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10:50 AM ET, February 23, 2010

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Dan Pfeiffer / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Will the Republicans Post Their Health Plan... and When?  —  The President believes strongly that Thursday's bipartisan meeting on health insurance reform will be most productive if both sides come to the table with a unified plan to start discussion - and if the public has the opportunity …
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Douglas Elmendorf / Director's Blog:
The Obama Administration's Health Care Proposal  —  This morning the Obama Administration released a description of its health care proposal, and CBO has already received several requests to provide a cost estimate for that proposal.  We had not previously received the proposal …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
In Passage of Jobs Measure, a Glimpse of Bipartisanship  —  WASHINGTON — Five Republican senators broke ranks with their party on Monday to advance a $15 billion job-creation measure put forward by Democrats, a rare bipartisan breakthrough after months in which Republicans had held together …
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
From the bluest of states, a red senator of a different color  —  So much for the Massachusetts Miracle.  —  The election of Republican Scott Brown to Ted Kennedy's Senate seat was supposed to bring a seismic change to national politics.  It did just that Monday night, but not in the way Republicans had hoped.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Scott Brown joins Dems and votes to end debate on jobs bill  —  Newly-seated Republican Sen. Scott Brown (Mass.) on Monday joined Democrats in voting to end debate on their $15 billion jobs bill.  Brown crossed the aisle after Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) nixed an $85 billion …
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Bipartisan jobs bill advances past GOP filibuster
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Marin Cogan / The Politico:
Harry Reid: Domestic abuse rises as jobs fall  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pushed for a $15 billion jobs bill Monday by suggesting that unemployed men are more likely to abuse their wives.  —  “Men when they're out of work tend to become abusive,” Reid said as he argued in favor of a cloture vote on the jobs bill.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Steele's spending spree angers donors  —  Republican National Chairman Michael Steele is spending twice as much as his recent predecessors on private planes and paying more for limousines, catering and flowers - expenses that are infuriating the party's major donors who say Republicans need every penny …
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Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Romney endorses McCain …
Discussion: CNN and Politics Daily
Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
As Crist poll numbers slide, staffers leave campaign  —  Speaking after a White House meeting with governors on Monday, Charlie Crist said he supported stimulus spending.  —  In the latest sign of turbulence for Charlie Crist's wounded U.S. Senate bid, key staffers are starting to leave the campaign.
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Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Mark Levin Questions Glenn Beck's Behavior And Strategy  —  ‘STOP DIVIDING US’  —  Levin Challenges Beck To Behave Like An Adult  —  *** GLENN BECK EMBRACES LIBERAL PALS, BELIEVES IN GLOBAL WARMING ***  —  Is Mark Levin the only major figure on the right with the guts …
The Huffington Post:
Rockefeller Not Inclined To Support Reconciliation For The Public Plan  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) threw a wrench into Democratic efforts to get a public option passed through reconciliation, saying that he thought the maneuver was overly partisan and that he was inclined to oppose it.
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Senate sitting on 290 bills already passed by House; tension mounts  —  Exasperated House Democratic leaders have compiled a list showing that they have passed 290 bills that have stalled in the Senate.  —  The list is the latest sign that Democrats in the lower chamber are frustrated with their Senate counterparts.
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Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Roberts denies giving green light  —  Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) is denying a CIA claim that he gave the go ahead to destroy tapes that showed agency officials waterboarding terror suspect Abu Zubayda, disputing a recently released CIA document that claims the former Intelligence Committee chairman knew …
Discussion: Politics Daily
Jennifer Fermino / New York Post:
In-Justice!  Furor over O's ‘Gitmo’ appointees  —  The Justice Department's disclosure that nine of President Obama's appointees had either represented or advocated for Guantanamo detainees has touched off a firestorm of criticism.  —  The surprising admission came three months after Republican …
New York Times:
Pakistani Reports Capture of a Taliban Leader  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — In another blow to the Taliban senior leadership, Pakistani authorities have captured Mullah Abdul Kabir, a member of the group's inner circle and a leading military commander against American forces in eastern Afghanistan …
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Newt Gingrich Bowls Over Bill O'Reilly: Obama Is a Socialist (Video)  —  This was definitely not the answer Bill O'Reilly was expecting...  Newt Gingrich tells Bill O'Reilly that Barack Obama is a socialist:  —  Bill O'Reilly: So the question becomes, “Is the president a socialist?”
Discussion: Newsalert and snooperreport.com
Charlie Martin / Pajamas Media:
Climategate Meets the Law: Senator Inhofe To Ask for DOJ Investigation (Pajamas Media/PJTV Exclusive)  —  Inhofe intends to ask for a probe of the embattled climate scientists for possible criminal acts.  And he thinks Gore should be recalled to explain his prior congressional testimony.
Dan Nowicki / Arizona Republic:
Sen. John McCain: I was misled on bailout  —  Under growing pressure from conservatives and “tea party” activists, Sen. John McCain of Arizona is having to defend his record of supporting the government's massive bailout of the financial system.  —  In response to criticism from opponents seeking …
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Richard Teitelbaum / Bloomberg:
Secret AIG Document Shows Goldman Sachs Minted Most Toxic CDOs  —  Feb. 23 (Bloomberg) — When a congressional panel convened a hearing on the government rescue of American International Group Inc. in January, the public scolding of Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner got the most attention.
Zachary Roth / TPM LiveWire:
Steve King To Conservatives: ‘Implode’ IRS Offices  —  Rep. Steve King (R-IA) told a crowd at CPAC on Saturday that he could “empathize” with the suicide bomber who last week attacked an IRS office in Austin, and encouraged his listeners to “implode” other IRS offices, according to a witness.
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kff.org:
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll — February 2010  —  The February Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds the public still split on health care reform legislation, with 43 percent in favor and 43 percent opposed.  However, the poll also finds that majorities of Americans of all political leanings …
Sharon Begley / Newsweek:
Book Review: The Lomborg Deception  —  Debunking the claims of the climate-change skeptic.  —  In naming roustabout, lumberjack, ironworker, and dairy farmer America's “worst jobs,” CareerCast.com omitted one whose awfulness is counterbalanced only by its public-spiritedness: fact-checking Bjørn Lomborg.
Discussion: Boing Boing and Mother Jones
Jonathan Tobin / Commentary:
WEB EXCLUSIVE: A World-Historic Find in Jerusalem  —  The greatest threat to the hopes of those who think parts of Jerusalem should be off-limits to Jews comes not when Jewish-owned buildings go up in the city, but rather when Jews start digging into the ground of East Jerusalem.
Lee Doren / Big Journalism:
How the World Works: Max Blumenthal and His Vicious Alinsky Tactics  —  While some people debate the merits of the current healthcare legislation in Congress, or attempt to expose corruption in our government, Max Blumenthal instead engages in character assassination using the most questionable sources.
msnbc.com:
Cheney ‘doing fine’ after feeling chest pains  —  Ex-VP expected to leave hospital Tuesday after undergoing tests  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks to attendees at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb. 18, in Washington, DC.  He was hospitalized with chest pains on Monday.
 
 
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