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4:05 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) …
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.
The Note:
Bunning Blinks?  —  ABC's Jonathan Karl reports:
Obama embraces GOP health care proposals
Discussion: The Politico
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Who really gets hurt when GOP's Bunning blocks this bill?
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.
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
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.
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] …
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.
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Tom Harkin: I'll Be For the Public Option Again - After I'm Against It
Discussion: TalkLeft and DownWithTyranny!
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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Orrin Hatch Rewrites History Of His Own Voting Record On Reconciliation
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE RESULTS OF THE HCR SUMMIT.... President Obama is scheduled to outline his vision on moving forward with health care reform tomorrow, but today the president wrote to congressional leaders from both parties, explaining several areas of agreement with Republicans.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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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Discussion: Politics Daily and Truthdig
Silla Brush / The Hill:
Schumer casts doubt on Fed-based consumer agency
Edward L. Glaeser / Economix:
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ACORN and the Ku Klux Klan
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
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Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Another American media failure
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Discussion: JustOneMinute
Sasha Issenberg / Boston Globe:
D.C. journalist provided 'writer's advice'
Daily Mail:
Barack Obama should drink less alcohol and try harder to kick …
New York Times:
Paterson Said to Direct Aides to Influence Abuse Case