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5:30 PM ET, March 5, 2010


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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
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.
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 …
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
What Are They Thinking?  —  Looks like being Obama's attorney …
Discussion: Althouse
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Obama to Surrender?  —  If what the Washington Post reports is true …
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Massa To Resign  —  Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY) will resign Monday at 5pm, a source close to the embattled incumbent tells Hotline OnCall.  —  Massa has been pressured by House Dems to step aside amid an ethics controversy that caused him to announce earlier this week he would not run for a second term.
The Politico:
Rep. Eric Massa to resign  —  Democratic Rep. Eric Massa is expected to resign from Congress on Monday, only days after reports first surfaced that the freshman New York lawmaker was under investigation by the House ethics committee for allegedly sexually harassing a male staffer.
Discussion: CNN
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Eric Massa to resign from Congress  —  New York Rep. Eric Massa will resign his House seat on Monday at 5 pm, his office confirmed Friday to the Fix, a move that comes just days after he announced his plans to retire at the end of the year.  —  Massa acknowledged in a statement that …
Joe Dunning / Leader:
Massa to resign from office
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog
NY's Gov. Paterson Says He's Not Resigning
Discussion: The Note and Gothamist
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McCain calls for new ‘Gang of 14’ to stop Obama push on healthcare  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is seeking bipartisan support to block Senate Democrats from using special parliamentary tactics to pass healthcare reform.  —  The Democratic strategy of using reconciliation to pass changes …
Discussion: The Swamp
The Huffington Post:
McCain Bill Making Medicare Untouchable Via Reconciliation Contradicts His Record  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  In a direct challenge to Democratic leadership, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) introduced an amendment on Thursday night that would prohibit Congress from using reconciliation to make changes to Medicare.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   MCCAIN SLIPS A LITTLE FURTHER FROM SERIOUSNESS.... Perhaps during …
The Huffington Post:
Conservatives Turn Against Liz Cheney - As Bad As McCarthy  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  The backlash is growing against Liz Cheney after she demonized Department of Justice attorneys as terrorist sympathizers for their past legal work defending Gitmo detainees — and now it's coming from within deeply conservative legal circles.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and Daily Kos
Walter Dellinger / Washington Post:
A shameful attack on the U.S. legal system
Christina Romer / White 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.
David Leonhardt / Economix:
Is the Recovery Losing Steam?
Discussion: Calculated Risk
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Cuccinelli asks colleges to rescind policies protecting gay state employees  —  RICHMOND — Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II has asked the state's public colleges and universities to rescind policies that ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, arguing in a letter sent …
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.
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.
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 …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Broun not sure if Obama is citizen  —  Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) said Thursday that he does not know if President Barack Obama is either a citizen or a Christian.  —  Broun made the claim during an interview with Sirius XM host Pete Dominick, which was first flagged by the liberal blog Think Progress.
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Paul Broun goes birther: 'I don't know' if Obama is an American citizen.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Merrill A. McPeak / New York Times:
Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Change  —  THE chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, favors repeal of “don't ask, don't tell,” the nickname for the policy regulating military service by homosexuals.  “I cannot escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place a policy …
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 …
ProPublica:   No Matter What Happens, Paterson Gets His Pension
John Cook / Gawker:
How ABC News' Brian Ross Staged His Toyota Death Ride  —  Brian Ross, America's Wrongest Reporter, has been credited with owning the Toyota recall story, including one memorable report with Ross behind the wheel of an out-of-control car.  He did it by splicing in staged footage to make it look scarier.
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: The Huffington Post
The Note:
Romney on Palin Besting Him in ‘Late-Night Primary’: 'I've Got to Come Up with Better Material, I'm Afraid'  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis and Matt Loffman report:  —  During his Friday appearance at the National Press Club, Mitt Romney was asked about Sarah Palin drawing bigger ratings Tuesday night on Leno than he did on Letterman.
Discussion: CNN and GOP 12
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
E-mails from National Academy of Sciences plot attacks on AGW skeptics
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
FROM 216 BACK TO 217.... A House majority is supposed to be 218.
Discussion: Guardian, Open Congress and The Caucus
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