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4:40 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 …
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Andy McCarthy / The Corner on National Review Online:
The Legacy Media's War on Conservatives — By: Andy McCarthy  —  So let me make sure I have this straight.  If you're a “progressive” lawyer who volunteers to represent America's enemies for free in offensive lawsuits brought against the American people during wartime, and then you are placed …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and AMERICAblog News
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Obama chooses 1st young appeals court nominee
Discussion: TalkLeft
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.
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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.”
Peter Baker / New York Times:
As Health Vote Awaits, Future of a Presidency Waits, Too  —  SENATOR Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, had a little political advice last week for President Obama and the Democrats: Don't pass the president's health care legislation because you would risk losing in the midterm elections.
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Gibbs: By next Sunday, healthcare reform will be the ‘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.”
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.
Charles Johnson / The Lizard Annex:
Why I Left the Right, Exhibit R for Dan Riehl  —  Dim bulb wingnut blogger Dan Riehl is increasingly specializing in some of the most vile, ugly commentary on the right; it's a crowded field, but with posts like this one he manages to stand out: Riehl World View: Isn't It Time To Euthanize Reid's Wife?
Discussion: Riehl World View
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Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Dan Riehl Says I'll Rot In Hell.  He's Probably Right.  See You There, Dan!
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.
Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
David Axelrod: When You Go Into The Details, People Support The Healthcare Bill  —  Jake Tapper on This Week interviews David Axelrod on the healthcare bill, pushing the right-wing narrative that people don't want this bill.  Axelrod responds that when you push on into the details, the public supports the things this bill does:
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.
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Bob Von Sternberg / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Thousands rally at State Capitol to kill health care bill
Discussion: Associated Press
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
“Thousands” rally at Minnesota capital to “Kill the Bill”
Bruce Drake / Politics Daily:
Democrats Still Short of Votes But Predict Health Bill Will Pass  —  After months of deadlines that have come and gone, White House officials and congressional leaders expressed confidence Sunday that they will get the votes they need this week to pass a comprehensive health care reform bill …
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.
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Sam Dillon / New York Times:
Obama Calls for Sweeping Change in Education Law
 
 
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Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Axelrod: Illlegal immigration won't be addressed in health bill
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Tyler Cowen / New York Times:
Managed Care: Get Used to It
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Pope ‘did not cover up abuse claims’
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Robert Gehrke / Salt Lake Tribune:
House Majority Leader Kevin Garn resigns amid hot tub scandal
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