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4:15 PM ET, March 6, 2010


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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
RNC Fallout: ‘Ashamed’ donor closes checkbook  —  A prominent Evangelical figure and Republican donor says he will end his contributions to the organized Republican Party in reaction to the leaked fundraising presentation that advised using “fear” to solicit contributions and displayed an image …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Karl Rove sets the record straight — sort of  —  As a White House reporter during the Bush presidency, I often worried that I wasn't getting the whole story.  Now, Karl Rove has finally given it to me.  —  His new book, “Courage and Consequence,” promises to “pull back the curtain …
Discussion: Raw Story and Prairie Weather
Obama calls ‘entrepreneurship summit’ with Muslims  —  The White House on Friday announced a “summit on entrepreneurship” to build economic ties with the Islamic world, part of President Barack Obama's outreach to Muslims.  —  The White House said it has invited participants from more than 40 countries …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
White House Postpones Picking Site of 9/11 Trial
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
CBO: Huge deficits to average $1 trillion per year over the next decade
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
David Gregory: “Bush was courageous too on Iraq”  —  On Morning Joe, Karl Rove's ex-dancing partner David Gregory is asked whether President Obama will be seen as courageous for sticking to his guns if the health care bill passes.  There are so many things wrong with his response it's hard …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘STUPAK HAPPENS TO BE WRONG’.... Arguably the single biggest threat to health care reform is Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) and his dozen Democratic allies, who are threatening to kill the legislation over indirect, circuitous funding of abortion.  —  Efforts to work with Stupak are ongoing …
John / Power Line:
Who's A Terrorist Now?  —  One of the key arguments of Barack Obama's Presidential campaign was that he would improve America's image around the world.  This idea was based on the false assumption that anti-Americanism was due to factors peculiar to the Bush administration …
Iran's Ahmadinejad calls Sept 11 “big fabrication”  —  (Reuters) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday called the September 11 attacks on the United States a “big fabrication” that was used to justify the U.S. war on terrorism, the official IRNA news agency reported.
Monica Potts / American Prospect:
Managing Costs Through Doctors.  —  In a question-and-answer session with the New York Times, bioethicist Dr. Howard Brody follows up on his New England Journal of Medicine editorial making the case that doctors have a professional obligation to keep medical costs down.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Real Talk on Health Care and Abortion  —  What Theda Skocpol said: … The majority of pro-life members of congress at least claim to believe that the overall health care bill is bad.  But the Stupak bloc of legislators who were willing to vote for a version of the bill …
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla and TPMCafe
Macon Phillips / White Blog Feed:
Weekly Address: What Health Reform Will Deliver - This Year  —  In this week's address, President Obama describes how American families will have more control over their health care this year, after health reform passes.  —  Click here to see the video.  —  Here are a few more points …
Discussion: Associated Press
Laura Berman / Detroit News:
Does DPS leader's writing send wrong message?  —  The president of the Detroit school board, Otis Mathis, is waging a legal battle to steer the academic future of 90,000 children, in the nation's lowest-achieving big city district.  —  He also acknowledges he has difficulty composing a coherent English sentence.
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs and CARPE DIEM
Another symptom of the problem: Detroit school board President …
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Dem-turned-GOP cites healthcare debate as reason for switch in party's address  —  Rep. Parker Griffith (Ala.) on Saturday stressed he joined the ranks of the Republicans last December because the Democratic Party had “lost its way” in the healthcare debate.
Silla Brush / The Hill:
Dodd in a race to pass financial overhaul measure before leaving for Easter  —  Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) is expected next week to unveil a long-awaited financial overhaul package that will set off a race to pass the measure before lawmakers leave for Easter break.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
If The Founders Had Wanted a Supermajority Requirement for the Senate, They Could Have Put One in the Constitution  —  Here's some abject nonsense from Judd Gregg as he tries to foster the misperception that the de facto supermajority created by routine filibustering is part of the Framer's vision of the constitution:
Judd Gregg:
Senator Gregg's Senate Floor Remarks on the Democrats' Health …
Discussion: Don Surber and Think Progress
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Bradley Keoun / Bloomberg:
Fannie, Freddie Ask Banks to Eat Soured Mortgages
Susan Saulny / New York Times:
Seeking a Future for a Symbol of a Grander Past
Discussion: FrumForum
Sarah Lyall / New York Times:
Iceland Voters Set to Reject Debt Deal
Discussion: Gene Expression and Beat the Press
US Department of State:
TRANSCRIPT:  —  MR. CROWLEY: Good afternoon, and welcome to the Department of State.
Discussion: Commentary
Los Angeles Times:
White House reconsiders holding terror trials in civilian court
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Michael Muskal / D.C. Now:
Obama administration encouraged by steady unemployment rate [Updated]
Discussion: Hot Air
The Huffington Post:
Insurers Set To Raise Prices, Walk Away From Consumers: Goldman Report
US will not adopt ‘genocide’ bill
Discussion: Jihad Watch

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