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8:00 AM ET, March 15, 2010

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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
House Democrats release bill for Budget markup Monday  —  House Democrats on Sunday night set into motion what they hope will be the final steps on healthcare reform.  —  The House Budget Committee on Sunday evening released text that will serve as the base legislation for the changes the House will seek to the Senate bill this week.
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Michelle Malkin:
Big Government Burrito: A taste of the 2,309-pg Demcare/Student Loan Reconciliation Bill; Update: A tortilla shell fake-out  —  If the TARP bank bailout was a “crap sandwich,” the Democrats' Student Loan Nationalization plan wrapped inside the latest version of the health care takeover is a Big Government Burrito.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Maggie's Notebook
Paul Ryan / Washington Post:
Rep. Paul Ryan on what real health reform should look like  —  Today, the House Budget Committee is to mark up a “reconciliation” vehicle, initiating the greatest expansion in government and entitlement spending in a generation through a partisan process to push “health-care reform” across the finish line.
Philip Klein / AmSpecBlog:
The Health Care “Shell” Game Begins  —  Shortly before midnight on Sunday, Democrats released a 2,309 page health care bill that will start the process of reconciliation — but don't let that fool you, it's not the actual reconciliation bill with all the changes you've been reading about.
Discussion: The Politico, Betsy's Page and RedState
Wall Street Journal:
Gitmo's Indefensible Lawyers  —  Legal counsel to some of the detainees went far beyond vigorous representation of their clients.  Doesn't the public have a right to know?  —  On the evening of Jan. 26, 2006, military guards at Guantanamo Bay made an alarming discovery during a routine cell check.
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Andy McCarthy / The Corner on National Review Online:
Re: The Gitmo Bar & Krauthammer — By: Andy McCarthy
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs, Metablog and Power Line
New York Times:
Contractors Tied to Effort to Track and Kill Militants  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — Under the cover of a benign government information-gathering program, a Defense Department official set up a network of private contractors in Afghanistan and Pakistan to help track and kill suspected militants …
Discussion: Laura Rozen's Blog and The Page
Michael Pollak / New York Times:
Peter Graves, ‘Mission: Impossible’ Star, Dies at 83  —  Peter Graves, the cool spymaster of television's “Mission: Impossible” and the dignified host of the “Biography” series, who successfully spoofed his own gravitas in the “Airplane!” movie farces, died on Sunday.  He was 83.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Scared Monkeys
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Taking On China  —  Tensions are rising over Chinese economic policy, and rightly so: China's policy of keeping its currency, the renminbi, undervalued has become a significant drag on global economic recovery.  Something must be done.  —  To give you a sense of the problem …
David Cole / Washington Post:
Thanks to Liz Cheney's ‘al-Qaeda Seven’ ad, Dick Cheney may finally go away  —  Liz Cheney is getting a bad rap.  —  It's true that the former vice president's daughter, perhaps hoping to supplant David Addington as “Cheney's Cheney,” evoked Sen. Joe McCarthy recently when she challenged …
Discussion: Power Line and ATTACKERMAN
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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Reliable Source:
Rielle Hunter speaks for the first time in GQ interview about John and Elizabeth Edwards, Andrew Young, and the big-money donors  —  Rielle Hunter at her home in Charlotte, N.C. (Photo by Mark Seliger / Courtesy of GQ)  —  For more than two years after Rielle Hunter emerged at the center …
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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Political Punch:
Axelrod: Israel Settlement Approval an ‘Affront’; ‘Insult’  —  The President's top adviser David Axelrod told me that approval of new housing units by Israel in the Arab section of Jerusalem during Vice President Biden's trip there last week was an “affront” and an “insult”.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Millions Spent to Sway Democrats on Health Care  —  WASHINGTON — The yearlong legislative fight over health care is drawing to a frenzied close as a multimillion-dollar wave of advertising that rivals the ferocity of a presidential campaign takes aim at about 40 House Democrats whose votes …
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.”
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Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
David Axelrod: When You Go Into The Details, People Support The Healthcare Bill
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 …
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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 …
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David Riedel / CBS News:
Gibbs: By Next Week Health Bill Will Pass
Discussion: The New Republic and The Page
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Gibbs: By next Sunday, healthcare reform will be the ‘law of the land’
 
 
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Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Obama's focus on financial rules, Supreme Court opinion could aid Democrats
Discussion: The Page
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Confident Axelrod challenges GOP: ‘Make my day’
Discussion: Riehl World View, CBS News and Wizbang
Mikhail Gorbachev / New York Times:
Perestroika Lost  —  PERESTROIKA, the series of political …
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Senate Republicans urge more time on financial overhaul
David Swanson / Firedoglake:
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Charles Johnson / The Lizard Annex:
Why I Left the Right, Exhibit R for Dan Riehl
Discussion: Riehl World View
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