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Todd Beeton / MyDD:
Reid To Cave To Bayh On Cram-Down?  —  Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed cram-down legislation designed to allow judges to write down the principal and interest on some mortgages to allow homeowners to stay in their homes, a goal that is a central pillar of President Obama's housing legislation.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Reid: Nuclear Option for Me But Not for Thee  —  At a briefing with reporters this morning, Harry Reid said that Republicans attempted to “ruin our country” when some tried to change Senate rules so that only a simple majority would be needed to confirm judges, a legislative maneuver dubbed the “nuclear option.”
Discussion: RedState and Fox News
Dan Friedman / National Journal Online:
Reid Might Drop Cram-Down Provision From Banking Bill  —  Senate Majority Leader Reid said today he would drop a cram-down provision from a House-passed banking bill if the language threatened to keep the Senate from passing the overall bill.  The provision would allow a bankruptcy judge to reduce a homeowner's mortgage principal.
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Harry Reid just called Chief Justice John Roberts a liar.
Discussion: Don Surber
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Pro-Life Democrat Harry Reid Says He Could Support Abortion Provision …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Corner
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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Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Conrad-Grassley Budget Sex Talk? Not.
Discussion: Hot Air and Democracy in America
Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Grassley: ‘Your Wife Said the Same Thing’
Discussion: Shakesville
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Judson Berger / Fox News:
Outspoken But Not Outmaneuvered, Rep. Bachmann Manages Her Candor  —  The Minnesota congresswoman has shown an uncanny knack for infuriating critics with her sometimes off-the-wall behavior and comments, all the while advancing her political career.  —  FOXNews.com
Discussion: Liberty Street
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Bachmann and Beck Double-Down on Currency Conspiracy Theory
Discussion: Alas, a blog
The Smoking Gun:
ShamWow Guy In Slap, Chop Bust  —  TV pitchman battered hooker in South Beach hotel room brawl  —  Meet Vince Shlomi.  He's probably better known to you as the ShamWow Guy, the ubiquitous television pitchman who has been phenomenally successful peddling absorbent towels and food choppers.
David Corn / MoJo Blog Posts: mojo:
Holbrooke Calls for “Complete Rethink” of Drugs in Afghanistan  —  This morning, after President Barack Obama unveiled his new Afghanistan policy, three senior administration officials held an on-the-record (but no cameras) briefing for White House reporters.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Daily Dish
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Economist:
Learning the hard way  —  Barack Obama may at last be getting a grip.  But he still needs to show more leadership, at home and abroad  —  HILLARY CLINTON'S most effective quip, in her long struggle with Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination last year, was that the Oval Office is no place for on-the-job training.
Discussion: The Corner and TIME.com
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Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Not Like We Didn't See this Coming  —  The Economist, which endorsed Barack Obama for president, is not pleased.  Empathizing with Hillary Clinton's warning that “the Oval Office is no place for on-the-job-training,” they conclude that his “performance has been weaker than those who endorsed his candidacy …
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
BREAKING: UPS Announces It Will Stop Advertising On Bill O'Reilly's Show  —  In response to our Stop Supporting The O'Reilly Harassment Machine campaign, UPS told us yesterday that it was investigating whether to continue supporting O'Reilly's show.  “We are sensitive to the type …
Eric Sundwall / Sundwall for Congress:
Campaign Statement  —  The decision of the Board of Election to remove my name from the ballot proves once again that the political system in New York is rigged by professionals to make sure that average citizens are excluded from the process.  While the two major parties could choose …
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Jeremy P. Jacobs / The Hill:
Dems' internal poll shows edge in N.Y. race
Irene Jay Liu / Capitol Confidential:
Sundwall endorses Murphy
Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
Kansas doctor acquitted in late-term abortion case  —  Dr. George Tiller was charged with violating a Kansas law that requires an independent second opinion on late-term abortions.  A six-person jury found Tiller not guilty on all 19 counts.  —  Reporting from Wichita …
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Associated Press:   Jury Finds Kan. Doctor Not Guilty in Abortion Case
Nick Gillespie / Reason:
Obama on Pot: Har Har Har, The Joke's On You!  —  At yesterday's super-excellent online intertubes Town Hall meeting, admitted pot user President Barack Obama drew his biggest laugh with his comments about legalizing marijuana: … Ha ha ha.  Very funny.  Not.  Especially given two recent developments.
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Other McCain
New York Post:
‘FAST’ FLARE-UP RATTLES CNBC  —  THERE was high drama at CNBC yesterday as “Fast Money” anchor Dylan Ratigan quit — sources say today will be his last day on-air — and an insider is blaming his battles with network big Susan Krakower.  —  Krakower — the VP for strategic programming …
Telegraph:
Women more attracted to men in expensive cars  —  Men who drive expensive cars really are more attractive to women, according to a study by university researchers.  —  Psychologists proved what car-dealers have boasted for generations the car one drives is key when it comes to turning a woman's head.
Discussion: Power Line and Reason
J. Justin Wilson / LaborPains.org:
“How do you spell hypocrisy?  S.E.I.U.”  —  “How do you spell hypocrisy?  SEIU!”  —  That was the chant today in front of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).  The SEIU “broke their union contract,” and laid off 75 unionized staff members.  Those workers picketed the union today …
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
David W. Dunlap / City Room:
The ‘Freedom Tower’ Name Roars Back  —  For more than a year, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey had been quietly backing away from the name “Freedom Tower” for 1 World Trade Center, not so much eliminating the coinage (by Gov. George E. Pataki) as lowering its profile.
Christian Lowe / Military.com:
Murtha Award Sparks Vet Outrage  —  In one of his last moves before leaving office March 13, then-Navy Secretary Donald Winter quietly awarded 19-term Democratic congressman John Murtha (Pa.) with the service's highest civilian honor.  —  Citing Murtha's “courageous leadership, vision …
Discussion: BLACKFIVE, Defense Tech, QandO and RedState
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.
 
 
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE RNC POLLS ITS SUPPORTERS.... The Republican National Committee …
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