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Republicans jousting in a primary to challenge Rep. Travis Childers are now sparring over a GOP proposal to privatize Social Security and create a voucher system for Medicare.

Support is growing for the Rep. Paul Ryan's plan on Capitol Hill, and he picked up another supporter in Angela McGlowan, a former Fox News analyst and candidate in Mississippi's First Congressional district.

McGlowan backs private Social Security accounts, according to the Commercial Appeal. The newspaper reported last week "McGlowan has been criticized for her suggestion the public should be allowed to invest at least some of the social security money the federal government deducts from paychecks."

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Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI) will take over as Ways and Means Committee chairman, Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Democrats today following Rep. Charlie Rangel's decision to step down from the post temporarily.

Levin will be "acting chair," Democrats say.

Early reports after Rangel's announcement had been that Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) would get the position. But a Democratic aide told TPMDC there were concerns that Stark was too liberal to head the tax-writing committee.

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Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY), fresh off a filibuster that delayed the extension of unemployment benefits and ground the Senate to a virtual halt, got the royal treatment on Fox News this morning. Fox newsman Brian Kilmeade went so far as to call the GOPer a "rock star."

"People looked at you as a rock star because the average American, for the first time, is concerned about spending," Kilmeade said.

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President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden last night hosted a reception for 31 Congressional Democrats to thank them for pay-as-you-go legislation, and 10 members in the group happen to have voted against health care reform the first time around.

As Democrats attempt to shore up enough votes to finish their yearlong push on health care, Obama is helping leaders secure as many wavering Democrats as possible. The White House says he is doing what he can to convince fiscal conservatives the health care measure that passed the Senate is the right choice.

A White House party certainly isn't going to convince the lawmakers who opposed the health care bill last fall but it could help, and Obama made the pitch last night.

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A California Republican family values legislator who was arrested early Wednesday morning for drunk driving had recently left a gay club, sources tell a local news channel.

State senator Roy Ashburn was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol on Wednesday at 2am in Sacramento, after police saw the car he was driving swerving erratically. An unidentified male passenger was in the car with Ashburn.

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House To Vote On Jobs Bill The House is set to vote today on a $15 billion jobs bill, which was passed last week in the Senate. Due to modifications made in the House, the Senate will have to vote on the measure again before President Obama can sign it.

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama and Vice President Biden will receive the presidential daily briefing at 9:30 a.m. ET, and the economic daily briefing at 10 a.m. ET. Obama will meet with senior advisers at 10:30 a.m. ET. Obama will sign the Travel Promotion Act at 11:35 a.m. ET. Obama and Biden will meet with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner at 3 p.m. ET.

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Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) stepped aside as House Ways and Means Committee chairman earlier today, to great fanfare from House Democratic leaders. But reading between the lines of their fond words, it's clear that they're relieved he's decided to take a (for now) temporary leave.

Rangel himself said his decision was rooted in a desire to keep the patina of scandal around him from imperiling the political fortunes of his fellow Democrats. Does leadership agree? After a House Democratic caucus meeting this afternoon, Caucus Chair John Larson told me Rangel's decision was a sign of "exemplary leadership." In other worse, they do indeed agree.

After all, Rangel initially put up a fight. As of last night he was insisting he would retain his chairmanship.

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Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC) testified today before the House Budget Committee that a proposal to dramatically overhaul entitlement programs is "bold" and signed on as a co-sponsor of Rep. Paul Ryan's budget "roadmap" plan which cuts and then partially privatizes Social Security and creates a voucher system for Medicare.

Inglis said in testimony today that he's "comfortable" with the plan, which he said would help "get our fiscal house in order." The Ryan plan also has new co-sponsors: Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN). (See correction below.)

TPMDC has been tracking where House Republicans stand on the Ryan "roadmap." Yesterday we detailed the lawmakers we've gotten on the record, with nearly a dozen refusing to say where they stand despite repeated requests.

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