been that Germans are simply irrationally afraid …
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Special Election in New York Is a Special Case  —  WASHINGTON — Voters in a House district in New York will elect a replacement on Tuesday for Kirsten E. Gillibrand, the Democrat tapped to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Senate after she became Secretary of State.
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
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Bailout watchdog: Treasury stonewalls  —  Elizabeth Warren, the law professor appointed as Congress's oversight czar on bank bailouts, blasted the Treasury Department — saying new legislation might be needed to give the House and Senate more access to details of the $700 billion rescue program.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Riehl World View
Rasmussen Reports:
88% Say It's Important To Keep The Dollar As America's Currency  —  Eighty-eight percent (88%) of Americans say it is important for the dollar to remain the currency of the United States, including 70% who say it is Very Important.  —  Only three percent (3%) say it is not at all important …
Fox News:
Taliban Chief Vows ‘Amazing’ Attack on Washington ‘Soon’  —  DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan — The commander of the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility Tuesday for a deadly assault on a Pakistani police academy and said the group was planning a terrorist attack on the White House that would “amaze” the world.
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: Marginal Revolution
Toby Harnden / Toby Harnden's blog listings:
“Slightly smaller than Oregon”: a White House briefing on Britain  —  So here's what the White House is telling American reporters - and by extension the American people - about Britain.  It's laid out in an inch-thick “press kit”, with the Seal of the President of the United States emblazoned on the cover …
Discussion: The Swamp
 
 
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Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Sebelius: Budget reconciliation on the table
Discussion: Townhall.com and Daily Kos
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Tedisco taking time off the trail
Discussion: TIME.com
Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
Rush: ‘If He Fails, America Is Saved.’
Discussion: Hot Air
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Bill O'Reilly's ‘Ambush Journalism’ in 87 seconds
Discussion: Think Progress and Salon
Patrick Ruffini / The Next Right:
The Right's Current Transformational Moment
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Quote of the campaign  —  CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. - We have an early nominee …
Discussion: The Swamp and Swing State Project
Dan Zak / Washington Post:
Rallying in the Name of the Unkindest Cut?
Discussion: Moonbattery
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BARONE DEFINES ‘NORMAL’.... Jon Chait had a great piece yesterday …
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