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10:55 AM ET, March 5, 2010


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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.
Steve Huff / mediaelites:
John Patrick Bedell's Gunfight With Pentagon Cops: Crazier than Crazy Teabag Offshoot?  —  SEE ALSO... “J. Patrick Bedell on Wikipedia.”  —  UPDATE... The Associated Press and BreakingNews on Twitter report that suspect John Patrick Bedell has died of his wounds.
Washington Post:
Suspected gunman in Pentagon shooting acted alone, officials say
Discussion: Politics Daily and The Confluence
Associated Press:
2 Pentagon police officers shot
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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Obama Prepping KSM Cave-In  —  Big win for the Cheney family: … I'm not going to attempt to defend this.  I'll merely note that it's hard enough to have any kind of civil liberties in this country when the opposition party is pushing for them.  When what you have is an opposition that's …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Sneak peek: Rove memoir accuses Lehane in late Bush DUI revelation (Chris responds) ... Obama e-mail: ‘Rove hates me’ ... claims POTUS drew from Bush playbook in '08 campaign  —  The cover of Karl's book ... juicy bits below ... $16.20 on Amazon.  —  BREAKING — AP: “The chief of the Pentagon police …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Andy McCarthy / The Corner on National Review Online:
Hold the Champagne on Military Commissions - It's a Head Fake — By: Andy McCarthy
Discussion: Washington Post
Charmaine Yoest / Wall Street Journal:
Abortion and the Health Bill
Discussion: Washington Post and Commentary
US Democrats would kill healthcare over abortion
Discussion: Right Pundits and RedState
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Obama says public option doesn't have votes, but thanks progressives …
Discussion: TalkLeft, Firedoglake, The Hill and TPMDC
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Winter's impact blunted as jobless rate holds steady at 9.7 percent  —  The sluggish economy lost 36,000 jobs in February while the nation's unemployment rate held at 9.7 percent for the month, the Labor Department reported on Friday.  —  The monthly report said severe winter storms in February …
Discussion: CNN
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Unemployment steady: 9.7 percent
Discussion: CNN
Economy sheds 36,000 jobs, weather impact unclear
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and AMERICAblog News
Eamon Javers / The Politico:   Jobless rate stays at 9.7 percent
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.
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 …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Bill Delahunt won't run again
Discussion: Don Surber
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 …
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.
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Wall Street Journal:
What a Disaster Looks Like  —  ObamaCare will have been a colossal waste of time—if we're lucky.  —  It is now exactly a year since President Obama unveiled his health care push and his decision to devote his inaugural year to it—his branding year, his first, vivid year.  —  What a disaster it has been.
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 ...
Susan Davis / Washington Wire:
WIRE WATCH: Scott Brown Stumps for McCain; California Debate; Palin in Ohio  —  You Scratch My Back: Recently elected Republican Sen. Scott Brown has publicly credited Arizona Sen. John McCain with providing early support and encouragement to his then-uphill Senate campaign.
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Brown answers McCain's call for help
Discussion: The Note, and Wonkette
Washington Post:
Health reform that won't break the bank  —  Health-insurance reform offers many benefits, such as common-sense rules of the road and basic consumer protections to keep insurance companies honest and prevent them from denying coverage to anyone because of a preexisting medical condition.
Discussion: Cafe Hayek, Hit & Run and Corrente
David M. Herszenhorn / Prescriptions:
A House Democrat Reconsiders  —  A House Democrat who opposed the health care legislation in November now says it appears to be moving in the right direction, signaling a potential change in his vote.  —  The Democrat, Representative Bart Gordon of Tennessee, who is a member …
Discussion: Ezra Klein, TPMDC and Prairie Weather
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.
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The Big Question: Should Obama get tough with Congress?
Discussion: Hot Air and RedState
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Obama looking to give new life to immigration reform
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In Search of a Jewish Narnia
Discussion: Gene Expression and Wonkette