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--Elizabeth D. Samet on what soldiers are looking for when they come home --James Manzi on John Zogby vs. Nate Silver --Girl raised from birth by Wolf Blitzer --John Quiggin wonders whether a GOP-controlled House would shut down the government. Steve Benen and Paul Krugman agree, Matt Yglesias is unsure, and Jonathan Bernstein, Nicholas Beaudrot, and Jamelle Bouie disagree.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that yet another prominent Republican politician seems to think we could cut unemployment significantly if only we would cut benefits: Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Corbett on Friday accused some jobless Pennsylvanians of choosing to collect unemployment checks rather than going back to work, prompting swift criticism from his Democratic opponent and one of the state's top labor leaders. "The jobs are there.

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Noting that Senate Republicans are refusing to extend expiring tax provisions now after having done so happily for years, Steve Benen wonders: It's unpleasant to think about, and I really hope it's not true, but it may be time for a discussion about whether GOP lawmakers are trying to deliberately sabotage the economy to help their midterm election strategy.

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Too much going on today for this blogger to cover. Fortunately, I'm not alone on the beat... Reform without a public option would still be a progressive victory. Chris Bowers But if progressives give ground on the public option, what will they get in return? Ezra Klein Opponents of health care reform tell a lot of lies. Jonathan Gruber When they're not lying, they're stalling. Ben Smith, Sam Stein Of course, sometimes they're just confused. Steve Benen You think McAllen, Texas, is full of wasteful spending? It's not as bad as Lubbock. And neither compares to Miami.

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Ed Kilgore is managing editor of The Democratic Strategist, a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute, and a frequent contributor to a variety of political journals.  It's becoming increasingly obvious that not only wholesale Republican opposition, but Democratic divisions, are risking the enactment of health reform legislation this year.

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