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5:35 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 …
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 …
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 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.”
Bruce Drake / Politics Daily:
Democrats Still Short of Votes But Predict Health Bill Will Pass
David Riedel / CBS News:
Gibbs: By Next Week Health Bill Will Pass
Discussion: The Page and Associated Press
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.
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:
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Graham: ‘No Way In The World’ Is Massachusetts' Health Care Plan Similar To The Democratic Proposal  —  Giving this week's GOP address, Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) bashed Democratic efforts to reform health care as a “bitter, destructive, and endless drive to completely transform America's healthcare system.”
Discussion: Paul Krugman, The Hill and The Hill
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?
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.
David Swanson / Firedoglake:
I'm Down With Dennis  —  Dennis Kucinich (photo 2007, courtesy of CAPAF)  —  Let me get this straight.  The Senate will pass a public option if the House will.  And the House will, because it already did.  But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi won't allow it.  So the mortal enemy of public-option backers is . . . Dennis Kucinich.
Janine Zacharia / Washington Post:
Israeli prime minister calls settlement dispute with U.S. regrettable, hurtful  —  JERUSALEM — The spat between the United States and Israel over planned construction in an East Jerusalem neighborhood dominated the Israeli cabinet meeting on Sunday as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu continued …
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.
Bob Von Sternberg / Minneapolis Star Tribune:   Thousands rally at State Capitol to kill health care bill
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Discussion: Mudville Gazette
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Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Axelrod: Illlegal immigration won't be addressed in health bill
Discussion: Maggie's Notebook and CNN
Tyler Cowen / New York Times:
Managed Care: Get Used to It
Discussion: Marginal Revolution and EconLog
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Pope ‘did not cover up abuse claims’
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House Majority Leader Kevin Garn resigns amid hot tub scandal
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