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11:50 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
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 …
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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.
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.
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
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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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
New York Times:
Reconciling With the Past  —  WITH President Obama and Congressional Democrats intent on one last push for health care reform, the main Republican talking point is outrage over the likely use of the reconciliation process to pass a separate House-Senate compromise.
 
 
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Rebecca Wilder / News N Economics:
The end game for Europe: wage cutting and the battle for exports
Will Wilkinson:
The Logics of the Unholy Alliance
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
CNN:
Iranian president: 9/11 was ‘big lie’
Discussion: The Other McCain
Patrick McGreevy / Los Angeles Times:
Overtime pay may be putting a dent in state's furlough savings
David Montgomery / Washington Post:
Washington lawyer Bob Barnett is the force behind many political book deals
Josh Gerstein / Politico Live's Blog:
Hatch: reconciliation ‘very, very dangerous’
Discussion: CNN and Washington Monthly
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Torture memos resemble Clarence Thomas' way of thinking
Discussion: TalkLeft and Emptywheel
 Earlier Items: 
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
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Bishops and Abortion  —  Scott Lemieux wrote yesterday:
Discussion: TalkLeft
Peter Almond / Daily Mail:
Revealed: How hundreds of military personnel, millions of pounds …
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