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11:35 AM ET, March 7, 2010

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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
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 …
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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 …
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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 …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Jawa Report
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 and TalkLeft
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
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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.
Discussion: Hot Air and Power Line
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
Lisa Lerer / Politico Live's Blog:
Reconciliation would be “catastrophic”  —  Using the reconciliation process to pass health care would be “catastrophic,” warned Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday.  —  “It is taking a partisan product and making it law,” said Graham on CBS's Face The Nation.  “It will be catastrophic.”
Discussion: SENATUS
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.
New York Times:
If Reform Fails  —  As the fierce debate on President Obama's plan for health care reform comes to a head, Americans should be thinking carefully about what happens if Congress fails to enact legislation.  —  Are they really satisfied with the status quo?  And is the status quo really sustainable?
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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
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.
 
 
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Steven Levingston / Washington Post:
Book review: ‘Courage and Consequence’ by Karl Rove
Discussion: Gawker and The Atlantic Online
The Atlantic Online:
Timothy Geithner: Inside Man
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Matthew Kaminski / Wall Street Journal:
‘They Need to Be Liberated From Their God’
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Defectors Say Church of Scientology Hides Abuse
Discussion: Pharyngula
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Obama Wields Analysis of Insurers in Health Battle
Elliott Abrams / Weekly Standard:
Obama Talks, Syria Mocks
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Commentary
George F. Will / Washington Post:
How the Constitution, filtered by the high court, affects guns
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
The lesson behind the Chief Justice Roberts rumor
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner on National Review Online:
Brooks And The Tea Parties — By: Jonah Goldberg
Marty Peretz / The New Republic:
Sorry, But The Verdict Is In On The Long American Excursion In Iraq.
Bruce Kesler / Maggie's Farm:
CA Senate Debate Knees and Elbows (UPDATE: Refs Miss Campbell Fumble)
Ali Noorani / The Huffington Post:
A Vision Becoming Reality for March 21st