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1:10 PM ET, March 12, 2010


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Washington Post:
If Democrats ignore health-care polls, midterms will be costly  —  In “The March of Folly,” Barbara Tuchman asked, “Why do holders of high office so often act contrary to the way reason points and enlightened self-interest suggests?”  Her assessment of self-deception …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
A Historic Achievement  —  I don't think the arguments mounted by Pat Caddell and Douglas Schoen that Democrats will face political disaster if they pass health reform hold water.  Or, rather, I think they disingenuously fail to consider the alternative.  If reform passes …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Health Reform Myths  —  Health reform is back from the dead.  Many Democrats have realized that their electoral prospects will be better if they can point to a real accomplishment.  Polling on reform — which was never as negative as portrayed — shows signs of improving.
Mike Allen / The Politico:   POTUS lists charities getting Nobel largesse …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Social Secretary Ran Into Sharp Elbows  —  WASHINGTON — Long before the State Dinner party crashers and the tension with her White House colleagues and the strain in her relationship with the first lady, Desirée Rogers began to understand she was in trouble when David Axelrod summoned …
Michael Leahy / Washington Post:
A frustrated caucus keeps complaints quiet  —  A year ago, members of the Congressional Black Caucus openly wept at Barack Obama's inauguration.  Slowly, that euphoria has given way to frustration that his administration has not done more for black America.
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Obama delays trip for health push
Discussion: The Swamp, ABCNEWS, CNN and The Foundry
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Obama puts off overseas trip to focus on healthcare reform battle
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama to Delay Pacific Trip by Three Days
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
An option still on table?  —  Senate Republicans caused a major stir Thursday when they told reporters that the parliamentarian had informed them that the Senate bill needed to be signed into law before lawmakers took up a sidecar bill to fix it.  —  And Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Pelosi: Public option will not be in health bill
Parliamentarian decision could make health bill tougher for Democrats
David Brooks / New York Times:
Op-Ed Columnist: What Obama Stands For  —  Who is Barack Obama?  —  If you ask a conservative Republican, you are likely to hear that Obama is a skilled politician who campaigned as a centrist but is governing as a big-government liberal.  He plays by ruthless, Chicago politics rules.
Rove ‘proud’ of US waterboarding  —  A senior advisor to former US President George W Bush has defended tough interrogation techniques, saying their use helped prevent terrorist attacks.  —  In a BBC interview, Karl Rove, who was known as “Bush's brain”, said he “was proud we used techniques that broke the will of these terrorists”.
New York Times:
Report Details How Lehman Hid Its Woes as It Collapsed  —  By MICHAEL J. de la MERCED and ANDREW ROSS SORKIN  —  It is the Wall Street equivalent of a coroner's report — a 2,200-page document that lays out, in new and startling detail, how Lehman Brothers used accounting sleight of hand …
Tyler Durden / zero hedge:
The “Repo 105” Scam: How Lehman Fooled Everyone (Including Allegedly …
Wall Street Journal:
Examiner: Lehman Torpedoed Lehman
New York Times:
Top Obama Priorities Collide as Student Loan Legislation May Be Attached to Health Care  —  WASHINGTON — Democratic Congressional leaders struck a tentative agreement on Thursday that breathes new life into President Obama's proposed overhaul of federal student loan programs.
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Senators give Obama a bipartisan plan on immigration  —  The president is encouraged, but healthcare politics could jeopardize the proposal.  —  Clarissa Martinez de Castro of the National Council of La Raza speaks to reporters outside the White House after meeting with President Obama to on immigration reform.
Mark Murray /
Discussion: Washington Post and AmSpecBlog
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Tea parties stir evangelicals' fears  —  The rise of a new conservative grass roots fueled by a secular revulsion at government spending is stirring fears among leaders of the old conservative grass roots, the evangelical Christian right.  —  A reeling economy and the massive bank bailout …
Washington Examiner:
Yeas & Nays reporter booted from Sean Penn event  —  A Yeas & Nays reporter was publicly berated and threatened to be escorted out by police on Thursday night when the reporter asked actor Sean Penn a controversial question about his humanitarian work in Haiti.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Beck vs Social Justice  —  I'm surprised there hasn't been more attention paid lately to Glenn Beck's attacks on the idea of social justice: … If this is meant seriously—and Beck's sounded the theme in three consecutive shows so I think it is—this seems to me like when McCarthy decided to go after the Army.
Associated Press:
Reid's Wife and Daughter Injured in Car Accident  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's wife and daughter were hospitalized Thursday — the wife with a broken back and neck — after their minivan was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer truck on an interstate highway in suburban Virginia, authorities said.
USA Today:   Sen. Reid's wife breaks back, neck in crash
Renae Merle / Washington Post:
New round of foreclosures threatens housing market  —  The housing market is facing swelling ranks of homeowners who are seriously delinquent but have yet to lose their homes, and this is threatening a new wave of foreclosures that could hit just as the real estate market has begun to stabilize.
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