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11:30 AM ET, March 2, 2010


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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.
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.
Michael Barbaro / City Room:
Ford Decides Not to Run  —  Under intense pressure from Democratic Party officials, Harold E. Ford Jr., the former Tennessee congressman, has decided not to challenge Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand in the primary this fall, according to two people told of his plans.
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 …
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:   Kf Caught in the Act
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.
New York Times:
Obama to Highlight Cost in New Health Bill Push  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama this week will begin a climactic push to rally restive Congressional Democrats to pass major health care legislation by hammering the argument that the costs of failure will be higher insurance premiums and lost coverage for individuals and businesses.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Health care by Easter?
Discussion: The Politico
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.
The World Newser:
Sen. Bunning is Angry: ‘This Is a Senators Only Elevator!’
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
Bernie Quigley / Pundits Blog:
The Vichy Republicans: Striving for mediocrity ...
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Donna Leinwand / USA Today:
Postal Service seeks 5-day delivery
Discussion: CBS News
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.
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: JammieWearingFool and Althouse
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Coffee Party, With a Taste for Civic Participation, Is Added to the Political Menu  —  Fed up with government gridlock, but put off by the flavor of the Tea Party, people in cities across the country are offering an alternative: the Coffee Party.  —  Growing through a Facebook page …
Gerard Couzens / Daily Mail:
Baby girl survives after being shot in the chest in parents' ‘global warming suicide pact’  —  A seven-month-old baby girl survived three days alone with a bullet in her chest beside the bodies of her parents and toddler brother.  —  Argentines Francisco Lotero, 56, and Miriam Coletti, 23 …
Daily Mail:
Barack Obama should drink less alcohol and try harder to kick his smoking habit, doctors say  —  Barack Obama should not only try harder to kick his smoking habit, his team of doctors warned, but they also recommended ‘moderation of alcohol intake’.  —  It would seem the pressure of the U.S. presidency …
New York Times:
Paterson Said to Direct Aides to Influence Abuse Case  —  ALBANY — Gov. David A. Paterson personally directed two state officials to contact the woman who had accused his close aide of assaulting her, according to two people with direct knowledge of the governor's actions.
Scott Shifrel / NY Daily News:
B'klyn ACORN cleared over giving illegal advice on how to hide money from prostitution  —  Brooklyn prosecutors on Monday cleared ACORN of criminal wrongdoing after a four-month probe that began when undercover conservative activists filmed workers giving what appeared to be illegal advice on how to hide money.
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 …
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Suzanne Goldenberg / Guardian:
US Senate's top climate sceptic accused of waging ‘McCarthyite witch-hunt’
Discussion: Grist and The Huffington Post
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New York Times:
Data Shows Camrys Not Recalled Also Had Problems
Discussion: Guardian
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
What to Do About Long-Term Unemployment?
Discussion: Mother Jones
New York Times:
The Second Amendment's Reach
Discussion: TigerHawk and Hit & Run
Neil Irwin / Washington Post:
Board openings give Obama a rare chance to remake the Federal Reserve
Discussion: AOL News Collection
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Top Republican expects final healthcare vote before end-of-month recess
 Earlier Items: 
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Halter joins Democratic ‘outsiders’
Discussion: Firedoglake and CNN
Dong Ngo / CNET News:
Internet changes news consumption landscape
Associated Press:
DC gay marriage opponents appeal to high court
David Derbyshire / Daily Mail:
Head of ‘Climategate’ …
Ezra Klein:
Paul Ryan and the true cost of health-care reform
Discussion: The New Republic