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9:15 AM ET, March 5, 2010

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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 …
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 …
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Obama says public option doesn't have votes, but thanks progressives …
Discussion: TalkLeft, The Hill and TPMDC
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 …
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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.
Fox News:
2 Pentagon Police Officers Shot Outside D.C. Metro Station
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
Discussion: Don Surber
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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 …
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Obama intensifies health-care efforts  —  An aide to President Obama urged lawmakers on Thursday to make substantial progress on his health-care plan before he leaves on a foreign trip in mid-March, as Obama summoned wavering House Democrats to the White House for a private sales pitch.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Howard Dean: Health bill hangs Dem incumbents and Obama out to dry in elections
David M. Herszenhorn / Prescriptions:
For Many House Democrats, Cost Is the Concern
Discussion: New York Times
New York Times:
Obama Takes Health Care Deadline to Democrats  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama, beginning a full-court press for his health care overhaul, met Thursday with insurance industry executives and House Democrats as party leaders on Capitol Hill struggled to figure out whether they could meet …
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Chris Frates / The Politico:
Pelosi annoyed on abortion
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 ...
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.
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Michelle Malkin:
Question of the day: Does the GOP have enough balls?
Discussion: Riehl World View and Power Line
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
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Peter Grier / Christian Science Monitor:
Sander Levin, chair of Ways and Means, forms powerful brother duo
Discussion: The Daily Politics and Truthdig
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.
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: Telegraph, Pharyngula and The Agitator
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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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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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Closing of Rest Stops Stirs Anger in Arizona  —  PHOENIX — The people of Arizona kept their upper lips stiff when officials mortgaged off the state's executive office tower and a “Daily Show” crew rolled into town to chronicle the transaction in mocking tones.  They remained calm as lawmakers pondered privatizing death row.
 
 
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