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7:25 AM ET, March 8, 2010

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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
CNN:   Conflicting reports over al Qaeda American spokesman arrest
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
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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: New York Times
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Albert R. Hunt / Bloomberg:
Faux White House Intrigue Obscures Deeper Disarray: Albert Hunt
Discussion: Marbury and Laura Rozen's Blog
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.
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
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: Politics Daily and TigerHawk
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: MyDD
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.
Tom Braithwaite / Financial Times:
Big bank oversight to stay with Fed  —  Banks with more than $100bn of assets will be overseen by the US Federal Reserve under a regulatory reform plan that represents a partial victory for the central bank after months of attacks in Congress.  —  Chris Dodd, the Senate banking committee chairman …
Annie Karni / New York Post:
Gov's ‘pick me!’ path to power  —  When Eliot Spitzer's top aides were mulling David Paterson as a potential running mate in the winter of 2005, two people who knew him cautioned that the Albany veteran was a “hard partier.”  —  They were referring to Paterson's extramarital dalliances …
Discussion: Gothamist and The Page
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Dems keep pressure on Stupak over healthcare bill and abortion concerns  —  Abortion continued to loom Sunday as the thorny issue that could paralyze the momentum of healthcare reform efforts in the home stretch.  —  Across the Sunday morning shows, lawmakers took sides over whether …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Baird: Healthcare votes of retiring Democrats aren't necessarily in the bag
Discussion: CNN and Taylor Marsh
The Note:   Sebelius on Stupak Abortion Impasse: ‘The Conversation Will Continue’
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
 
 
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Washington Post:
Violence mars early hours of voting in Iraq
Josh Gerstein / Politico Live's Blog:
Hatch: reconciliation ‘very, very dangerous’
Discussion: CNN and Washington Monthly
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Washington Examiner:
Consent of the governed - and the lack thereof