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12:30 PM ET, February 28, 2010


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The Note:
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.
Discussion: CNN
‘This Week’ Transcript: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)  —  Transcript: “This Week” with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and George Will, Sam Donaldson, Paul Krugman and Cokie Roberts.  —  ABC News/THIS WEEK Elizabeth Vargas Interview with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Fox News:
Pelosi: Lawmakers Should Sacrifice Jobs for Health Care  —  House Speaker Pelosi says lawmakers aren't in Washington for job security but ‘to do the job for the American people.’
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 …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
New York Times:
Wary Centrists Posing Challenge in Health Care Vote
Frank Rich / New York Times:
The Axis of the Obsessed and Deranged  —  No one knows what history will make of the present — least of all journalists, who can at best write history's sloppy first draft.  But if I were to place an incautious bet on which political event will prove the most significant of February 2010 …
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.
Al Gore / New York Times:
We Can't Wish Away Climate Change  —  It would be an enormous relief if the recent attacks on the science of global warming actually indicated that we do not face an unimaginable calamity requiring large-scale, preventive measures to protect human civilization as we know it.
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% …
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 …
Discussion: Harry's Place
Noel Sheppard /
Rick Sanchez Asks Scientist ‘Nine Meters In English Is?’  —  CNN's Rick Sanchez Saturday actually needed someone to explain to him what nine meters measures in feet.  —  As tsunamis approached Hawaii following the 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile, CNN rushed in a scientist to discuss …
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
Ashley Southall / The Caucus:
Van Jones to Glenn Beck: ‘I Love You, Brother’  —  Van Jones is back on the scene for a second act, and he's got a peculiar affection for the Fox TV host whose persistent attacks helped bring down the curtains on his post with the Obama administration.  —  On Friday night, Mr. Jones, once a …
Jim Galloway / Political Insider:
John Linder announces retirement from Congress  —  U.S. Rep. John Linder was first elected to Congress in 1992/AJC file.  —  U.S. Rep. John Linder, the Republican from Gwinnett County, this morning announced that he would retire from Congress after 18 years.
Discussion: CNN
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
John Linder to retire
Discussion: MyDD
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