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5:50 AM ET, April 3, 2009


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Scott / Power Line:
Why is this man bowing?  —  The caption on the photo above reads: … What's wrong with this picture?  Americans do not bow to royalty.  In my view, when the royal is the ruling tyrant of a despotic regime, the wrong is compounded.  Putting aside the breach of American protocol …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and TigerHawk
Clarice Feldman / American Thinker:
Obama bows down to Saudi King (updated)  —  I am quite certain that this is not the protocol, and is most unbecoming a President of the United States.  —  Update: See Miss Manners on the protocol.  Americans do not bow to foreign monarchs because that act signified the monarch's power over his subjects.
Michelle Malkin:
Video: Obama's deep bow to the Saudi king  —  I have expressed my disgust many times over the years with the Bush administration's kowtowing to Saudi Arabia.  That notorious image of Bush holding hands with Saudi royalty in 2005 and doing sword dances with Wahabbists in 2008 sparked outrage on both the left and the right.
Chicago Breaking News:
Blagojevich, his brother, top aides indicted  —  Federal prosecutors expanded their case against former Gov. Rod Blagojevich today in an indictment that drew more of his closest aides into the scandal and adds new schemes to the list of charges against him: Pocketing money funneled through his wife through a phony real estate job.
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:   Blagojevich, brother indicted
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Weekly Standard
Jimmy Vielkind / Politicker NY:
Tedisco Now Leading By 12  —  As of 4:30 p.m. on April 2.  —  ALBANY—Now it's Tedisco by 12!  —  As voting machines are re-canvassed, Assembly Minority Leader Jim Tedisco has picked up 37 votes, evaporating Democrat Scott Murphy's lead in the race to replace Kirsten Gillibrand in Congress …
Hans A. von Spakovsky / The Corner:   The Shameful Disenfranchisement of the Military in New York's Congressional Race
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Murphy Lead Down to 6 Votes in NY-20
Discussion: TPMDC
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Congress Approves Budget  —  $3.5 Trillion Spending Plan Paves Way for Obama Goals  —  Congressional Democrats overwhelmingly embraced President Obama's ambitious and expensive agenda for the nation yesterday, endorsing a $3.5 trillion spending plan that sets the stage for the president to pursue his most far-reaching priorities.
Wall Street Journal:
House Passes Obama's Budget
Discussion: Washington Post and RedState
Senate follows House, passes Obama budget
Discussion: Truthdig
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Budgets Approved, With No G.O.P. Votes
Discussion: Truthdig and The Caucus
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin calls for Begich's resignation  —  Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) called on Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska ) Thursday to step down from his seat and run in a special election in the wake of the Justice Department's decision to drop corruption charges against former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska).
Erika Bolstad / Anchorage Daily News:
Palin, Ruedrich call for Begich resignation  —  WASHINGTON — The head of the Alaska Republican Party today called on Sen. Mark Begich to step down from the U.S. Senate, saying that the state's voters would have re-elected former Sen. Ted Stevens had they known the U.S Department of Justice would abandon its prosecution of him.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Ian Katz / Bloomberg:
FASB Eases Fair-Value Rules Amid Lawmaker Pressure  —  The Financial Accounting Standards Board, pressured by U.S. lawmakers and financial companies, voted to relax fair-value accounting rules that Citigroup Inc. and Wells Fargo & Co. say don't work when markets are inactive.
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Obama's Star Turn at Summit Gets Mixed Results  —  LONDON — In his debut on the international stage, President Obama presented himself as the leader of an America that can no longer go it alone, and as abiding by the protocol of a global new deal.  —  It was a performance that ranged …
Financial Times:
Bailed-out banks eye toxic asset buys  —  By Francesco Guerrera in New York and Krishna Guha in Washington  —  US banks that have received government aid, including Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan Chase, are considering buying toxic assets to be sold by rivals under …
Discussion: Clusterstock and naked capitalism
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Should Norm Coleman Concede?  —  In the two days since a three judge state panel handed Norm Coleman a major setback in his election contest against entertainer Al Franken (D) the former Minnesota senator has made clear that he has no plans to declare defeat anytime soon.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Terry McAuliffe not laughing at Huckabee joke  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Terry McAuliffe, the jovial former chairman of the Democratic National Committee now running for governor in Virginia, is not laughing at one of Mike Huckabee's jokes.  —  During a recent appearance on behalf of Bob McDonnell …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hot Air
New York Times:
Jury Says Professor Was Wrongly Fired  —  DENVER — A jury ruled Thursday that Ward L. Churchill, a former University of Colorado professor who drew national attention for an essay in which he called some victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks “little Eichmanns,” was wrongfully terminated.
Valentine Low / Times of London:
Queen and Michelle Obama - the story behind a touching moment  —  G20: live blog |  Analysis: summit brinkmanship|  Interactive map and G20 background |  How G20 works |  Blog: who's missing from the family photo?  Video: The Queen meets her 11th President
New York Times:
Immigration Agency's Revised List of Deaths in Custody  —  The document that follows, “List of Detainee Deaths since October 2003,” is the government's latest account of deaths in immigration detention, through Feb. 7, 2009.  Compiled by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and obtained …
David M. Halbfinger / City Room:
Paterson Bids Rush Limbaugh Farewell  —  Rush Limbaugh is fed up with taxes in New York and with Gov. David A. Paterson in particular.  The radio talk-show host denounced the so-called millionaires' tax in the new state budget and then announced on the air this week that he would be packing up and leaving town.
Christopher Hayes / The Nation:
Pulp Nonfiction  —  Two years in Washington have started to make me feel jaded.  I've come to expect that even nobly conceived laws will be manipulated and distorted for private ends.  But once in a while I hear a story that gives me the queasy feeling that I'm nowhere near cynical enough.
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
Too Absurd to Be Real?  —  PJ O'Rourke, The Weekly Standard, Febuary 9, 2009: The next great government crusade will be against soap.  The president will appoint a Blue Ribbon Commission, which will determine that soap releases polluting grime into the ecosystem, leads to aquifer depletion …
Discussion: TigerHawk
David Brown / Times of London:
Dignitas founder plans assisted suicide of healthy woman  —  The founder of the Swiss assistedsuicide clinic Dignitas was criticised yesterday after revealing plans to help a healthy woman to die alongside her terminally ill husband.  —  Ludwig Minelli described suicide as a “marvellous opportunity” …
Now! Hampshire:
Shea-Porter Staff Seeks “Refuge” from Tea Bag  —  Taxpayer tea parties have rattled some politicians in Washington, as thousands have gathered in cities across America to object to President Obama's spending policies.  But no politician was rattled as severely as the staff of Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) was yesterday.
Discussion: Hot Air and Riehl World View
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
China's Dollar Trap  —  Back in the early stages of the financial crisis, wags joked that our trade with China had turned out to be fair and balanced after all: They sold us poison toys and tainted seafood; we sold them fraudulent securities.  —  But these days, both sides of that deal are breaking down.
John Hempton / Bronte Capital:
A little bit of careful thinking - and why Krugman's despair is misplaced  —  I am not an economics academic.  I gave that game away for the lure of lucre and funds management.  But this job throws up more than a few ideas for publishable economics papers - whereas when I was a student I was desperately short good ideas.
Jeremy Page / Times of London:
Video: radicals beat girl, 17, in Islamic stronghold of Swat, Pakistan  —  This grainy footage appears to show a 17-year-old girl being beaten by Islamic radicals in Pakistan's northwestern region of Swat, where Sharia law was introduced after the government reached a truce with the Taleban in February.
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Discussion: The BLT
Christopher S. Rugaber / Associated Press:
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Totus / Barack Obama's Teleprompter's Blog:
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Discussion: Moe Lane
Joe Klein / Time:
Why Legalizing Marijuana Makes Sense
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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 Earlier Items: 
Terry Frieden / CNN:
Deadline nears for release of ‘torture documents’
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Powell: I Don't Know Whether Torture ‘Would Be Considered Criminal’
Discussion: Hullabaloo
James Hamilton / Econbrowser:
Causes of the Oil Shock of 2007-08
Discussion: Salon and TigerHawk