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7:10 AM ET, February 27, 2010


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Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Rep. Trent Franks: African-Americans were better off under slavery.  —  Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) — one of the most conservative member of Congress, according to a new National Journal ranking — decried the strained state of political discourse in an interview today with blogger-activist Mike Stark.
Mike Stark /
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.
Walid Zafar / Media Matters Action Network:
Rep. Trent Franks: Blacks Better Off Under Slavery
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.
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 …
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 …
Tuathadedannan / Associated Press:
Unemployment Extension Fails in Senate  —  GOP Sen. Jim Bunning Blocks Action over Concerns About Swelling Deficit  —  (AP) The Senate failed late Thursday to extend programs for laid-off workers, jeopardizing unemployment benefits scheduled to expire over the weekend.
Jim Bunning Repeatedly Blocks Unemployment Benefits Extension …
Mihemed Eli Zalla /
Hundreds of Chilldren Found in Mass Grave  —  A number of Kurdish coffins found in a mass grave in the South of Iraq  —  Three mass graves were discovered in the sub district of Dubiz in Kirkuk.  Announced the Kurdish daily news paper ASO on Sunday, Feb.21st.
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette
Michelle Andrews / Prescriptions:
Deaths Rising for Lack of Insurance, Study Finds  —  As members of the Obama administration and Congress met on Thursday to try to find common ground on health care, a new report warned that without comprehensive legislation, more than 275,000 adults nationwide will die over the next decade because of a lack of health insurance.
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 …
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:
Hezbollah chief meets Ahmadinejad  —  Hassan Nasrallah (far right) has made few public appearances since 2006  —  The head of the Lebanese Shia Islamist movement Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, has made a rare public appearance in the Syrian capital, Damascus.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Jihad Watch
Donna Bowater / Daily Express:
WEATHER: HOTTEST JANUARY EVER SAY CLIMATE EXPERTS  —  CLIMATE scientists yesterday stunned Britons suffering the coldest winter for 30 years by claiming last month was the ­hottest January the world has ever seen.  —  The remarkable claim, based on global satellite data …
Eric Felten / Wall Street Journal:
In Praise Of Inefficiency: A Manifesto  —  Huzzahs could be heard across the country this week when Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jerald Bagley ruled that Florida law doesn't allow cities to use red-light cameras.  The case involved the city of Aventura, but it has other Florida cities wondering whether their traffic cameras are legal.
Discussion: Felix Salmon and Ezra Klein
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 …
Margaret Talev / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Obama aides to meet with atheists on White House grounds  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has burnished his Christian credentials, courted Jewish support and preached outreach toward Muslims.  On Friday, his administration will host a group that fits none of the above: America's nonbelievers.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Republicans eye Phoenix, Tampa, and Salt Lake City for 2012 convention
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Health Care Summit Squabbles
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hit & Run
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Democratic leaders scramble to find support for Senate job-creation bill
Discussion: The Politico
Michelle Malkin:
Have you forgotten? World Trade Center bombing, 17 years later
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pawlenty heading back to Iowa
Discussion: CNN and Ben Smith's Blog
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
‘Mitch the knife’ eyes 2012 run
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