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8:45 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
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.
Howard Fineman / Newsweek:
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do  —  The press finally falls out of love with Obama.  —  From the magazine issue dated Mar 22, 2010  —  Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, was 50 minutes late for his briefing, apparently a record for tardiness, but few reporters in the White House press room bothered …
Frank Rich / New York Times:
The New Rove-Cheney Assault on Reality
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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
Mark Perry / Foreign Policy:
The Petraeus briefing: Biden's embarrassment is not the whole story  —  On January 16, two days after a killer earthquake hit Haiti, a team of senior military officers from the U.S. Central Command (responsible for overseeing American security interests in the Middle East) …
Janine Zacharia / Washington Post:
Israeli prime minister calls settlement dispute with U.S. regrettable, hurtful
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.”
Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
David Axelrod: When You Go Into The Details, People Support The Healthcare Bill
Silla Brush / The Hill:
Senate Republicans urge more time on financial overhaul  —  Senate Banking Committee Republicans are unanimously pleading with panel Chairman Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) for more time to consider financial regulatory overhaul legislation.  —  All 10 Republicans on the panel argued in a letter …
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.
Fox News:
American Linked to Terror Plot Brainwashed 6-Year-Old Son, Family Says  —  He was being turned into a baby bomber.  —  The 6-year-old son of a Colorado nursing student who ran off to Europe to join a terrorist murder cell was brainwashed into a hate-filled Islamic fundamentalist zombie …
Discussion: ThreatsWatch and Weasel Zippers
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
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Dan Riehl Says I'll Rot In Hell.  He's Probably Right.  See You There, Dan!
Discussion: The Other McCain
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David Swanson / Firedoglake:
I'm Down With Dennis  —  Dennis Kucinich (photo 2007, courtesy of CAPAF)
Big Hollywood:
BOX OFFICE FLOP: Matt Damon's ‘Green Zone’ Could Open to Less Than $15 Million
Keitholbermann / Baseball Nerd:
Theodore C. Olbermann, 1929-2010
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Axelrod: Illlegal immigration won't be addressed in health bill
Discussion: The Swamp, CNN and Maggie's Notebook
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Tyler Cowen / New York Times:
Managed Care: Get Used to It
Discussion: Marginal Revolution and EconLog