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Boehner accuses Democrats of diverting attention to Rush Limbaugh and Chapman misses Bill Clinton. Plus: Is the Truth Commission kaput?

• Leading up to the April 2 world summit, the New York Times urges leaders of industrial nations to "quickly work on a plan to provide large-scale financial assistance to avert an economic catastrophe in the developing world."

• "If the Democrats are willing to bet the entire U.S. economy on a 1931 theory known as the Keynesian multiplier, surely Republicans can excavate and relearn the core idea handed down to them by Ronald Reagan," Daniel Henninger remarks.

 

David S. Broder is worried that President Obama hasn't filled enough positions to fully address the economic crisis.

Limbaugh's GOP Clout

• In the Washington Post, House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, accuses Democrats of trying to "divert attention toward radio host Rush Limbaugh, and away from a debate about our alternative solutions on the economy and the irresponsible spending binge they are presiding over."

• "Republican leaders need to pursue their own track in opposing Mr. Obama's policies, and not feel that their political standing or reputation is dependent on how they react to outside figures such as Mr. Limbaugh," John Fund concludes.

 

Margaret Carlson paints a grim picture for Republicans, examining people who could appear as their unofficial leader: Limbaugh or Newt Gingrich.

• The Wall Street Journal charges that Democrats have altered the definition of an earmark to disguise the ones they've included in the stimulus bill.

Bickering Over The Budget

• "Obama's big spending 2010 budget is filled with tax provisions that will stunt economic growth, job creation and new business formation," Donald Lambro fumes.

Roger Cohen is wary about parallels he sees between Obama's recent economic actions and those of France: "The $3.6 trillion Obama budget made me a little queasy. There is a touch of France in its 'etatisme' -- the state as all-embracing solution rather than problem."

 

• Obama's budget is making Steve Chapman miss the "cautious, centrist" policies of Bill Clinton.

• In the Wall Street Journal, Karl Rove charges that, in light Obama's budget, his campaign promise of change was proven to be just a "mirage."

Wall Street Woes

• When it comes to regulating Wall Street, David Ignatius thinks Obama should take notes not from Franklin D. Roosevelt, but Theodore Roosevelt.

• NPR's Dick Meyer is fed up with the blame game on Wall Street.

John Gapper documents the downward spiral of AIG, focusing on its former CEO, Hank Greenberg.

Scrutinizing Domestic Issues

• "Energy research is necessary but not sufficient to make real change." USA Today argues that "the indispensable piece of any serious plan is higher prices for fossil fuels, and with them there will be no lack of private investment."

• In an opposing view, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu counters that federal research is vital in leading the way on developing alternative energies.

E. J. Dionne Jr. suggests that Obama has "been waging a quiet, long-term campaign to ease the nation's divisions around religious and moral questions."

• "Not only does" Education Secretary Arne Duncan "aim to use stimulus dollars to drive reform, but" he "envisions this moment as the start of a historic opportunity to dramatically improve the education of children," the Washington Post acclaims.

• "Lately these unfairness bulletins [in the housing crisis] have been coming so fast and furious that there isn't time to get upset about all of them." Gail Collins maintains that "prioritization is essential."

• The Los Angeles Times weighs in on Proposition 8, the gay marriage ban, which the state' s Supreme Court considers today.

The Bush Conundrum

• "The truth about the Truth Commission is that opponents don't see it as much of a threat," Dana Milbank asserts, recounting a poorly attended hearing Wednesday. Obama "pretty much torpedoed the idea the same day" Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt, "introduced it."

• In an attempt to explain why the "dangerously bad legal memos" recently released regarding the Bush administration's executive power were taken as truth, Rosa Brooks draws parallels between George W. Bush and Adolf Hitler.

Foreign Affairs: The Hill's Take

• Arguing that Congress should have more power over foreign policy, George Will tells lawmakers they "must debate the new agreement with Iraq."

• Reacting to the news that the International Criminal Court recently issued its arrest warrant for Sudan's president, Nicholas D. Kristof insists that "Obama and other world leaders must respond immediately and decisively, in conjunction with as many non-Western nations as possible."

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