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3:50 PM ET, April 4, 2009


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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Larry Summers, Tim Geithner and Wall Street's ownership of government  —  White House officials yesterday released their personal financial disclosure forms, and included in the millions of dollars which top Obama economics adviser Larry Summers made from Wall Street in 2008 is this detail:
The Huffington Post:
Summers Received Hundreds Of Thousands In Speaking Fees From TARP Recipients  —  Barack Obama's chief economic adviser, Larry Summers, received hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaking fees last year from firms that have direct financial interests before the government or are intimately involved …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Financial Industry Paid Millions to Obama Aide
Discussion: On Deadline, TPMCafe and The Politico
Washington Post:   White House Economics Aide Summers Discloses Income
Alamgir Bitani / Reuters:
Pakistani Taliban chief claims U.S. shooting  —  PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani Taliban militant leader Baituallah Mehsud claimed on Saturday responsibility for an attack on a U.S. immigration center in New York state in which 13 people were killed.  —  “I accept responsibility.
Discussion: RedState, BBC and alicublog
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Pitchforks and Pistols  —  Lately I've been consuming as much conservative media as possible (interspersed with shots of Pepto-Bismol) to get a better sense of the mind and mood of the right.  My read: They're apocalyptic.  They feel isolated, angry, betrayed and besieged.
NY Daily News:
Who is Jiverly Voong?  Conflicting picture of Binghamton gunman emerges  —  The maniac who shot 13 people dead in a Binghamton immigration center before killing himself was described Friday as an angry loner who loved guns, hated America and talked about assassinating the President.
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Binghamton Gunman Felt “Degraded And Disrespcted”  —  Vietnamese immigrant Jiverly Voong was angry about poor language skills and lack of job prospects.  Police Chief Joseph Zikusky of Binghamton says he felt “degraded and disrespected” because of his poor English.
Discussion: Don Surber
Jan Hoffman / New York Times:
Commoner Captures Princess, Blog Version  —  CONSIDER the erotic potential between blogger and commenters.  —  The blogger is boss, a salon host with wit and whip.  Certainly a blogger thrives on commenters — who wants to declaim to an empty e-room?  But let's be clear: blogger, sovereign; commenters, courtiers.
Discussion: Gawker and Unfogged
Associated Press:
NATO leaders pick over new secretary-general  —  STRASBOURG, France - NATO leaders appointed Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen as NATO's new secretary-general Saturday after overcoming Turkish objections to a leader who angered Muslims around the world by supporting the right to caricature the Prophet Muhammad.
Discussion: The TrogloPundit and Jihad Watch
CNN:   Obama lauds NATO allies for Afghanistan support
Matthew Syed / Times of London:
Barack Obama fails to win Nato troops he wants for Afghanistan
George Bisharat / New York Times:
Israel on Trial  —  CHILLING testimony by Israeli soldiers substantiates charges that Israel's Gaza Strip assault entailed grave violations of international law.  The emergence of a predominantly right-wing, nationalist government in Israel suggests that there may be more violations to come.
Discussion: Commentary and TPMCafe
Washington Post:
Gates Planning Major Changes in Defense Programs, Budget  —  Proposal Said to Move Focus To Counterinsurgency Efforts  —  Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is expected to announce on Monday the restructuring of several dozen major defense programs as part of the Obama administration's bid …
Washington Post:
Administration Seeks an Out On Bailout Rules for Firms  —  Officials Worry Constraints Set by Congress Deter Participation  —  The Obama administration is engineering its new bailout initiatives in a way that it believes will allow firms benefiting from the programs to avoid restrictions imposed …
Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
Obama, Going Along to Get Along  —  Barack Obama has proved in the past few days that he can work smoothly and productively with a wide range of foreign leaders — provided that he allows them to set the agenda.  —  The president's whirl of bilateral and multilateral meetings in London …
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Times Co. Said to Consider Closing Boston Globe  —  The New York Times Company has threatened to close The Boston Globe unless labor unions agree to concessions like pay cuts and the cessation of pension contributions, according to a person briefed on the talks.
Boston Globe:
Times co. threatens to shut down Globe
Discussion: The Politico, Gawker and PoliGazette
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Rod Nordland / New York Times:
Ex-Blackwater Workers May Return to Iraq Jobs
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Commentary
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Release of sex offenders delayed
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Obama in Europe: overtures to ovations
Discussion: European Tribune
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
U.S to Lift Some Curbs on Travel to Cuba
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and D-Day
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