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3:00 PM ET, March 14, 2010


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Kathleen Hennessey / Los Angeles Times:
Justice's wife launches ‘tea party’ group  —  The nonprofit run by Virginia Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, is likely to test notions of political impartiality for the court.  —  Reporting from Washington  —  As Virginia Thomas tells it in her soft-spoken …
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Obama chooses 1st young appeals court nominee
Discussion: TalkLeft
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Gibbs: By next Sunday, healthcare reform will be ‘law of the land’  —  White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the healthcare bill will pass by next weekend.  —  “We'll have the votes when the House votes, I think, within the next week,” Gibbs said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Frank Rich / New York Times:
The New Rove-Cheney Assault on Reality  —  THE opening salvo, fired on Fox News during Thanksgiving week, aroused little notice: Dana Perino, the former White House press secretary, declared that “we did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush's term.”
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Rove Falsely Claims Bush Administration Never Said Iraqi Oil Revenue Would Help Pay For War  —  In his new book and in recent media appearances promoting it, former top Bush aide Karl Rove has been revising the history of the Iraq war, particularly regarding the issue of Saddam Hussien's alleged weapons of mass destruction.
Discussion: Raw Story
Peter Baker / New York Times:
As Health Vote Awaits, Future of a Presidency Waits, Too
Bob Shallit / Sacramento Bee:
IRS visits Sacramento carwash in pursuit of 4 cents  —  It was every businessperson's nightmare.  —  Arriving at Harv's Metro Car Wash in midtown Wednesday afternoon were two dark-suited IRS agents demanding payment of delinquent taxes.  “They were deadly serious, very aggressive, very condescending,” says Harv's owner, Aaron Zeff.
John / Power Line:
Kill the Bill!  —  The Minneapolis Star Tribune headlines tonight: Thousands rally at State Capitol to kill health care bill.  The crowd, gathered on short notice on a cold March day, was impressive: … I'm no expert, but the photos certainly seem to indicate a crowd in the thousands.
Discussion: Riehl World View
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
“Thousands” rally at Minnesota capital to “Kill the Bill”
Bob Von Sternberg / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Thousands rally at State Capitol to kill health care bill
Discussion: Associated Press
George Bennett / Palm Beach Post:
‘Coffee party’ debuts in West Palm Beach as ‘anti-tea party’  —  WEST PALM BEACH — Venting about the conservative tea party movement and talking — at times heatedly — about the need for civility in public discourse marked the debut meeting of a local “coffee party” group today.
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Dan Riehl Says I'll Rot In Hell.  He's Probably Right.  See You There, Dan!  —  I apparently have gotten under Dan Riehl's skin.  Amazingly, I've done it, according to Riehl, without saying too much.  But if all I did is basically link him without saying much, as he claims …
Charles Johnson / The Lizard Annex:
Why I Left the Right, Exhibit R for Dan Riehl
Discussion: Riehl World View
Keitholbermann / Baseball Nerd:
Theodore C. Olbermann, 1929-2010  —  My father died, in the city of his birth, New York, at 3:50 EST this afternoon.  —  Though the financial constraints of his youth made college infeasible, he accomplished the near-impossible, becoming an architect licensed in 40 states.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Moderates' demand for Obama wanes  —  Moderate House Democrats facing potentially difficult re-elections this fall have a message for President Obama: don't call us, we'll call you.  —  Interviews with close to a dozen congressional Democrats on the ballot this year reveal a decided lack …
Discussion: Commentary
Nia-Malika Henderson / The Politico:
W.H. plan to remake education law  —  President Barack Obama unveiled his plan for a sweeping overhaul of the nation's school system Saturday, proposing changes he says would shift emphasis from teaching to the test to a more nuanced assessment of judging school and student progress.
Sam Dillon / New York Times:
Obama Calls for Sweeping Change in Education Law
Tyler Cowen / New York Times:
Managed Care: Get Used to It  —  WE may soon know whether Congress will approve some version of President Obama's health care plan.  No matter what the outcome, there will be an unacknowledged monster lurking in the room: managed care.  —  The concept embodies many modes of delivering medicine …
Discussion: Marginal Revolution and EconLog
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Axelrod: Illlegal immigration won't be addressed in health bill  —  White House senior adviser David Axelrod made clear Sunday that concerns within the Hispanic Caucus about the exclusion of illegal immigrants from the healthcare exchange won't be addressed under the current legislation.
Discussion: CNN
John Hooper / Guardian:
Pope ‘did not cover up abuse claims’  —  Benedict XVI's spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, suggests ‘tenacious’ plot to implicate pontiff in cover-up  —  The pope's spokesman has launched a vigorous counter-attack against a report linking Benedict XVI to a sex abuse cover-up while he was archbishop of Munich from 1977 to 1981.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Firedoglake
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