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12:50 PM ET, February 9, 2010


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Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Top House Republicans throw cold water on health-care summit  —  Leading House Republicans raised the prospect Monday night that they might refuse to participate in President Obama's proposed health care summit if the White House chooses not to scrap the existing reform bills and start over.
Jesse Lee / White Blog Feed:
Gibbs Responds to Boehner, Cantor  —  White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs just responded to a letter sent today from House Republican Leader John Boehner and House Republican Whip Eric Cantor regarding the proposed bipartisan health care summit:  —  The President is adamant that we seize …
Republican Leader John Boehner:
Boehner, Cantor Question White House on Proposed Health Care Summit  —  GOP Leaders: “Assuming the President is sincere about moving forward on health care in a bipartisan way, does that mean he will agree to start over so that we can develop a bill that is truly worthy of the support and confidence of the American people?”
Michelle Obama Responds to Palin Pokes  —  First Lady: 'Change... Certainly Doesn't Happen in a Year'  —  Michelle Obama defended her husband against some of his most vocal critics, saying President Obama did a “phenomenal” job this year and that change is a long-term process.
New York Times:
On Health Bill, G.O.P.'s Road Is a New Map  —  WASHINGTON — When Republicans take President Obama up on his invitation to hash out their differences over health care this month, they will carry with them a fairly well-developed set of ideas intended to make health insurance more widely available …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Congressional Democrats point finger of blame at Rahm Emanuel  —  Democrats in Congress are holding White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel accountable for his part in the collapse of healthcare reform.  —  The emerging consensus among critics in both chambers is that Emanuel's lack …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WILLING TO TALK — WITH PRECONDITIONS.... When President Obama announced …
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Leverage Sought In Health Summit
John Brennan / USA Today:
Opposing view: ‘We need no lectures’  —  Administration disrupts terrorists' plots, takes fight to them abroad.  —  Politics should never get in the way of national security.  But too many in Washington are now misrepresenting the facts to score political points, instead of coming together to keep us safe.
Wall Street Journal:
Bush Was Right, Says Obama  —  'We're not handling any of these cases any different from the Bush administration.'  —  This weekend, Americans were treated to something new: Barack Obama defending his war policies by suggesting they merely continue his predecessor's practices.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
White House: People who criticize us are helping al Qaeda  —  In a brief op-ed in USA Today, White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan charges that critics who question the Obama administration's decision to grant Miranda rights to accused Detroit bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab are “serv[ing] the goals of al Qaeda.”
Mark Memmott / NPR Blogs:
‘Miss Me Yet?’  Billboard With Photo Of Bush Is Real; Not An Internet Trick  —  Internet chatter had led to speculation that it might be an urban myth — nothing more than clever digital trickery spreading via the Web.  —  But our friend Bob Collins at Minnesota Public Radio assures us he's seen it with his own eyes:
Leon Wieseltier / The New Republic:
Something Much Darker  —  Andrew Sullivan has a serious problem.  —  I.  —  “Trying to explain the doctrine of the Trinity to readers of The New Republic is not easy.”  On June 2, 1944, W.H. Auden penned that sentence in a letter to Ursula Niebuhr.  On January 26, 2010 …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Ala. poll: Huck is 2012 frontrunner  —  In a reminder of his strength with social conservatives, Mike Huckabee leads his nearest GOP competitor by 10 percent, according to a new poll of Alabama Republicans.  —  Thirty-three percent of Alabama Republicans polled support the former Arkansas governor …
Discussion: GOP 12
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Getting Sarah Palin's Paradigm
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Palin Puts Together A ... Campaign?
Discussion: Think Progress
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Pamela Geller Destroys Ron Reagan Jr. on Joy Behar Show (Video)  —  The great Pamela Geller from Atlas Shrugs destroyed Ron Reagan Jr., Joy Behar and her other hateful liberal guest on the Behar Show last night.  Geller gave Ron Jr. the spanking he never had, but needed.
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
VIDEO: Pamela Geller on Joy Behar, Liberal Meltdown [Bumped]
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel and Examiner
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Nelson will back GOP filibuster  —  Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) announced Monday evening that he will support a Republican-led filibuster over President Barack Obama's nominee to serve on the National Labor Relations Board.  —  The move is likely to infuriate labor groups who have fought hard …
St. Petersburg Times:
Secret contract, lavish spending push Republican Party of Florida to crisis  —  As a volatile election season gets under way, the Republican Party of Florida is facing its biggest crisis of confidence in decades.  —  Donors and party activists are livid over newly revealed records …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Republicans — Not Obama — More Often on Wrong Side of Public Opinion  —  One of the more commonplace assertions among pundits on the center-right — made rather carelessly by Victor Davis Hanson and more thoughtfully by Jay Cost, is that agenda put forward by Obama and the Democrats …
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Pa. seat is latest Democratic worry  —  Rep. John Murtha's (D-Pa.) untimely death Monday makes the political map even more daunting for House Democrats, who will have to defend another highly competitive seat in what is shaping up to be a hostile election year.
Louise Radnofsky / Washington Wire:
NOAA: Blizzard Rearranges Climate Change Announcement  —  As D.C. continued to dig out from Snowmageddon and is keeping an eye on another storm system, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was busy making a climate change announcement.  —  NOAA, part of the Department of Commerce …
Elisabeth Rosenthal / New York Times:
Skeptics Find Fault With U.N. Climate Panel  —  Just over two years ago, Rajendra K. Pachauri seemed destined for a scientist's version of sainthood: A vegetarian economist-engineer who leads the United Nations' climate change panel, he accepted the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the panel …
John Tierney / New York Times:
Will You Be E-Mailing This Column?  It's Awesome  —  Sociologists have developed elaborate theories of who spreads gossip and news — who tells whom, who matters most in social networks — but they've had less success measuring what kind of information travels fastest.  Do people prefer to spread good news or bad news?
Discussion: Gawker, E&P In Exile and Romenesko
Beat Balzli / Spiegel Online:
How Goldman Sachs Helped Greece to Mask its True Debt  —  Goldman Sachs helped the Greek government to mask the true extent of its deficit with the help of a derivatives deal that legally circumvented the EU Maastricht deficit rules.  At some point the so-called cross currency swaps will mature …
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Report: Attempted Terrorist Attack in The Netherlands, Bomb Found …
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Rep. Cohen: Murtha victim of “malpractice”
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Medina coming on strong
Manu Raju / The Politico:
McConnell plan: Divide and conquer
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Jim Treacher / The DC Trawler:
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Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Elizabeth Warren / Wall Street Journal:
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