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1:00 PM ET, March 10, 2010


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New York Times:
Parliamentary Hurdle Could Thwart Latest Health Care Overhaul Strategy  —  WASHINGTON — The White House and Democratic Congressional leaders said Tuesday that they were bracing for a key procedural ruling that could complicate their effort to approve major health care legislation …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pelosi says House has votes for healthcare if vote were held today
Discussion: Charlie Rose and susananne's Diary
Baltimore Sun:
Union, Other Healthcare Bill Supporters ‘Arrest’ Health Insurance Leaders
The Huffington Post:
Gibbs Fires Back At Chief Justice Roberts Over Obama Criticism  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  The White House fired back at Justice John Roberts Tuesday night, after the Supreme Court Chief told a crowd that he found it “very troubling” that President Barack Obama would criticize the court during his State of the Union address.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jay Reeves / Associated Press:
Roberts: Scene at State of Union ‘very troubling’  —  TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts said Tuesday the scene at President Obama's State of the Union address was “very troubling” and the annual speech has “degenerated to a political pep rally.”
Political Punch:
War of Words Continues Between White House, Supreme Court
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Chief justice unsettled by Obama's criticism of Supreme Court
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Massa flirts with the right, but Beck isn't tickled  —  Just seven minutes into Glenn Beck's hour-long interview of Eric Massa on Tuesday evening, things had already gone very wrong.  —  Conservatives had hopes that the now-former Democratic congressman from Upstate New York …
Dan Rather / The Huffington Post:
Watermelons, Washington, and What We Call News Today  —  I must confess that until recently I had no idea what Twitter was.  Even now, I'm not completely sure how it's best used.  When I want to post something, the younger, more tech-savvy people in my office help me out.
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Rather responds to watermelon ‘controversy’  —  Since Dan Rather used one of his trademark folksy sayings on “The Chris Matthews Show” Sunday, comparing Obama's difficulty with pushing health care reform to being unable to sell watermelons on the side of the road with the help of a state trooper …
‘Jihad Jane’ Easy to Spot.  What About Others?  —  Experts Say Suburban Pennsylvania Woman Was Easy to Find, and There Could be More Like Her  —  The arrest of a suburban Pennsylvania woman known by the alias Jihad Jane, who allegedly plotted with Islamic radicals abroad to kill a Swedish cartoonist …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and ThreatsWatch
Wall Street Journal:
Why Obama Can't Move the Health-Care Numbers  —  For every voter who strongly favors the plan, two are strongly opposed.  —  One of the more amazing aspects of the health-care debate is how steady public opinion has remained.  Despite repeated and intense sales efforts by the president …
Michael B. Mukasey / Wall Street Journal:
Why You Shouldn't Judge A Lawyer by His Clients  —  Over the past several years lots of boiling ink and flaming breath have been expended attacking lawyers who took legal positions or represented clients that were or became unpopular.  The attorney who represented Bernard Madoff, for instance …
Discussion: Emptywheel and Think Progress
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Attacks on Detainee Lawyers Split Conservatives
The Politico:
Dems: No thanks to new ‘Gang of 14’  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) wants to revive the bipartisan Gang of 14 — this time for health care reform, not judicial nominees.  —  But most of his moderate Democratic colleagues aren't rushing to R.S.V.P.  —  Graham said Tuesday that a coalition …
A Tea Party Fake?  —  Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) - It's a grassroots protest movement composed of the newly politicized and people distrustful of hierarchy.  So how is it possible to be an illegitimate Tea Party member?  —  Ask Republicans in Nevada.  Some are accusing Jon Scott Ashjian …
Mike Dorning / Bloomberg:
Obama Defies Pessimists as Rising Economy Converges With Stocks  —  The political consensus may be that President Barack Obama's handling of the economy has been weak.  The judgment of money in all its forms has been overwhelmingly positive, and that may be the more lasting appraisal.
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Draft on Payday Rules Loses a Provision  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Bob Corker, the Tennessee Republican who is playing a crucial role in bipartisan negotiations over financial regulation, pressed to remove a provision from draft legislation that would have empowered federal authorities to crack …
The Politico:   Frank wants reform conference televised on C-SPAN …
Nicholas Ballasy / CNSNews:
Sen. Inhofe: Basis for Senate's Ban on Drudge Report Was Bogus, We Encourage People to Visit Drudge  —  ( - “We would encourage people to continue to use Drudge.  That's a great source,” Sen. Jim Inhofe (R.-Okla.) told Tuesday after his staff on the Environment …
Kent Brockman /
Memo puts WGN news staffers at a loss for words  —  ← Tomorrow's Lunchbox: State budget and a fruit cup!  —  Who the hell would want to work for this idiot or WGN?  But in this economy the bosses have employees over a barrel.  Encouraging snitching on co-workers creates a hostile work environment.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Crist's Conundrum  —  An independent Charlie Crist bid for the US Senate would work to Marco Rubio's advantage, because Crist would win more Democratic votes than Republican ones.  In a hypothetical three way contest Rubio leads with 34% to 27% for Crist and 25% for Kendrick Meek.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The New Israel Watch  —  Having forcibly evicted Palestinian families from their homes in East Jerusalem, the new inhabitants sing songs in praise of the mass murderer Baruch Goldstein.  And you really think the decision to make the site of that massacre a national heritage site for Israel had nothing to do with this association?
Andy Alexander / Ombudsman Blog:
Readers react to photo of two men kissing  —  Powerful photographs can have lasting impact, and a Post photo of two men kissing is an image that many readers can neither forget nor accept.  —  The photo, which ran on the newspaper's front page and online last week, captured Jeremy Ames …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Ryan Tax Plan: Higher Taxes for 90% of Americans, Less Revenue for the Government  —  Paul Ryan's “budget roadmap” has terrified the GOP leadership, but thrilled conservative intellectuals with its calls for sharp cuts in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, defense …
Discussion: Eschaton
Terry McDermott / CJR:
Dumb Like a Fox  —  Fox News isn't part of the GOP; it has simply (and shamelessly) mastered the confines of cable  —  Last December 10 was a big news day.  U.S. Senate negotiators announced they had agreed to a compromise on health care reform, final preparations were being made for a global conference …
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The Hill:
Rep. Boehner asks for GOP meeting on earmark moratorium
Discussion: The Politico
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Young must hand over sex tape
Discussion: CNN
Washington Post:
Congress must act soon to reauthorize D.C. scholarship program
Discussion: Commentary and The Foundry
Kate Devlin / Telegraph:
Patients' medical records go online without consent
Discussion: Maggie's Notebook and Vox Popoli
State unemployment picture brightens
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
DCCC puts 13 on Red to Blue campaign list
Discussion: Politics Daily
State of the Union: President Obama's Speech
Discussion: The Huffington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Pope's brother: I ignored physical abuse reports
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
It's Up to Iraqis Now. Good Luck.
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
What happened to Obama's middle path on health reform?
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Health care overhaul's biggest threat? A delay in the vote
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Saddam Hussein weighed nuclear ‘package’ deal in 1990, documents show
Discussion: Neptunus Lex