Stories You Should Know (3/12/10)

Politico (Washington, DC)
The rise of a new conservative grass-roots fueled by a secular revulsion at government spending is stirring fears among leaders of the old conservative grass-roots, the evangelical Christian right.

Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA)
A pair of influential senators presented President Obama with a three-page blueprint for a bipartisan agreement to overhaul the nation’s immigration system, but the proposal’s viability is threatened by politics surrounding the healthcare debate.

The Hill (Washington, DC)
House and Senate lawmakers are criticizing the Obama administration for leaving their states out of a $1.5 billion program that helps five states with battered housing markets.

Mercury News (San Jose, CA)
After going largely unnoticed for more than a year, a June ballot measure that would create an open primary system in California is facing an 11th-hour legal challenge.

Washington Post (Washington, DC)
Republicans on Thursday pushed the House ethics committee to look into whether Democratic leaders responded appropriately to complaints of misconduct by then-Rep. Eric Massa, an inquiry that could become an election-year embarrassment for Democrats.

San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco, CA)
The federal court that touched off a furor in 2002 by declaring the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance to be an unconstitutional endorsement of religion took another look at the issue Thursday and said the phrase invokes patriotism, not religious faith.

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