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8:25 AM ET, February 8, 2010


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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Obama to Convene Summit on Health Care  —  President Obama said Sunday that he will convene a half-day, bipartisan health care summit at the White House on Feb. 25 to be broadcast on television, so Americans can see Democrats and Republicans try to break the deadlock on health care legislation.
Kate Andersen Brower / Bloomberg:
Obama Asks Republican Lawmakers to Discuss Health Care Overhaul  —  Feb. 8 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama invited Republican and Democratic lawmakers from the House and Senate to a Feb. 25 meeting to discuss ways to get an overhaul of the U.S. health-care system through Congress.
Discussion: Truthdig
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
David Plouffe advising White House on 2010 midterm elections  —  Ask David Plouffe how Democrats can recover from their electoral setbacks over the past few months and he has a simple answer: Republicans.  —  “Politics is a comparative exercise,” Plouffe, who managed Barack Obama's presidential campaign …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama, Republicans, Democrats talking
Discussion: The Politico
Deepak Chopra / The Huffington Post:
Sarah Palin Spikes the Tea  —  Over the weekend Sarah Palin gave us another dose of seductive untruth.  Her complaint about the Christmas bomber “lawyering up” wasn't about finding the right policy against terrorists.  It was a come-on to the Tea Party's prejudices, egging them to believe …
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Washington Examiner:
Glenn Reynolds: Nashville Shows Tea Party Is America's Third Great Awakening
Discussion: Riehl World View and Power Line
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Ex-Alaska governor Sarah Palin doesn't rule out run for the White House in 2012
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
The complete Sarah Palin Tea Party speech video
Discussion: RedState and GOP 12
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Of Course She's Running For President, Ctd
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Founding Blogger / Founding Bloggers:
(UPDATED) Founding Bloggers Confirms Huffington Post's Completely Worthless Observation  —  Founding Bloggers can confirm that we too captured an image of the writing on Governor Palin's hand.  The notes appear to be very innocuous.  —  On the other hand, the outrage on the left is being completely misunderstood by the right.
Michelle Malkin:
Hand jive  —  Talk to the hand.  —  I was offline most of the weekend with family, so surfed over to Memeorandum tonight to catch up on the latest blog buzz.  What have the left-wing blogs been raging about? … Plus: Breaking updates on the “crib notes!”  —  Seriously?  —  Seriously:
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Palin's Cheat-Sheet  —  I was too busy tapping away at my laptop …
Daily Mail:
U.S. soldier 'waterboarded his own daughter, 4, because she couldn't recite alphabet'  —  A soldier waterboarded his four-year-old daughter because she was unable to recite her alphabet.  —  Joshua Tabor admitted to police he had used the CIA torture technique because he was so angry.
Joe Weisenthal / The Business Insider:
SOURCE: The NYT's Big David Paterson Bombshell Will Break Monday, Governor's Resignation To Follow  —  This past week, a rumor emerged that the New York Times is working on a huge bombshell with plans to “Spitzerize” New York governor David Paterson.  —  Several media outlets have reported on these rumors.
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Irked, Wall St. Hedges Its Bet on Democrats  —  WASHINGTON — If the Democratic Party has an stronghold on Wall Street, it is JPMorgan Chase.  —  Its chief executive, Jamie Dimon, is a friend of President Obama's from Chicago, a frequent White House guest and a big Democratic donor.
Ed O'Keefe / Federal Eye:
Federal Government Closed on Monday  —  The federal government will be closed on Monday in the Washington area, according to the Office of Personnel Management, as the region continues to plow out of an historic snowstorm.  —  OPM Director John Berry decides when to close federal offices in the Washington area.
Bj Lutz / NBC Chicago:
Cohen... Cohen... Gone  —  Gov. Quinn calls it the “right decision”  —  That breeze you feel is Gov. Pat Quinn and the Illinois Democratic Party letting go a huge sigh of relief.  —  Scott Lee Cohen, the Democratic nominee for Illinois lieutenant governor, removed himself from the campaign Sunday …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and The Eye
John / Power Line:
The Associated Press Sees What Isn't There  —  The Super Bowl isn't over yet, but commentary on the commercials is in full swing.  The Associated Press sums them up as “funny,” “light-hearted” and “a return to humor.”  Here is the AP's description of the Tebow ad: … Only the ad didn't do any such thing.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
America Is Not Yet Lost  —  We've always known that America's reign as the world's greatest nation would eventually end.  But most of us imagined that our downfall, when it came, would be something grand and tragic.  —  What we're getting instead is less a tragedy than a deadly farce.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Mike Stark /
Arlen Specter  —  This is difficult to write.  My grandfather suffered through dementia for the last 15 years of his life.  It's never easy to talk about, and in politics, it's particularly difficult because of all the potential for cheap-shot concern-trolling...
Anill / Think Progress:
Palin: Obama could win reelection if he ‘played the war card’ and declared ‘war on Iran.’  —  This morning on Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace conducted a 25-minute interview with Sarah Palin, a paid contributor to Fox News.  Palin told Wallace that she doesn't think President Obama …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and RADAMISTO
Igor / Wonk Room:   Palin Says Congress Should Not Repeal DADT ‘Right Now’
Hartford Courant:
Witness To Middletown Explosion: ‘There Are Bodies Everywhere’  —  (RICHARD MESSINA / HARTFORD COURANT / February 7, 2010)  —  MIDDLETOWN - Witnesses and authorities said as many as 100 people may have been injured and two killed when a massive explosion, which homeowners more than 10 miles away mistook …
Discussion: Riehl World View and WFSB-TV
5 dead in power plant explosion
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Richard Girling / Times of London:
I thought of killing myself, says climate scandal professor Phil Jones  —  THE scientist at the centre of the “climategate” email scandal has revealed that he was so traumatised by the global backlash against him that he contemplated suicide.  —  Professor Phil Jones said in an exclusive interview …
Richard Girling / Times of London:   The leak was bad. Then came the death threats
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