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12:15 PM ET, March 5, 2010

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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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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 …
Andy McCarthy / The Corner on National Review Online:
Hold the Champagne on Military Commissions - It's a Head Fake — By: Andy McCarthy  —  The Washington Post article that Dan posted about last night is a head fake.  President Obama is not caving on military commissions.  He has already caved on them: He failed (thankfully) to abolish them …
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
What Are They Thinking?  —  Looks like being Obama's attorney general requires putting your manhood in a blind trust.  —  Let me just make one point on the politics of this decision, since politics is clearly what's driving it.  If the White House retreats from a civilian trial …
Discussion: Althouse
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 …
Sydelle Moore / Congress Blog:
The Big Question: Should Obama move the KSM trial to a military court?
Discussion: The Swamp
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  —  Anti-government writings linked to shooter reveal long-held frustrations  —  Pentagon police stand guard after two colleagues were shot in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.  —  Web evidence  —  March 5: Police are investigating Web posts possibly …
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.
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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Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Obama says public option doesn't have votes, but thanks progressives …
Discussion: TalkLeft, Firedoglake and The Hill
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.
Christina Romer / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Statement on the Employment Situation in February  —  Although the labor market remains severely distressed, today's report on the employment situation is consistent with the pattern of stabilization and gradual labor market healing we have been seeing in recent months.
Discussion: Guardian and NPR Blogs
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David Leonhardt / Economix:
Is the Recovery Losing Steam?
Discussion: Calculated Risk and The Daily Dish
Reuters:
Economy sheds 36,000 jobs, weather impact unclear
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and AMERICAblog News
Charmaine Yoest / Wall Street Journal:
Abortion and the Health Bill  —  There is no middle ground.  Either taxpayers will fund it or they won't.  —  It's now becoming clear that Barack Obama is willing to put everything on the table in order to be the president who passes health-care reform.  Everything, that is, except a ban on federal funding for abortion.
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Quinnipiac University:
Big 48-Hour Drop In Paterson Support, Quinnipiac University New York State Poll Finds; Slim Plurality Want Governor To Finish Term  —  In a significant 48-hour drop in support, New York State voters say 46 - 42 percent that Gov. David Paterson should finish his term rather than resign …
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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 …
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
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Rahm Emanuel Is Dead.  He Just Hasn't Been Told Yet.  —  Streiff noted earlier David Broder beating down Dana Milbank over Milbank's Rahm Emanuel stories.  —  Broder believes that Emanuel is not the source for Milbank, but it is abundantly clear Rahm Emanuel either directly or indirectly …
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.
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.
Walter Dellinger / Washington Post:
A shameful attack on the U.S. legal system  —  It never occurred to me on the day that Defense Department lawyer Rebecca Snyder and Lt. Cmdr.  William Kuebler of the Navy appeared in my law firm's offices to ask for our assistance in carrying out their duties as military defense lawyers …
Discussion: Power Line, Think Progress and ACS Blog
David Catanese / The Politico:
State polls show gathering storm  —  Congress, it turns out, isn't the only institution held in low esteem by voters this year.  —  According to a POLITICO review of publicly available polling data, numerous state legislatures are also bottoming out, showing off-the-charts disapproval ratings accompanied …
Discussion: Moe Lane
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.
Discussion: MyDD
 
 
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