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11:27 AM ET, March 1, 2010


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The Politico:
Pelosi's brutal reality check  —  Asked this weekend to grade her performance as speaker, Nancy Pelosi gave herself an “A for effort.”  —  But Pelosi knows that the real test is still to come.  —  Pelosi is inarguably one of the strongest speakers in modern history …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Pelosi Says She'll Get Votes Needed for Health Bill  —  WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she is confident she will be able to get the votes needed to pass sweeping health care legislation in the House, even if it threatens the political careers of some members of her party.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Financial Reform Endgame  —  So here's the situation.  We've been through the second-worst financial crisis in the history of the world, and we've barely begun to recover: 29 million Americans either can't find jobs or can't find full-time work.  Yet all momentum for serious banking reform has been lost.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
30!  Five More Democrats—Including Durbin—Say They Support a Public Option Through Reconciliation  —  Five leading Democrats—including Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin—have publicly announced that they will vote for a public option if it's offered up during the budget reconciliation process …
Adam Green / The Huffington Post:
Public Option Garners Avalanche of Support in Senate
Discussion: The Plum Line
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Durbin defends majority-vote tactic for healthcare bill
Discussion: The Page
New York Times:
Network News at a Crossroads  —  ABC News is making no secret about what is behind the sweeping staff cuts it now faces: raw survival instinct.  —  “I just looked out at the next five years and was concerned that we could not sustain doing what we were doing,” said David Westin …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Anderson Cooper Said to Meet With CBS News Executives
Discussion: Romenesko
John / Power Line:
Who's Obsessed and Deranged?  —  Frank Rich of the New York Times retired as a drama critic in order to take up his new role as the paper's full-time drama queen.  As an op-ed columnist for the Times, his assignment, apparently, is to write in such a hysterical fashion that Paul Krugman seems rational by comparison.
Tom-Jan Meeus / NRC Handelsblad:
Tea Party prominent: Palin not presidential
Discussion: Hot Air, Raw Story and Ben Smith's Blog
Icarus / Peach Pundit:
Deal Resigning Congress Tomorrow  —  Nathan Deal has called two press conferences tomorrow morning, one in Dalton and one in Gainesville, to announce that he is resigning from Congress.  —  Sources close to his campaign tell me that Deal will resign his seat in Congress to focus on his campaign for Governor.
Aaron Gould Sheinin / Gold Dome Live:
Breaking: Deal says he'll resign from Congress
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
IPCC “science” on hurricanes no longer settled, either  —  In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, anthropogenic global warming (AGW) activists insisted that the stronger storm systems resulted from the build-up of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, making hurricanes increasingly more severe.
David Corn / Politics Daily:
Are Democratic Presidents Smarter Than Republican Presidents?  —  Watching President Barack Obama at the White House health care summit last week, it was hard not to have an obvious thought: Could George W. Bush have done this?  It is tough to imagine Bush leading a seven-hour gabfest …
Discussion: Dennis the Peasant and Don Surber
Jay Heflin / The Hill:
GOP allows extender bill to move forward  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has agreed to allow amendments on legislation extending several tax measures that expired last year, ending Republican procedural roadblocks on the legislation.  —  Around 2pm on Monday …
Discussion: CNN
New York Times:
White House Is Rethinking Nuclear Policy  —  WASHINGTON — As President Obama begins making final decisions on a broad new nuclear strategy for the United States, senior aides say he will permanently reduce America's arsenal by thousands of weapons.  But the administration has rejected proposals …
David Catanese / The Politico:
Tommy Thompson eyes Senate bid  —  Former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson, who served four terms as Wisconsin governor, is securing financial pledges and ramping up his outreach to longtime political aides in preparation for a possible campaign against Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold.
Discussion: Hot Air
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
The Raging Septuagenarian  —  Taking on the Times, Google, and, in a sense, his own children, Rupert Murdoch is not going gently into the night.  —  On Saturday, January 9, Rupert Murdoch was on his Boeing 737 returning to New York from a business trip to Los Angeles when he learned …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Romenesko
Lynn Sweet / Politics Daily:
Dropouts Targeted by New Obama Plan for Underperforming Schools  —  When President Obama delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress a year ago, he talked about the national problem of youngsters quitting high school.  —  “Dropping out of high school is no longer an option,” Obama said.
Discussion: Eduwonk
Kim Hart / The Hill:   Obama plans to target low-performing schools
The Atlantic Online:
Top Labor Executive Leaves for Green Jobs Initiative  —  Chris Chafe, the executive director of the Change to Win labor federation, is leaving to his post at the end of the month to launch a new clean economy business and marketing initiative.  —  The departure of Chafe …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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Durbin on Health Care: ‘Democrats Are Going to Have to Do it Alone’
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHEN THE GOP GIVES DEMS ADVICE.... One of the more commonly heard …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Associated Press:
Analysis: Republicans Setting Filibuster Record
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Survey Finds Slack Editing on Magazine Web Sites
Discussion: Mediaite and Gawker
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Alexander hints at interest in climate
The Note:
Sen. Bunning May Single-handedly Cause 2,000 Federal Worker Furloughs
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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Sen. Lincoln gets primary challenge
Discussion: The Note
Susan Milligan / Boston Globe:
Joseph Kennedy III won't run for Congress
Tom Kington / Guardian:
Berlusconi selects female candidates
Jaime Aron / Associated Press:
US sets medals record, Canada ties gold record