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6:45 PM ET, March 4, 2010

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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Gregg suggests Obama may renege on fixing Senate health bill  —  The White House may renege on passing fixes to the Senate's healthcare bill once the House has passed it, Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) claimed Thursday.  —  Gregg, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Another House Dem A “No” On Senate Bill; A Previous “Yes” Now Undecided  —  Okay, a bit more bad news for the prospects of passing the Senate bill out of the House.  —  Rep Frank Kratovil of Maryland, a previous No vote who was now said to be undecided, will vote No on the Senate health reform proposal, his spokesman confirms.
Kevin Woster / Rapid City Journal:
Herseth Sandlin says no to Senate health bill, reconciliation  —  Wavering on health care reform?  Not Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin.  At least, not on Thursday.  —  The South Dakota Democrat confirmed during a telephone conference call with reporters that she won't vote for the Senate version …
The Atlantic Online:
Perfect Storm Nearly Killed Health Reform; Another Storm May Save It
RADAR:
EXCLUSIVE: U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Considering Stepping Down  —  Update: RadarOnline.com has obtained new information that Justice Roberts will NOT resign.  The justice will be staying on the bench.  —  John Roberts, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Breaking: Is John Roberts about to resign from the Supreme Court?  Update: Drudge source: “News to me”; Update: Radar retracts  —  Update II: Radar retracted the story a few minutes ago: … Nice work, Radar.  Original post follows ...  According to Radar Online, the next Supreme Court justice …
Pareene / Gawker:
Chief Justice John Roberts Resigning, According to Internet's Favorite Source of Octomom News  —  RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively that Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts is considering stepping down.  “RadarOnline.com has been told that Roberts, 55, could announce his decision at any time.”
CBS13/CW31:
Anti-Gay Lawmaker At Gay Club Before DUI Arrest  —  SACRAMENTO (CBS13) ― Sources tell CBS13 a state senator from Southern California was arrested for allegedly driving drunk after leaving Faces, a gay nightclub in midtown Sacramento, early Wednesday morning.
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Jay Heflin / The Hill:
Second Ways and Means boss ousted; Levin replaces Stark  —  Rep. Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) will be the acting chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced to her caucus on Thursday.  —  The startling announcement comes a day after Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) …
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Ezra Klein:
‘I will take our troops out of the war zone and put them into space’  —  Introduction Video from Kesha for Congress on Vimeo.  —  Kesha Rogers is a Larouchie who just won the Democratic nomination in Texas's 22nd district.  Her triumphant statement is pretty sweet:
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Howard Dean: Health bill hangs Dem incumbents and Obama out to dry in elections  —  Passing the healthcare proposals before Congress will “hang out to dry” every Democratic incumbent running for reelection this fall, Howard Dean said Thursday.  —  Dean, a physician by training who's …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Politico
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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Dick Durbin: Let GOP filibuster
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Left rallies against Lincoln  —  Organized labor and liberals have committed more than $5 million to Sen. Blanche Lincoln's primary election opponent, Bill Halter, signaling that the Arkansas Democratic Senate primary is shaping up, for the left, as a hill to die on.
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Peterhamby / CNN:
Steele: Leaked RNC presentation ‘unfortunate’  —  Congressional GOP aides expressed their frustration over their perception that Michael Steele is using his book tour to undermine the party's political message.  —  Washington (CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele …
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
GOP keeps distance from RNC pitch
Discussion: FrumForum and Hot Air
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Republicans sign on to bill targeting RNC mailers
Discussion: Federal Eye and The Moderate Voice
Art Beast / The Daily Beast:
Does Anybody Still Like Karl Rove?  — Home - Cheat sheet - Buzz board - Big Fat Story - Blogs & stories - Videos - Galleries - Crossword  —  Blogs and Stories  —  As the “Turd Blossom” peddles his new book, even name-brand conservatives are taking shots at him.  Plus, Rove's secret stint as Harold Ford's guru.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Who are the actual “crazy” people in American politics?  —  My Salon colleague, Mark Benjamin, writes about last night's Larry King Show — featuring a debate between Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson and GOP Rep. Michelle Bachmann — and does so by repeatedly branding Grayson as being every bit as “crazy” as Bachmann.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Pelosi annoyed on abortion  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi got exasperated when asked at her weekly news conference about the unwillingness of some Democrats - including Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) - to support the health bill because of abortion language.  —  “Let me say this: This is not about abortion!
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Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
Could Abortion Issue Derail Health Care Bill?
Jim Galloway / Political Insider:
Citing health care, Deal delays departure from Congress  —  U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal will delay his resignation from Congress by three weeks, citing intense pressure from House Republican leaders to remain and vote against President Barack Obama's plan to overhaul the nation's health care system.
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
Darwin Foes Add Warming to Targets  —  Critics of the teaching of evolution in the nation's classrooms are gaining ground in some states by linking the issue to global warming, arguing that dissenting views on both scientific subjects should be taught in public schools.
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Pigs Flying Moment on Hannity: “Moderate islam Does Not Exist”  —  Someone pinch me.  Hannity actually let Mosab Hassan Yousef, brave heroic apostate out of Islam, speak uninterrupted on his show about Islam.  This subject matter is never spoken of honestly on Fox, let alone on Hannity.  They fear it.
Ezra Klein:
Exclusive: ‘Wellpoint would be a primary beneficiary’ if reform fails, investment firm says  —  “Of course, healthcare reform is a double-edged sword for Wellpoint shares.  Should reform fail, Wellpoint would be a primary beneficiary.”  —  That comes from the first page of the Cowen and Co.'s assessment …
Discussion: TPMDC and The New Republic
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Rockefeller pushes to rein in EPA  —  Sen. John D. Rockefeller (D-WVa.) will introduce legislation Thursday to impose a two-year moratorium on the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to regulate greenhouse gases from power plants and other stationary emitters, a move that could undermine …
The Huffington Post:
American Family Association: Stone To Death Killer Whale Who Killed Trainer  —  What's Your Reaction: … The American Family Association, a religious right group, is urging that Tillikum (Tilly), the killer whale that killed a trainer at SeaWorld Orlando, be put down, preferably by stoning.
 
 
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