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10:10 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.
Kate Barrett / ABCNEWS:
Dr. Gupta Withdraws Name for Surgeon General  —  CNN Doctor Prefers to Stay at the Network, Leaving Another Unexpected Vacancy for Obama Team  —  Sanjay Gupta says he is no longer in the running to be the nation's next surgeon general, CNN reported today, as President Obama brought health care to center stage.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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 Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, has withdrawn his name from consideration as surgeon general of the United States, CNN confirmed Thursday.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: CBS News and TVNewser
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Gupta withdraws surgeon general bid
Discussion: Say Anything and Daily Kos
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
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   BMW/STEELE HARMONIC CONVERGENCE!
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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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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?”
Discussion: Firedoglake and Washington Post
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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
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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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.
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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.
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 …
Discussion: The Politico
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Daniel Wagner / Associated Press:
Treasury secretary's choice for deputy withdraws
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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: TPMDC and Salon
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
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
Pam Benson / CNN:
Senate starts inquiry into CIA interrogations  —  CNN National Security Producer  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Senate Intelligence Committee has launched a review of the Bush administration's controversial interrogation and detention program.  —  The purpose of the review is to fully understand …
Discussion: At-Largely
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Schumer Privately Tells White House He's Concerned About Freeman On Israel  —  Senator Charles Schumer has privately expressed concerns directly to White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel about Chas Freeman, the Obama administration's pick to head the group that prepares some of the intel community's …
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.
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: MyDD
Rasmussen Reports:
Minnesota Voters See Franken As Winner, Closely Divided Over Senate Race Revote  —  Forty-seven percent (47%) of Minnesota voters now believe Democrat Al Franken has been elected to the U.S. Senate in a race so close that it's been working its way through the state's court system for the last four months.
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Defense Contractors Gird for Fight  —  The F-22 Raptor is produced by Lockheed Martin, the largest American defense contractor.  (U.S. Air Force photo)  —  With President Obama's announcement Wednesday that he intends to attack wasteful Pentagon spending, one of the most powerful …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias, D-Day and Danger Room
 
 
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