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5:55 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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RADAR:
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 Hill, The Greenroom and AmSpecBlog
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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 …
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
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Gregg suggests Obama may renege on fixing Senate health bill
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
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
All In  —  Don't look now, but Obama is finally living up to his promise.  —  President Obama began his remarks in the East Room on Wednesday with a reminiscence.  Almost exactly one year before, he noted, he had stood in the very same spot, formally launching his initiative to reform America's health care system.
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Chris Frates / The Politico:
Pelosi annoyed on abortion
Discussion: The New Ledger
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 ...
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.
Discussion: msnbc.com and Hot Air
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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.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Michelle Malkin:
Question of the day: Does the GOP have enough balls?
Discussion: Riehl World View and Power Line
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 …
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Byrd defends reconciliation to finish reform
Discussion: Think Progress and Don Surber
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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Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Heads of 12 Fed Districts Press to Keep Central Bank, and Their Role, in Place  —  WASHINGTON — As Congress haggles over a broad overhaul of the nation's financial regulations, officials at the Federal Reserve have mounted a highly public effort to maintain, and perhaps even expand, the central bank's regulatory powers.
Discussion: naked capitalism
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Charlie Savage / The Caucus:
Bush Official Defends Lawyers Under Attack for Detainee Work  —  A former Justice Department official who led the Bush administration's courtroom defense against lawsuits filed by Guantanamo detainees is denouncing attacks on Obama administration appointees who previously helped …
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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.
Discussion: The Agitator
New York Times:
Michigan Lawmaker Steps Up at Ways and Means  —  WASHINGTON — Representative Sander M. Levin, a liberal Democrat from Michigan and a bookish expert on trade policy, stepped into the powerful post of chairman of the Ways and Means Committee on Thursday as Democrats averted an internal battle over replacing Charles B. Rangel of New York.
Discussion: The Politico
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!
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 …
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: FrumForum, The Swamp and Hot Air
 
 
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David M. Herszenhorn / Prescriptions:
For Many House Democrats, Cost Is the Concern
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The Huffington Post:
Obama To Progressives: This Is Just The Foundation
Dan Gerstein / Forbes:
Deaf To America  —  Why Democrats have lost the public's trust.
Discussion: Commentary
Ross Douthat:
In Search of a Jewish Narnia
Discussion: Gene Expression and Wonkette
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Obama intensifies health-care efforts
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
House Adopts $15 Billion Plan to Spur Job Creation
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Brian Knowlton / New York Times:
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Kevin Grandia / The Huffington Post:
Avatar-sands and the Oily Sky People
Discussion: Globe and Mail and New York Times
Ezra Klein:
Exclusive: ‘Wellpoint would be a primary beneficiary’ …
Discussion: Daily Kos, TPMDC and The New Republic
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Who are the actual “crazy” people in American politics?
Discussion: TalkLeft