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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Afflicting the Afflicted  —  If we're lucky, Thursday's summit will turn out to have been the last act in the great health reform debate, the prologue to passage of an imperfect but nonetheless history-making bill.  If so, the debate will have ended as it began: with Democrats offering moderate plans …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
David Gergen on the summit: Republicans had their best day in years  —  Via Hengler, a succinct statement of Jay Nordlinger's point and of what I suspect will be the media consensus tomorrow.  Not the only kind words he had for the GOP either: … I don't think they seriously expected …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WITH OR WITHOUT YOU.... The stated goal of the White House summit on health care was to have a conversation.  President Obama wanted to talk with lawmakers from both parties about areas of agreement and disagreement.  He may have even held out some hope that Republicans would show more flexibility …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
One last health-reform sprint: House, Senate race to an Easter deadline for ‘the big bill’ — Mitch ‘The Knife’ Daniels eyes '12 prez run — N.Y. tabs say Paterson must go  —  BREAKING — George W. Bush, whose book will be out Nov. 8, at this morning's closed-door Bush-Cheney alumni reunion breakfast …
Discussion: Think Progress, Swampland and The Note
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
At summit, Republicans prove they aren't putting America's health first  —  I'm not sure what else was accomplished at Thursday's Blair House summit, but surely one result is that we learned what Republican “leaders” really think about health care and health insurance.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Winners and losers from the health care summit  —  After spending our day watching the high-stakes or, at the very least, high-profile health care summit at Blair House, we came up with a list of our winners and losers from the proceedings.  —  Those who we think soared and bored are below.
Darleen Click / protein wisdom:
Full speed off the cliff
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Spinning the health care summit
Associated Press:
FACT CHECK: Dueling polls and dubious stats
Kenneth Lovett / NY Daily News:
Gov. David Paterson pulls plug on election bid, but will not resign: insider  —  Embattled Gov. Paterson has pulled the plug on his election bid, a source close to the governor said Friday.  —  Paterson will announce the decision later Friday.  —  Paterson has been under fire for having contacted …
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NY Daily News:
Editorial: For everyone's sake, please go, Gov. Paterson  —  Like most New Yorkers, the Daily News greeted David Paterson's ascension to the governorship with best wishes and fervent hope for success in endeavors suddenly assumed.  Today, just shy of two years later, we urge Paterson to step down immediately.
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Paterson Gets Some Sobering Advice on His Political Future  —  ALBANY — Gov. David A. Paterson said Thursday night that as he weighed his political future, he was seeking counsel from elected officials across the state.  But the first few hours of that listening effort offered some sobering advice.
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:   Paterson drops campaign for governor
Elizabeth Benjamin / NY Daily News:
The Daily Politics
The Politico:
Bunning holds floor: ‘Tough s—t’  —  Senate Democrats spent Thursday night hammering away at Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) for single-handedly holding up action in the upper chamber - but he blurted out a message to one of them on the Senate floor: “Tough s—t.”
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Top Dem chairman signals House will act first on healthcare  —  The House could act first to pass a healthcare bill within the next month, a top House chairman signaled Thursday.  —  Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee and a close ally …
Discussion: TPMDC
The Caucus:
Bunning Blocks Jobless Aid in Senate  —  Updated The Senate clash over the unemployment benefits ended just before midnight Thursday with Senator Jim Bunning, Republican of Kentucky, refusing to lift his objection, meaning the jobless aid - for however short a time - will run out Sunday night unless a deal is reached Friday.
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
MSNBC Talker: Let's Rip Out Cheney's Heart  —  SAY HI TO MIKE  —  With Deranged Cheney Rant, Ed Moves Into Malloy Territory  —  *** CAUGHT-ON-TAPE EXCLUSIVE ***  —  *** NEWSBUSTERS REACTS ***  —  With his cable talk show preempted for Olympics coverage this week …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:   Schultz: Rip out Cheney's heart
Peter Baker / The Caucus:
Obama Gives Cheney a Call
Discussion: The Politico and Politics Daily
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Defeated congresswoman's car still in House parking lot — more than 3 years later — even though she's a registered lobbyist  —  Former Rep. Melissa Hart may have hit the road and gone back home to Pittsburgh in 2006 when she lost her bid for re-election, but it appears that a car …
Wall Street Journal:
Rangel Blamed for Ethics Offense  —  WASHINGTON—The House ethics committee has found Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel, a New York Democrat, violated House rules by failing to properly disclose financial details of trips to the Caribbean, senior congressional officials said Thursday.
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Eric Dash / New York Times:
On Wall Street, a Romance With Curling  —  Wall Street trading is often described as a blood sport.  But inside the great investment houses, the sport of the moment is, of all things, curling — that oddball of the Olympics that is sort of like shuffleboard on ice.
 
 
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