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7:20 PM ET, March 13, 2010


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Ray LaHood / Chicago Tribune:
Beyond politics  —  Why Republicans should support health care reform  —  I've been a Republican all my life, when I served in the Illinois legislature, when I worked for members of Congress and when I served in Congress.  During the 2008 presidential election, I supported Republican Sen. John McCain.
Joel Benenson / Washington Post:
Most Americans want health care reform  —  It is ironic that Democratic pollsters Patrick H. Caddell and Douglas E. Schoen felt “compelled” to “challenge the myths” about public attitudes on health care by simply restating one of the most commonly stated — and patently wrong — Republican myths [Washington Forum, March 12].
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Conservative Blogger: “Isn't It Time To Euthanize Reid's Wife?”  —  Right-wing blogger Dan Riehl wonders if the left wants to abort babies, why care about someone who has a broken back and neck at age 69?  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's wife and daughter were in an auto accident …
Dan / Riehl World View:
Isn't It Time To Euthanize Reid's Wife?  —  I'm not sure I quite understand this, given that cost is so important as a burden to taxpayers when it comes to health care.  If Democrats want so badly to abort babies because of it, why are we bothering with someone who has a broken neck and back at 69?
Wall Street Journal:
Road to the Nut House  —  It was 1976 and I was interviewing Democratic presidential candidates as they came through Boston for the Massachusetts primary.  One of them was Sen. Henry “Scoop” Jackson, who came into our radio studios with a small entourage.  The Washington state Democrat talked about his issues, mostly national defense.
Harry Lynch / Raleigh News & Observer:
Youngs won't be sent to jail
Discussion: The Caucus and The Hill
Timberly Ross / Associated Press:
Lesbian sgt. discharged after police tell military  —  Former Air Force sergeant Jene (jeh-NAY') Newsome says she played by the rules.  She never told anyone in the military that she was a lesbian.  —  But Newsome was discharged earlier this year under the military's “don't ask, don't tell” …
Netanyahu ‘surprised’ by U.S. condemnation over East Jerusalem plan  —  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday said he was surprised by the U.S. administration's public condemnation of his government over Israel's announcement that it would construct 1,600 new housing units in East Jerusalem.
Discussion: Laura Rozen's Blog
New York Times:
Vatican Sees Campaign Against the Pope  —  ROME — As new details emerged on allegations of child sexual abuse by priests in the Munich archdiocese then led by Pope Benedict XVI, the Vatican spoke out on Saturday to protect the pope against what it called an aggressive campaign against him in his native Germany.
St. Petersburg Times:
Marco Rubio's lavish rise to the top  —  Marco Rubio was barely solvent as a young lawmaker climbing his way to the top post in the Florida House, but special interest donations and political perks allowed him to spend big money with little scrutiny.  —  About $600,000 in contributions …
Christopher Hayes / Time:
The Twilight of the Elites  —  In the past decade, nearly every pillar institution in American society — whether it's General Motors, Congress, Wall Street, Major League Baseball, the Catholic Church or the mainstream media — has revealed itself to be corrupt, incompetent or both.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Erica Werner / Associated Press:
New Sen. Brown bashes Obama's ‘bitter’ health push  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Newly arrived Republican Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts accused President Barack Obama and Democrats on Saturday of a “bitter, destructive and endless” drive to pass health overhaul legislation that Brown warned would be disastrous.
Jesse Lee / White Blog Feed:
Weekly Address: Education for a More Competitive America & Better Future  —  The President discusses his blueprint for an updated Elementary and Secondary Education Act to overhaul No Child Left Behind, the latest step from his Administration to encourage change and success in America's schools at the local level.
Discussion: Politics Daily and SENATUS
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Obama previews No Child Left Behind overhaul in address
Discussion: The Politico and The Swamp
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Evan Glass / CNN:
Democrats soften pledge for three-day posting of health bill
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Rove's Pride.  —  So Karl Rove is “proud” of waterboarding …
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Gingrich Savors Another Turn in the Spotlight
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Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
New York Cabs Gouged Riders Out of Millions
Discussion: Gothamist and Joe. My. God.
Wall Street Journal:
Colorado Mom Held in Terror Plot Case