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12:30 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.
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?  —  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.
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Memo Outlines Possible Easter Recess Timeline
Discussion: Firedoglake and National Review
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.
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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Collins joins Dems in urging Bunning to drop benefits objection
Discussion: The Politico and Wonk Room
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.
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 …
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.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Coffee Party Parasites
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 …
Bernie Quigley / Pundits Blog:
The Vichy Republicans: Striving for mediocrity ...
Discussion: CNN, The Note and ABCNEWS
Sasha Issenberg / Boston Globe:
In book, Romney styles himself wonk, not warrior
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
Founding Blogger / Founding Bloggers:
The Best DA Money Can Buy?  ACORN DA Lets ACORN Off The Hook  —  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.
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
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.
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.
Reeve Hamilton / The Texas Tribune:
In Closing: Rick Perry  —  In his 1990 bid for agriculture commissioner, Rick Perry recalls, “I had a very, very small staff.  I flew everywhere myself.  I didn't have anybody that went with me.”  If that campaign was a 9.5 on the political Richter Scale of difficulty …
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Another American media failure
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
What to Do About Long-Term Unemployment?
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New York Times:
The Second Amendment's Reach
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Top Republican expects final healthcare vote before end-of-month recess
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Halter joins Democratic ‘outsiders’
Discussion: CNN and Firedoglake
David Derbyshire / Daily Mail:
Head of ‘Climategate’ …