Daily News Round-Up for March 31, 2009

MSNBC (USA)

The Republican National Committee is shedding more staff under newly elected Chairman Michael Steele’s tenure.

New Britain Herald (New Britain, CT)

Embattled Democratic U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd acknowledged Monday “that there are those who want my job 20 months from now, but that’s politics. It looks like it will be a mud-throwing campaign. I didn’t get elected to get re-elected. No one’s indispensable.”

The Hill’s Briefing Room Blog (Washington, DC)

Republican Jim Tedisco and Democrat Scott Murphy are both getting help from big name players in their parties who have cut robocalls to aid their GOTV efforts as today’s special election closes in.

The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, OK)

Rep. Tom Cole announced Monday that he won’t be among running for Governor.

Washington Post’s The Plum Line (Washington, DC)

Multiple Democratic strategists say the party plans to increasingly elevate Gov. Sarah Palin in the same manner it has employed Rush Limbaugh, using her high-visibility, her social conservatism, and memories of her harsh attacks on Obama during the campaign to tar the GOP.

Bloomberg News (USA)

President Barack Obama’s steps to force a restructuring by U.S. automakers drew a mixed reaction from members of Congress, with some Republicans criticizing the forced resignation of General Motors Corp. Chief Executive Richard Wagoner.

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