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5:50 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 / RedState:
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 …
Lexington Herald-Leader:
Bunning's callous grandstanding  —  Grayson, Paul wrong to applaud  —  As long as Republicans were in charge, Sen. Jim Bunning was OK with trading a surplus for a deficit.  He voted to put two wars, tax cuts and a Medicare drug benefit on the nation's credit card.
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 Note:   Bunning Blinks?  —  ABC's Jonathan Karl reports:
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Collins joins Dems in urging Bunning to drop benefits objection
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
UPDATED: Obama Embraces GOP Ideas, Urges Dems to Move Forward  —  The White House on Tuesday released a letter from President Obama to the congressional leadership of both parties.  In it, Obama urges them to incorporate a handful of Republican ideas into health care reform and then get on with passing …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Guardian
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CNN:
Obama embraces GOP health care proposals
Discussion: The Politico
The Huffington Post:
Obama Wants Comprehensive Bill, GOP Ideas; READ His Letter To Congress
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] …
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 …
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Josh Gerstein / Josh Gerstein's Blog:
Liz Cheney group accused of McCarthyism  —  My colleague Ben Smith has word this morning of a video from the Liz Cheney-backed group Keep America Safe questioning the loyalty of Justice Department attorneys who previously represented Guantanamo detainees.  —  The video provocatively calls …
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Alex Massie / The Daily Dish:
Hillary's Falklands Provocation  —  Bagehot of the Economist is beginning to have some doubts about the Obama administration: … What stance?  Well Hillary Clinton has been visiting Argentina and was asked about the status of the Falklands.  Here's what she had to say: … And:
Discussion: Eunomia and FP Passport
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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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David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Justices signal they're ready to make gun ownership a national right  —  A high court majority reviewing a handgun ban in Chicago indicates that it sees the right to ‘bear arms’ as national in scope, and can be used to strike down some state and local gun regulations.
Discussion: The New Ledger, Hit & Run and Truthdig
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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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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 …
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Mark Thoma / moneywatch.bnet.com:
Unemployment Compensation has Broad Based Benefits
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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 …
The Note:
‘The View’ Couch Not So Cozy for Romney  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis reports:  —  Mitt Romney bounded onto the set of ABC's “The View” this morning, perhaps expecting a light chat about his new book and possible presidential run.  —  But once the former Massachusetts governor settled onto the couch …
Discussion: Hot Air and Ben Smith's Blog
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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Another American media failure  —  In the years after the the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the subsequent failure to find WMD, the American media flagellated itself publicly over its lack of skepticism of Bush administration cassus belli claims.  We endured reams of essays about the supine nature …
 
 
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Dems siding with GOP on Rangel
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Jim Carlton / Wall Street Journal:
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How Milton Friedman Saved Chile
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Edward L. Glaeser / Economix:
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