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2:00 PM ET, March 2, 2010


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Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
Hotheaded Emanuel may be White House voice of reason  —  Rahm Emanuel is officially a Washington caricature.  He's the town's resident leviathan, a bullying, bruising White House chief of staff who is a prime target for the failings of the Obama administration.
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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Kent Conrad Rips Media: Yes, We Can Do Reform Via Reconciliation
Discussion: TalkLeft and Daily Kos
Emily Pierce / Roll Call:
Collins Tries to Stop Bunning Filibuster  —  Senate Republicans sought Tuesday to insulate themselves from the damage caused by Sen. Jim Bunning's (R-Ky.) filibuster of a bill that would extend unemployment and health benefits and highway programs.  —  Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) …
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 …
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Bunning's fiscal hardball jams GOP  —  Fresh off last week's high-profile White House summit, Republicans were eager to continue the health care debate they think they've been winning for months.  —  Then came Jim Bunning.  —  The Kentucky GOP senator's unilateral decision to block …
Discussion: CNN, The Note, Bloomberg and Washington Post
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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Collins joins Dems in urging Bunning to drop benefits objection
Dennis Romero / LA Daily:
CORRECTED: Mickey Kaus Takes Out Papers For U.S. Senate Run  —  ​Pioneering political blogger Mickey Kaus took out papers [filed] to run for U.S. Senate in California, he told LA Weekly.  The Venice resident said he'll run this year against Barbara Boxer for her seat.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Feel the Kausmentum  —  With the valuable Glenn Reynolds and Jonah Goldberg endorsements in hand, Mickey Kaus' bid for a Democratic Party primary win is looking more solid than ever.  —  That said, I'm going to go counter-counterintuitive here and say that if some weird process put Mickey Kaus …
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
Kf Caught in the Act  —  The rollout didn't go as my team of highly paid media consultants* had planned— L.A. Weekly got it way before it was supposed to.  Heads will roll around here.  But I did go down to the local registrar's office Monday and take out nomination papers to run in the primary for U.S. Senator against Barbara Boxer.
Kevin Roderick / LA Observed:
Kaus clarifies his candidate status
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  —  Harold Ford gave many reasons for his decision not to launch a primary challenge against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, but he didn't mention a decisive one: The emergence of a richer, stronger center-right challenger whom many of Ford's potential supporters …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Coffee Party Parasites  —  The New York Times and Washington Post are promoting a group called the “Coffee Party” organized by filmmaker Annabel Park.  —  The Coffee Party is a political parasite which presents itself as something it is not.  As reported in the NY Times [see update below] …
Founding Blogger / Founding Bloggers:
The Best DA Money Can Buy?  ACORN DA Lets ACORN Off The Hook (UPDATED)  —  Today it was announced that ACORN will not face prosecution in Brooklyn. … Should anyone be surprised?  The Brooklyn DA is a member of the ACORN/Working Families Party.  That means he signed their pledge, and worked for their endorsement.
Orrin Hatch / Washington Post:
Reconciliation on health care would be an assault to the democratic process  —  America's Founders gave us a system of governance designed to limit government power and maximize liberty.  The legislative branch is different from the executive, and the Senate is different from the House.
Sasha Issenberg / Boston Globe:
D.C. journalist provided 'writer's advice'  —  A prominent Washington journalist and former Globe reporter is among the many advisers and political experts who helped Mitt Romney write “No Apology,” according to the book's acknowledgments.  —  “Nina Easton, the noted journalist and commentator …
Sasha Issenberg / Boston Globe:
In book, Romney styles himself wonk, not warrior
Scott Collins / Los Angeles Times:
Roger Ebert takes to Twitter to give tea party followers a thumb's down  —  The film reviewer is aiming barbs at Sarah Palin and other conservatives.  —  Who's the biggest scourge of the tea party movement these days?  It might be film critic Roger Ebert, who lately has been tossing brickbats …
Discussion: Althouse and JammieWearingFool
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 …
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 …
Jesse Lee / White Blog Feed:
President Obama Follows Up on Thursday's Bipartisan Meeting on Health Reform  —  Last Thursday the President hosted a unique, open conversation with leaders from both parties in Congress to hear everyone's ideas about how to finally put American families and small businesses in control of their health care.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Cheney group questions loyalty of Justice lawyers  —  Liz Cheney's group Keep America Safe, which has led the resurgent Republican attacks on President Obama's national security policies, is releasing a video this morning that questions the loyalties of Justice Department lawyers who advocated …
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Edward L. Glaeser / Economix:
Wasted Stimulus
Peter Robinson / The Corner on National Review Online:
Roger Ailes, the Kid from Warren, Ohio — By: Peter Robinson
Discussion: The Daily Dish, Eunomia and Gawker
Michael Zak / Big Government:
ACORN and the Ku Klux Klan
Reeve Hamilton / The Texas Tribune:
In Closing: Rick Perry
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Senate Finance Committee — Optimized for Netscape 4!
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Another American media failure
Discussion: NewsReal Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Long-term pot use can double risk of psychosis
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
What to Do About Long-Term Unemployment?
Discussion: The Other McCain and Mother Jones
New York Times:
The Second Amendment's Reach
Discussion: TigerHawk and Hit & Run
New York Times:
Paterson Said to Direct Aides to Influence Abuse Case