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2:35 PM ET, March 4, 2010

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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Gregg suggests Obama may renege on fixing Senate health bill  —  The White House may renege on passing fixes to the Senate's healthcare bill once the House has passed it, Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) claimed Thursday.  —  Gregg, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Another House Dem A “No” On Senate Bill; A Previous “Yes” Now Undecided  —  Okay, a bit more bad news for the prospects of passing the Senate bill out of the House.  —  Rep Frank Kratovil of Maryland, a previous No vote who was now said to be undecided, will vote No on the Senate health reform proposal, his spokesman confirms.
The Atlantic Online:
Perfect Storm Nearly Killed Health Reform; Another Storm May Save It  —  It was a perfect storm that nearly killed health care reform in Congress last year — an elongated process, weak leadership from the White House, strong Republican opposition and the election of Scott Brown.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Howard Dean: Health bill hangs Dem incumbents and Obama out to dry in elections
CBS13/CW31:
Anti-Gay Lawmaker At Gay Club Before DUI Arrest  —  SACRAMENTO (CBS13) ― Sources tell CBS13 a state senator from Southern California was arrested for allegedly driving drunk after leaving Faces, a gay nightclub in midtown Sacramento, early Wednesday morning.
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Christine Bedell / Bakersfield Californian:
Sen. Roy Ashburn “deeply sorry” after DUI arrest
CBS News:
Calif. State Senator Roy Ashburn was Arrested for Allegedly Driving …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
The Politico:
Stark hands off gavel  —  Rep. Sander Levin will take over as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee after Rep. Pete Stark, who held the gavel for a day, stepped aside.  —  The dominoes fell after Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) resigned the chairmanship of the powerful tax-writing panel Wednesday …
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Jay Heflin / The Hill:
Second Ways and Means boss ousted; Levin replaces Stark  —  Rep. Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) will be the acting chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced to her caucus on Thursday.  —  The startling announcement comes a day after Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) …
Discussion: The Hill, MyDD and YID With LID
Tory Newmyer / Roll Call:
Levin to Succeed Rangel as Ways and Means Chairman  —  Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.) will take the chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee and Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) will step aside, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told the Democratic Caucus on Thursday morning, sources in attendance said.
RADAR:
EXCLUSIVE: U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Considering Stepping Down  —  Update: RadarOnline.com has obtained new information that Justice Roberts will NOT resign.  The justice will be staying on the bench.  —  John Roberts, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   Breaking: Is John Roberts about to resign from the Supreme Court?
Art Beast / The Daily Beast:
Does Anybody Still Like Karl Rove?  — Home - Cheat sheet - Buzz board - Big Fat Story - Blogs & stories - Videos - Galleries - Crossword  —  Blogs and Stories  —  As the “Turd Blossom” peddles his new book, even name-brand conservatives are taking shots at him.  Plus, Rove's secret stint as Harold Ford's guru.
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Obama Now Selling Judgeships for Health Care Votes?  —  Obama names brother of undecided House Dem to Appeals Court.  —  Tonight, Barack Obama will host ten House Democrats who voted against the health care bill in November at the White House; he's obviously trying to persuade them to switch their votes to yes.
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Adam J. Rose First / The Huffington Post:
Palin At Oscar Gift Suite: Sarah Palin And Entourage ‘Like Locusts’  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Sarah Palin aligns her public image with the heartland, but it appears the former Alaska Governor has gone Hollywood.  And when she leaves, she may be taking some of it with her.
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CNN:
Palin pitching TV show
Discussion: PoliBlog and Gawker
Lynette Rice / Hollywood Insider:
Exclusive: Sarah Palin shopping Alaska TV docudrama with Mark Burnett
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Mitt Romney Calls Emergency Rooms “Entirely Free Care”  —  Mitt Romney apparently doesn't think anyone is responsible for their bill after they leave an emergency room.  Here's his response after Mike Barnicle asks him if he believes in universal health care coverage on Morning Joe.
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Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Left rallies against Lincoln  —  Organized labor and liberals have committed more than $5 million to Sen. Blanche Lincoln's primary election opponent, Bill Halter, signaling that the Arkansas Democratic Senate primary is shaping up, for the left, as a hill to die on.
Discussion: CNN, The Fix, Open Left and Arkansas News
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Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
Darwin Foes Add Warming to Targets  —  Critics of the teaching of evolution in the nation's classrooms are gaining ground in some states by linking the issue to global warming, arguing that dissenting views on both scientific subjects should be taught in public schools.
Sheelah Kolhatkar / Time:
Eliot Spitzer Comeback: Ex-Governor Plots After Downfall  —  Spitzer has the resources to tackle any challenge — except maybe another campaign  —  Eliot Spitzer was his usual agitated self.  It was a brisk Tuesday evening, and the former governor of New York was bundled in the back of a black sedan …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Mediaite
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Woman charged with killing husband is lobbyist  —  A 45-year-old woman, charged with ending a domestic dispute by killing her 26-year-old husband of five days, is a registered lobbyist for a group fighting domestic violence.  —  Arelisha Bridges was ordered held without bond in the Fulton County Jail.
The Note:
Swamp Things: Eerie Memories of '06 Haunt Democrats in '10  —  The swamp, it turns out, is still wet.  And it's muddy enough to create a muddle.  —  What if 2010 isn't 1994 or 1982, but 2006?  —  Congress lurches forward on health care haunted by old memories: If you're not thinking about Tom DeLay …
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
The fable of Emanuel the Great  —  In the space of 10 days, thanks in no small part to my own newspaper, the president of the United States has been portrayed as a weakling and a chronic screw-up who is wrecking his administration despite everything that his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, can do to make things right.
The Politico:
New York gone wild  —  Once a source of national leaders of both political parties, New York state has descended into a bizarre, riveting spectacle of corruption and political debasement, with its governor facing calls to resign and new charges of accepting illicit perks and lying under oath …
Discussion: The Awl and Real Clear Politics
The Huffington Post:
American Family Association: Stone To Death Killer Whale Who Killed Trainer  —  What's Your Reaction: … The American Family Association, a religious right group, is urging that Tillikum (Tilly), the killer whale that killed a trainer at SeaWorld Orlando, be put down, preferably by stoning.
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Divorced Before Puberty  —  It's hard to imagine that there have been many younger divorcées — or braver ones — than a pint-size third grader named Nujood Ali.  —  Nujood is a Yemeni girl, and it's no coincidence that Yemen abounds both in child brides and in terrorists (and now …
 
 
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