Jim Bunning and Barack Obama were the day's major newsmakers inside-the-Beltway. The President made news because his physicians released their report on his annual physical. CBS' Chip Reid and ABC's Jake Tapper both filed from the White House. Both pointed to his continued smoking of cigarettes and his rising levels of cholesterol. ABC's Tapper reported that "cheeseburgers, fries and pies" were to blame. CBS' Reid pointed to "those elaborate White House desserts."
The Republican junior senator from the Commonwealth of Kentucky became a one-man obstacle to a $10bn bill to extend jobless benefits to the unemployed for the month of March. Bunning's block shuts down 41 highway construction projects and imposes a pay cut of 21% on physicians treating Medicare patients. All three networks had their Congressional correspondents cover the block (CBS' Nancy Cordes here and NBC's Kelly O'Donnell here). ABC's Jonathan Karl was most confrontational, trying to join Bunning as he moved around the Capitol: "Excuse me," Bunning insisted as he spurned Karl. "This is a Senator-only elevator."
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