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9:35 AM ET, March 5, 2010

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Pentagon Shooter: Anti-Bush Nut Case and 9/11 Truther  —  There was a shooting just outside the Pentagon today, at a security checkpoint.  Two cops were injured; breaking reports say the suspect, J. Patrick Bedell, has died. … And Internet research shows that the guy was a 9/11 Truther and an anti-Bush nut case.
Washington Post:
Suspected gunman in Pentagon shooting acted alone, officials say  —  The California man who calmly opened fire on two police officers at an entrance to the Pentagon Thursday appears to have acted alone and was not connected to any terrorist plot, Pentagon police chief Richard S. Keevill said.
Steve Huff / mediaelites:
John Patrick Bedell's Gunfight With Pentagon Cops: Crazier …
Fox News:
2 Pentagon Police Officers Shot Outside D.C. Metro Station
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Rash of Scandals Tests Democrats at Sensitive Time  —  WASHINGTON — The ethical woes facing Democrats are piling up, with barely a day passing in recent weeks without headlines from Washington to New York and beyond filled with word of scandal or allegations of wrongdoing.
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David M. Herszenhorn / Prescriptions:
A House Democrat Reconsiders
Discussion: TPMDC and Prairie Weather
David M. Herszenhorn / Prescriptions:
For Many House Democrats, Cost Is the Concern
Discussion: New York Times
Dan Gerstein / Forbes:
Deaf To America  —  Why Democrats have lost the public's trust.
Washington Post:
Obama advisers set to recommend military tribunals for alleged 9/11 plotters  —  President Obama's advisers are nearing a recommendation that Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, be prosecuted in a military tribunal, administration officials said …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Obama to Progressives: 31 Million People—And My Presidency—Are On The Line If Health Care Fails  —  President Obama's message to progressives who are dissatisfied with the Senate health care bill is two fold: First: Don't forget about the uninsured.  Second: Don't forget what failure to pass …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Obama Tells Liberals Public Option Doesn't Have Votes  —  * In a private meeting at the White House this afternoon, Obama told a roomful of House Dems he doesn't think the votes are there to pass the public option, and urged them to take the long view and to support the Senate bill as merely …
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Obama says public option doesn't have votes, but thanks progressives …
Discussion: TalkLeft, The Hill and TPMDC
Jason Tuohey / Boston Globe:
Delahunt will not seek reelection  —  William Delahunt in his Quincy office.  (Bill Greene / Globe Staff)  —  By Susan Milligan, Globe Staff  —  WASHINGTON — Representative William Delahunt will not seek re-election to Congress, the seven-term Democrat will announce tomorrow …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Bill Delahunt won't run again
Discussion: Don Surber
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RADAR:
EXCLUSIVE: U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Considering Stepping Down
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Keep'n It Foxy  —  Proud day for CNN.  See the chyron about right-wing complaints about the Obama Department of Justice ...
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Wal-Mart Hippies  —  About 40 years ago, a social movement arose to destroy the establishment.  The people we loosely call the New Left wanted to take on The Man, return power to the people, upend the elites and lead a revolution.  —  Today, another social movement has arisen.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Senator Bunning's Universe  —  So the Bunning blockade is over.  For days, Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky exploited Senate rules to block a one-month extension of unemployment benefits.  In the end, he gave in, although not soon enough to prevent an interruption of payments to around 100,000 workers.
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Michelle Malkin:
Question of the day: Does the GOP have enough balls?
Discussion: Riehl World View and Power Line
Peter Grier / Christian Science Monitor:
Sander Levin, chair of Ways and Means, forms powerful brother duo  —  Sander Levin is now part of one of the most powerful brother acts in Washington since the Kennedys.  He was named the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Thursday.  His brother, Carl, is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Discussion: The Daily Politics and Truthdig
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New York Times:
Michigan Lawmaker Steps Up at Ways and Means
Discussion: The Politico
John Hooper / Guardian:
Vatican hit by gay sex scandal  —  Vatican chorister sacked for allegedly procuring male prostitutes for papal gentleman-in-waiting  —  The Vatican was today rocked by a sex scandal reaching into Pope Benedict's household after a chorister was sacked for allegedly procuring male prostitutes for a papal gentleman-in-waiting.
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Closing of Rest Stops Stirs Anger in Arizona  —  PHOENIX — The people of Arizona kept their upper lips stiff when officials mortgaged off the state's executive office tower and a “Daily Show” crew rolled into town to chronicle the transaction in mocking tones.  They remained calm as lawmakers pondered privatizing death row.
Charmaine Yoest / Wall Street Journal:
Abortion and the Health Bill  —  There is no middle ground.  Either taxpayers will fund it or they won't.  —  It's now becoming clear that Barack Obama is willing to put everything on the table in order to be the president who passes health-care reform.  Everything, that is, except a ban on federal funding for abortion.
Discussion: Commentary and Washington Post
Wall Street Journal:
What a Disaster Looks Like  —  ObamaCare will have been a colossal waste of time—if we're lucky.  —  It is now exactly a year since President Obama unveiled his health care push and his decision to devote his inaugural year to it—his branding year, his first, vivid year.  —  What a disaster it has been.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
MANUFACTURED CONTROVERSY OF THE DAY.... Oh please. … Rep. Matheson's spokesperson called the question “patently ridiculous.”  A White House official called the question “absurd.”  There's no reason in the world to think the Scott Matheson nomination is based on anything …
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