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10:20 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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Ned Parker / Los Angeles Times:
In Baghdad, mortar rounds mark Iraq election day  —  At least 12 people are killed as insurgents test the stability of Iraq's young democracy.  —  Residents gather at the scene of a blast which leveled a building in northeastern Baghdad.  (Karim Kadim / The Associated Press)
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 …
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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 …
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 launch of indirect proximity talks between the Israelis and 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
Peter Almond / Michael Yon:
Revealed: How hundreds of military personnel, millions of pounds and an experimental ‘lung’ saved the life of a British soldier... shot by accident in his own camp  —  Last updated at 2:29 AM on 07th March 2010  —  It was one of the most complex military logistical and medical operations ever undertaken …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Hot Air
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
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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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.
New York Times:
If Reform Fails  —  As the fierce debate on President Obama's plan for health care reform comes to a head, Americans should be thinking carefully about what happens if Congress fails to enact legislation.  —  Are they really satisfied with the status quo?  And is the status quo really sustainable?
Discussion: Prairie Weather
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Obama Wields Analysis of Insurers in Health Battle  —  WASHINGTON — To bolster the case for a far-reaching overhaul of the health care system, the Obama administration is seizing on a new analysis by Goldman Sachs, the New York investment bank, recommending that investors buy shares …
 
 
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Matthew Kaminski / Wall Street Journal:
‘They Need to Be Liberated From Their God’
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Defectors Say Church of Scientology Hides Abuse
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
Marty Peretz / The New Republic:
Sorry, But The Verdict Is In On The Long American Excursion In Iraq.
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