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On MSNBC this morning, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer delivered a clear message to Republicans who seem committed to blocking any potential Democratic legislative victories: Get out of our way.

"The Senate is broken," Hoyer said, adding that "I don't think it's Harry Reid's fault."

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A lot's been made of the conservative signing later today of "The Mount Vernon Statement" -- the right's "restatement of Constitutional conservatism."

But it turns out that not only is today's signing taking place several miles away from the actual Mount Vernon -- 4.4 miles by car, by our count -- but conservatives asked to sign their declaration at the real Mount Vernon, and were denied.

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The White House released the transcript of remarks delivered by President Obama and Vice President Biden today on the one-year anniversary of the signing of the recovery act. Read the full text after the jump.

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A new national survey from Public Policy Polling (D) suggests that Democrats should go ahead and pass major initiatives such as health care reform and allowing gays to serve in the military. If they don't pass these things, the poll suggests, the people who are against it won't vote for them anyway.

The poll's top-line finds 37% of Americans saying they definitely will not vote Democratic for Congress this fall, 34% will definitely vote for the Dems, and the remainder are up for grabs. The poll shows that 50% oppose the health care bill, with 39% for it -- thanks to a 94%-1% opposition among the people who won't vote Democratic. The poll also found a 54% majority in favor of gays in the military, to 37% against it, with people who will or potentially could vote Democratic favoring it 72%-24%, and those who won't vote Democratic opposing it by 59%-25%.

"Congressional Democrats really need to decide if they're going to let their agenda be dictated by voters who won't support them no matter what they do," writes PPP communications director Tom Jensen. "These numbers provide pretty clear evidence that most of the voters opposed to health care and repeal of DADT will not consider voting Democratic even if the party decides not to move on those issues."

Rachel Maddow and Glenn Beck have been having a bit of a back and forth lately, with Maddow accusing Beck of misrepresenting his position on global warming, and Beck accusing Maddow of misrepresenting that he misrepresented his position on global warming, and so on. Last night, Maddow hit back against Beck one more time, saying "I didn't lie. Back off."

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Haberdashers in D.C. are stocking up on bowties and there's not a Ronald Reagan biography to be found in an airport bookstore anywhere. It can only mean one thing -- CPAC is just around the corner. From every corner of the country, young conservatives are pouring in to the District for the 37th annual Conservative Political Action Conference, which kicks off tomorrow morning in D.C.'s posh Woodley Park neighborhood.

This year's conference promises to be one of the most boisterous. Fired up on polls showing the Democratic party losing its grip on Congress and conservatives surging across the country, the CPAC of this year will not be the collective self-examination of what's wrong with the GOP that last year's was. This time around, attendees won't be looking back. A year after Democrats took power in Washington, the agenda for this year's CPAC shows a conservative movement ready for its comeback.

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Four more Democratic Senators have signed on to yesterday's letter calling on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to use reconciliation to pass health care through the Senate with a public option included.

The new signatures come from four more progressive Senators: Al Franken (MN), Patrick Leahy (VT), John Kerry (MA), and Sheldon Whitehouse (RI).

(h/t Greg Sargent)

Family Research Council's Tony Perkins said today on Fox News that a group of conservatives who signed a "manifesto" at Mount Vernon are not trying to create a third party but reclaim their principles.

"What's happened is, I think, over the last 10 to 15 years, is that the the conservative movement has become too aligned with the Republican Party. In the sense that the Republican Party began to speak for the conservative movement," he said.

Perkins said now you start to see conservative leaders and members of the tea party movement speaking out to say, "We're not going to let the Republican Party define what conservatism is, we are."

He said if the GOP wants to "thrive" they will adopt the principles they lined out in the statement today.


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