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12:15 AM ET, March 5, 2010

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David Lat / Above the Law:
Anatomy of a Rumor: The Story Behind Chief Justice John Roberts's ‘Retirement’  —  Everyone is wondering: Where did that erroneous rumor of an imminent retirement by Chief Justice John Roberts come from?  The gossip spread like wildfire, triggering thousands of texts, blog posts, and emails …
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EXCLUSIVE: U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Considering Stepping Down  —  Update: RadarOnline.com has obtained new information that Justice Roberts will NOT resign.  The justice will be staying on the bench.  —  John Roberts, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court …
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 …
Discussion: The Greenroom, The Hill and AmSpecBlog
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Gregg suggests Obama may renege on fixing Senate health bill  —  The White House may renege on passing fixes to the Senate's healthcare bill once the House has passed it, Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) claimed Thursday.  —  Gregg, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee …
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 …
Discussion: Open Left and The Hill
Yuval Levin / The Corner on National Review Online:
Re: Only the House Vote Matters — By: Yuval Levin  —  It's worth reiterating something Rich and Jeff Anderson have pointed out: The focus on reconciliation in the past few days confuses things a bit.  The question in the health-care debate at the moment is whether Nancy Pelosi can get enough …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Another House Dem A “No” On Senate Bill; A Previous “Yes” Now Undecided  —  Okay, a bit more bad news for the prospects of passing the Senate bill out of the House.  —  Rep Frank Kratovil of Maryland, a previous No vote who was now said to be undecided, will vote No on the Senate health reform proposal, his spokesman confirms.
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Obama intensifies health-care efforts
Discussion: The Plum Line, Hot Air and RedState
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
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 …
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 ...
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Fox News' Neil Cavuto propagates baseless rumor that Obama bought Rep. Matheson's vote.  —  Today on Fox News, Neil Cavuto irresponsibly pushed the baseless rumor that President Obama bought Rep. Jim Matheson's (D-UT) vote on health care reform by offering his brother a federal judgeship.
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Ezra Klein:
‘I will take our troops out of the war zone and put them into space’  —  Introduction Video from Kesha for Congress on Vimeo.  —  Kesha Rogers is a Larouchie who just won the Democratic nomination in Texas's 22nd district.  Her triumphant statement is pretty sweet:
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ABCNEWS:
Suspect, Police Hurt in Pentagon Shootout  —  Badly Injured Suspect in Custody; Police Suffer Graze Wounds  —  Two police officers were injured by a suspect who opened fire outside the Pentagon tonight after the officers asked him for an access pass, police said.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Howard Dean: Health bill hangs Dem incumbents and Obama out to dry in elections  —  Passing the healthcare proposals before Congress will “hang out to dry” every Democratic incumbent running for reelection this fall, Howard Dean said Thursday.  —  Dean, a physician by training who's …
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Pelosi annoyed on abortion  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi got exasperated when asked at her weekly news conference about the unwillingness of some Democrats - including Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) - to support the health bill because of abortion language.  —  “Let me say this: This is not about abortion!
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Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
Could Abortion Issue Derail Health Care Bill?
Peterhamby / CNN:
Steele: Leaked RNC presentation ‘unfortunate’  —  Congressional GOP aides expressed their frustration over their perception that Michael Steele is using his book tour to undermine the party's political message.  —  Washington (CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
GOP keeps distance from RNC pitch
Discussion: The Swamp, FrumForum and Hot Air
Ross Douthat:
In Search of a Jewish Narnia  —  Why is there no Jewish Narnia?  That's the provocative question raised by Michael Weingrad's essay on Judaism and fantasy novels, published in the inaugural issue of the Jewish Review of Books.  Note that Weingrad is talking about fantasy as a genre, not the use of the fantastic as a literary tool.
PhysOrg.com:
Study: Arctic seabed methane stores destabilizing, venting  —  A section of the Arctic Ocean seafloor that holds vast stores of frozen methane is showing signs of instability and widespread venting of the powerful greenhouse gas, according to the findings of an international research team led …
Ezra Klein:
Exclusive: ‘Wellpoint would be a primary beneficiary’ if reform fails, investment firm says  —  “Of course, healthcare reform is a double-edged sword for Wellpoint shares.  Should reform fail, Wellpoint would be a primary beneficiary.”  —  That comes from the first page of the Cowen and Co.'s assessment …
Discussion: TPMDC, Daily Kos and The New Republic
CBS13/CW31:
Anti-Gay Lawmaker At Gay Club Before DUI Arrest  —  SACRAMENTO (CBS13) ― Sources tell CBS13 a state senator from Southern California was arrested for allegedly driving drunk after leaving Faces, a gay nightclub in midtown Sacramento, early Wednesday morning.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Who are the actual “crazy” people in American politics?  —  My Salon colleague, Mark Benjamin, writes about last night's Larry King Show — featuring a debate between Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson and GOP Rep. Michelle Bachmann — and does so by repeatedly branding Grayson as being every bit as “crazy” as Bachmann.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Brady Dennis / Washington Post:
Transcript reveals anger of AIG employees toward politicians, public  —  During the national furor that erupted last year after American International Group paid more than $165 million in bonuses, the voices of those vilified for receiving the payments remained silent, at least in public.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Sadly, No!
San Francisco Chronicle:
3 held in alleged anti-gay BB shooting in S.F.  —  (03-03) 17:42 PST SAN FRANCISCO — Three cousins from Hayward have been charged in San Francisco with a hate crime and assault for allegedly firing a BB rifle at the face of a man they believed was gay, an attack the men videotaped, authorities said Wednesday.
 
 
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Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Sheriff's Office Cites Islamic Terror ‘Cells’ In Bossier Parish
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Byrd defends reconciliation to finish reform
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