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3:45 AM ET, March 7, 2010


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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 …
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘STUPAK HAPPENS TO BE WRONG’.... Arguably the single biggest threat …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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.
Michael Moore / The Huffington Post:
President Obama: Replace Rahm with Me 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.
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner on National Review Online:
Brooks And The Tea Parties — By: Jonah Goldberg  —  Several readers have asked my opinion of David Brooks' latest column, in part because for the first time since publication, he mentions my book.  I'm glad to see it there, but I don't think that's the part worth discussing.
Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
The lesson behind the Chief Justice Roberts rumor  —  An example from a law professor's lecture becomes a case study on the perils of a wired world.  —  Reporting from New York - NBC anchor Brian Williams' train was just pulling into Washington's Union Station on Thursday afternoon when he read …
Marty Peretz / The New Republic:
Sorry, But The Verdict Is In On The Long American Excursion In Iraq.  And It Is Favorable.  —  There were moments—long moments—during the Iraq war when I had my doubts.  Even deep doubts.  Frankly, I couldn't quite imagine any venture requiring trust with Arabs turning out especially well.
Discussion: Alas, a blog and Commentary
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.
Bruce Kesler / Maggie's Farm:
CA Senate Debate Knees and Elbows (UPDATE: Refs Miss Campbell Fumble)  —  California Republican Senate primary contenders Tom Campbell, Carly Fiorina and Chuck DeVore had an hour radio debate today, their first, slated to focus on national security issues.  I listened closely to the first 43-minutes …
Ali Noorani / The Huffington Post:
A Vision Becoming Reality for March 21st  —  Today, La Opinión - the largest Spanish language newspaper in the U.S. - reported on a possible framework for moving forward comprehensive immigration reform legislation in the Senate.  Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) has worked for more than a year …
Simon & Schuster:
Courage and Consequence  —  My Life as a Conservative in the Fight … From the moment he set foot on it, Karl Rove has rocked America's political stage.  He ran the national College Republicans at twenty-two, and turned a Texas dominated by Democrats into a bastion for Republicans.
Discussion: Raw Story
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Karl Rove sets the record straight — sort of
Discussion: 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 …
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
How the Constitution, filtered by the high court, affects guns
Discussion: ACS Blog
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
Obamacare worth the price to Democrats
New York Times:
U.S. Enriches Companies Defying Its Policy on Iran
Discussion: Truthdig and The Page
Thomas Grillo / Boston Herald:
Full-body scanners land at Logan Airport
Monica Potts / American Prospect:
Managing Costs Through Doctors.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
 Earlier Items: 
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
John / Power Line:
Who's A Terrorist Now?  —  One of the key arguments …