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9:45 AM ET, March 8, 2010

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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama warns staff: Ignore palace intrigue  —  The spate of news stories delving into West Wing palace intrigue has become so relentless that President Barack Obama warned his team against fueling the blaze.  —  “Don't get absorbed in the Washington finger-pointing and intrigue,” …
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Mark Halperin / Time:
How Obama Is Making the Same Mistakes as Bush  —  Who would have thought that one of Barack Obama's biggest missteps as president would be repeating some of the bad habits of George W. Bush?  No single factor was more instrumental in Obama's 2008 victory than his pledge to completely reverse the nation's course once in the White House.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Hot Air
Albert R. Hunt / Bloomberg:
Faux White House Intrigue Obscures Deeper Disarray: Albert Hunt  —  Late last week, the best topic for this column seemed to be warfare inside the White House: dueling op-eds, blogs and articles debated whether Rahm Emanuel was the cause of Barack Obama's winter of discontent …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Unrest within Democratic Party plays out in controversy over Rahm Emanuel's role  —  White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel has become a reluctant central figure in the battle between liberals and centrists in the Democratic Party.  —  A spate of recent reports have portrayed Emanuel …
Discussion: Hotline On Call and New York Times
Jeff Mason / Reuters:
Obama to push White House vision for NASA in April
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 …
Chris Brummitt / Associated Press:
Pakistan seeks identity of American suspect
Discussion: Firedoglake
Ashraf Khan / Associated Press:   Officers: Pakistan arrests American-born al-Qaida
msnbc.com:
Sources: U.S.-born al-Qaida spokesman caught
Patrick Quinn / Associated Press:
Al-Qaida calls on US Muslims to attack America
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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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
The ACLU and Human Rights Watch Rally to Holder's Defense
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE GOP STILL JUST DOESN'T LIKE THE UNEMPLOYED.... It's astounding, but in the midst of an unemployment crisis, prominent Republicans continue to castigate those struggling to find jobs.  —  Yesterday, for example, disgraced former Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) argued that unemployment benefits …
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The Huffington Post:
Tom Delay: People Are Unemployed Because They Want To Be
Hillel Fendel / Arutz Sheva:
Turkish Police Accost Sabbath Worshipers in Synagogue  —  Follow Israel news on and .  —  (IsraelNN.com) A Turkish newspaper reports that police burst into an Istanbul synagogue during recent Sabbath services and demanded worshipers' ID's.  —  The Turkish Milliyet newspaper reported …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Israel Matzav
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
Arkansas's Senator in Middle, Hit on All Sides  —  HELENA, Ark. — When the subject of Senator Blanche Lincoln came up at a women's luncheon last week at the historic Pillow-Thompson House in this Mississippi River town, there was an awkward pause in the chatter.
Discussion: msnbc.com and MyDD
Carl M. Cannon / Politics Daily:
Six Reasons Barack Obama is Still the Odds-on Favorite in 2012  —  Less than six months after he took office, Barack Obama was labeled a “lame duck” president by a few overeager conservative commentators.  Before his first year in the White House was up, some nervous liberals began pronouncing …
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.
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Low-tax Texas beats big-government California  —  Senior Political Analyst  —  “Stop messing with Texas!”  That was the message Gov. Rick Perry bellowed on election night as he celebrated his victory over Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in the Republican primary for governor.
Discussion: theblogprof and Wizbang
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
A bipartisan push to clean up the Supreme Court's mess  —  In a city where the phrase “bipartisan initiative” is becoming an oxymoron, the urgency of containing the damage the Supreme Court could do to our electoral system creates an opportunity for a rare convergence of interest and principle.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Sam Dillon / New York Times:
Officials Step Up Enforcement of Rights Laws in Education  —  Seeking to step up enforcement of civil rights laws, the federal Department of Education says it will be sending letters in coming weeks to thousands of school districts and colleges, outlining their responsibilities on issues of fairness and equal opportunity.
Discussion: Flypaper and The Page
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 …
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
E.J. Dionne Knocks Down Orrin Hatch's Talking Points on Reconciliation  —  On Meet the Press, E.J. Dionne and Orrin Hatch continue their argument that started on the op-ed pages of the Washington Post.  —  More on that from Steve Benen: … Transcript via NBC below the fold.
 
 
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Michael Kranish / Boston Globe:
Va. health bill could foil Obama proposal
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette
New York Times:
In Deal on Everglades, a Dream Is Deferred
Peter Preston / Guardian:
Wanted: an eco prophet
Discussion: normblog
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Death Of Conservatism, Ctd
Discussion: Prairie Weather and driftglass
Jack Cashill / American Thinker:
What I Learned from Obama's Pop
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Problems with Haitian land rights: nowhere to call home
Matt Duss / Think Progress:
Chris Wallace Calls The Perpetually Wrong Bill Kristol An ‘Expert’ On Iraq
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Bibby / Sydney Morning Herald:
Muslim leader wants elements of sharia in Australia
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Creeping Sharia
Annie Karni / New York Post:
Gov's ‘pick me!’ path to power
Discussion: Gothamist and The Page
Tom Braithwaite / Financial Times:
Big bank oversight to stay with Fed
R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
Thin wall separates lobbyist contributions and earmarks
Daniel Larison / Eunomia:
Who Would Want Credit For Iraq?
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and Will Wilkinson
Rebecca Wilder / News N Economics:
The endgame for Europe: wage cutting and the battle for exports
John Simpson / BBC:
Simpson on Iraq  —  Two blocks of flats in Baghdad were flattened by bomb attacks
Discussion: Politics Daily and TigerHawk