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2:25 PM 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 …
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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.
Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
The Photo That Could Doom the Democrats  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Nancy Pelosi is protecting Rep. Charles Rangel, who failed to pay taxes on his Caribbean villa, among other miscues.  But the ethically challenged congressional baron is endangering the Democrats' control of Congress.
Discussion: Townhall.com and Taylor Marsh
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Halter declares against Lincoln  —  Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter is moving ahead with a primary challenge to Sen. Blanche Lincoln, he announced Monday.  —  “Washington is broken,” Halter said in a video on his campaign website.  “Bailing out Wall Street with no strings attached …
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Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
FIRST THOUGHTS: DEMS PICK UP 2 VOTES?  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Ali Weinberg  —  *** Dems pick up two votes?  Are Democrats having their best health-care day in quite some time?  Oddly enough, maybe.  Today, it appears they've picked up two votes for THEIR effort to pass health-care.
Trish Turner / The Speakers Lobby:
Trouble in Arkansas for Dems
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Not So Fast: Halter Primaries Lincoln
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog
The Huffington Post:
Bill Halter Running For Arkansas Senate: Progressive Democrat …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Pajamas Media
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 …
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Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Cooper's spox shoots down CBS rumor
Discussion: Gawker and Romenesko
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Anderson Cooper Said to Meet With CBS News Executives
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Buffett would scrap health bill  —  Billionaire investor Warren Buffett advised President Barack Obama on Monday to scrap the health care bill and start over.  —  In an interview with CNBC, Buffett said the current bill does not focus on controlling costs, which he sees as the central problem …
Discussion: The Page
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Chris Frates / The Politico:
Buffett says scrap reform bills and focus on cost
Discussion: The Plum Line
Adam Green / The Huffington Post:
Public Option Garners Avalanche of Support in Senate  —  In the wake of last week's “bipartisan summit” — which proved that no Republicans in Congress will vote for health care reform — an avalanche of Democratic senators are announcing today that they will vote YES for the public health insurance option …
Discussion: SpeakEasy and The Plum Line
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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 …
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
Doctors tell Barack Obama to quit smoking  —  The american president has been trying to kick the habit for sometime, apart from the smoking he is in excellent health  —  Barack Obama is still struggling to kick smoking, according to his first medical examination since becoming president.
New York Times:
As Foreclosures Continue ...  President Obama went to Henderson, Nev., the other day to show Americans that he was responding to the cries for help from struggling homeowners (and maybe give a boost to Senator Harry Reid's re-election).  He announced a $1.5 billion effort to prevent foreclosures …
Discussion: Beat the Press
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Ezra Klein:
A reconciliation primer  —  It is amazing how few reporters understand what the budget reconciliation process is: Either how it works, or what it's traditionally been used for, or what Democrats are proposing to use it for.  That confusion creates comical exchanges like this one …
Washington Post:
Chile reels in aftermath of quake, emergency workers provide aid  —  SANTIAGO, CHILE — After experiencing one of the most powerful earthquakes to strike the earth in more than a century, Chileans accelerated their rescue, aid and security efforts in damaged regions Sunday but also took pride …
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
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHEN THE GOP GIVES DEMS ADVICE.... One of the more commonly heard Republican talking points lately has been advice to the Democratic majority: if health care reform passes, and the majority delivers a historic victory, it will be awful news for Democratic candidates.
Discussion: ABCNEWS and AMERICAblog News
Tom-Jan Meeus / NRC Handelsblad:
Tea Party prominent: Palin not presidential  —  Former Republican congressman Tom Tancredo was the opening speaker at the recent Tea Party conference with Sarah Palin.  In an interview with NRC Handelsblad, he spoke his mind about Palin.  “I really don't have this feeling about her as being presidential.”
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.
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
Angela Sachitano / WPTV:
Ex-Congressman opens consignment shop … WEST PALM BEACH, FL— It's been more than three years since he was forced to resign from the U.S. Congress but Mark Foley is still meeting and greeting people.  —  Instead of looking for votes, he's looking for customers.
Discussion: TPM LiveWire
 
 
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GOP allows extender bill to move forward
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The Note:
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David Catanese / The Politico:
Tommy Thompson eyes Senate bid
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