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7:55 PM ET, March 5, 2009

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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 …
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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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   BMW/STEELE HARMONIC CONVERGENCE!
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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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 …
Tahman Bradley / Political Punch:
Obama Hosts Bipartisan ‘Timeout’ Dinner at White House
Discussion: White House Watch
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
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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.
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Obama Vows to End Stalemate on Health Care Policy
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 …
Discussion: Think Progress and Michelle Malkin
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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 …
Discussion: Wonkette
Judson Berger / Fox News:
Sanjay Gupta Could Be Out of the Running for Surgeon General
Discussion: CBS News and TVNewser
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Sticks to the Script
Discussion: Snapped Shot and Wonkette
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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Dale Carpenter / The Volokh Conspiracy:
The Prop 8 challenge after today's oral argument: I'm out of the business …
Discussion: The Corner
New York Times:
California Court Weighing Gay Marriage Ban
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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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 TalkLeft
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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
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
Deborah Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
Treasury Aide Picks Withdraw  —  WASHINGTON — Two candidates for top positions at the Treasury Department have withdrawn from consideration, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  Annette Nazareth, who was expected to be tapped as deputy secretary, has taken her name out of the running, these people said.
Discussion: The Politico
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.
Tom Jacobs / Miller-McCune:
Sex Appeal May Have Hurt Sarah Palin  —  In a Sept. 4, 2008 column, just after Sarah Palin accepted the Republican nomination for vice-president, Will Wilkinson wrote admiringly of her “sexual power,” adding: “I think she is a tremendously sexy woman.  How this will affect the race, I have no idea, but it's just got to.”
Arjun Jaikumar aka brownsox / Daily Kos:
LA-Sen: Big Trouble For Diaper Dave  —  by Arjun Jaikumar aka brownsox  —  Research 2000's latest poll for Daily Kos indicates that the state's junior Senator, right-wing Republican David Vitter, faces a very tough battle for reelection both within his own party and in prospective general-election matchups …
John / Power Line:
IS HE DOING IT ON PURPOSE?  —  There's a school of thought that the Obama administration is deliberately damaging the economy and gutting the stock market, on the theory that doing so will make more people dependent on the government and pave the way for a far-left regime.  Doug Ross makes the argument:
Discussion: Doug Ross and TigerHawk
Jack Healy / New York Times:
Stocks Plunge on Worries Over Financial Sector  —  Wall Street tumbled to new lows on Thursday and shares of Citigroup, once the largest bank on Wall Street, dropped briefly below $1 as deepening worries about the financial sector and General Motors sent investors running for cover.
Discussion: Gothamist and Balloon Juice
Tim Graham / NewsBusters.org:
D.L. Hughley Gets Ugly on Nazi GOP: CNN Boss Jon Klein Told Him ‘Anything Goes....Run Amok!’  —  As Limbaugh-bashing networks like CNN and MSNBC continue to play up a Rush vs. Michael Steele feud, the diversionary tactic isn't just keeping people away from focusing on Barack Obama.
Discussion: TVNewser and Pajamas Media
 
 
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Steve Chapman / Real Clear Politics:
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Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
NewsBusters Exposes Pro-Obama “Political Brainwashing” …
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Ross Douthat:
The Case For Reading Ayn Rand
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