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9:25 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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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 …
Marin Cogan / The Politico:   Harry Reid: Domestic abuse rises as jobs fall
Jay Heflin / The Hill:
Obama relies heavily on Finance jobs bill to pay for health reform
Discussion: CNN
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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Chris Frates / The Politico:
Gibbs may need to read the White House website more closely
Discussion: Political Punch
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Page
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Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Rubio heading to Palmetto state  —  Republican Marco Rubio gave Gov. Charlie Crist's Senate campaign some easy ammunition, confirming a report from CNN's Peter Hamby that the former Florida House speaker plans to travel to South Carolina next month to raise funds there with Sen. Jim DeMint.
Discussion: RedState and The Page
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Romney endorses McCain - Steele doubles private plane spending - Grayson strikes back at Paul - Rubio heads to South Carolina - Gillibrand crushing Zuckerman - Daniels now ‘open’ to 2012  —  BREAKING - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is endorsing Sen. John McCain for reelection Tuesday.
Discussion: CNN and Politics Daily
Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:   As Crist poll numbers slide, staffers leave campaign
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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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.
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
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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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 …
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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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.
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 …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Ron Paul Victory Shows Ideological Hardening Ahead of 2010  —  Enthusiasm of Young Libertarians Was Surprise of CPAC  —  The news that Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) had won the 2010 CPAC presidential straw poll was leaked early, to soften the blow.  Before GOP pollster Tony Fabrizio had even begun …
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David Frum / CNN:
Ron Paul's money plan is far from golden
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.”
Joseph B. White / Wall Street Journal:
Toyota: No Problem With Electronics  —  WASHINGTON—Toyota Motor Corp.'s U.S. sales chief, James Lentz, plans to tell members of a House panel investigating the auto maker's handling of sudden acceleration complaints that the company is “confident that no problems exist with the electronic throttle control system in our vehicles.”
 
 
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Climategate Meets the Law: Senator Inhofe To Ask for DOJ Investigation …
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Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Iran and the crazy factor
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Kim Hart / The Hill:
White House invites Tea Party members to challenge it on transparency issues
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Wall Street Journal:
Brookfield to Battle for Mall Giant
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Clive Crook / Financial Times:
Obama gets ready to risk it all
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Megan McArdle:
The Eye of the Beholder  —  Andrew Sullivan has been doing …
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Davis-Palin team drops out of Iron Dog