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2:20 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.
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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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Abuse of Power  —  'An undemocratic disservice to our people and to the Senate's institutional role.'  —  A string of electoral defeats and the great unpopularity of ObamaCare can't stop Democrats from their self-appointed rendezvous with liberal destiny—ramming a bill through Congress on a narrow partisan vote.
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 …
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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.
Ben Domenech / The New Ledger:
Why Rick Perry Won
Discussion: Dr. Melissa Clouthier
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Rick Perry wins in Texas, Democrats pounce
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 …
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Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Palin: ‘I joined Fox’ …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Palin's appearance on Tonight Show
Discussion: Big Hollywood and GINA COBB
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 …
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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 …
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.
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National Enquirer:
GRAND JURY TO INDICT EDWARDS  —  The ultimate fall from grace, a Federal grand jury is about to indict John Edwards, The ENQUIRER has learned exclusively.  —  In another shocker, close sources say Edwards' estranged wife Elizabeth could help send the former presidential candidate to jail!
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.
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
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 …
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
Dan Pfeiffer / White House.gov 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:
Washington Post:
Same-sex couples line up as D.C. gay marriage law takes effect  —  Sitting at a desk in the marriage bureau of the D.C. Superior Court on Wednesday morning, Angelisa Young's eyes filled with so many tears, she eventually buried her face in her fiancee's chest.
The Huffington Post:
Fight For The CFPA Is ‘A Dispute Between Families And Banks,’ Says Elizabeth Warren  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  While members of the Senate Banking Committee debate proposals to fix the nation's broken financial system and ineffective approach to protecting consumers, Elizabeth Warren has one message …
New York Times:
Paterson Broke Ethics Law on Receiving Gifts, Panel Charges  —  The state Commission on Public Integrity charged Gov. David A. Paterson on Wednesday with violating state ethics laws when he secured free tickets to the opening game of the World Series from the Yankees last fall for himself and others.
Discussion: The Page
Little Green Footballs:
The Texas Taliban  —  There's been talk lately in Texas about seceding from the US.  Even Republican Governor Rick Perry has broadly hinted that Texas should exercise its “tenth amendment” rights.  —  Well, here's a website that makes me think it might be a good idea to let them do it: Repent Amarillo.
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Why The Big Secret?  —  One of the truly galling Republican political maneuvers over the last 10 years is to go from squandering a huge budget surplus, racking up trillions in debt, ballooning the deficit, and leaving the next Democratic administration with an economy in shambles …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
 
 
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