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Congress: Oh, Joe…

Roll Call on the Lieberman news yesterday: "Sen. Joe Lieberman (ID-Conn.) told his Democratic colleagues nearly a year ago that they would 'not regret' letting him keep his chairmanship of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. But after Lieberman signaled Tuesday his willingness to filibuster the Democrats' top legislative priority this year -- health care reform -- leaders may feel the need to remind him of his own words in order to avoid another vote on punishing one of their own." 


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: Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., reacts to Sen. Joe Lieberman's decision to join the Republican filibuster and block the health care reform bill.

"Senate GOP Whip Jon Kyl (Ariz.) on Tuesday said he supports the idea of allowing states to decide whether to opt in to a publicly run health plan. Kyl told The Hill he remains opposed to the Senate Democrats' plan, which is being scored by the Congressional Budget Office… Kyl's statement could offer the seeds of a compromise with Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), though a bipartisan accord is unlikely." 

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and others will be on the Hill today for a hearing on NFL players and brain injury. Goodell is expected to say "that while the research by the University of Michigan was "a telephone survey and not a true medical diagnosis," the number of players reporting memory-related problems is a concern. In written testimony to the House Judiciary Committee, he said the NFL will offer free follow-up medical work to 56 players who reported dementia, Alzheimer's disease or other memory-related problems in the survey. Goodell said the league also will reach out to the players to see whether they are receiving money from the 88 Plan, which provides up to $88,000 a year to former players suffering from dementia, Alzheimer's or Parkinson's, regardless of the cause."
 
With the help of former NFL players, the "Members" team beat the Capitol Police, 32-26 in their flag football game.