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3:45 PM ET, March 2, 2010

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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) …
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Hogan / hogan's Diary:
It's Not a Filibuster You Freaking Idiots  —  Dennis Miller once joked about those who would mispronounce certain words on the Senate floor, “now color me reactionary, but I don't think you should vote on this sh*t unless you know how to pronounce it.”  Well, I think we should amend …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Collins joins Dems in urging Bunning to drop benefits objection  —  Republican Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) took to the Senate floor Tuesday to try to advance stalled unemployment and COBRA healthcare benefit extensions, but Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) objected again.
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?
The Note:
Bunning Blinks?  —  ABC's Jonathan Karl reports:
CNN:
Obama embraces GOP health care proposals
Discussion: The Politico
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
G.O.P. Splits on Senator's Move to Block Benefits
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.
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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.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House downplays internal rifts
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Discussion: Winds of Change.NET
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Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
Kf Caught in the Act
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner on National Review Online:   Mickey for Senate? — By: Jonah Goldberg
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] …
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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 …
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Harold Ford Jr / New York Times:
Why I'm Not Running for the Senate
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.
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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 …
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 …
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Donna Leinwand / USA Today:
Postal Service seeks 5-day delivery
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and KCBS-TV
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 …
Patterico's Pontifications:
Debunking Some Emerging ACORN Liberal Myths  —  This post debunks several liberal myths about ACORN that have emerged in recent weeks — many from Eric Boehlert of Media Matters and Brad Friedman.  —  POSING AS PIMP AT ACORN  —  Liberal Myth: James O'Keefe did not pretend to be a pimp inside ACORN.
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.
 
 
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Washington Post:
Obama angers union officials with remarks in support of R.I. teacher firings
Discussion: New York Times and Class Struggle
Micheline Maynard / New York Times:
U.S. May Set Rule Requiring Brake Override System on Cars
Discussion: Politics Daily and Truthdig
Silla Brush / The Hill:
Schumer casts doubt on Fed-based consumer agency
Edward L. Glaeser / Economix:
Wasted Stimulus
Reuters:
Hamas: Jordan or Egypt likely behind Dubai hit
Discussion: Haaretz
 Earlier Items: 
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
Reuters:
Long-term pot use can double risk of psychosis
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Sasha Issenberg / Boston Globe:
D.C. journalist provided 'writer's advice'
New York Times:
Paterson Said to Direct Aides to Influence Abuse Case