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12:55 PM ET, February 28, 2010

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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 …
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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.
ABCNEWS:
‘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
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 and Hot Air
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.’
New York Times:
Wary Centrists Posing Challenge in Health Care Vote
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.
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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: TigerHawk
Reed Abelson / New York Times:
The Cost of Doing Nothing on Health Care  —  “Hands off my health care,” goes one strain of populist sentiment.  —  But what if?  —  Suppose Congress and President Obama fail to overhaul the system now, or just tinker around the edges, or start over, as the Republicans propose …
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 …
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
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 …
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
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
John Linder to retire
Discussion: MyDD
 
 
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Menendez predicts Democrats will get votes to pass health bill
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Doctors to Obama: Come back at 50
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