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3:30 AM ET, March 8, 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 …
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
CNN:   Conflicting reports over al Qaeda American spokesman arrest
Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
American al Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn captured in Pakistan: Report
Discussion: CTV.ca and Mudville Gazette
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
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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Daniel Larison / Eunomia:
Who Would Want Credit For Iraq?
Discussion: Will Wilkinson and Newshoggers.com
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.
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.
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’
Rebecca Wilder / News N Economics:
The end game for Europe: wage cutting and the battle for exports  —  Yesterday I argued that Latvia's cost-cutting efforts are evident compared to a cross-section of European Union countries.  Latvia's efforts, while commendable, were very much a function of the emergency IMF loan in December 2008 and the ensuing recession in 2009.
Media Decoder:
WABC Returns to Cablevision  —  Updated The Walt Disney Company and Cablevision announced they had agreed in principle to a new contract governing WABC about 15 minutes after the Academy Awards telecast started on Sunday night.  —  The companies did not disclose the terms of the deal.
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NY Daily News:
Channel 7 ABC flashes angry message, then goes black for Cablevision …
Discussion: Gothamist, The Impolitic and TalkLeft
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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Will Wilkinson:
The Logics of the Unholy Alliance
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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
New York Times:
Reconciling With the Past
David Montgomery / Washington Post:
Washington lawyer Bob Barnett is the force behind many political book deals
 Earlier Items: 
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
Lisa Lerer / Politico Live's Blog:
Graham: Reconciliation would be “catastrophic”
Steven Levingston / Washington Post:
Book review: ‘Courage and Consequence’ by Karl Rove
New York Times:
If Reform Fails  —  As the fierce debate on President Obama's plan …
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