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Hey, the Washington Times editors shouldn’t give him any ideas: “It’s not every day that a congressman asks for terrorists to be shipped to his hometown. So we were surprised to see Rep. Jim Moran, Democrat of Virginia, pen a column entitled ‘From Guantanamo to Alexandria’ in Saturday’s Washington Post. He actually championed the idea of bringing terrorists like 9-11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed and other al Qaeda detainees to historic Alexandria. What’s next? Does he want the nuclear waste that Nevada won’t take?” And the editors are suspicious: what is Moran getting in return for his bizarre offer of hospitality?

Ruth Marcus tries to make a case for gender discrimination and litmus tests for the Supreme Court. Sigh. I thought Democrats dumped the idea of gender favoritism when they rejected Hillary Clinton.

But if the president insists on a woman,  superior court judge Victoria Chaney from California sounds like a fine choice.

Alternatively, you could go with the criteria of that wacky Sen. Jeff Sessions who is looking for impartiality, commitment to the rule of law, integrity and legal expertise, and judicial temperament. It’s almost as if he thinks judges’ personal feelings and views on policy shouldn’t matter. Sheesh.

Megan McArdle explains that Obama can’t float unlimited debt on the international bond market: ” The Obama administration is trying to borrow 13% of GDP this year.  If bond markets think future deficits are a problem, they can rapidly push up rates to the point where that borrowing becomes unaffordable.” Hmm. We might actually have to start paying for more of what we’re spending.

Liz Cheney on cherry picking what information is declassified and Robert Gibbs’s “cute one-liners.” Worth watching in its entirety.

And the headline “Cheney Not Backing Down” is hardly a surprise. He is, after all, winning the debate — and tying the administration up in knots.

Obama might choose a stealth candidate for the Supreme Court — or not. But I guarantee you he won’t choose a never-married white male who lived in seclusion in rural New England all his life.

Blue Dog Democrats have their own healthcare plan — with no public option. But will they roll over and play dead when Pelosi and Reid bark? They usually do.

George McGovern sticks to defense of union secret ballot elections as ”a matter of principle.”

Jeb Bush can’t figure out why conservatives turned up their noses at an effort to engage Americans in an interactive policy discussion. I’m stumped too. Maybe they like fighting among themselves and losing elections.

Martin Feldstein warns: “The barrage of tax increases proposed in President Barack Obama’s budget could, if enacted by Congress, kill any chance of an early and sustained recovery. . . The Obama budget calls for tax increases of more than $1.1 trillion over the next decade. ” Hmm, maybe all those “ignorant” tea party protesters who complained about the giant tax hikes coming down the road were on to something after all.