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12:40 PM ET, March 3, 2010


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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 …
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
Ben Domenech / The New Ledger:
Why Rick Perry Won
Discussion: Dr. Melissa Clouthier
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Rick Perry wins in Texas, Democrats pounce
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.
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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   Dem will push for public option in separate bill if not included in existing package
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:
Speaker Pelosi on Rangel: ‘I guess he is still chair of Ways and Means’
The Hill:
Pelosi picks fellow Californian to take gavel after Rangel bows out
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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.
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 …
Matthew Jaffe / ABCNEWS:
Congress Nears Agreement on Wall Street Overhaul  —  Will Proposals Do Enough to Protect Consumers?  —  In the wake of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, Congressional lawmakers are nearing an agreement on how to revamp the U.S. financial system and protect consumers from future problems.
Discussion: The Other McCain
John / Power Line:
More Diplomatic Incompetence from the Obama Administration
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
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
How SPLC Hypes the Hate  —  Dangerous extremist militias taking over America?  The Southern Poverty Law Center reports “an astonishing 363 new Patriot groups appeared in 2009, with the totals going from 149 groups (including 42 militias) to 512 (127 of them militias) - a 244% jump” from 2008.
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 …
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 …
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