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12:50 PM ET, March 6, 2010


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Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Congressional estimates show grim deficit picture  —  WASHINGTON - A new congressional report released Friday says the United States' long-term fiscal woes are even worse than predicted by President Barack Obama's grim budget submission last month.  —  The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office predicts …
Obama calls ‘entrepreneurship summit’ with Muslims  —  The White House on Friday announced a “summit on entrepreneurship” to build economic ties with the Islamic world, part of President Barack Obama's outreach to Muslims.  —  The White House said it has invited participants from more than 40 countries …
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
CBO: Huge deficits to average $1 trillion per year over the next decade
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Karl Rove sets the record straight — sort of  —  As a White House reporter during the Bush presidency, I often worried that I wasn't getting the whole story.  Now, Karl Rove has finally given it to me.  —  His new book, “Courage and Consequence,” promises to “pull back the curtain …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
If The Founders Had Wanted a Supermajority Requirement for the Senate, They Could Have Put One in the Constitution  —  Here's some abject nonsense from Judd Gregg as he tries to foster the misperception that the de facto supermajority created by routine filibustering is part of the Framer's vision of the constitution:
Judd Gregg:
Senator Gregg's Senate Floor Remarks on the Democrats' Health Care Bill and Reconciliation  —  For the sake of the order and also for those people who may be listening to this dialogue, I want to go over where we stand on the health care debate, as I think it's important for people to understand what's happened.
Discussion: Think Progress and Don Surber
Andrew Romano / Newsweek:
Majority Rules  —  Seven arguments Republicans should not be making against using reconciliation for health-care reform, and the one that they should.  —  On Wednesday, President Barack Obama announced at a White House gathering of health-care professionals that he wants Congress to schedule …
Discussion: Liberal Values
Laura Berman / Detroit News:
Does DPS leader's writing send wrong message?  —  The president of the Detroit school board, Otis Mathis, is waging a legal battle to steer the academic future of 90,000 children, in the nation's lowest-achieving big city district.  —  He also acknowledges he has difficulty composing a coherent English sentence.
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs and CARPE DIEM
Another symptom of the problem: Detroit school board President …
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Dem-turned-GOP cites healthcare debate as reason for switch in party's address  —  Rep. Parker Griffith (Ala.) on Saturday stressed he joined the ranks of the Republicans last December because the Democratic Party had “lost its way” in the healthcare debate.
Inside Cable News:
Craig Crawford leaves MSNBC...  Longtime MSNBC analyst Craig Crawford has left the network...according to Craig Crawford...  And Crawford saves the real venom, and dirt, for the thread comments...  Crawford was a mainstay on MSNBC for a very long time and also one of the more level headed analysts they had.
Los Angeles Times:
White House reconsiders holding terror trials in civilian court  —  Suspected Sept. 11 plotters may be tried before military tribunals after all, administration officials say.  Holding the trials in civilian court is deemed ‘politically untenable.’  —  Reporting from Washington …
Macon Phillips / White Blog Feed:
Weekly Address: What Health Reform Will Deliver - This Year  —  In this week's address, President Obama describes how American families will have more control over their health care this year, after health reform passes.  —  Click here to see the video.  —  Here are a few more points …
Discussion: Associated Press
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Real Talk on Health Care and Abortion  —  What Theda Skocpol said: … The majority of pro-life members of congress at least claim to believe that the overall health care bill is bad.  But the Stupak bloc of legislators who were willing to vote for a version of the bill …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Mirror, Mirror  —  Textbook economics is “a bizarre point of view”—according to the textbook's author!  —  (Best of the Tube This Weekend: We discuss the Supreme Court's latest gun-rights case on “The Journal Editorial Report.”  Fox News Channel, Saturday 2 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET, Sunday 6 a.m. ET.)
The Huffington Post:
Insurers Set To Raise Prices, Walk Away From Consumers: Goldman Report  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Read More: Goldman Steve Lewis, Healht Insurance, Health Insurance Goldman, Insurance Prices, Lewis Insurance.  Rates Premiums, Price Competition, Pricing Competition, Business News
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
New Palin scandal: Leno might have piped in some laughter for her jokes  —  Can you believe it?  Next thing you know, we'll be told that she doesn't even write her own lines.  Come to think of it, we were already told that.  And that was treated as a “scandal” too.
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Michael Muskal / D.C. Now:
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US will not adopt ‘genocide’ bill
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New York Times:
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The Huffington Post:
McCain's DADT Support Letter Signed By A Bunch Of Dead Guys
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Poizner described self as ‘pro-choice’
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The Siberian Methane Feedback Loop
The Note:
Romney on Palin Besting Him in ‘Late-Night Primary’: 'I've Got …
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Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Massa To Resign  —  Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY) will resign Monday at 5pm …
John Cook / Gawker:
How ABC News' Brian Ross Staged His Toyota Death Ride
Discussion: Blog and Romenesko