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1:25 PM ET, March 1, 2010

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The Politico:
Pelosi's brutal reality check  —  Asked this weekend to grade her performance as speaker, Nancy Pelosi gave herself an “A for effort.”  —  But Pelosi knows that the real test is still to come.  —  Pelosi is inarguably one of the strongest speakers in modern history …
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Robert Pear / New York Times:
Pelosi Says She'll Get Votes Needed for Health Bill  —  WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she is confident she will be able to get the votes needed to pass sweeping health care legislation in the House, even if it threatens the political careers of some members of her party.
Aaron Gould Sheinin / Gold Dome Live:
Breaking: Deal says he'll resign from Congress  —  By Aaron Gould Sheinin/asheinin@ajc.com and Jim Tharpe/jtharpe@ajc.com  —  U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal (R-Ga.) said Monday morning he will resign from Congress to “devote my full energies to the campaign for governor.”
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHEN THE GOP GIVES DEMS ADVICE.... One of the more commonly heard Republican talking points lately has been advice to the Democratic majority: if health care reform passes, and the majority delivers a historic victory, it will be awful news for Democratic candidates.
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
FIRST THOUGHTS: DEMS PICK UP 2 VOTES?  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Ali Weinberg  —  *** Dems pick up two votes?  Are Democrats having their best health-care day in quite some time?  Oddly enough, maybe.  Today, it appears they've picked up two votes for THEIR effort to pass health-care.
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Trish Turner / The Speakers Lobby:
Trouble in Arkansas for Dems
Jane Hamsher / The Huffington Post:
Accountability Recruits First Candidate for 2010: Bill Halter
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Firedoglake
The Huffington Post:
Bill Halter Running For Arkansas Senate: Progressive Democrat …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Pajamas Media
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Not So Fast: Halter Primaries Lincoln
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog
New York Times:
Network News at a Crossroads  —  ABC News is making no secret about what is behind the sweeping staff cuts it now faces: raw survival instinct.  —  “I just looked out at the next five years and was concerned that we could not sustain doing what we were doing,” said David Westin …
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Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Cooper's spox shoots down CBS rumor
Discussion: Romenesko
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Anderson Cooper Said to Meet With CBS News Executives
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Financial Reform Endgame  —  So here's the situation.  We've been through the second-worst financial crisis in the history of the world, and we've barely begun to recover: 29 million Americans either can't find jobs or can't find full-time work.  Yet all momentum for serious banking reform has been lost.
Tom-Jan Meeus / NRC Handelsblad:
Tea Party prominent: Palin not presidential  —  Former Republican congressman Tom Tancredo was the opening speaker at the recent Tea Party conference with Sarah Palin.  In an interview with NRC Handelsblad, he spoke his mind about Palin.  “I really don't have this feeling about her as being presidential.”
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John / Power Line:
Who's Obsessed and Deranged?
New York Times:
White House Is Rethinking Nuclear Policy  —  WASHINGTON — As President Obama begins making final decisions on a broad new nuclear strategy for the United States, senior aides say he will permanently reduce America's arsenal by thousands of weapons.  But the administration has rejected proposals …
Steve Tetreault / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
POLL: Obama's visit just bounced off Reid  —  Poll shows senator gained little ground in re-election battle  —  WASHINGTON — During his whirlwind visit to Las Vegas two weeks ago, President Barack Obama mentioned U.S. Sen. Harry Reid by name four dozen times, gave him a big hug and talked him up as if he was a long-lost brother.
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
30!  Five More Democrats—Including Durbin—Say They Support a Public Option Through Reconciliation  —  Five leading Democrats—including Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin—have publicly announced that they will vote for a public option if it's offered up during the budget reconciliation process …
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Adam Green / The Huffington Post:
Public Option Garners Avalanche of Support in Senate
Discussion: The Plum Line
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
Doctors tell Barack Obama to quit smoking  —  The american president has been trying to kick the habit for sometime, apart from the smoking he is in excellent health  —  Barack Obama is still struggling to kick smoking, according to his first medical examination since becoming president.
Ezra Klein:
A reconciliation primer  —  It is amazing how few reporters understand what the budget reconciliation process is: Either how it works, or what it's traditionally been used for, or what Democrats are proposing to use it for.  That confusion creates comical exchanges like this one …
David Corn / Politics Daily:
Are Democratic Presidents Smarter Than Republican Presidents?  —  Watching President Barack Obama at the White House health care summit last week, it was hard not to have an obvious thought: Could George W. Bush have done this?  It is tough to imagine Bush leading a seven-hour gabfest …
Discussion: Dennis the Peasant and Don Surber
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Donald L. Kohn submitted his intent to resign Monday as a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, effective at the expiration of his term as Vice Chairman on June 23, 2010.  —  Kohn, who has been a member of the Board since August 2002 …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Fed's No. 2 Plans to Retire, Leaving 3 Vacancies on Board
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias, DealBook and The Page
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
The Raging Septuagenarian  —  Taking on the Times, Google, and, in a sense, his own children, Rupert Murdoch is not going gently into the night.  —  On Saturday, January 9, Rupert Murdoch was on his Boeing 737 returning to New York from a business trip to Los Angeles when he learned …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Romenesko
David Catanese / The Politico:
Tommy Thompson eyes Senate bid  —  Former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson, who served four terms as Wisconsin governor, is securing financial pledges and ramping up his outreach to longtime political aides in preparation for a possible campaign against Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold.
Discussion: Hot Air
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
IPCC “science” on hurricanes no longer settled, either  —  In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, anthropogenic global warming (AGW) activists insisted that the stronger storm systems resulted from the build-up of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, making hurricanes increasingly more severe.
 
 
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