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9:15 AM ET, March 7, 2010

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Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
Explosions Hit Baghdad as Iraqis Vote in Pivotal Election  —  BAGHDAD — A concerted wave of attacks struck Baghdad and other cities across the country on Sunday as Iraqis began voting to elect a new Parliament and possibly a new prime minister.  Explosions reverberated across the capital …
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BBC:
Iraq poll hit by deadly attacks  —  Iraq's second parliamentary election since the 2003 invasion has been hit by multiple attacks, with at least 24 people being killed.  —  Two buildings were destroyed in the capital and dozens of mortars were fired across Baghdad and elsewhere.
Stephen Farrell / At War:
Iraqi Elections: Live-Blogging Election Day  —  Marc Santora an NYT correspondent traveling with a United Nations team observing the election, said it had left the polling station in the village of Jabal on the outskirts of Ramadi, capital of western Anbar province.
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 …
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Frank Rich / New York Times:
The Up-or-Down Vote on Obama's Presidency  —  WEDNESDAY'S health care rally was one of President Obama's finest hours.  It was so fine it couldn't be blighted even by his preposterous backdrop, a cohort of white-jacketed medical workers large enough to staff a hospital in one of the daytime soaps …
Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Final push for proximity talks as Biden heads to Israel  —  Middle East Peace Envoy George Mitchell arrived in Israel Saturday to try to make the final push for the announcement of indirect proximity talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians ahead of the arrival of Vice President Joseph Biden in Israel Monday.
Discussion: Haaretz and Israel Matzav
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Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Secret Israeli report: U.S. cozying up to Palestinians  —  The U.S. administration will not put a lot of effort into the upcoming indirect negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, opting instead to focus on the November Congressional elections, according to an internal Foreign Ministry report …
Discussion: Israpundit
Ali Akbar Dareini / Associated Press:
Iran's Ahmadinejad: Sept. 11 attacks a ‘big lie’  —  TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday called the official version of the Sept. 11 attacks a “big lie” used by the U.S. as an excuse for the war on terror, state media reported.
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Robert J. Shiller / New York Times:
Mom, Apple Pie and Mortgages  —  FOR decades, the federal government has subsidized housing — particularly owner-occupied housing.  This has been especially true during the continuing financial crisis, with Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration propping up the housing market …
Discussion: Calculated Risk
GottaLaff / The Political Carnival:
VIDEO: Sarah Palin writes on her hand because she is just like God  —  This is so jaw-droppingly convolutedly typical:  —  Sarah Palin Speaks at the Ohio Right to Life fundraiser on March 5, 2010.  —  Via Gryphen: … I particularly enjoyed the part about GodClone McJustify's compulsion to scribble a dollar sign on her hand.
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 …
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.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   ‘STUPAK HAPPENS TO BE WRONG’.... Arguably the single biggest threat …
Michael Moore / The Huffington Post:
President Obama: Replace Rahm with Me ...an open letter from Michael Moore  —  I understand you may be looking to replace Rahm Emanuel as your chief of staff.  —  I would like to humbly offer myself, yours truly, as his replacement.  —  I will come to D.C. and clean up the mess that's been created around you.
 
 
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Elliott Abrams / Weekly Standard:
Obama Talks, Syria Mocks
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Commentary
George F. Will / Washington Post:
How the Constitution, filtered by the high court, affects guns
Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
The lesson behind the Chief Justice Roberts rumor
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner on National Review Online:
Brooks And The Tea Parties — By: Jonah Goldberg
Discussion: Firedoglake, EconLog and New York Times
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
Obamacare worth the price to Democrats
Marty Peretz / The New Republic:
Sorry, But The Verdict Is In On The Long American Excursion In Iraq.
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Thomas Grillo / Boston Herald:
Full-body scanners land at Logan Airport
Monica Potts / American Prospect:
Managing Costs Through Doctors.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
David Gregory: “Bush was courageous too on Iraq”