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5:05 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 …
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 …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Mother Jones
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Catholic Bishops Want to Change Senate Rules to Restrict Choice in Health Care  —  Here's an amazing little article from Politico. … What are they talking about?  Well, the bishops want the Stupak amendment, which would effectively end coverage of abortion services in all insurance markets over time.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Real Talk on Health Care and Abortion
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla and TPMCafe
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Obama Message Maven Finds Fingers Pointing at Him  —  WASHINGTON — David Axelrod was sitting at his desk on a recent afternoon — tie crooked, eyes droopy and looking more burdened than usual.  He had just been watching some genius on MSNBC insist that he and President Obama's other top aides …
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
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
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 …
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
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 …
Thomas Grillo / Boston Herald:
Full-body scanners land at Logan Airport  —  Logan International Airport was the first receive full-body scanners today to strengthen security measures.  —  “While there is no single piece of technology that could be considered a silver bullet, imaging technology is an integral part …
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 …
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Bradley Keoun / Bloomberg:
Fannie, Freddie Ask Banks to Eat Soured Mortgages
Silla Brush / The Hill:
Dodd in a race to pass financial overhaul measure before leaving for Easter
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: Beat the Press and Gene Expression
US Department of State:
TRANSCRIPT:  —  MR. CROWLEY: Good afternoon, and welcome to the Department of State.
Discussion: Commentary
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Los Angeles Times:
White House reconsiders holding terror trials in civilian court
Andrew Romano / Newsweek:
Majority Rules  —  Seven arguments Republicans should not be making …
Discussion: Liberal Values
The Huffington Post:
Insurers Set To Raise Prices, Walk Away From Consumers: Goldman Report