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9:15 PM ET, March 12, 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.
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 …
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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Stupak says his bloc of votes is cracking  —  Democratic leaders have been able to pick off members of the anti-abortion-rights bloc Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) claimed to have, the congressman said Friday.  —  In an interview with the conservative National Review Online …
Discussion: TPMDC, MyDD and AmSpecBlog
New York Times:   Democrats Planning for Health Bill Vote Next Week
James C. Capretta / National Review:
The Democrats' Tangled Web — By: James C. Capretta
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Nancy Pelosi Will Not Include Public Option In Final Bill  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Thursday that she would not include a public option in a health care reconciliation package that the House will send to the Senate.
Karen Tumulty / Swampland:   Health Care: Lock and Load
Howell Raines / Washington Post:
Why don't honest journalists take on Roger Ailes and Fox News?  —  One question has tugged at my professional conscience throughout the year-long congressional debate over health-care reform, and it has nothing to do with the public option, portability or medical malpractice.
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
Three cheers for Howell Raines (but he didn't go far enough)
Discussion: Eschaton
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 voted to approve a social studies curriculum that will put a conservative stamp on history and economics textbooks, stressing the role …
Think Progress:
Texas Board of Education cuts Thomas Jefferson out of its textbooks.
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.
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
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 …
Jessica Ravitz / CNN:
Coffee Party brewing  —  Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) — In one chair sits a rural retiree, his financial security shot in the slump, a humble Southerner who's never thought much about politics.  In another seat is a born Northerner, an inner-city native, a relative of a civil rights giant.
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 …
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
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Reid's wife has neck surgery  —  Landra Gould Reid, the wife of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, had neck surgery Friday after she was seriously injured from a major car accident just outside Washington Thursday.  Sources said the surgery appeared to be successful, and will likely be the only surgery she'll need.
Discussion: Riehl World View
Shannanb / CNN:
Truck driver in Reid accident twice cited for speeding
Discussion: The Politico
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.
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.
New York Times:
Top Obama Priorities Collide as Student Loan Legislation May Be …
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 …
The Hill:
GOP member: White House ‘clowns’ are ‘punishing’ lawmakers after security flub
Discussion: Maggie's Notebook
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.
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.
New York Times:
Widening Sex-Abuse Scandal in German Catholic Church Enmeshes Pope Benedict XVI  —  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” …
Discussion: The Lede, Truthdig, Reuters and Eschaton
The Atlantic Online:
Birther Non-Denial Denials from Republican Senate Candidates  —  Et tu, Rob Portman?  Ye of sensibility and rectitude?  Ye of maturity and political resolve?  Despite inquires from the Cincinnati Enquirer and Plain Dealer, Portman's campaign won't directly answer the question of whether …
Discussion: Daily Kos
The Atlantic Online:
Petraeus to New Hampshire!  Petraeus to New Hampshire?  —  News that Gen. David Petraeus is venturing out of his Centcom comfort zone late this month to the state of New Hampshire is catnip for a certain chunk of obsessives who believe that Petraeus wants to run for president (and be nominated as vice president) in 2012.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and The Hill
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