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10:05 AM ET, March 8, 2010


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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: QandO, Taegan Goddard's … and Hot Air
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,” …
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 …
Jeff Mason / Reuters:
Obama to push White House vision for NASA in April  —  (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will outline his administration's vision for space agency NASA and an eventual trip to Mars during a conference in Florida in April, the White House said on Sunday.  —  Obama has had to defend …
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.
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
Patrick Quinn / Associated Press:
Al-Qaida calls on US Muslims to attack America
Ashraf Khan / Associated Press:   Officers: Pakistan arrests American-born al-Qaida
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Republicans scold Liz Cheney  —  A group that includes leading conservative lawyers and policy experts, former Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr and several senior officials of the last Bush Administration, is denouncing as “shameful” Republican attacks on lawyers who came to the Obama Justice Department …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
The ACLU and Human Rights Watch Rally to Holder's Defense
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Obama to appeal for public support on health care  —  WASHINGTON — With the fate of his signature legislative initiative far from certain, President Barack Obama is taking his last-ditch push for health care reform on the road.  —  In a speech Monday in Philadelphia, Obama will try to persuade …
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Dems go to talking-terrorism school
Discussion: Riehl World View
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Tom Delay: People Are Unemployed Because They Want To Be
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
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: and MyDD
Hillel Fendel / Arutz Sheva:
Turkish Police Accost Sabbath Worshipers in Synagogue  —  Follow Israel news on and .  —  ( 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
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
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 …
Paul Bibby / Sydney Morning Herald:
Muslim leader wants elements of sharia in Australia  —  ELEMENTS of Islamic law - the sharia - should be legally recognised in Australia so that Muslims can live according their faith, a prominent Muslim leader says.  —  Addressing an open day at Lakemba Mosque on Saturday …
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
Michael Kranish / Boston Globe:
Va. health bill could foil Obama proposal  —  State questions constitutionality  —  Obama dismissed the assertion of unconstitutionality as “talking points.”  (Susan Walsh/ AP)  —  RICHMOND - Here in the former capital of the Old Confederacy, where resistance to the supremacy of federal law …
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette
New York Times:
In Deal on Everglades, a Dream Is Deferred  —  FIELDS OF CANE United States Sugar's Clewiston sugar cane refinery.  A $1.75 billion deal to sell land and assets to Florida was reduced to 72,800 acres, in separate parcels, for $536 million.  More Photos »
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
An Irish Mirror  —  Everyone has a theory about the financial crisis.
Discussion: European Tribune
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
Annie Karni / New York Post:
Gov's ‘pick me!’ path to power
Discussion: Gothamist and The Page
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Daniel Larison / Eunomia:
Who Would Want Credit For Iraq?
Discussion: and Will Wilkinson
Anal yst / Stone Street Advisors:
New York Times, Gretchen Morgenson Dazzle Us With Their Ignorance (Yet Again)
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