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11:45 AM 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 …
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 …
Discussion: American Prospect
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Post
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 …
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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:   GOP Strategy: Bleed Reconciliation Fix To Death With Byrd Rule
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Obama says public option doesn't have votes, but thanks progressives …
Discussion: TalkLeft, Firedoglake, The Hill and TPMDC
Javier C. Hernandez / New York Times:
36,000 Jobs Are Lost in February; Rate Steady at 9.7%  —  Just as unemployment in the United States seemed to be abating, the government said Friday that the economy was hit with another round of job losses last month, .  —  In total, the economy shed 36,000 jobs in February …
Christina Romer / White Blog Feed:
Statement on the Employment Situation in February
Discussion: Guardian and NPR Blogs
David Leonhardt / Economix:
Is the Recovery Losing Steam?
Discussion: Calculated Risk and The Daily Dish
Economy sheds 36,000 jobs, weather impact unclear
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and AMERICAblog News
Eamon Javers / The Politico:
Jobless rate stays at 9.7 percent
Discussion: CNN and The Swamp
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Winter's impact blunted as jobless rate holds steady at 9.7 percent
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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 …
Discussion: TPMDC, USA Today and The Daily Politics
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
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 …
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
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 ...
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.
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.
Lois Henry / Bakersfield Californian:
Ashburn dodges gay question  —  Last summer an editor heard that a Sacramento publication with a gay audience might “out” state Sen. Roy Ashburn as being gay.  —  So I called Ashburn and asked him flat-out: “Are you gay?”  —  His response: “Why would that be anyone's business?  Including The Californian's?
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
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Merrill A. McPeak / New York Times:
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State polls show gathering storm
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A shameful attack on the U.S. legal system
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