Stories You Should Know (3/3/10)

New York Times (New York, NY)
Senator Olympia J. Snowe, Republican of Maine, said she was not impressed by the concessions Mr. Obama offered in his letter to Republicans offering few concessions on the healthcare package. “It’s always welcome, inserting Republican ideas,” Ms. Snowe said. “But it does not ameliorate other issues. The basic legislation is not going to change. That continues to be troubling.” Snowe joins Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senator Chuck Grassley, and other key Republicans in her criticism.

Wall Street Journal (USA)
The Senate Tuesday reached a deal ending Sen. Jim Bunning’s blockade of a bill to extend unemployment benefits, following moves by Mr. Bunning’s fellow Republicans to distance themselves from the senator.

MSNBC (USA)
After being admonished by an ethics panel for accepting corporate-sponsored trips to the Caribbean, Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., will take a “leave of absence” from his chairmanship of the powerful House Ways and Means committee, NBC News has learned.

Reuters (USA)
Right-wing incumbent Rick Perry rode strong anti-Washington rhetoric to a victory over sitting U.S. senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson and Tea Party sponsored Debra Medina for the Texas Republican gubernatorial nomination in a race that could be a model in this year’s crucial U.S. mid-term congressional elections.

News Herald (Panama City, FL)
Gov. Charlie Crist used his final State of the State address Tuesday night to push for more than $440 million in new “investments,” $100 million in tax relief and to tow the line between being a sitting governor, and a candidate in a tough race for U.S. Senate. The speech won bipartisan praise from Florida legislators.

Washington Post (Washington, DC)
D.C. Superior Court began accepting marriage license applications from same-sex couples Wednesday morning, a historic milestone for gay couples and activists that was made possible by the city’s new gay marriage law.

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