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9:35 AM ET, March 3, 2010

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The Hill:
Speaker Pelosi on Rangel: ‘I guess he is still chair of Ways and Means’  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday night told The Hill that Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) is still chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.  —  After huddling with Rangel for 45 minutes, Pelosi initially said …
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msnbc.com:
Rep. Rangel steps down from tax committee  —  Embattled Democrat takes ‘leave of absence’ amid ongoing ethics probe  —  WASHINGTON - After being admonished by an ethics panel for accepting corporate-sponsored trips to the Caribbean, Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., said Wednesday that he will take a leave …
New York Times:
Under Fire, Rangel Appears to Be Losing Grip of Committee  —  WASHINGTON — Caught in a swirl of ethics inquiries, Representative Charles B. Rangel, the dean of the New York Congressional delegation, appeared to be losing his grip on his powerful post as chairman of the tax-policy-writing Ways …
Hasani Gittens / NBC New York:
Rangel Giving Up the Gavel  —  Could step down as early as tonight  —  Harlem Democrat Charles Rangel now says he will step down as chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, NBC News has learned.  —  He may make the move as early as tonight and Michigan Democratic …
John Stanton / Roll Call:
Bunning Accepts Deal Allowing Benefits Bill to Advance  —  Under increasing pressure from Democrats and members of his own party, Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) Tuesday night abandoned his one-man filibuster of a one-month extension to unemployment benefits and other programs.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Bunning ends his one-man filibuster  —  Sen. Jim Bunning's (R-Ky.) one-man filibuster ended on Tuesday.  —  Bunning agreed to stop blocking legislation to extend benefits and COBRA health plan subsidies to the unemployed after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) …
Discussion: The Politico and Open Left
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
G.O.P. Splits on Senator's Move to Block Benefits
John Stanton / Roll Call:
Democrats May Force All-Night Session
David Catanese / The Politico:
Perry trounces Hutchison in Texas  —  Gov. Rick Perry won a decisive victory over Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in the Texas GOP primary for governor Tuesday night, bringing a bruising fight between two of the state's most popular Republicans to an anticlimactic conclusion.
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Rick Perry, Bill White win Texas primaries for governor  —  Gov. Rick Perry cruised to a victory tonight in a three-way Republican primary fight, crushing Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and setting the stage for a run for a third full term this fall.  —  Hutchison conceded the race …
Discussion: Swing State Project
Wall Street Journal:
Perry Rolls to Victory in Texas Primary  —  DALLAS—Texas Governor Rick Perry rode a wave of anti-Washington sentiment to victory Tuesday in the hard-fought Republican gubernatorial primary, beating U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.  —  Notching what he described as a victory for American conservatism …
Corrie MacLaggan / Austin American-Statesman:
Perry wins GOP nomination without a runoff
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
R.G. Ratcliffe / Houston Chronicle:
Perry to face showdown against White in November
Discussion: FrumForum
Ben Domenech / The New Ledger:
Why Rick Perry Won
Discussion: Dr. Melissa Clouthier
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
President Obama to Say Democrats Will Use Reconciliation to Pass Senate Health Care Reform Fix, If Not Given Up or Down Vote  —  White House officials tell ABC News that in his remarks tomorrow President Obama will indicate a willingness to work with Republicans on some issue …
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CBS News:
Romney Tells Letterman: Palin “Has a Rifle, You Know”  —  Posted by Brian Montopoli 5 comments - Share - - - Share - E-mail - Print - Font Likely 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney appeared on CBS's “Late Show with David Letterman” Tuesday as part of his tour to promote his new book …
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
It's Jay Leno's new ‘Tonight Show’ starring Sarah Palin
Discussion: Liberal Values and Ruby Slippers
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
'Sarah Palin's primaries:' 55 party fights
WBBM-TV:
Court Hears Second Amendment Debate On City Ban  —  Daley Defends Chicago's Gun Laws As Prohibition Comes Under Challenge  —  WASHINGTON (CBS) ― As they hear arguments in a case to against Chicago's nearly 30-year-old handgun ban, the U.S. Supreme Court appears willing …
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NY Daily News:
Mortimer Zuckerman announces he will not run for the Senate  —  Daily News publisher Mortimer Zuckerman has announced he will not run for the Senate  —  The field in the battle for a New York Senate seat became a little clearer Tuesday when Mortimer B. Zuckerman announced he would not join the race.
Josh Gerstein / Josh Gerstein's Blog:
Liz Cheney group accused of McCarthyism  —  My colleague Ben Smith has word this morning of a video from the Liz Cheney-backed group Keep America Safe questioning the loyalty of Justice Department attorneys who previously represented Guantanamo detainees.  —  The video provocatively calls …
Michael Shedlock / Mish's Global Economic …:
Governor Christie: “Time to Hold Hands and Jump Off the Cliff” - Chris Christie For President?  —  In an amazingly candid appraisal of the sorry state of affairs in New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie laid it on the line in a speech to about 200 mayors at the New Jersey League of Municipalities.
Sindya N. Bhanoo / Dot Earth:
Fuel Taxes Must Rise, Harvard Researchers Say  —  To meet the Obama administration's targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, some researchers say, Americans may have to experience a sobering reality: gas at $7 a gallon.  —  To reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the transportation sector 14 percent …
Telegraph:
Taliban cave network found in Pakistan mountains  —  Pakistan's army has discovered a complex network of 156 caves used by the Taliban and al-Qaeda dug into rocky mountains close to the Afghan border.  —  The tunnels, which are thought to have been created over five to seven years …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Weasel Zippers
James Risen / New York Times:
Interference Seen in Blackwater Inquiry  —  WASHINGTON — An official at the United States Embassy in Iraq has told federal prosecutors that he believes that State Department officials sought to block any serious investigation of the 2007 shooting episode in which Blackwater Worldwide security guards …
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Chile survived its huge earthquake relatively well.  Iran would be a different story.  —  In his days on the staid old London Times of the 1930s, Claud Cockburn won an in-house competition for the most boring headline by coming up with “Small Earthquake in Chile: Not Many Dead.”
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and The Daily Dish
 
 
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
A Word From the Wise  —  I was traveling via Los Angeles …
Washington Post:
D.C. Council votes to censure Barry, strip him of chairmanship
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Noah Kazis / Streetsblog New York City:
DOT Plans to Bring NYC's First Separated Busway to 34th Street
Joel Kotkin / Forbes:
Decentralize The Government  —  From health care reform …
Discussion: The Enterprise Blog
John Cook / Gawker:
Roger Ailes Is a Self-Loathing Liberal
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Washington Wire:
Bayh: Reconciliation to Take Senate Into ‘Uncharted Waters’
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Domenico Montanaro / msnbc.com:
REPUBLICAN COMPARES OBAMA TO SNOOKI
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Alex Massie / The Daily Dish:
The Immigration Dilemma  —  Now that the opinion polls are pointing …
Discussion: Eunomia and Guardian