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2:45 AM ET, March 13, 2010


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Robert Costa / The Corner on National Review Online:
‘They Just Want This Over’ — By: Robert Costa  —  Sitting in an airport, on his way home to Michigan, Rep. Bart Stupak, a pro-life Democrat, is chagrined.  “They're ignoring me,” he says, in a phone interview with National Review Online.  “That's their strategy now.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
New Health Care Whip Count - 191 Yes, 202 No  —  Just a brief word on the church of the savvy smugly saying that whip counts efforts like this are misguided because of all the “wiggle room.”  I'm building that into my analysis.  I think I'm representing an accurate snapshot in time of where the House is at on this bill.
Karen Tumulty / Swampland:
Health Care: Lock and Load  —  After all the missed deadlines, I'm hesitant to say this, but here goes:  —  Next week is the week.  —  The House Democratic leadership now expects to schedule a vote on the Senate health care bill and send it to President Obama's desk next Friday, March 19, or Saturday, March 20.
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Van Hollen memo lays out time line and messaging
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Stupak says his bloc of votes is cracking
Discussion: TPMDC, MyDD and AmSpecBlog
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dem Leaders: Bill Must Be Made Law Before Fix
James C. Capretta / National Review:
The Democrats' Tangled Web — By: James C. Capretta
New York Times:   Pelosi Predicts a Health Bill Within 10 Days
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
Texas Conservatives Win Vote on Textbook Standards  —  AUSTIN, Tex. — After three days of turbulent meetings, the Texas Board of Education on Friday approved a social studies curriculum that will put a conservative stamp on history and economics textbooks, stressing the superiority of American capitalism …
Think Progress:
Texas Board of Education cuts Thomas Jefferson out of its textbooks.  —  The Texas Board of Education has been meeting this week to revise its social studies curriculum.  During the past three days, “the board's far-right faction wielded their power to shape lessons on the civil rights movement …
Wall Street Journal:
Colorado Mom Held in Terror Plot Case  —  A Second American Woman Is Arrested in Cartoonist Case  —  By VANESSA O'CONNELL in New York, STEPHANIE SIMON in Colorado and EVAN PEREZ in Washington  —  Last Easter, Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, a 31-year-old mom with a $30,000-a-year job as a medical assistant …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Democrats' scam becomes more transparent  —  A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about what seemed to be a glaring (and quite typical) scam perpetrated by Congressional Democrats: all year long, they insisted that the White House and a majority of Democratic Senators vigorously supported a public option …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Durbin's Office: If House Passes Public Option, We'll Whip For It In Senate
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Clinton rebukes Israel over East Jerusalem plans, cites damage to bilateral ties  —  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton rebuked Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Friday about the state of the U.S.-Israeli relationship, demanding that Israel take immediate steps to show …
Clinton tells Israeli leader plan undermines peace process
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
SEIU Warns Dems: If You Don't Back Reform, We Won't Back You  —  Hardball time.  —  In what seems intended as a shot across the bow of House Dems wavering on health reform, top officials with the labor powerhouse SEIU have bluntly told a Democratic member that they will pull their support for him …
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner on National Review Online:
Brooks & Obama Cont'd — By: Jonah Goldberg  —  David Brooks has written another column insisting that he knows the real Barack Obama and the partisans on both sides of the culture political war are too locked into their positions and ghettoized worldviews to see the man as he really is.
Discussion: EconLog and Pajamas Media
Shannanb / CNN:
Truck driver in Reid accident twice cited for speeding  —  Harry Reid's wife and daughter were injured in a car crash Thursday in Washington.  —  Washington (CNN) - The Ohio truck driver charged with reckless driving in an accident that injured Sen. Harry Reid's wife and daughter has twice …
Discussion: The Politico
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Reid's wife has neck surgery
New York Times:
Sex-Abuse Scandal in the German Church Touches Pope Benedict XVI's Archdiocese  —  BERLIN — A widening child sexual abuse inquiry in Europe has landed at the doorstep of Pope Benedict XVI, as a senior church official acknowledged Friday that a German archdiocese made “serious mistakes” …
The Huffington Post:
Fox News Plucks ‘Back Wax’ Ad From YouTube  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Fox News Channel has forced YouTube to take down a Democratic National Committee Web ad that mocks Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio for spending $130 on a haircut saying that the spot illegally uses network footage.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   DNC writes Fox, asserting fair use
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Tea Party Avoids Divisive Social Issues  —  For decades, faith and family have been at the center of the conservative movement.  But as the Tea Party infuses conservatism with new energy, its leaders deliberately avoid discussion of issues like gay marriage or abortion.
David M. Herszenhorn / The Caucus:
Student Loan Bill Opposed by Group Packed With Ex-Clinton Aides  —  “This wasteful spending was first identified by President Bill Clinton,” Representative George Miller, Democrat of California and chairman of the Education and Labor Committee, declared at a news conference in the Capitol on Thursday.
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
Three cheers for Howell Raines (but he didn't go far enough)  —  Howell Raines' forthcoming WashPost column about Fox News represents some necessary truth telling: … Watching the elite Beltway press actually rally around Fox News last year after the White House called it out as an illegitimate outlet …
Discussion: Eschaton
Howell Raines / Washington Post:
Why don't honest journalists take on Roger Ailes and Fox News?
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
More Holder briefs acknowledged  —  Attorney General Eric Holder didn't tell the Senate Judiciary Committee about seven Supreme Court amicus briefs he prepared or supported, his office acknowledged in a letter Friday, including two urging the court to reject the Bush administration's attempt to try Jose Padilla as an enemy combatant.
Robin Hindery / Associated Press:
Judge rules on open-primary ballot measure  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif.—A judge has altered the language of California's open-primary ballot measure after a last-minute push by its opponents.  —  Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Allen Sumner made the changes to Proposition 14's title and summary on Friday …
Michelle Oddis / Human Events:
Inhofe Wants Spending Freeze, Opposes Earmark Ban  —  All 178 House Republicans agreed Wednesday to implement a yearlong ban on all congressional earmarks in spending bills.  —  “Federal spending is out of control and the American people know it.  Earmarks have become emblematic of everything …
Discussion: The Hill and TPM LiveWire
Jim Inhofe / Wall Street Journal:
What Real Spending Restraint Looks Like
Discussion: AmSpecBlog, Hot Air and Gateway Pundit
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David Frum / FrumForum:
Romneycare Sure Looks Like Obamacare
The Atlantic Online:
Petraeus to New Hampshire! Petraeus to New Hampshire?
Associated Press:
Kevin Garn: I Nude Hot-Tubbed with Minor
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Generational Differences on Abortion Narrow
Discussion: Commentary and Hot Air
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
The Atlantic Home
Discussion: Power Line
The Atlantic Online:
Birther Non-Denial Denials from Republican Senate Candidates
Discussion: Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Obama Links Immigration Overhaul in 2010 to G.O.P. Backing
Pat Buchanan / Yahoo! News:
The Disemboweling of America
Discussion: The Huffington Post
David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
Beware the Amazon  —  Tyranny is afoot.  And this evil arrives …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Democratic candidates distance themselves from healthcare reform
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Commentary