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12:50 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 …
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
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 …
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Obama to Surrender?  —  If what the Washington Post reports is true, then the Obama administration is on the verge of capitulating to Republican hysteria and moving the trial of the alleged 9/11 plotters from a civilian court to a military commission.  —  Americans will be lucky if they ever see Khalid Sheik Mohammed put to justice.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Sneak peek: Rove memoir accuses Lehane in late Bush DUI revelation …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Sydelle Moore / Congress Blog:
The Big Question: Should KSM be tried in a military courtroom?
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 …
Peter Grier / Christian Science Monitor:
John Patrick Bedell: Did right-wing extremism lead to shooting?  —  Authorities have identified John Patrick Bedell as the gunman in the Pentagon shooting.  He appears to have been a right-wing extremist with virulent antigovernment feelings.  —  Washington
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.
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David Leonhardt / Economix:
Is the Recovery Losing Steam?
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Calculated Risk
Reuters:
Economy sheds 36,000 jobs, weather impact unclear
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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.
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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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Hoyer: Dems could create abortion bill to satisfy Stupak qualms  —  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Thursday that lawmakers could draft separate pieces of legislation with abortion language to earn the support of anti-abortion rights Democrats on healthcare reform legislation.
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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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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
GOP Strategy: Bleed Reconciliation Fix To Death With Byrd Rule  —  Senior Senate GOP leadership aides have settled on a new strategy that, they hope, will stall or kill the Dem health reform push: They are going to use the arcane “Byrd rule” to try to bleed the reconciliation fix to death and ensure that it never passes.
Discussion: The Politico
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 and Main Justice
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Obama Retains More Trust Than Congress on Healthcare  —  Confidence in Obama and Democrats down since June; trust highest in doctors and hospitals  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans remain more confident in the healthcare reform recommendations of President Obama (49%) than in the recommendations …
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
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 …
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.
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: Commentary and Moe Lane
 
 
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