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4:40 PM ET, February 28, 2010


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Alexander: Health Care Reform a ‘Political Kamikaze Mission’ for Democrats  —  Senate Republican Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander says pushing health care reform through Congress by a simple majority using the reconciliation process would be political suicide for Democrats and vowed to campaign for the repeal the bill if it passes.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Sunday Snapshot: Get Ready To Reconcile, Baby  —  The White House and Democrats had one mission today: prepare the political class for the President's announcement, probably Wednesday, that he thinks the Senate ought to proceed with reconciliation to ****pass or modify**** a comprehensive health care bill …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Menendez predicts Democrats will get votes to pass health bill  —  Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) on Sunday predicted that Democrats would get enough votes to pass healthcare reform legislation.  —  Menendez, who is in chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee …
The Note:
Pelosi and the Tea Party ‘Share Views’  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she has much in common with the Tea Party.  The speaker now says she shares views with movement she dismissed last summer as being “Astroturf” — her suggestion that the grassroots of the Tea Party were a creation of the Republican Party.
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Edwards epilogue: Does the press really vet presidential candidates?  —  Over the past few weeks, the world has learned quite enough about John Edwards - from the lies he told in trying to cover up an adulterous affair to the compulsive vanity that left some people close to him questioning his judgment and even his grip on reality.
Discussion: and TigerHawk
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Kristol: 'I Didn't Watch' The Health Care Summit, But I'll Comment On It As If I Did  —  On the Fox News Sunday roundtable this morning, the panelists discussed President Obama's health care summit.  NPR's Mara Liasson said that while it may have been “political theater,” it was also …
Andrew Gilligan / Telegraph:
Islamic radicals ‘infiltrate’ the Labour Party  —  A Labour minister says his party has been infiltrated by a fundamentalist Muslim group that wants to create an “Islamic social and political order” in Britain.  —  The Islamic Forum of Europe (IFE) — which believes in jihad and sharia law …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Doctors to Obama: Come back at 50  —  President Barack Obama got a physical examination this morning at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.  —  He arrived there by helicopter at about 6:40 am EST. The physical was performed by Dr. Jeff Kuhlman, a Navy captain and head …
Discussion: CNN
Quake, tsunamis kill more then 700 in Chile  —  CONCEPCION, Chile (Reuters) - The death toll from a massive earthquake that struck Chile surged above 700 on Sunday as reports emerged of coastal towns devastated by the tremor and tsunamis that followed.  —  President Michelle Bachelet …
Times of London:
Gordon Brown on course to win election  —  GORDON BROWN is on course to remain prime minister after the general election as a new Sunday Times poll reveals that Labour is now just two points behind the Tories.  —  The YouGov survey places David Cameron's Conservatives on 37% …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
John Linder to retire  —  Veteran Rep. John Linder (R-Ga.), an early ally of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and an outspoken fiscal conservative, announced Saturday he was retiring.  —  Linder disclosed his decision at a Republican breakfast in his district, and party officials in Washington confirmed the news.
Discussion: MyDD
Jim Galloway / Political Insider:
John Linder announces retirement from Congress
Discussion: CNN
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