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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Reid: Roberts 'didn't tell us the truth'  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Friday that John Roberts misled the Senate during his confirmation hearings by pretending to be a moderate - and that the United States is now “stuck” with him as chief justice.
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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Reid to liberals: Back off  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Friday that liberal groups targeting moderate Democrats with ads should back off, saying pressure from the left wing of his party won't be helpful to enacting legislation.  —  “I think it's very unwise and not helpful,” Reid said Friday morning.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Pro-Life Democrat Harry Reid Says He Could Support Abortion Provision in Health-Care Bill  —  At a breakfast meeting with reporters sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor this morning, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that he could vote for a health care bill that included insurance coverage for abortion.
Discussion: Hot Air
The Huffington Post:
Senators Get Nasty: “You're Good” ... “Your Wife Said The Same Thing” (VIDEO)  —  Marking up budget legislation can be a brutal affair, often beginning early and lasting long into the night.  —  But buried within the hours of debate in the Senate on Thursday is an exchange you'd be more likely …
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Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Grassley: ‘Your Wife Said the Same Thing’  —  Priceless.  Chuck Grassley gets Kent Conrad good at Thursday's Senate Budget Committee markup. … Courtesy of the C-SPAN Video Library.
Jeremy P. Jacobs / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Senate smack talking
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Touting Her Currency Conspiracy, Bachmann Insists: ‘This Is Not Michele Bachmann Being A Kook’  —  Earlier this week, right-wing fanatic Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) started peddling false conspiracy theories that the world was moving toward a unified global currency — and that the U.S. might join …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Bachmann and Beck Double-Down on Currency Conspiracy Theory  —  Michele Bachmann was recently on Glenn Beck's radio show, so that two of the right-wing's most prominent nutters could talk, inaccurately, about currency issues: … Here, for once, Beck is on the money.
Discussion: Alas, a blog
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Bachmann Blasts Obama's “Economic Marxism,” Calls For “Orderly Revolution” To Save Freedom  —  Wow.  Just plain wow.  This past Wednesday, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) appeared on Sean Hannity's radio show, and sharply reiterated her calls for revolution in America, warning against the imminent dangers of tyranny under Barack Obama:
The New Republic:
What Obama Couldn't Say About Af-Pak  —  The good news about Barack Obama's new Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy is that it exists at all.  After years of neglect under the Bush administration, Obama, and extremely capable deputies like Richard Holbrooke, are focused intently on the alarming nexus …
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New York Times:
Obama Sets New Afghan Strategy
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Obama: Taliban and al-Qaida must be stopped
Discussion: TIME.com
Michaelscherer / Swampland:
Obama Goes To War
Discussion: The Reaction and Danger Room
New York Times:
Obama Unveils Afghan Plan to Add Troops and Set Goals
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Obama widens war against al-Qaida in Afghanistan
Jamison Foser / Media Matters:
Gibbs ridicules media's teleprompter obsession  —  Washington Post reporter Lois Romano interviews White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs:
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Market Mystique  —  On Monday, Lawrence Summers, the head of the National Economic Council, responded to criticisms of the Obama administration's plan to subsidize private purchases of toxic assets.  “I don't know of any economist,” he declared, “who doesn't believe that better functioning capital markets …
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Irene Jay Liu / Capitol Confidential:
Sundwall endorses Murphy  —  Libertarian congressional candidate Eric Sundwall has endorsed Democrat Scott Murphy.  —  In a letter to supporters posted on his campaign website, Sundwall writes, in part:  —  Faced with the prospect of spending much of the rest of campaign on the witness stand …
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Jeremy P. Jacobs / The Hill:
Dems' internal poll shows edge in N.Y. race
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
Conservatives embrace the Snuggie  —  “Never let it be said that conservatives and libertarians have no sense of humor,” says Americans for Tax Reform's Derek Hunter, who's been doing his best to photograph fellow conservatives sporting the trend of the moment: the Snuggie.
New York Times:
As New Lawyer, Senator Was Active in Tobacco's Defense  —  The Philip Morris Company did not like to talk about what went on inside its lab in Cologne, Germany, where researchers secretly conducted experiments exploring the effects of cigarette smoking.  —  So when the Justice Department tried …
Michael Yon:
Obama on Afghanistan: Disappointing  —  27 March 2009  —  President Obama has just spoken on AfPak.  I closed my eyes and listened closely to his words, coming via the BBC from the other side of the world.  —  The President's words were disappointing.  He talked about our goal to reach …
Discussion: TigerHawk
Jason Noble / Kansas City Star:
Missouri Highway Patrol retracts controversial report on militia activity  —  The Missouri Highway Patrol this week retracted a controversial report on militia activity and will change how such reports are reviewed before being distributed to law enforcement agencies.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
GOP Leadership Rivals Throw Mike Pence Under the Bus  —  I've seen a lot of people link to this Glenn Thrush Politico item, but I have a slightly different take on it: … To me the salient point here is that Pence's spokesman is almost certainly telling the truth here …
Michael J. Totten:
Baghdad in Fragments  —  Many third world cities look better at night than during the day.  Darkness hides shabbiness.  You have to imagine what the city actually looks like.  If you live in a first world city yourself, you might fill in the blanks with what you're familiar with.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Pajamas Media
John Cook / Gawker:
Sarah Palin Adviser's Secret Scientology Plot to Take Over Washington  —  John Coale, currently advising Sarah Palin on running for president in 2012, is a Scientologist.  And according to a memo obtained by Gawker, Coale once plotted to use friendly politicians to advance the power-hungry cult's agenda.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
A Target-Rich Environment  —  Karl Rove made a habit of employing this strategy in the salad days of the Bush revolution: draw out the more voluble, more controversial, more trigger-happy Democratic voices and use them reductively, cutting off more legitimate debate with more legitimate Democrats.
Lionel / The Huffington Post:
God Bless Bill Maher  —  And now, the award for best critical thinking by a television news commentator.  The nominees are (Drumroll): Bill Maher . . . and that's the only nominee.  He wins.  —  I watched Mr. Maher this weekend (March 20) on HBO's “Real Time with Bill Maher.”
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Byron York / www.washingtonexaminer.com:
On Spending and the Deficit, McCain Was Right  —  Barack Obama used to get very upset about federal budget deficits.  Denouncing an “orgy of spending and enormous deficits,” he turned to John McCain during their presidential debates last fall and said, “We have had, over the last eight years …
Associated Press:
Jury Finds Kan. Doctor Not Guilty in Abortion Case  —  WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — One of the nation's few late-term abortion providers was acquitted Friday of misdemeanor charges stemming from procedures he performed, but moments after the verdict was announced the state's medical board announced …
Wall Street Journal:
National Health Preview  —  The Massachusetts debacle, coming soon to your neighborhood.  —  Praise Mitt Romney.  Three years ago, the former Massachusetts Governor had the inadvertent good sense to create the “universal” health-care program that the White House and Congress now want to inflict on the entire country.
Discussion: NCPA
Timothy Wilson / Washington Post:
Slow Boil Over Egg Roll Tickets on Web  —  Maybe we should go back to standing in line.  —  The White House's Internet distribution of tickets to this year's Easter Egg Roll appears to have begun with a splat.  —  Yesterday's release of tickets online in batches produced …
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
When Stars Twitter, a Ghost May Be Lurking  —  The rapper 50 Cent is among the legion of stars who have recently embraced Twitter to reach fans who crave near-continuous access to their lives and thoughts.  On March 1, he shared this insight with the more than 200,000 people who follow him …
 
 
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Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Exec says Coleman donor ordered $100K payments
Discussion: Gawker, TPMDC and TIME.com
Colm Heatley / Irish Independent News …:
Economy shrinks 7.5% as home construction declines
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
Clash of Subways and Car Culture in Chinese Cities
Discussion: The Bellows
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
For Holder, a Second - and Symbolic - Swearing In
Discussion: ACSBlog and TIME.com
David Catanese / KY3 Political Notebook:
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Paul Krugman:
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Why Not Arbitrary Limits on Executive Pay?
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