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12:55 PM ET, February 21, 2010

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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
McConnell: ‘Not clear’ if GOP can block partisan tactic on healthcare  —  It's “not clear” whether enough Democrats will defect on a majority-vote procedure on health legislation to stop it, the Senate's top Republican said Sunday.  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) …
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Erika Lovley / Politico Live's Blog:
McConnell: Democrats are ‘arrogant’  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday that Democrats have been “arrogant” in their push to pass health care legislation.  —  “I think they're having hard time getting the message here.  The American people do not want this bill to pass …
Discussion: The Note and Washington Monthly
Erika Lovley / Politico Live's Blog:   GOP not purposely slowing Congress
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
REID EYES MAJORITY RULE FOR HEALTH CARE.... There's been plenty …
Discussion: The New Republic and Ezra Klein
New York Times:
Up Next! On Live TV! A Battle Over ... Health Care?
Discussion: The Plum Line
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The Fat Lady Has Sung  —  A small news item from Tracy, Calif., caught my eye last week.  Local station CBS 13 reported: “Tracy residents will now have to pay every time they call 911 for a medical emergency.  But there are a couple of options.  Residents can pay a $48 voluntary fee for the year …
Discussion: Althouse, Cafe Hayek and The Agonist
Evan Bayh / New York Times:
Why I'm Leaving the Senate  —  BASEBALL may be our national pastime, but the age-old tradition of taking a swing at Congress is a sport with even deeper historical roots in the American experience.  Since the founding of our country, citizens from Ben Franklin to David Letterman have made fun of their elected officials.
Jacob Heilbrunn / Los Angeles Times:
The GOP's ‘tea party’ dance  —  Will the movement sink or save the conservatives?  —  In September 1960, several dozen young conservative intellectuals descended on National Review editor William F. Buckley Jr.'s estate in Sharon, Conn., to draft a manifesto.
Discussion: The Washington Note
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Art Beast / The Daily Beast:
Quit Redefining Conservatism
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Ron Paul wins CPAC straw poll
Discussion: Hit & Run, Say Anything and The Page
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Ron Paul takes CPAC presidential straw poll
Discussion: The Caucus and The Note
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Obama Scornfest: Conservatives Gun for Prez
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
Millions of Unemployed Face Years Without Jobs  —  BUENA PARK, Calif. — Even as the American economy shows tentative signs of a rebound, the human toll of the recession continues to mount, with millions of Americans remaining out of work, out of savings and nearing the end of their unemployment benefits.
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
White House adjusts strategy on Republicans  —  The Obama administration aims to put members of the GOP on the spot, forcing them to compromise on issues or be portrayed as obstructionists.  —  Reporting from Washington - As voters lose patience with political gridlock …
Discussion: Commentary and Say Anything
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Schwarzenegger: GOP stimulus attacks, then praise of projects hypocritical  —  California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Sunday called Republican opponents of the $787 billion economic stimulus bill hypocritical if they then turn around and praise district projects created by that stimulus legislation.
Discussion: The Note
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
With his health-care summit, Obama could make partisanship worse  —  The White House health-care summit on Thursday is supposed to mark a return to politics as it should be practiced — the president leading the legislative process, the two parties talking things out, bipartisanship flowering, order restored.
Discussion: TalkLeft, Prairie Weather and Daily Kos
Thomas Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
Grassley, Harkin drop to all-time lows  —  Approval for U.S. Sens. Charles Grassley and Tom Harkin has fallen again in recent months, to new all-time lows, according to the Iowa Poll.  —  Iowans' approval of Grassley and Harkin has been on the wane for a year and has not rebounded since dipping below …
Discussion: The Hill and The Page
Lynn Sweet:
Sarah Palin coming to Illinois; Valerie Jarrett on Sarah Palin  —  Will Sarah Palin play in Peoria?  Except for a brief stop in Chicago to tape an Oprah Winfrey show last November, Palin's first public appearance in Illinois will be April 17 in Washington, a town of about 14,000 near Peoria.
Discussion: Riehl World View
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Irate parents in Pa. say schools use ‘peeping tom technology’  —  FBI investigates, federal prosecutors subpoena documents in MacBook spying case, say reports  —  Computerworld - The parents of a Pennsylvania high school student have asked a federal judge to bar school district personnel …
Larry O'Connor / Big Journalism:
Breitbart Confronts Blumenthal at CPAC  —  A funny thing happened on the last day of CPAC.  Max Blumenthal, recently corrected and embarrassed “journalist” from Salon.com paraded through the convention with a camera crew.  Like last year, he was looking for a confrontation of some kind.
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