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1:15 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.
The Hill:
President Obama's auto plan throws lawmakers
Russell Roberts / Cafe Hayek:
The man of system will now fix the auto industry
Discussion: The Foundry
Greg Gordon / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Wagoner's pension secure as GM's workers could be hit
Discussion: The Mahablog and Prairie Weather
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.
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 …
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Byron York / www.washingtonexaminer.com:
Beyond AIG: A Bill to let Big Government Set Your Salary  —  It was nearly two weeks ago that the House of Representatives, acting in a near-frenzy after the disclosure of bonuses paid to executives of AIG, passed a bill that would impose a 90 percent retroactive tax on those bonuses.
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.
Discussion: PoliBlog
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Michael Schwirtz / New York Times:   Staying Put on Earth, Taking a Step to Mars
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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.
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?
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.
Discussion: The Caucus
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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, RedState and ProPublica
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 Making Light
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 TalkLeft
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 …
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: The Swamp
BBC:
France threatens G20 walkout  —  France will walk away from this week's G20 summit if its demands for stricter financial regulation are not met, the finance minister has told the BBC.  —  Christine Lagarde told HardTalk that President Sarkozy would not sign any agreement if he felt “the deliverables are not there”.
 
 
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Matthews: Palin like a “mail-order bride”
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Moe Lane
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BARONE DEFINES ‘NORMAL’.... Jon Chait had a great piece yesterday …
Discussion: The Nation and The New Republic
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Ben Nelson: a help or a hurdle?
Discussion: LaborPains.org
The Politico:
Obama, the nation's CEO
Betsy Rothstein / The Hill:
Gingrich becomes a Catholic, then dines at Café Milano
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Urges Sudan to Allow Aid Groups Back Into the Country
Discussion: TIME.com
Caitlin Taylor / The Note:
Kennedy chairs HHS hearing
Discussion: The Politico and Ben Smith's Blog
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