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12:10 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.
Aaron Gould Sheinin / Gold Dome Live:
Breaking: Deal says he'll resign from Congress  —  By Aaron Gould Sheinin/asheinin@ajc.com and Jim Tharpe/jtharpe@ajc.com  —  U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal (R-Ga.) said Monday morning he will resign from Congress to “devote my full energies to the campaign for governor.”
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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The Huffington Post:
Bill Halter Running For Arkansas Senate: Progressive Democrat …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Pajamas Media
CNN:
Sen. Lincoln gets primary challenge
Discussion: The Note
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.
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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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Anderson Cooper Said to Meet With CBS News Executives
Discussion: AOL News Collection and Romenesko
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 …
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Adam Green / The Huffington Post:
Public Option Garners Avalanche of Support in Senate
Discussion: The Plum Line
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.
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Tom-Jan Meeus / NRC Handelsblad:
Tea Party prominent: Palin not 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.
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
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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 …
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
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.
The Note:
Durbin on Health Care: ‘Democrats Are Going to Have to Do it Alone’  —  ABC News' Aaron Katersky reports:  —  The Senate's top vote-counter told ABC News today that he's done waiting for Republicans to come on board for health care reform.  —  “The writing is on the wall,” Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., told ABC News Monday.
Discussion: TPMDC, The Hill and The Page
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
Kim Hart / The Hill:
Obama plans to target low-performing schools  —  President Barack Obama will announce Monday a national effort to reduce the high school dropout rate and better prepare students for successful college careers.  —  The administration has committed $3.5 billion to fund changes …
Discussion: The Swamp
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Lynn Sweet / Politics Daily:
Dropouts Targeted by New Obama Plan for Underperforming Schools
Discussion: Eduwonk
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
 
 
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David Frum / FrumForum:
Blame Yesterday's Reforms for Today's Gridlocked Congress
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
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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
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The Atlantic Online:
Top Labor Executive Leaves for Green Jobs Initiative
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Alexander hints at interest in climate
Jay Heflin / The Hill:
GOP allows extender bill to move forward
Discussion: CNN
The Note:
Sen. Bunning Single-handedly Causes 2,000 Federal Worker Furloughs
Discussion: Daily Kos and AMERICAblog News
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
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