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3:10 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.
The Atlantic Online:
Perfect Storm Nearly Killed Health Reform; Another Storm May Save It  —  It was a perfect storm that nearly killed health care reform in Congress last year — an elongated process, weak leadership from the White House, strong Republican opposition and the election of Scott Brown.
Jennifer Bendery / Roll Call:
Obama Summons Waffling Members to White House to Talk Health Care  —  A day after giving his final major push to Congress to get the job done on health care, President Barack Obama is already ramping up his campaigning on the Hill by summoning to the White House a motley group of Democrats who are wavering on his proposal.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Obama Now Selling Judgeships for Health Care Votes?
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?
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Christine Bedell / Bakersfield Californian:
Sen. Roy Ashburn “deeply sorry” after DUI arrest
CBS News:
Calif. State Senator Roy Ashburn was Arrested for Allegedly Driving …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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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The Politico:
Stark hands off gavel  —  Rep. Sander Levin will take over as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee after Rep. Pete Stark, who held the gavel for a day, stepped aside.  —  The dominoes fell after Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) resigned the chairmanship of the powerful tax-writing panel Wednesday …
Tory Newmyer / Roll Call:
Levin to Succeed Rangel as Ways and Means Chairman  —  Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.) will take the chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee and Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) will step aside, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told the Democratic Caucus on Thursday morning, sources in attendance said.
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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Adam J. Rose First / The Huffington Post:
Palin At Oscar Gift Suite: Sarah Palin And Entourage ‘Like Locusts’  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Sarah Palin aligns her public image with the heartland, but it appears the former Alaska Governor has gone Hollywood.  And when she leaves, she may be taking some of it with her.
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Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Mitt Romney Calls Emergency Rooms “Entirely Free Care”  —  Mitt Romney apparently doesn't think anyone is responsible for their bill after they leave an emergency room.  Here's his response after Mike Barnicle asks him if he believes in universal health care coverage on Morning Joe.
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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.
Discussion: CNN, The Fix, Open Left and Arkansas News
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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.
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:
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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Sheelah Kolhatkar / Time:
Eliot Spitzer Comeback: Ex-Governor Plots After Downfall  —  Spitzer has the resources to tackle any challenge — except maybe another campaign  —  Eliot Spitzer was his usual agitated self.  It was a brisk Tuesday evening, and the former governor of New York was bundled in the back of a black sedan …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Mediaite
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.
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.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Woman charged with killing husband is lobbyist  —  A 45-year-old woman, charged with ending a domestic dispute by killing her 26-year-old husband of five days, is a registered lobbyist for a group fighting domestic violence.  —  Arelisha Bridges was ordered held without bond in the Fulton County Jail.
The Politico:
New York gone wild  —  Once a source of national leaders of both political parties, New York state has descended into a bizarre, riveting spectacle of corruption and political debasement, with its governor facing calls to resign and new charges of accepting illicit perks and lying under oath …
Discussion: The Awl and Real Clear Politics
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
The Note:
Swamp Things: Eerie Memories of '06 Haunt Democrats in '10  —  The swamp, it turns out, is still wet.  And it's muddy enough to create a muddle.  —  What if 2010 isn't 1994 or 1982, but 2006?  —  Congress lurches forward on health care haunted by old memories: If you're not thinking about Tom DeLay …
 
 
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Houston Chronicle:
Lackluster showing in primary puts damper on Tea Party
Discussion: Facing South
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Howard Dean: Health bill hangs Dem incumbents and Obama out to dry in elections
John Zogby / Forbes:
Big Bank Backlash
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
FREUDENTHAL WON'T SEEK A THIRD TERM
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Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Rockefeller pushes to rein in EPA
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Republicans sign on to bill targeting RNC mailers
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Robert Costa / The Corner on National Review Online:
Crist: Rubio campaign the ‘greatest fraud perpetrated on people’ — By: Robert Costa
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Jim Bunning / USA Today:
Why I took a stand  —  'If the Senate cannot find $10 billion …
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