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2:20 PM 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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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Stupak: ‘Unacceptable’  —  This statement from Bart Stupak is conciliatory in tone, but not in substance, and it isn't going to make things easy in the House:  —  I was pleased to see that President Obama's health care proposal did not include several of the sweetheart deals provided to select states in the Senate bill.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare at Ramming Speed  —  The White House shows it has no interest in compromise.  —  A mere three days before President Obama's supposedly bipartisan health-care summit, the White House yesterday released a new blueprint that Democrats say they will ram through Congress with or without Republican support.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
GOP plans dozens or hundreds of health-care amendments — Big RNC donors hit Steele for planes, Ritz, limos — Airport body scanners to finally begin rolling out in March  —  “Morning Joe”: Ron Paul (7:35 a.m.), Steve Hildebrand (8:40 a.m.), Frank Bruni (8:50 a.m.) ... Sarah Palin will appear …
Ezra Klein:
A failure of White House leadership  —  One other point on the public option: This has been a complete and utter failure of White House leadership.  They need to give this effort their support, or they need to kill it by publicly stating their opposition.  But they can't simply wait …
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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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Merkley: Reid will move public option with majority-vote tactic if there's support
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
From the bluest of states, a red senator of a different color
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Kerry: Reid wants a climate bill ‘soon’
Discussion: 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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Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Where Scott Brown Is Coming From  —  In just 48 hours, Scott Brown would be sworn in as the newest member of the United States Senate, stepping into the shoes (and office suite) of Edward M. Kennedy and the world of woe on Capitol Hill.  But as he zipped down a Massachusetts highway …
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.
Discussion: Say Anything and AMERICAblog News
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 …
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.
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 ***  —  *** NEW: INTRODUCING THE CANNOLIS ***  —  Is Mark Levin the only major figure …
Communications / OpenSecrets.org:
Midterm Elections Will Cost at Least $3.7 Billion, Center for Responsive Politics Estimates  —  A more than 30 percent increase above 2006 levels on spending predicted; Supreme Court's recent decision could mean even more money  —  WASHINGTON — With Democrats battling to keep control …
Discussion: Washington Wire and The Hill
The Conference Board:
The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index® Declines Sharply  —  The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®, which had increased in January, declined sharply in February.  The Index now stands at 46.0 (1985=100), down from 56.5 in January.  The Present Situation Index decreased to 19.4 from 25.2.
Michael Barbaro / City Room:
Ford Polls New Yorkers on Himself and Gillibrand  —  Former Representative Harold E. Ford Jr. of Tennessee has dug into his own pocket to pay for a detailed poll, conducted over the last few days, intended to test the viability of a Senate run in New York, according to people briefed on the matter.
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Apple Bans Some Apps for Sex-Tinged Content  —  Apple has started banning many applications for its iPhone that feature sexually suggestive material, including photos of women in bikinis and lingerie, a move that came as an abrupt surprise to developers who had been profiting from such programs.
Discussion: TechCrunch and New York Magazine
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 …
Fox News:
1 Dead in Shooting at Luke Air Force Base  —  A shooting and fatal car crash on Luke Air Force Base in Litchfield, Ariz., have left one person dead and another injured, KSAZ Phoenix reported.  —  At 11 p.m. Monday night two individuals ran the main base entrance gate with their car …
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Explaining My Health Care Polyannaism  —  For more than a month now, I've taken a stubbornly optimistic line on the fate of health care reform — I've given it slightly better than even odds of passing all along.  You've probably noticed that most political reporters have a very different take.
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.
Harry Joe / Margin of Error:
Republican Blizzard on the Generic Ballot  —  It would take a major turn of events for the Democrats to hold onto the House of Representatives.  There I said it.  Why the confidence on Republicans gaining 40 seats and getting to the 218 seats needed to control the House?
CNN:
Traficant will launch independent congressional bid  — Former Democratic Rep. James Traficant, who in September was released from a federal prison after serving seven years on a bribery and racketeering conviction, told CNN Tuesday he will launch an independent bid to return to Congress.
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 …
 
 
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