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9:50 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.
Discussion: The Page
Rep. Rangel steps down from tax committee  —  Embattled Democrat takes ‘leave of absence’ amid ongoing ethics probe  —  WASHINGTON - After being admonished by an ethics panel for accepting corporate-sponsored trips to the Caribbean, Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., said Wednesday that he will take a leave …
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
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Rick Perry, Bill White win Texas primaries for governor
Discussion: Swing State Project
Corrie MacLaggan / Austin American-Statesman:
Perry wins GOP nomination without a runoff
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Rick Perry wins in Texas, Democrats pounce
Ben Domenech / The New Ledger:
Why Rick Perry Won
Wall Street Journal:
Perry Rolls to Victory in Texas Primary
R.G. Ratcliffe / Houston Chronicle:
Perry to face showdown against White in November
Discussion:, TRAIL BLAZERS and FrumForum
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  —  Sen. Jim Bunning's (R-Ky.) one-man filibuster ended on Tuesday.  —  Bunning agreed to stop blocking legislation to extend benefits and COBRA health plan subsidies to the unemployed after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) …
Discussion: The Politico and Open Left
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
G.O.P. Splits on Senator's Move to Block Benefits
John Stanton / Roll Call:
Democrats May Force All-Night Session
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
John / Power Line:
More Diplomatic Incompetence from the Obama Administration  —  One wonders: does the Obama administration deliberately try to screw up our foreign policy, or is it just a matter of ignorance and incompetence?  This is painful reading: “Argentina celebrates diplomatic coup as Hillary Clinton calls for talks over Falklands.”
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.
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 …
Court Hears Second Amendment Debate On City Ban  —  Daley Defends Chicago's Gun Laws As Prohibition Comes Under Challenge  —  WASHINGTON (CBS) ― As they hear arguments in a case to against Chicago's nearly 30-year-old handgun ban, the U.S. Supreme Court appears willing …
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Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Blizzard of bad jobs news to hit Friday
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
Joel Kotkin / Forbes:
Decentralize The Government  —  From health care reform …
Discussion: The Enterprise Blog
James Risen / New York Times:
Interference Seen in Blackwater Inquiry
 Earlier Items: 
John Cook / Gawker:
Roger Ailes Is a Self-Loathing Liberal
Taliban cave network found in Pakistan mountains
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Weasel Zippers
Washington Wire:
Bayh: Reconciliation to Take Senate Into ‘Uncharted Waters’
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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Discussion: NewsReal Blog, Mediaite and Hot Air
Josh Gerstein / Josh Gerstein's Blog:
Liz Cheney group accused of McCarthyism