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12:10 AM ET, February 27, 2010


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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
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.”
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.
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.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Hotline On Call
Walid Zafar / Media Matters Action Network:
Rep. Trent Franks: Blacks Better Off Under Slavery
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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.
The Politico:
Bunning holds floor: ‘Tough s—t’
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 …
New York Times:
Under Fire, Paterson Ends His Campaign for Governor  —  Gov. David A. Paterson ended his campaign for election on Friday amid crumbling support from his party and an uproar over his administration's intervention in a domestic violence case involving a close aide.  —  Post-Paterson, how can the mess in Albany be made manageable?
NY Daily News:
Gov. David Paterson makes it official: He's not running
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 …
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
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 …
Tunku Varadarajan / The Daily Beast:
What Was Obama Thinking?
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.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and MyDD
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: The TrogloPundit and JustOneMinute
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:
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,” …
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 …
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 …
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Eric Felten / Wall Street Journal:
In Praise Of Inefficiency: A Manifesto
Discussion: Felix Salmon and Ezra Klein
Brooks Jackson /
Health Care Summit Squabbles
Discussion: Hit & Run
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
Discussion: The New Republic and Hot Air
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Sunil Sharan / Washington Post:
The green jobs myth
Howard Schneider / Washington Post:
Iran, Syria mock U.S. policy; Ahmadinejad speaks of Israel's ‘annihilation’
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Sally Quinn: ‘Absolutely no regrets’
Discussion: Hullabaloo, City Desk, Gawker and Mediaite