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9:20 PM ET, February 26, 2010

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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Ben Nelson: Dems may have to abandon comprehensive health bill, go step-by-step  —  Democrats may have to abandon their effort for comprehensive healthcare legislation in favor of a piecemeal approach, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) said Friday.  —  Nelson, a centrist Democrat whose vote is critical …
Discussion: The New Republic
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Greenwald, Weiner Talk Health Care on Morning Joe: No Reason Not to Vote on Public Option  —  I still don't think the Senate/White House bill is going anywhere, either with or without a public option, for reasons I've outlined before — though some seem to be hell-bent on forcing House Democrats to throw themselves on its funeral pyre.
Discussion: Economix
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Top Dem chairman signals House will act first on healthcare  —  The House could act first to pass a healthcare bill within the next month, a top House chairman signaled Thursday.  —  Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee and a close ally …
The Politico:
Dems call for Rangel's gavel  —  After months of holding ranks, Democrats are finally turning on House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) in the wake of an ethics committee finding that he violated House rules by accepting a Caribbean junket.  —  Early Friday, Rep. Paul Hodes …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The Reconciliation Ball Moves Forward...
Ezra Klein:
Judd Gregg: 'If you've got 51 votes, you win'  —  “The point is this,” Sen. Judd Gregg says in this 2005 defense of the Republicans' use of the budget reconciliation process.  “If you've got 51 votes, you win.”  —  The idea “that it is outside the rules to proceed within the rules,” Gregg laughs, “is a very unique view on the rules.”
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Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
McCain Warns Dems on Health Care  —  Former GOP Presidential Candidate Says Democrats Need to Start Over on Health Care  —  President Obama's health care summit was a good opportunity for Americans to consider the contentious issue, but passing a Senate bill with 51 votes …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Gregg: Reconciliation Is The Rule Of The Senate (VIDEO)
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Washington Monthly
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers to step down  —  WASHINGTON—White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers told me Friday she will step down next month, after presiding over 330 events in the White House in 14 months.  —  Rogers is departing after achieving a major goal …
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The Politico:
Desiree Rogers will resign  —  White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers will leave her post next month, according to a White House source, months after she drew criticism for a major security breach at a state dinner in November.  —  The leading candidate to replace Rogers is Julianna Smoot …
The Politico:
Bunning holds floor: ‘Tough s—t’  —  Senate Democrats spent Thursday night hammering away at Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) for single-handedly holding up action in the upper chamber - but he blurted out a message to one of them on the Senate floor: “Tough s—t.”
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Reuters:
Jim Bunning Repeatedly Blocks Unemployment Benefits Extension, Tells Dem ‘Tough S**t’  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Jim Bunning, a Republican from Kentucky, is single-handedly blocking Senate action needed to prevent an estimated 1.2 million American workers from prematurely losing their unemployment benefits next month.
Tuathadedannan / Associated Press:
Unemployment Extension Fails in Senate
Mike Stark / StarkReports.com:
Bipartisanship is dead  —  At yesterday's health care discussion, Louise Slaughter told a moving story.  —  An elderly woman needed dentures but couldn't afford them.  Her sister had dentures.  When she passed, the surviving sister “inherited” the dentures and used them as her own.
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Walid Zafar / Media Matters Action Network:
Rep. Trent Franks: Blacks Better Off Under Slavery
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Rep. Trent Franks: African-Americans were better off under slavery.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Hotline On Call
Kenneth Lovett / NY Daily News:
Gov. David Paterson pulls plug on election bid, but will not resign: insider  —  Embattled Gov. Paterson has pulled the plug on his election bid, a source close to the governor said Friday.  —  Paterson will announce the decision later Friday.  —  Paterson has been under fire for having contacted …
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Danny Hakim / City Room:
Paterson to Drop Out of Race for Governor
The Atlantic Online:
Thoughts on the Health Care Summit  —  So, the health care summit.  What do we think?  —  Well, like the rest of the press, I think it was a phenomenal waste of time, if you thought we were maybe going to make some kind of policy progress.  What did we learn from the summit?
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Professor Obama schools lawmakers on health-care reform  —  Republicans had been hesitant to accept President Obama's invitation to participate in Thursday's White House health-care summit.  Their hesitance turned out to be justified.  —  An equal number of Democratic and Republican lawmakers …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Bush endorses Cheney role  —  For the first time, former President George W. Bush has said publicly that he approves of former Vice President Dick Cheney's high-profile role in defending the past administration's national security policies.  —  “I'm glad Cheney is out there,” …
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Pawlenty: Let ER's turn away patients to cut costs  —  I missed this the other night but Phoenix Woman over at FDL didn't.  Isn't this special?  Governor Gutshot to Impoverished ER Patients: Get the Hell out!: … From The Hill — Pawlenty: Let ER's turn away patients to cut costs:
Discussion: Firedoglake
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Patents The News Feed (Updated)  —  On Tuesday, Facebook was awarded a major patent for “Dynamically providing a news feed about a user of a social network”.  This is a huge deal for a number of reasons, most significantly that it grants Facebook the opportunity to pursue …
Brooks Jackson / FactCheck.org:
Health Care Summit Squabbles  —  Summary  —  We tuned in to watch the president's health care summit at Blair House today — all six-plus hours of it.  And we weren't surprised to hear some factual missteps in the discussion:  — Sen. Lamar Alexander said premiums will go up for …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Washington Post
Dan Zak / Washington Post:
Coffee Party activists say their civic brew's a tastier choice than Tea Party's  —  Furious at the tempest over the Tea Party — the scattershot citizen uprising against big government and wild spending — Annabel Park did what any American does when she feels her voice has been drowned out …
 
 
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