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Michael Barbaro / City Room:
Ford Decides Not to Run  —  Under intense pressure from Democratic Party officials, Harold E. Ford Jr., the former Tennessee congressman, has decided not to challenge Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand in the primary this fall, according to two people told of his plans.
Harold Ford Jr / New York Times:
Why I'm Not Running for the Senate  —  WHEN it was reported two months ago that I was thinking seriously about running for the United States Senate from New York, Democratic Party insiders started their own campaign to bully me out of the race — just as they had done with Representatives Carolyn Maloney, Steve Israel and others.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Ford bolts; Zuckerman rises
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New York Times:
Obama to Highlight Cost in New Health Bill Push  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama this week will begin a climactic push to rally restive Congressional Democrats to pass major health care legislation by hammering the argument that the costs of failure will be higher insurance premiums and lost coverage for individuals and businesses.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Health care by Easter?  —  With AP suggesting that nine “no” Democrats in the House could switch to “yes,” Inside Health Policy has a timeline:  —  According to [a] Democratic memo, the timeline may be: Step one: The House passes the Senate's health reform bill by March 19.
Discussion: The Politico
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Kent Conrad Rips Media: Yes, We Can Do Reform Via Reconciliation
Major Garrett / Row 2, Seat 4:
Obama to Unveil New Health Care Bill Wednesday; “Much Smaller” …
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Some House foes eye switch to ‘yes’ on health care
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Who really gets hurt when GOP's Bunning blocks this bill?  —  WASHINGTON — The Department of Transportation furloughed nearly 2,000 employees without pay Monday as the government began to feel the impact of Republican Sen. Jim Bunning's one-man blockage of legislation that would keep a host of federal programs operating.
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The World Newser:
Sen. Bunning is Angry: ‘This Is a Senators Only Elevator!’
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Bunning's fiscal hardball jams GOP
Discussion: RedState and The Hill
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New York Times:
Paterson Said to Direct Aides to Influence Abuse Case  —  ALBANY — Gov. David A. Paterson personally directed two state officials to contact the woman who had accused his close aide of assaulting her, according to two people with direct knowledge of the governor's actions.
Teddy Davis / ABCNEWS:
Texas Titans Battle for GOP Nod in Governor's Race  —  Gov. Rick Perry Portrays Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison as Washington Insider  —  When Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison signaled she was challenging fellow Republican Rick Perry for governor of Texas shortly after the 2008 election …
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Bernie Quigley / Pundits Blog:   The Vichy Republicans: Striving for mediocrity ...
The Huffington Post:
GOP Sen. Kyl: Unemployment Benefits Make People Not Want To Get A Job  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  A debate on the Senate floor Monday over unemployment compensation crystallized, at least for a moment, the divide between the two parties in Washington.  —  Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona …
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Coffee Party, With a Taste for Civic Participation, Is Added to the Political Menu  —  Fed up with government gridlock, but put off by the flavor of the Tea Party, people in cities across the country are offering an alternative: the Coffee Party.  —  Growing through a Facebook page …
David Derbyshire / Daily Mail:
Head of ‘Climategate’ research unit admits sending ‘pretty awful emails’ to hide data  —  Scientists at the heart of the Climategate row were yesterday accused by a leading academic body of undermining science's credibility.  —  The Institute of Physics said 'worrying implications …
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Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:
Phil Jones on the hot seat - not sharing data is “standard practice”
Discussion: EU Referendum and Guardian
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Postal Service expected to announce ‘significant changes’  —  The U.S. Postal Service will release projections Tuesday that confirm for the first time the suspicion that mail volume will never return to pre-recession levels.  In response, the agency is pushing anew for a dramatic reshaping …
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Donna Leinwand / USA Today:
Postal Service seeks 5-day delivery
Discussion: CBS News
Scott Shifrel / NY Daily News:
B'klyn ACORN cleared over giving illegal advice on how to hide money from prostitution  —  Brooklyn prosecutors on Monday cleared ACORN of criminal wrongdoing after a four-month probe that began when undercover conservative activists filmed workers giving what appeared to be illegal advice on how to hide money.
William Wan / Washington Post:
Same-sex marriage leads Catholic Charities to adjust benefits  —  Employees at Catholic Charities were told Monday that the social services organization is changing its health coverage to avoid offering benefits to same-sex partners of its workers — the latest fallout from a bitter debate …
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
Moderation, please  —  From NBC's Mark Murray, Chuck Todd and Domenico MontanaroThe Drudge Report has a provocative photo and link to a story on President Obama's recent physical exam.  It shows Obama drinking a beer at a basketball game with this headline: “PAPER: Obama doctors recommend 'moderation …
Reuters:
Winter storms to distort US jobless figures-Summers  —  White House economic adviser Larry Summers said on Monday winter blizzards were likely to distort U.S. February jobless figures, which are due to be released on Friday.  —  “The blizzards that affected much of the country during …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Top Republican expects final healthcare vote before end-of-month recess  —  Republicans expect a final vote on healthcare around the easter holiday this year, the Senate's second-ranking Republican said Monday night.  —  Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) said he expected Democratic leaders …
 
 
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Associated Press:
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Darren Samuelsohn / New York Times:
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Daily Mail:
Barack Obama should drink less alcohol and try harder to kick …
James Blitz / Financial Times:
Five European states back burka ban
Ezra Klein:
Paul Ryan and the true cost of health-care reform
Discussion: The New Republic