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10:45 AM ET, March 3, 2010


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New York Times:
Under Fire, Rangel Steps Aside as Chair of Committee  —  WASHINGTON — Caught in a swirl of ethics inquiries, Representative Charles B. Rangel, the dean of the New York Congressional delegation, announced Wednesday that he would temporarily step down from his powerful post as chairman of the tax-policy-writing Ways and Means Committee.
The Hill:
Speaker Pelosi on Rangel: ‘I guess he is still chair of Ways and Means’  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday night told The Hill that Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) is still chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.  —  After huddling with Rangel for 45 minutes, Pelosi initially said …
Washington Post:
Rep. Charles Rangel to temporarily quit key tax post  —  Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday that he would temporarily step down as chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, days after being was admonished for breaking House rules by accepting corporate-financed travel.
The Politico:
Rangel on the brink  —  Charlie Rangel is on the verge of losing …
New York Times:
Under Fire, Rangel Appears to Be Losing Grip of Committee
Discussion: Neptunus Lex
David Catanese / The Politico:
Perry trounces Hutchison in Texas  —  Gov. Rick Perry won a decisive victory over Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in the Texas GOP primary for governor Tuesday night, bringing a bruising fight between two of the state's most popular Republicans to an anticlimactic conclusion.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Historic sprint: health-care reform in 2 weeks?  4?  — Buzz already about Rick Perry for '12 — Defiant Rangel on verge of losing gavel — Howard Wolfson named Deputy Mayor  —  TOP TALKERS - NYC release: “Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced that Kevin Sheekey, who served as Deputy Mayor …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and
Ben Domenech / The New Ledger:
Why Rick Perry Won  —  It's a funny thing how political predictions work.  When Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison declared her candidacy for the governorship of Texas, few would've bet against her — popular, moderate, and established, the ex-cheerleader who loves the cameras seemed a perfect fit …
James Hohmann / The Politico:
GOP colleagues want KBH in Senate  —  In the wake of Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's defeat Tuesday in the Texas gubernatorial primary, her GOP Senate colleagues intend to encourage her to remain in her seat and disregard her earlier plans to resign.  —  Hutchison stayed mum about her future as she conceded to incumbent Gov. Rick Perry.
Discussion: Politics Daily and Erick's blog
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Rick Perry wins in Texas, Democrats pounce
R.G. Ratcliffe / Houston Chronicle:
Perry to face showdown against White in November
Discussion:, TRAIL BLAZERS and FrumForum
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Rick Perry, Bill White win Texas primaries for governor
Discussion: Swing State Project
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
It's Jay Leno's new ‘Tonight Show’ starring Sarah Palin  —  Sarah Palin popped up on Jay Leno's revived NBC “Tonight Show” tonight and poked a little fun at herself by writing Jay's introduction cue notes on her hand.  (See video below.)  —  The pair, both of whom have taken hits in the media …
CBS News:
Romney Tells Letterman: Palin “Has a Rifle, You Know”  —  Posted by Brian Montopoli 5 comments - Share - - - Share - E-mail - Print - Font Likely 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney appeared on CBS's “Late Show with David Letterman” Tuesday as part of his tour to promote his new book …
Associated Press:
Sarah Palin jokes with Jay Leno on ‘Tonight Show’: I am going to …
Discussion: and JammieWearingFool
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
'Sarah Palin's primaries:' 55 party fights
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
President Obama to Say Democrats Will Use Reconciliation to Pass Senate Health Care Reform Fix, If Not Given Up or Down Vote  —  White House officials tell ABC News that in his remarks tomorrow President Obama will indicate a willingness to work with Republicans on some issue …
John Stanton / Roll Call:
Bunning Accepts Deal Allowing Benefits Bill to Advance  —  Under increasing pressure from Democrats and members of his own party, Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) Tuesday night abandoned his one-man filibuster of a one-month extension to unemployment benefits and other programs.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Bunning ends his one-man filibuster
Discussion: The Politico and Open Left
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
The Chief  —  You think it's so great being Rahm Emanuel?  —  One of the enduring mysteries about White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is why he took the job in the first place.  At the time he accepted it, he was the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, a position he'd attained with considerable effort.
The Huffington Post:
Rahm Emanuel: Obama's Chief Of Sabotage  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  The latest toxic meme to spread across the pages of my once-beloved Washington Post is that President Obama's Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, is the one reasonable man in the White House.  —  First came perpetually …
Michael Shedlock / Mish's Global Economic …:
Governor Christie: “Time to Hold Hands and Jump Off the Cliff” - Chris Christie For President?  —  In an amazingly candid appraisal of the sorry state of affairs in New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie laid it on the line in a speech to about 200 mayors at the New Jersey League of Municipalities.
John / Power Line:
More Diplomatic Incompetence from the Obama Administration
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
A Word From the Wise  —  I was traveling via Los Angeles International Airport — LAX — last week.  Walking through its faded, cramped domestic terminal, I got the feeling of a place that once thought of itself as modern but has had one too many face-lifts and simply can't hide the wrinkles anymore.
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Washington Post:
D.C. Council votes to censure Barry, strip him of chairmanship
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