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* GOP Rep Paul Ryan vows that Republicans will again push a variation of his Medicare plan and says the GOP must “go bold” with their designs on the program, a sentiment Dems will heartily endorse.

* Senate Dems frustrated over the payroll tax cut impasse let it rip, directly accusing Republicans of intentionally trying to derail the recovery in order to win the White House.

* As Katrina Vanden Heuvel notes, Obama is absolutely right to respond to the good economic news by running against Congress even harder.

* Rick Santorum’s likely wins tonight won’t change Mitt Romney’s front runner status, but Aaron Blake reports that the Romney camp is worried that the narrative could get away from them.

* And Team Romney is working awfully hard to preemptively spin tonight’s results as utterly meaningless.

* Meanwhile, a Reuters poll finds that despite Romney’s early victories, his support among Republicans nationally has flatlined.

* Karen Handel resigned from Komen today over her central role in getting Planned Parenthood defunded, and Ilyse Hogue deftly deconstructs her resignation letter and the nefarious political machinations it reveals.

* And it was only a few days ago that Komen founder Nancy Brinker assured us that Handel had nothing to do with the decision.

* We keep hearing about Obama’s “Jewish” problem. As Jamison Foser asks, why is there so little discussion of Romney’s “working class whites” problem?

* As Adam Serwer points out, today’s ruling on Prop 8 took an artful swipe at those who, like Obama, won’t come out fully for gay marriage:

“A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but to the couple desiring to enter into a committed lifelong relationship, a marriage by the name of ‘registered domestic partnership’ does not.”

The rest of Adam’s piece is worth a read for its explanation of what the ruling does and doesn’t do.

* Kate Sheppard on Romney’s newfound opposition to what he calls “abortive pills,” and how far to the right that puts him on abortion.

Assignment desk: Pundits inclined to give his “moderation” the benefit of the doubt should clip and save.

* David Dayen documents all the signs that the White House is preparing to find compromise in the wake of the furor over contraception and Catholic institutions, even though the controversy is absurd.

* And Steve Benen, parsing a new poll showing Catholics agree with the White House on the issue, wins the snark of the day award:

By the reasoning of the White House’s critics on this issue, people of faith are apparently hostile towards people of faith.

What else?

Greg Sargent writes The Plum Line blog, a reported opinion blog with a liberal slant -- what you might call “opinionated reporting” from the left.


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