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6:55 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 …
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
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 …
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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
Patterico's Pontifications:
Pentagon Shooter: Anti-Bush Nut Case and 9/11 Truther  —  There was a shooting just outside the Pentagon today, at a security checkpoint.  Two cops were injured; breaking reports say the suspect, J. Patrick Bedell, has died. … And Internet research shows that the guy was a 9/11 Truther and an anti-Bush nut case.
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msnbc.com:
Pentagon gunman sought ‘truth’ about 9/11  —  Suspect is fatally wounded after 2 officers are shot at checkpoint  —  Pentagon police stand guard after two colleagues were shot in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.  —  Suspect shoots military police near Pentagon
Discussion: Breitbart.tv
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: Hot Air
Fox News:
2 Pentagon Police Officers Shot Outside D.C. Metro Station
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 ...
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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Peter Grier / Christian Science Monitor:
Sander Levin, chair of Ways and Means, forms powerful brother duo  —  Sander Levin is now part of one of the most powerful brother acts in Washington since the Kennedys.  He was named the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Thursday.  His brother, Carl, is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Discussion: The Daily Politics and Truthdig
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New York Times:
Michigan Lawmaker Steps Up at Ways and Means
Discussion: The Politico
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
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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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
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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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Wal-Mart Hippies  —  About 40 years ago, a social movement arose to destroy the establishment.  The people we loosely call the New Left wanted to take on The Man, return power to the people, upend the elites and lead a revolution.  —  Today, another social movement has arisen.
Discussion: Beat the Press
 
 
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David M. Herszenhorn / Prescriptions:
For Many House Democrats, Cost Is the Concern
Discussion: New York Times
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: sara in italy, The Hill and Commentary
Ross Douthat:
In Search of a Jewish Narnia
Discussion: Gene Expression and Wonkette
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Obama intensifies health-care efforts
 Earlier Items: 
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