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6:45 AM ET, February 23, 2010

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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 …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Reid: 'Men, when they're out of work, tend to become abusive'  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) suggested Monday that domestic violence by men has increased due to U.S. joblessness.  —  Reid, speaking in the midst of a Senate debate over whether to pass a $15 billion package meant …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
White House on public option: 'That's up to Leader Reid'  —  The White House says it's up to Harry Reid whether the Senate votes on the public option.  —  Twenty senators have signed a letter asking for a vote on the public option through reconciliation, which would allow Democrats to pass legislation with just 51 votes.
Clive Crook / Financial Times:
Obama gets ready to risk it all
The Politico:
Reid snags victory on $15B jobs bill
Discussion: The Page, The Hill and Townhall.com
Jay Heflin / The Hill:
Obama relies heavily on Finance jobs bill to pay for health reform
Discussion: CNN
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
BROWN TO VOTE WITH DEMS ON JOBS BILL
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 …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
White House: If GOP Filibusters, We'll Pass Health Reform Via Reconciliation
The Note:
‘Top Line’ — How Should Republicans Handle Health Care Summit?
Discussion: Politics Daily
Associated Press:
Outlook no brighter for Obama's new health plan
Discussion: BuzzFlash.org
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 …
msnbc.com:
Chest pains send ex-VP Cheney to hospital  —  Family member tells NBC News he is being evaluated  —  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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CNN:
Former Vice President Dick Cheney hospitalized
Discussion: The Politico
Political Punch:
Former Vice President Cheney in the Hospital After Chest Pains
Discussion: The Hill
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
ACORN ‘dissolved as a national structure’  —  The embattled liberal group ACORN is in the process of dissolving its national structure, with state and local-chapters splitting off from the underfunded, controversial national group, an official close to the group confirmed.
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Matthew Vadum / Big Government:
ACORN Crime Family Shutting Down Nationwide: Launching Renaming Effort
Discussion: YID With LID
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
ACORN: We're Still Here.  —  A spokesperson for ACORN is denying …
Discussion: City Hall and Truthdig
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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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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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.
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
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.
Discussion: Firedoglake, Open Left and Swampland
New York Times:
Pakistani Reports Capture of 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 …
Discussion: At-Largely and New York Magazine
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MiamiHerald.com:
Gen. McChrystal apologizes for new Afghan civilian deaths
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Iowa Governor  —  Iowa Governor: Culver Trails in Re-election Bid  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 telephone survey of the Iowa governor's race shows incumbent Democrat Chet Culver trailing badly in a match-up with one of his Republican predecessors and also running behind a lesser-known GOP challenger.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Charlie Cook: “Very hard” to see how Democrats keep House  —  Political handicapper Charlie Cook said that it was “very hard to come up with a scenario where Democrats don't lose the House” in an interview with National Journal late last week.  —  Cook, who, in the interest of full disclosure …
Ian M. / Think Progress:
Yoo: Congress Cannot Stop the President From Using Nukes  —  One of the most shocking revelations in the DOJ's recently-released report on its lawyers who supported Bush-era torture policy is John Yoo's admission that he believes the President of the United States could unilaterally order “a village...to be massacred.”
Wall Street Journal:
Brookfield to Battle Simon for Mall Giant  —  Faneuil Hall, right, shown in 2007.  General Growth Properties owns Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston.  —  Canadian property giant Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is readying a bid to take a large stake in U.S. mall owner General Growth Properties Inc. …
Discussion: FT Alphaville and DealBook
 
 
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Holder: Civilian courts valuable ‘tool’
Discussion: TalkLeft
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Gibbs may need to read the White House website more closely
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Megan McArdle:
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Davis-Palin team drops out of Iron Dog
Dave Itzkoff / ArtsBeat:
Obama Biography Is Coming From New Yorker Editor
Discussion: Wonkette