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Chambliss and Isakson: No quick exit from Afghanistan, Syrian intervention likely

Updated at 8:45 a.m.: Denis O’Hayer of WABE (90.1FM) has posted audio of the entire session with the senators.

Original: U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, was in Atlanta this afternoon for as the keynote speaker for a fund-raiser aim at pursuing a GOP majority in that chamber this year.

Twenty-three Democratic seats are up for grabs this year, as opposed to 10 Republican ones. Until the last few weeks, GOP control next year was a presumption – made less so by Democrat Bob Kerry’s entry into the race in Nebraska, and the decision by Republican Olympia Snowe of Maine not to seek another term. Not to mention the extended presidential contest.

After the fund-raiser, Cornyn and his hosts, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, met with reporters to discuss the Senate contests, Syria and Afghanistan. (The Keystone pipeline, which had been Cornyn’s favorite recent topic, wasn’t discussed.)

On the domestic front, Cornyn mentioned Romney as the Republican presidential frontrunner. …

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Olympia Snowe joins Democrats on health care bill

This just in from the Associated Press:

A Republican senator says she will vote for a Democratic health care bill, breaking with her party on President Barack Obama’s top legislative item.

Sen. Olympia Snowe kept virtually all of Washington guessing how she would vote until she announced it late in the Senate Finance Committee debate Tuesday. Until then, she told reporters, she had not even let Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, in on her secret.

She told her colleagues: “When history calls, history calls” even though she had some criticism of the bill.

Democrats, aware that Snowe could be the only Republican in Congress to vote for their health care overhaul, have spent months addressing her concerns about making health care affordable and how to pay for it.

This from Politico:

She said she supports the bill with reservations, and shares the Republican concerns about how Democrats will shape the bill after it leaves the committee.

In a subtle warning, Snowe said: …

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