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9:00 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Andy McCarthy / The Corner on National Review Online:
Re: The Gitmo Bar & Krauthammer — By: Andy McCarthy
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs, Metablog and Power Line
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”.
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Israel envoy: U.S. ties at their worst in 35 years
Janine Zacharia / Washington Post:
Israeli prime minister calls settlement dispute with U.S. regrettable, hurtful
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 …
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 …
Malia Rulon /
Biden visiting but Driehaus unswayed
Discussion: The Caucus
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 …
March 14: Axelrod, Clyburn, Durbin, Rove, roundtable  —  MR. TOM BROKAW: This Sunday: Critical condition.  President Obama delays his trip overseas to push hard for healthcare reform.  —  PRES. BARACK OBAMA: It's time to vote!  Tired of talking about it.  —  MR. BROKAW: Will he finally succeed on this top priority?
Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
David Axelrod: When You Go Into The Details, People Support The Healthcare Bill
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 …
Discussion: GQ Magazine: GQ
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
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
Art Beast / The Daily Beast:
Democrats, Forever Changed  —  Hungry Beast Giving Beast Women in the World  —  Blogs and Stories  —  By pressing ahead on health care, President Obama is ending a decades-long internal debate within his party—and the Democratic Party will never be the same.
The Huffington Post:
Robert Gibbs: Health Care Will Be ‘Law Of The Land’ Next Week; Axelrod To GOP: ‘Make My Day’  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  The White House is beginning its final push on health care this week, with senior adviser David Axelrod and press secretary Robert Gibbs making the rounds …
David Riedel / CBS News:
Gibbs: By Next Week Health Bill Will Pass
Discussion: The New Republic and The Page
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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Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
Obama's happiness deficit
Discussion: Commentary and Sadly, No!
Financial Times:
Rating agency warns on US public finances
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Obama's focus on financial rules, Supreme Court opinion could aid Democrats
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and The Page
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Mikhail Gorbachev / New York Times:
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Silla Brush / The Hill:
Senate Republicans urge more time on financial overhaul
David Swanson / Firedoglake:
I'm Down With Dennis  —  Dennis Kucinich (photo 2007, courtesy of CAPAF)
Discussion: Dennis the Peasant
Kathleen Hennessey / Los Angeles Times:
Justice's wife launches ‘tea party’ group