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5:00 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 …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
G.O.P. Splits on Senator's Move to Block Benefits  —  WASHINGTON — The effort to end a Senate standoff over unemployment benefits and health coverage for the jobless escalated on Tuesday morning as Senator Susan Collins, the moderate Republican from Maine, became the latest lawmaker …
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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Collins joins Dems in urging Bunning to drop benefits objection
Mark Thoma / moneywatch.bnet.com:
Unemployment Compensation has Broad Based Benefits
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Who really gets hurt when GOP's Bunning blocks this bill?
CNN:
Obama embraces GOP health care proposals  —  President Obama on Tuesday said he may be willing to consider several Republican health care proposals.  —  Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama extended a bipartisan olive branch to GOP leaders in the health care debate Tuesday …
Discussion: The Politico
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
UPDATED: Obama Embraces GOP Ideas, Urges Dems to Move Forward
Discussion: Firedoglake and Guardian
The Huffington Post:
Obama Wants Comprehensive Bill, GOP Ideas; READ His Letter To Congress
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   THE RESULTS OF THE HCR SUMMIT.... President Obama is scheduled …
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
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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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 / 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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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.
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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 …
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 …
Yahoo / Local News from The Thibodaux Daily Comet:
Jindal develops extensive campaign organization  —  For his re-election bid, Gov. Bobby Jindal has tapped into an extensive network of Republican fundraising and consulting firms known for their work for GOP candidates and causes around the country.  —  Jindal is seeking a second term as governor.
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CBS News:
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Discussion: Hot Air and NewsBusters.org
Wall Street Journal:
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Edward L. Glaeser / Economix:
Wasted Stimulus
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ACORN and the Ku Klux Klan
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Another American media failure
Reuters:
Long-term pot use can double risk of psychosis
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