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 …
Iraq poll hit by deadly attacks — Iraq's second parliamentary election since the 2003 invasion has been hit by multiple attacks, with at least 24 people being killed. — Two buildings were destroyed in the capital and dozens of mortars were fired across Baghdad and elsewhere.
Discussion: Laura Rozen's Blog and Informed Comment
Stephen Farrell / At War:
Iraqi Elections: Live-Blogging Election Day — Marc Santora an NYT correspondent traveling with a United Nations team observing the election, said it had left the polling station in the village of Jabal on the outskirts of Ramadi, capital of western Anbar province.
Discussion: Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, NPR Blogs, Mudville Gazette and New York Times
Charles Levinson / Wall Street Journal: Blasts, Mortars Mar Voting in Iraq
Mark Memmott / NPR Blogs: Attacks Don't Stop Voting In Iraq; Turnout Said To Be Strong In Key Elections
Tim Arango / New York Times: Ex-Leader Is Top Rival to Premier in Iraq Vote
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 …
Discussion: MyDD, DISSENTING JUSTICE, Big Journalism and Chronicle of the Conspiracy
Charles Lemos / MyDD: A Baffled David Alexrod
Darren Hutchinson / DISSENTING JUSTICE: NYT On David Axelrod: Tired, Confused, But Determined
Donald L. Luskin / Chronicle of the Conspiracy: ONE DULL AXE — My DC-insider friend “Mick Danger” …
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.
Discussion: The Huffington Post, Atlas Shrugs and Jihad Watch
Iran's Ahmadinejad calls Sept 11 “big fabrication”
Iran's Ahmadinejad calls Sept 11 “big fabrication”
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel, The Lede, Right Pundits, Pam's House Blend, Alan Colmes' Liberaland and Israel Matzav
Robert Mackey / The Lede: Ahmadinejad Calls 9/11 ‘A Big Fabrication’
Donald Borsch Jr / Right Pundits: Ahmadinejad says 911 a fabrication, blames Israeli and American …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
RNC Fallout: ‘Ashamed’ donor closes checkbook — A prominent Evangelical figure and Republican donor says he will end his contributions to the organized Republican Party in reaction to the leaked fundraising presentation that advised using “fear” to solicit contributions and displayed an image …
Discussion: Washington Monthly, The Civility Project, The Moderate Voice, Liberal Values, Riehl World View and Daily Kos
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly: RNC'S ‘FEAR-GATE’ HITS PARTY'S POCKETBOOK.... The release this week …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice: RNC Loses Donor Over Foot In Mouth Leaked Fundraising Presentation
Ron Chusid / Liberal Values: GOP Fundraising Documents Cost Them A Donor
Silly Rabbit / Daily Kos: Sunday Talk - The Root of All Evil
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.
Discussion: Breitbart.tv, Mediaite, Alan Colmes' Liberaland and Riehl World View
Drew Grant / Mediaite: Palin Defends Writing On Hand: God Did It Too
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
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: Laura Rozen's Blog and Israpundit
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Catholic Bishops Want to Change Senate Rules to Restrict Choice in Health Care — Here's an amazing little article from Politico. … What are they talking about? Well, the bishops want the Stupak amendment, which would effectively end coverage of abortion services in all insurance markets over time.
Discussion: National Review, The Moderate Voice, TalkLeft, Hullabaloo, The Politico, Dependable Renegade and Ezra Klein
Grace-Marie Turner / National Review: Dangerous Negotiations Over Abortion — By: Grace-Marie Turner
Kathy Kattenburg / The Moderate Voice: Catholic Bishops Want to “Help” …
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft: Waiving the Byrd Rule for Stupak
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico: Abortion could be deal breaker
Michael Moore / The Huffington Post:
President Obama: Replace Rahm with Me ...an open letter from Michael Moore — I understand you may be looking to replace Rahm Emanuel as your chief of staff. — I would like to humbly offer myself, yours truly, as his replacement. — I will come to D.C. and clean up the mess that's been created around you.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars, Michael Moore, Don Surber, JammieWearingFool and NewsBusters.org
Marty Peretz / The New Republic:
Sorry, But The Verdict Is In On The Long American Excursion In Iraq. And It Is Favorable. — There were moments—long moments—during the Iraq war when I had my doubts. Even deep doubts. Frankly, I couldn't quite imagine any venture requiring trust with Arabs turning out especially well.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and Alas, a blog
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway: Iraq War: Mission Accomplished?
Jeff Fecke / Alas, a blog: Bigotry, Thy Name is Marty Peretz