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2:30 PM ET, March 7, 2010

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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  —  Abortion continued to loom Sunday as the thorny issue that could paralyze the momentum of healthcare reform efforts in the home stretch.  —  Across the Sunday morning shows, lawmakers took sides over whether …
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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Washington Post:   Violence mars early hours of voting in Iraq
Stephen Farrell / At War:
Iraqi Elections: Live-Blogging Election Day
Ned Parker / Los Angeles Times:
In Baghdad, mortar rounds mark Iraq election day
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 …
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: The Impolitic, Gothamist and TalkLeft
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 …
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
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
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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
The Note:
McConnell: RNC Fundraising Presentation ‘Not Helpful’  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the recently exposed Republican National Committee presentation that discussed cynical fundraising strategies based on fear was “not helpful”.  The presentation, first reported by Politico …
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 …
Lisa Lerer / Politico Live's Blog:
Graham: Reconciliation would be “catastrophic”  —  Using the reconciliation process to pass health care would be “catastrophic,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) warned on Sunday.  —  “It is taking a partisan product and making it law,” Graham said on CBS's “Face The Nation.”  “It will be catastrophic.”
Discussion: SENATUS
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Bishops and Abortion  —  Scott Lemieux wrote yesterday: … In fairness, the Bishops seem to me to put quite a lot of political emphasis on institutionalized discrimination against gays and lesbians.  —  On the abortion point, the “life begins at conception and ends at birth” …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Josh Gerstein / Politico Live's Blog:
Hatch: reconciliation ‘very, very dangerous’  —  Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) warns that Democrats are playing with fire by attempting to pass health care legislation using the Senate's reconciliation rules and without bipartisan support.  —  “To do this is just very, very dangerous,” Hatch said Sunday on NBC's “Meet The Press.”
Discussion: CNN and Washington Monthly
 
 
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Max Bergmann / Think Progress:
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Steven Levingston / Washington Post:
Book review: ‘Courage and Consequence’ by Karl Rove
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Matthew Kaminski / Wall Street Journal:
‘They Need to Be Liberated From Their God’
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Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Defectors Say Church of Scientology Hides Abuse
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New York Times:
If Reform Fails  —  As the fierce debate on President Obama's plan …
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Elliott Abrams / Weekly Standard:
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Marty Peretz / The New Republic:
Sorry, But The Verdict Is In On The Long American Excursion In Iraq.
Robert J. Shiller / New York Times:
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Discussion: Hit & Run and Calculated Risk
Bruce Kesler / Maggie's Farm:
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