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February 9, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Washington is still reeling from record snowfall and the House has decided to take the whole week off, but the Senate, at least, managed to get some work done. Weather permitting, Congress hopes to start working on the jobs bill and other legislation soon. Here’s a look at some articles and blog posts of note from the day:

  • Senate Democrats failed to muster enough votes to break the filibuster on Craig Becker’s nomination to the National Labor Relations Board. (Senate)
  • Sen. Kent Conrad [D, ND] “slammed television news stories that ‘obsess’ over ‘death panels’ and minor issues in Democrats’ healthcare reform efforts.” (The Hill)
  • Fresh off her star turn at this weekend’s tea party convention, Sarah Palin is back in the headlines. Despite finding success as an author and a Fox News personality, Marc Ambinder argues that Palin is on the path to running for public office once again. (The Atlantic)
  • Ambinder also has a good review of an anti-obesity proposal enacted by President Obama this morning (The Atlantic)
  • Rep. Paul Ryan [R, WI-1] released a so-called shadow budget spelling out drastic cuts to Medicare and Social Security. Though Republican leaders are distancing themselves from the budget, congressional Democrats want to tie it to the GOP. (Talking Points Memo)
  • You can learn all about Paul Ryan’s budget plan right here: H.R. 4529 — Roadmap for America’s Future Act of 2010
  • The House candidate who has raised the most money from the most people so far for the November elections is an outspoken, Democratic populist — Rep. Alan Grayson [D, FL-8]. (Huffington Post)
  • Republican Senator Bob Corker [TN] thinks there’s still hope for a bipartisan financial reform bill. (The Hill).
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