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1:45 PM ET, March 3, 2010


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Chris Frates / The Politico:
Harkin: Reconciliation is a go  —  Sen. Tom Harkin told POLITICO that Senate Democratic leaders have decided to go the reconciliation route.  The House, he said, will first pass the Senate bill after Senate leaders demonstrate to House leaders that they have the votes to pass reconciliation in the Senate.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Dem will push for public option in separate bill if not included in existing package  —  If a public health insurance option is not added to existing healthcare reform legislation, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said Wednesday that he would push for one using a separate bill.
Discussion: TPMDC
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
President Obama to Say Democrats Will Use Reconciliation to Pass …
Jonathan Bernstein / The Daily Dish:
For Tuesday I Walk to the Village  —  Yesterday was election day in Texas, and I voted.  And I voted.  And then I voted some more.  If my count was correct, I voted fifty-two times.  I voted for Governor, and I voted for U.S. House and Texas House and Texas Senate...OK …
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.
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.
Ben Domenech / The New Ledger:
Why Rick Perry Won
Discussion: Dr. Melissa Clouthier
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Rick Perry wins in Texas, Democrats pounce
New York Times:
Rangel Steps Aside From Post During Ethics Inquiry  —  WASHINGTON — Representative Charles B. Rangel of New York announced on Wednesday that he would temporarily step down from his powerful post as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee in an attempt to avert a politically bruising fight …
The Hill:
Pelosi picks fellow Californian to take gavel after Rangel bows out  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi has picked liberal firebrand Rep. Pete Stark to replace ousted Chairman Charles Rangel on the tax-writing committee, according to a House leadership aide.  —  The decision was made during …
Discussion: The Hill and Open Left
The Hill:
Speaker Pelosi on Rangel: ‘I guess he is still chair of Ways and Means’
Dave Itzkoff / ArtsBeat:
With Leno, Palin Pushes Back Against ‘Family Guy’  —  In an interview Tuesday night on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” Sarah Palin once again criticized “Family Guy,” the Fox animated series, for a joke she believed was directed at her family, and rebuked the news media for not giving …
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 …
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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Palin's appearance on Tonight Show
Discussion: Big Hollywood and GINA COBB
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.
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
Ezra Klein:
A minority of 59  —  Who sounds like the majority party in this exchange, and who sounds like the minority party? … And keep in mind, it's not the Republicans offering a deal here.  It's one Republican.  Bob Corker of Tennessee.  Give him his deal, and it's still Democrats voting …
Economics of Contempt:
A Fed-Housed, Self-Funded CFPA? Sold.
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 …
Sahil Kapur / The Raw Story:
Michael Moore: 'Democrats are a bunch of wusses...It's disgusting... I'm sick of them'  —  America's top documentary filmmaker talks “Capitalism,” politics and Oscars with Raw Story  —  Just over a year ago, Michael Moore vigorously campaigned for President Obama and the Democratic Party.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Mediaite
Kerry Eleveld / Advocate:
Exclusive: Lieberman Details DADT Repeal Bill  —  Independent Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut on Wednesday will introduce the Senate's first “don't ask, don't tell” repeal bill along with eleven Democratic cosponsors including Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, but no Republicans.
Dan Pfeiffer / White Blog Feed:
Incorporating the Best Ideas from Both Parties  —  Yesterday the President sent a letter to Congressional leaders outlining four additional Republican ideas he'd be willing to include.  These ideas were identified as priorities by GOP members attending Thursday's bipartisan meeting:
Joshua Foust / New York Times:
The Next Battles for Marja  —  THIS year will be the third in a row that tens of thousands of new United States troops have arrived in Afghanistan with plans to “clear, hold and build” areas controlled by the Taliban.  Those previous surges have achieved little success at holding or building …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and ATTACKERMAN
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 …
Scribe / TalkLeft:
A major victory for privacy  —  Share This: Digg!  —  Yesterday, there was a major victory for privacy.  Unfortunately, it was not in the US.  The German Constitutional Court threw out as unconstitutional a law which required storage of all flavors of electronic data on everyone.
Discussion: Emptywheel
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.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Boehner: Vote on debt commission recommendations before elections
Discussion: The Politico
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
DNC attacks Romney for anti-populist stands
Discussion: The Page and Hot Air
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LAT's Miller heads to WaPo
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Swiss Post  —  If you've been following the US Postal Service's …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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 …
James Risen / New York Times:
Interference Seen in Blackwater Inquiry
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Raw Story