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4:25 PM ET, March 7, 2010

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msnbc.com:
Sources: U.S.-born al-Qaida spokesman caught  —  Gadahn, 31, reportedly held in Pakistan; $1 million reward on his head  —  KARACHI, Pakistan - Adam Yahiye Gadahn, a U.S.-born spokesman for al-Qaida, has been captured in Pakistan, government sources said Sunday.
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Ashraf Khan / Associated Press:
Officers: Pakistan arrests American-born al-Qaida  —  KARACHI, Pakistan - The American-born spokesman for al-Qaida has been arrested by Pakistani intelligence officers in the southern city of Karachi, two officers and a government official said Sunday, the same day Adam Gadahn appeared …
DAWN.COM:
Al-Qaeda commander Abu Yahya arrested in Karachi  —  KARACHI: Pakistani security forces along with help of US intelligence arrested Abu Yahya Mujahdeen Al- Adam, who is a close associate of Osama Bin Laden.  Abu Yahya was arrested on Sunday from an area surrounding the super highway, on the outskirts of Karachi.
Helen Kennedy / NY Daily News:
American Al Qaeda terrorist Adam Gadahn, aka ‘Azzam the American’, arrested in Pakistan  —  Adam Gadhan, the treasonous Californian Al Qaeda leader who has long been on Washington's Most Wanted list, was nabbed in Pakistan Sunday - a huge victory in the battle against the terror network.
Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
American al Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn captured in Pakistan: Report
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Hot Air
CNN:   Official: U.S. al Qaeda spokesman seized
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Washington Examiner:
Consent of the governed - and the lack thereof  —  Our Declaration of Independence observes:  —  “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Baird: Healthcare votes of retiring Democrats aren't necessarily in the bag  —  Rep. Brian Baird (D-Wash.) stressed Sunday that the votes of retiring Dems such as himself aren't necessarily in the bag.  —  Appearing across from Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rep. Chris Van Hollen …
Discussion: CNN
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Dems keep pressure on Stupak over healthcare bill and abortion
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Lisa Lerer / Politico Live's Blog:
Baird undecided  —  Rep. Brian Baird (D-Wash.) said Sunday …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
The Note:   Sebelius on Stupak Abortion Impasse: ‘The Conversation Will Continue’
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 voted to elect a new parliament and possibly a new prime minister.  Explosions reverberated across the capital moments …
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Stephen Farrell / At War:
Iraqi Elections: Live-Blogging Election Day
Ned Parker / Los Angeles Times:
In Baghdad, mortar rounds mark Iraq election day
Washington Post:   Violence mars early hours of voting in Iraq
The Huffington Post:
Tom Delay: People Are Unemployed Because They Want To Be  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Former House Majority Leader Tom Delay called Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) “brave” on Sunday for launching a one-man filibuster of unemployment benefits, arguing that they dissuaded people from going out and finding work.
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Lisa Lerer / Politico Live's Blog:
Rangel was right to step down, says DeLay
Discussion: CNN
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 …
NY Daily News:
Channel 7 ABC flashes angry message, then goes black for Cablevision customers at midnight  —  ABC has gone dark.  —  Seconds after midnight, Channel 7 disappeared from the screens of Cablevision customers right in the middle of a repeat episode of “Lost.”
Discussion: Gothamist, The Impolitic and TalkLeft
CNN:
Iranian president: 9/11 was ‘big lie’  —  (CNN) — Two days before his official trip to Afghanistan, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, a “big lie” intended to pave the way for the invasion of a war-torn nation, according to Iranian state media.
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Liz Garrigan / Nashville Scene:
Nothing Funny About This Monkey Mail  —  Walt Baker, the prominent CEO of the powerful Tennessee Hospitality Association who was a key figure in gaining approval of the controversial $585 million convention center, sent the kind of “joke” email last night — comparing First Lady Michelle Obama …
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: Israel Matzav and Israpundit
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Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
As Biden heads to Israel, plan for proximity talks advances
Discussion: Associated Press and Haaretz
Patrick McGreevy / Los Angeles Times:
Overtime pay may be putting a dent in state's furlough savings  —  Furloughs are expected to save the state $1.2 billion this fiscal year.  But last year some workers more than offset those cuts with increased overtime.  —  Reporting from Sacramento - Like many other state employees …
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Torture memos resemble Clarence Thomas' way of thinking  —  The Supreme Court justice has a history of dismissing prisoner brutality.  And it's his former law clerk who was investigated for authorizing harsh interrogation tactics as a Justice Department lawyer.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Emptywheel
 
 
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New York Times:
Reconciling With the Past
Max Bergmann / Think Progress:
Mitt Romney Claims That President Obama's Words ‘Support’ 911 Truthers Abroad
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Josh Gerstein / Politico Live's Blog:
Hatch: reconciliation ‘very, very dangerous’
Discussion: CNN and Washington Monthly
Lisa Lerer / Politico Live's Blog:
Graham: Reconciliation would be “catastrophic”
Discussion: SENATUS
Steven Levingston / Washington Post:
Book review: ‘Courage and Consequence’ by Karl Rove
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Bishops and Abortion  —  Scott Lemieux wrote yesterday:
Discussion: TalkLeft
Peter Almond / Michael Yon:
Revealed: How hundreds of military personnel, millions of pounds …
Matthew Kaminski / Wall Street Journal:
‘They Need to Be Liberated From Their God’
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Israel Matzav
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Defectors Say Church of Scientology Hides Abuse
Discussion: Gawker and Pharyngula
New York Times:
If Reform Fails  —  As the fierce debate on President Obama's plan …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Obama Wields Analysis of Insurers in Health Battle
Discussion: Prairie Weather