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3:55 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 …
Discussion: Main Justice
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 …
Discussion: Althouse
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Rapper Jay-Z in the Situation Room
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Will Obama Really Give Up on KSM Trial Without a Fight?
Discussion: Gawker and ATTACKERMAN
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
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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.
msnbc.com:
Pentagon gunman sought ‘truth’ about 9/11
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.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CHENEY FACES BLOWBACK OVER CHEAP DOJ SMEAR.... This week …
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN, Daily Kos and unbossed.com
Walter Dellinger / Washington Post:
A shameful attack on the U.S. legal system
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 …
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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 …
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: Calculated Risk
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.
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.
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Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Paul Broun goes birther: 'I don't know' if Obama is an American citizen.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Peach Pundit
ProPublica:
No Matter What Happens, Paterson Gets His Pension  —  by Ryan Knutson, ProPublica -  —  Gov. David Paterson of New York insisted this week that he wouldn't heed calls for his resignation, despite his administration's being roiled by two scandals.  But no matter what he does, he is still entitled to his full pension once he retires.
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Agitator
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
 
 
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
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