Stories You Should Know (2/12/10)

Boston Globe (Boston, MA)
US Representative Patrick Kennedy has decided not to seek reelection, capping a dramatic year for the Kennedy family and probably leaving it without a member in Washington for the first time in more than six decades.

San Jose Mercury News (San Jose, CA)
The Republican primary is still four months away, but former Gov. Pete Wilson on Thursday declared that the general election has begun and that the party needs to unite behind front-runner Meg Whitman as its candidate for governor.

Fox News (USA)
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid abruptly announced Thursday that he had drastically slimmed down the “jobs” bill from $85 billion to just $15 billion, tossing out key priorities of both Republicans and Democrats.

Washington Post (Washington, DC)
Three-quarters of Americans say that they support openly gay people serving in the U.S. military, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, a finding that could lend momentum to the Obama administration’s effort to dismantle the policy known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

New York Times (New York, NY)
Before leaving for the Presidents’ Day break, the Senate on Thursday night confirmed — by unanimous consent — more than two dozen of President Obama’s nominees to federal positions.

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