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On Friday we reported that Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) was floating the possibility that he might invoke state sovereignty to prevent Minnesota from participating in federal health care reform.

Pawlenty, in response to a caller on a Republican Governors Association conference call, said of Republican governors' use of the 10th Amendment: "I think we can see hopefully see a resurgence in claims and maybe even bring up lawsuits if need be."

This antiquated nullification doctrine -- which predates the Civil War -- essentially holds that states can nullify unconstitutional federal laws.

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Appearing on NBC's Meet the Press this morning, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), said his party will go forward with health care reform regardless of whether any GOPers come along for the ride.

When asked if any GOP Senators would support a health bill, Durbin said, "I'm not going to presume any Republican Senators at this point."

He continued:

But the fact is, we are not going to miss this opportunity. We invite the Republicans to join us for this historic opportunity. If they do not, we are still going to go forward.


That would likely mean passing health care legislation through reconciliation -- something Howard Dean supported on Meet the Press.

"At the end of the day, the American people want a bill," Dean said. "And they're not going to care if it's reconciliation or if it's ramming it through. What they want is a decent bill that makes sense to them."

Appearing on NBC's Meet the Press this morning, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) added his voice to a growing chorus of Democrats who oppose sending more US troops to Afghanistan.

"Sending additional troops would not be the right thing to do," Durbin said. Referencing a floor speech that Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) gave Friday on the same point, Durbin said, "I agree with Senator Levin."

"Let the Afghans bring stability to their own country," Durbin said Sunday. "Let's work with them to make that happen."

Earlier this morning, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said on CNN that she doesn't think Afghanistan can function as a democracy.

This commercial played about halfway through this morning's edition of This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Apparently they're going for a politically-inclined audience. Enjoy:



Don't count on it. CBS' Bob Schieffer asked her more than once this morning on Face the Nation whether she'd vote for a public option, even if she was the only GOPer in the Senate to do so. While Snowe did not explicitly rule out voting for a public option, she emphasized that she'd like to see the public option dropped from the debate over health care reform.

"It's universally opposed by all Republicans in the Senate," said Sen. Snowe (R-ME). "There's no way to pass a plan that includes a public option."

On Face the Nation this morning, CBS' Bob Shieffer showed a clip of Steve Kroft's 60 Minutes interview with President Barack Obama, which will air at 7 p.m. tonight. The president criticized a recent "coarsening of our political dialogue."

"The truth of the matter is that there has been, I think, a coarsening of our political dialogue," the President said. "I will also say that in the era of 24-hour cable news cycles, that the loudest, shrillest voices get the most attention."

"One of the things that I'm trying to figure out is how can we make sure that civility is interesting."

Joe Wilson: "I Am Not Going To Apologize Again" Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) said he would not apologize again for his "You lie!" outburst during President Obama's speech to Congress, setting up a likely censure vote in the House. "This is playing politics," Wilson said. "This is exactly what the American people do not want to see, do not want to hear." He also defended the substance of the original incident: "I believe in the truth. What I heard was not true."

Obama: "One This Bill Passes, I Own It" In an interview set to air on 60 Minutes, President Obama said:"I have no interest in having a bill get passed that fails. That doesn't work. You know, I intend to be president for a while and once this bill passes, I own it. And if people look and say, 'You know what? This hasn't reduced my costs. My premiums are still going up 25 percent, insurance companies are still jerking me around, I'm the one who's going to be held responsible. So I have every incentive to get this right."

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Appearing on CBS' Face the Nation this morning, Obama senior adviser David Axelrod had some harsh words for the tea-bagging march on Washington D.C. this weekend that was reportedly attended by tens of thousands of protesters.

"I don't think it's indicative of the nation's mood," Axelrod said, adding that "they don't represent a mainstream view" and, more bluntly, that "they're wrong."

Late Update: Here's the video.

On This Week with George Stephanopoulos this morning, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reiterated that President Obama will go farther than language in a House health reform bill now does in order to make sure no public funds go toward abortions.

Stephanopoulos asked her whether Obama would "explicitly rule out any public funding for abortion."

"Well that's exactly what the President said and that's what he intends that the bill he signs will do," she said.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) told John King on CNN's State Of The Union this morning that she doesn't see how Afghanistan will become a democracy.

I do not believe we can build a democratic state in Afghanistan. I believe it will remain [a] tribal entity.


The Democratic Senator also said the current mission in Afghanistan isn't clear, and that Congress must be given a clearer idea of US objectives and time lines in Afghanistan.

This all comes in the wake of rising opposition among Democratic lawmakers to sending more US troops to Afghanistan. On Friday, Sen. Carl Levin gave a floor speech urging President Obama not to send more troops to Afghanistan.

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