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11:45 AM ET, March 3, 2010


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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.
Associated Press:
Rangel steps down as tax panel chairman
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.
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
Jonathan Bernstein / The Daily Dish:
For Tuesday I Walk to the Village
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Ben Domenech / The New Ledger:
Why Rick Perry Won
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Rick Perry wins in Texas, Democrats pounce
Jason / StoryBalloon.Org:
Sarah Palin Does Stand Up Comedy On Jay Leno's Show. … I think one of her best lines was obviously off the cuff.  When Jay Leno was pushing her about her having a talk show, Mrs. Palin responded: I hear once in a while this [pats desk] comes open.  —  The second video has the stand up routine.
Dave Itzkoff / ArtsBeat:
With Leno, Palin Pushes Back Against ‘Family Guy’
Associated Press:
Sarah Palin jokes with Jay Leno on ‘Tonight Show’: I am going to …
Discussion: and JammieWearingFool
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 …
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 …
Manu Raju / The Politico:
GOP casts doubt on parliamentarian  —  Senate Republicans are waging a pre-emptive strike against the Senate's parliamentarian — a hitherto little-known official who could determine the fate of the Democrats' health care reform efforts.  —  In interviews with POLITICO …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Hill
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Bunning ends his one-man filibuster
Discussion: The Politico and Open Left
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
DNC attacks Romney for anti-populist stands  —  With former Governor Mitt Romney's book tour getting underway, the Democratic National Committee is attacking him in terms that suggest they've settled on attack lines on the frontrunner for the 2012 nomination.
Discussion: The Page and Hot Air
Matthew Jaffe / ABCNEWS:
Congress Nears Agreement on Wall Street Overhaul
Discussion: The Other McCain
Ian Swanson / The Hill:   Blizzard of bad jobs news to hit Friday
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.
Quinnipiac University:
Paterson Should Stay, Despite Lowest Approval Ever, New York State Voters Tell Quinnipiac University Poll; Independent Prosecutor Should Probe Gov, Voters Say 2-1  —  New York Gov. David Paterson should finish his term, rather than resign, New York State voters say 61 - 31 percent in a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Swiss Post  —  If you've been following the US Postal Service's various travails, you'll be interested in Sasha Issenberg's profile of Swiss Post in Issue 30 of Monocle.  Unfortunately, it's a subscriber-only piece, but this is a flavor of it: … Basically, Swiss Post was given additional flexibility …
Sindya N. Bhanoo / Dot Earth:
Fuel Taxes Must Rise, Harvard Researchers Say  —  To meet the Obama administration's targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, some researchers say, Americans may have to experience a sobering reality: gas at $7 a gallon.  —  To reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the transportation sector 14 percent …
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.
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Michael Riley / Denver Post:
Bennet to unveil reforms targeting filibuster, lobbying
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Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
LAT's Miller heads to WaPo
Sahil Kapur / The Raw Story:
Michael Moore: 'Democrats are a bunch of wusses...It's disgusting …
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Wall Street Journal:
Time for a Spending Cap With Teeth
Discussion: Riehl World View and TRAIL BLAZERS
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
A Word From the Wise  —  I was traveling via Los Angeles …
Washington Post:
D.C. Council votes to censure Barry, strip him of chairmanship
Discussion: Politics Daily and The Caucus
Noah Kazis / Streetsblog New York City:
DOT Plans to Bring NYC's First Separated Busway to 34th Street
James Risen / New York Times:
Interference Seen in Blackwater Inquiry