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11:45 PM ET, March 5, 2009

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Washington Post:
Gupta Steps Aside  —  Updated 7: 24 p.m.  —  Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, has told network officials will not leave his television career to become the U.S. Surgeon General, according to sources familiar with his decision.  —  Gupta, who had been described …
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CNN:
Poll: Do Americans want government health care reform?  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - As President Barack Obama hosts a Thursday summit at the White House on health care reform, recent national polling suggests that nearly three out of four Americans support government programs to improve the country's health care system.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THE BANALITY OF PROGRESS.  —  The speech ended.  “Let's get to work,” the President said.  The attendees — a mixture of congressmen, advocates, stakeholders, and analysts — filed down the long hall to their breakout sessions.  Another reporter turned to me.  “What did you think of the speech?”
CNN:
Gupta opts out of surgeon general consideration  —  (CNN) — Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, has withdrawn his name from consideration as surgeon general of the United States, CNN confirmed Thursday.  —  Sources said in January that Gupta met then-President-elect Obama in Chicago …
Judson Berger / Fox News:
Sanjay Gupta Could Be Out of the Running for Surgeon General
Discussion: TVNewser and CBS News
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Gupta withdraws surgeon general bid
Discussion: Say Anything
Cyrus / E-Voter Institute:
RNC-YA  —  Washington, DC — Two years ago I left a prominent technology company in Silicon Valley to join the Republican National Committee as e-campaign director to elect the next Republican president.  We lost, but there was more than a software glitch that contributed to our November 2008 defeat.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Reid Wilson / The Hill:
RNC member calls on Steele to quit  —  Michael Steele should resign as Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman, according to a committee member from North Carolina.  —  In an e-mail to fellow RNC members obtained by The Hill, Dr. Ada Fisher, North Carolina's national committeewoman …
THE WEEK News & Opinion:
The Limbaugh schism  —  For conservatives, the news of the week …
Discussion: MyDD
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama's safety net: the TelePrompter  —  President Barack Obama doesn't go anywhere without his TelePrompter.  —  The textbook-sized panes of glass holding the president's prepared remarks follow him wherever he speaks.  —  Resting on top of a tall, narrow pole, they flank his podium during speeches …
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Sticks to the Script
Discussion: Snapped Shot and Wonkette
Jim Cramer / Mainstreet.com:
My Response To The White House  —  When I come to work each day, whether as a commentator for TheStreet.com or a host of Mad Money With Jim Cramer, I have only one thought in mind: helping people with their money.  —  I fight to help viewers and readers make and preserve capital.
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Deborah Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
Top Treasury Candidates Pull Out  —  Nazareth, Atkinson Decline to Endure Vetting Process, Adding to Geithner's Strain  —  WASHINGTON — Two candidates for top jobs at the Treasury have withdrawn their names from consideration, complicating already troubled efforts by Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner …
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Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Bill Seeks $500 Billion for FDIC Fund
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Daily Pundit
Daniel Wagner / Associated Press:
Treasury secretary's choice for deputy withdraws
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Los Angeles Times:
California Supreme Court signals mixed response to Proposition 8  —  As foes and supporters of the gay-marriage ban argue before the court, the justices appear ready to uphold the ban, but they also sound reluctant to invalidate same-sex marriages already performed.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama the Cheapskate: 25 DVDs for Gordon Brown?  —  The British have begun to worry about the “special relationship” in the Anglosphere since the election of Barack Obama.  First, the visit from Gordon Brown failed to get the usual Rose Garden joint-presser treatment from the White House this week.
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Michael Gove / Times of London:
First Lady Michelle Obama shows even she has a gift for the gaffe  —  It was all going so well.  The dresses, the brains, the Vogue cover shoot - everything so far about Michelle Obama has left us wide-mouthed in admiration.  It seemed there was no end to her fabulousness.  Then Mr and Mrs Brown came to stay.
Think Progress:
Bachmann: GOP Must ‘Do Everything We Can To Thwart’ Obama From Securing ‘A Power Base...For All Time’  —  Conservative talker Bill Bennett interviewed Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) on his radio show this morning.  During the interview, Bennett asked, “Why [is Obama siding] …
Discussion: PoliGazette and TPMDC
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Obama Vows to End Stalemate on Health Care Policy  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama said on Thursday that though “special interests” and “industry lobbying” had blocked improvements in the health care system for decades, he vowed to end the stalemate this year and ensure that all Americans have access to affordable health care.
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Karen Tumulty / Swampland:
How the Health Care Crisis Hit Home for My Family
Discussion: Time, Wonk Room, The Treatment and USA Today
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Toomey to challenge Specter again  —  Former Rep. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) will challenge Sen. Arlen Specter in a primary for the second straight cycle, according to Pennsylvania GOP sources.  —  The Allentown Morning Call reported Thursday that two friends of Toomey's have said the Club for Growth chief has decided to enter the race.
Discussion: RedState, TPMDC and MyDD
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Josh Drobnyk / Pennsylvania Ave.:   Toomey tells friends Senate run is on
Amy Hoak / Wall Street Journal:
Delinquent Mortgages Hit Record Level  —  More Americans struggled to pay their mortgage bills in the fourth quarter of 2008.  A record 5.4 million U.S. homeowners with a mortgage, or nearly 12%, were either behind on payments or in foreclosure at the end of last year, according to an industry survey.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Elliot Blair Smith / Bloomberg:   Bank Charges May Surge as Mortgages Marked to Market
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Obama Preferred Over Reagan — In Fox News Poll  —  Are we still a center-right nation, as many Republicans continue to insist?  And can the GOP revive itself through a return to the spirit of Ronald Reagan, as Rush Limbaugh has said?  —  Check out this question from the new Fox News poll …
Discussion: The Plum Line and The Impolitic
RushLimbaugh.com:
Thanks to All of Our Defenders  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: Rush Limbaugh, on a roll.  The Last Man Standing.  Defending conservatism against the onslaught — happily, by the way.  —  I want to take a moment here and thank some people who this week have come to my defense …
Discussion: Power Line
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Military-Industrial Complex Planning to Use Taxpayer Dollars to Lobby for Waste  —  Spencer Ackerman reports on defense contractors gearing up for battle with the Obama administration: … Note that “the services' legislative outreach and public-affairs offices” are technically part of the United States government.
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Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Defense Contractors Gird for Fight
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Danger Room
Megan McArdle:
GM is toast  —  After today's annual report, I don't think there's any question of GM's staying out of bankruptcy.  The company's revenue fell from $180 billion in 2007 to $149 billion in 2008, with the worst crash in the fourth quarter.  Car sales have continued to plunge into the new year.
Discussion: Marginal Revolution and Jay Currie
Mary Lu Carnevale / Washington Wire:
MoveOn.org Switches Its Role  —  Susan Davis reports on politics.  —  MoveOn.org is changing the way it does business.  For much of its decade-long existence the liberal activist group has defined itself by opposing certain elected officials, actions or legislation.
 
 
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Washington Post:
OUTSPOKEN: A Conversation With James K. Glassman
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Jerusalem Post:
‘Israel seriously mulling Iran military action’
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Pam Benson / CNN:
Senate starts inquiry into CIA interrogations
Discussion: At-Largely
Arjun Jaikumar aka brownsox / Daily Kos:
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Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
NewsBusters Exposes Pro-Obama “Political Brainwashing” …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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Tim Graham / NewsBusters.org:
D.L. Hughley Gets Ugly on Nazi GOP: CNN Boss Jon Klein Told …
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