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Health care = 9/11?

From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
A Republican running for governor of New York thinks the passing of health reform is the same as 9/11. Per the New York Daily News:

" 'The day that that bill was passed will be remembered just as 9/11 was remembered in history,' Carl Paladino, a Buffalo businessman seeking the Republican and Conservative Party lines, told host Curtis Sliwa on AM 970 The Apple this morning. 'It was an attempt by these people in Washington to defy the Constitution. It is clearly in conflict with all of the basic precepts of the Constitution.'"

(Hat tip: Ben Smith.)

Rice endorses Fiorina
Condi Rice will endorse Carly Fiorina, the L.A. Times reports:

"California needs a representative in the U.S. Senate who is prepared to make the tough decisions necessary to address our most pressing challenges, including job creation and national security. Based on my personal experience, I know Carly is the best person to send to Washington to advocate for the people of our great state in the Senate," Rice said in a written statement. "Carly is an experienced and respected leader who has delivered results for those she has served in the midst of immense challenges. I am proud to endorse her today."

The connection? "Fiorina worked with Rice when she served on the State Department's Advisory Committee on Transformational Diplomacy." Rice helped Fiorina raise money last week "and plans to raise more money for her next month."

Rice is the former provost of Stanford.

Pataki still leads Gillbrand
In New York, George Pataki would lead Kirsten Gillibrand 45%-39%, according to a new Siena poll. That margin is unchanged from a month ago. Gillibrand had led back in December, but the tide turned in mid-January. Pataki, though, has not declared an intention to run -- despite national Republicans' efforts to recruit him.