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A new survey by Public Policy Polling (D) finds that Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK) -- one of the most conservative Democrats in the House, and one of the most outspoken critics of the Democratic leadership -- is doing just fine politically in his conservative district.

Boren has an approval rating of 51%, to only 33% disapproval, at the same time as President Obama's approval rating in the district is a ghastly 27%-65%. In the 2008 election, Boren's district voted 66%-34% for John McCain.

PPP communications director Tom Jensen writes: "On the whole Boren's clearly done a good job of differentiating how his constituents feel about him personally from how they feel about his party. 70% of his district disapproves of the job Congressional Democrats are doing. But most of them are planning to vote for him anyway."

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President Obama today called on Congress to schedule a vote on health care reform legislation this month, saying if lawmakers walk away it's a problem "that will only get worse."

The president said there remain major differences between the two political parties on health care but he doesn't see how "another year of negotiations would help."

"The United States Congress owes the American people a final vote on health care reform," Obama said, urging lawmakers to "finish their work and schedule a vote in the next few weeks."

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President Obama is unveiling his final health care proposal this afternoon. Here are his remarks, as prepared for delivery.

Good afternoon. We began our push to reform health insurance last March with the doctors and nurses who know the system best, and so it is fitting to be joined by all of you as we bring this journey to a close.

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Despite outward appearances that Sen. Jim Bunning's (R-KY) filibuster of the unemployment benefits extension was partisan gridlock at its worst, Democratic sources tell TPMDC that the Bunning's one-man government shutdown actually united partisans on both sides toward a common goal: breaking the filibuster. Democrats are calling the affair "Bunning-gate."

According to Democratic sources in the Senate, Republicans were pressuring Bunning behind the scenes to relent on his filibuster -- even as many Republicans seemed uninterested in saying so publicly. But Bunning's relationship with his party isn't exactly rosy, so the Republican appeals had no effect.

In the end, the Democrats ended the standoff by promising Bunning votes they say he knows he will lose: first came his amendment to the unemployment bill, which failed last night. There's more coming, say Democratic sources -- the party agreed to allow more of his legislation to reach the floor, even though everyone knows the bills are doomed to fail.

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With Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) being challenged from the right in the Republican primary by former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ), a very important question must be asked: Is it possible that McCain could actually lose, a mere two years after he was his party's nominee for president?

A Rasmussen poll from November 2009 gave McCain only a 45%-43% edge, within the margin of error. McCain began his ad campaign soon thereafter, and by late January he was up by a stronger margin of 53%-41%, the most recent independent data on the race. McCain has also been endorsed by a Who's Who of the Republican Party -- most notably his former running mate Sarah Palin, a hero to many conservative activists.

A Republican source in Arizona told us that McCain is the frontrunner, but it is indeed possible for Hayworth to win. "Absolutely, it's feasible," said the source. "It's a primary, it's the base of the Republican Party. That being said, the independents can vote in the Republican Party. So it should be a very dynamic and energized race in which either can certainly win."

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At a press conference today, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) questioned whether Rep. Charles Rangel's decision to take a "leave of absence" as Ways and Means chairman is permitted under House rules.

"There is nothing in the rules of the House that refers to temporarily stepping aside. Either you're the chairman, or you're not," Boehner said in a clip of the press conference shown on Fox.

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The White House just released excerpts from the health care speech President Obama will deliver at 1:45 p.m. ET, when he's scheduled to unveil his final health care proposal.

Here are the excerpts of his remarks, as prepared for delivery.

"I don't believe we should give government bureaucrats or insurance company bureaucrats more control over health care in America. I believe it's time to give the American people more control over their own health insurance. I don't believe we can afford to leave life-and-death decisions about health care to the discretion of insurance company executives alone. I believe that doctors and nurses like the ones in this room should be free to decide what's best for their patients.

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In Liz Cheney's worldview, Rudy Giuliani is a disloyal al Qaeda sympathizer.

Let us explain.

Yesterday, Cheney's outfit, a group called Keep America Safe, went up with a blistering ad that attacked Justice Department lawyers who previously represented Guantanamo detainees and are now working on detainee issues. The ad dubbed the lawyers "the Al Qaeda Seven" and asked "whose values do they share?" while flashing an image of Osama bin Laden.

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Sen. Ted Kaufman (D-DE) has become the latest senator to say he would support passing a public option via reconciliation, his spokeswoman confirms to TPMDC.

Kaufman has become the 33rd senator to do so -- or 34th, if you count Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who would try to pass the measure if there are enough votes for it.

"I'm for a public option, if there's some way that it can get done," he told the Huffington Post. "If it qualified under reconciliation, then I would" vote for it.

Check out TPM's running list of senators who support passing the public option with a simple majority.

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