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March 1st, 2012
08:20 PM ET

Senate blocks Blunt contraception plan

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says Sen. Roy Blunt's plan would have let employers deny health benefits for any reason.

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March 1st, 2012
07:31 PM ET

Iran Gets Ready for 1st Vote Since 2009

Ivan Watson gives us a rare insight into parliamentary elections that will take place in Iran tomorrow.

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March 1st, 2012
05:22 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Everyday we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation in and outside Washington:

Senior Editor of Mario Solis-Marich:

– People Power: Romney will win the GOP nomination, but a look at the map shows that his road to the White House can be derailed in November by the power of Latino voters.

– Fire Power: The power of the NRA is apparent as another tragic high school shooting brings silence from policy makers.

– Real Power: P-Diddy causes a stir for merely offering that his personal victory as a new Comcast Channel owner is not his alone, but is also a win for the African American community. Note to Mr. Combs: more power to ya.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– Andrew Breitbart died. He is remembered as a blogger and conservative activist. He really was a dot com pioneer, starting at the Drudge Report and then having the genius idea of buying an Associated Press wire feed for himself and starting He used his name as a lightening rod and was happy to take the attention to focus it on issues and causes he cared about. He will be missed.

– The Senate failed to pass the Blunt amendment, which was expected. But, it gave Senators Joe Manchin and Bob Casey cover to say they opposed the President. I supported the amendment, but agreed with many conservative groups who privately wanted more time to build a case for the amendment.

– Alexander Bolton at The Hill is reporting Mitch McConnell wants to avoid bringing up any measure for full repeal of Obamacare this year lest it cause problems between Senate Republicans and Democrats. Needless to say, conservatives are ready to riot against McConnell.

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