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10:45 PM ET, March 7, 2010

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CBS News:
U.S.-Born al Qaeda Arrest News Incorrect  —  Confusion Over Militant's Identity Sparked Reports of Gadahn Arrest; Some Media Say It is Another U.S.-Born Terrorist  —  An “important Taliban militant” was arrested today in Pakistan.  But that is where the confusion started.
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New York Times:
Qaeda Operative Arrested in Pakistan  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — An operative of Al Qaeda believed to be an American was arrested in the sprawling southern city of Karachi in recent days by Pakistani security officials, Pakistani officials said Sunday.  —  American and Pakistani officials …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
CNN:
Conflicting reports over al Qaeda American spokesman arrest
Discussion: Harry's Place
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Conservative lawyers criticize attacks on DOJ lawyers  —  Bill Kristol just launched a pre-emptive assault on a statement criticizing his and Liz Cheney's group, Keep America Safe, which bears the signature of a prominent lawyer who's typically a Cheney ally.
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ACLU:
ACLU New York Times Ad Today Calls On President Obama Not To Back Down On 9/11 Civilian Trials  —  Group Makes Same Plea In Letter To President  —  CONTACT: Rachel Myers, (646) 206-8643 or (212) 549-2666; media@aclu.org  —  NEW YORK - The American Civil Liberties Union today published …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
The ACLU and Human Rights Watch Rally to Holder's Defense  —  The American Civil Liberties Union has an amusing full-page ad in the New York Times today (p. 8 of the Week in Review section).  It morphs a photo of their onetime favorite, Barack Obama into...George W. Bush!
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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.
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Jesus Christ, Mike Allen, Reconciliation Is NOT THAT COMPLICATED  —  There are a lot of thorny issues in American politics that require a great deal of concentrated attention to grasp.  The controversy over budget reconciliation and health care is not one of them.
John Simpson / BBC:
Simpson on Iraq  —  Two blocks of flats in Baghdad were flattened by bomb attacks  —  These elections will certainly be seen as a big success - despite the depressing level of violence, which demonstrates that it is still altogether untrue to suggest that Iraq is now a country at peace.
Discussion: TigerHawk
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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
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 and Taylor Marsh
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Dems keep pressure on Stupak over healthcare bill and abortion concerns
Discussion: Washington Monthly
The Note:   Sebelius on Stupak Abortion Impasse: ‘The Conversation Will Continue’
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
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Anal yst / Stone Street Advisors:
New York Times, Gretchen Morgenson Dazzle Us With Their Ignorance (Yet Again)  —  Earlier today, Twitter user (and good follow!)  Taste_Arbitrage alerted us - his followers, that is - an egregious error in Gretchen's latest article, wherein she attempts to inform us that - news alert …
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Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
The Swaps That Swallowed Your Town
Discussion: Power Line and naked capitalism
 
 
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
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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 …
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