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3:25 PM ET, February 8, 2010

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Ezra Klein:
The six Republican ideas already in the health-care reform bill  —  At this point, I don't think it's well understood how many of the GOP's central health-care policy ideas have already been included as compromises in the health-care bill.  But one good way is to look at the GOP's …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and TalkLeft
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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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
REFUSING TO TAKE ‘YES’ FOR AN ANSWER.... OK, so Republicans want health care reform to be shaped entirely by their ideas.  But would they tolerate a plan that includes some of their ideas?  Apparently not — the existing proposal already does that.  —  Ezra Klein highlights an often-overlooked point …
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Jobs bill gets snowed under  —  Senate Democrats will miss their self-imposed deadline for bringing a jobs bill to the floor Monday, and they're hoping that the weekend's epic snowstorm will give them some cover.  —  Senate votes scheduled for Monday evening have been pushed back to Tuesday …
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Obama invites Republicans to summit on health care
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
David Plouffe advising White House on 2010 midterm elections
Discussion: The Hill, msnbc.com and Hotline On Call
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Sarah Palin Needs Help  —  There's something which, if you've ever been in the business of trying to sell consulting services, you've probably grown accustomed to.  It's what I call the “consulting paradox”.  Namely, it's the idea that the people who are most in need of help are often the least aware of it.
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
You Betcha!... Palin Campaigns For Rick Perry- Writes “Hi Mom” On Her Hand!  (Pics)  —  RIGHT ON— On Sunday the left went bonkers after they discovered that the TelePrompter-less former Governor Sarah Palin wrote notes on the palm of her left hand for her speech to the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville.
CBS News:
Palin Hand Crib Notes Attract Scrutiny  —  Posted by David S Morgan Former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's appearance before the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville Saturday night gave plenty of red meat to the attendees, such as calling President Obama …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Palin Exposes Misogyny In The Democratic Base, Again
Discussion: POWIP and TMZ.com
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
White House moves to make the filibuster a campaign issue  —  Over the past week, President Obama and his senior aides have repeatedly cited Republicans' filibuster threats as the primary reason for the lack of progress on big ticket legislative items, an early sign that Democrats will seek …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
White House press corps feels bypassed by Obama in favor of TV shows, YouTube  —  Six months ago, network executives were complaining that the White House was costing them tens of millions of dollars by pressing them to carry presidential news conferences in prime time.
Marist Poll:
2/8: Obama Approval Rating Below 50% ... Disapproval Among Majority of Independents  —  Fewer registered voters nationwide — 44% — currently approve of President Barack Obama's job performance than disapprove — 47%.  When Marist last asked about the president's approval rating in December …
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
‘Disappointer-in-chief:’ Marist Poll
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Challenges Terrorism Critics  —  WASHINGTON — The White House pushed back Sunday against Republican criticism of its approach to terrorism, calling it “not anchored in reality” as a national security debate that was largely muted in recent years roared back to center stage with an angry intensity.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
If Marc Thiessen Doesn't Want to be Compared to the Spanish …
Discussion: Eschaton
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A US Soldier Waterboards His Own Child  —  The British Daily Mail - a populist right-wing paper - reports: … Horrifying.  No doubt Marc Thiessen will object that since she wasn't strapped to an actual board and only dunked three or four times, rather than 183, and her father wasn't in the CIA …
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
In a Message to Democrats, Wall St. Sends Cash to G.O.P.  —  WASHINGTON — If the Democratic Party has a 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.
Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
Tebow ad falls short of the hype  —  Sponsored by Focus on the Family, the antiabortion message takes an understated approach, though some criticize Tim Tebow's ‘tackle’ of his mother, Pam.  —  “I call him my miracle baby,” Pam Tebow says in the ad.  “He almost didn't make it into this world.”
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Rasmussen Reports:
75% Are Angry At Government's Current Policies  —  Voters are madder than ever at the current policies of the federal government.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 75% of likely voters now say they are at least somewhat angry at the government's current policies …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Paterson to talk to Times  —  Governor David Paterson will sit down for an interview with The New York Times tomorrow, a person familiar with the plan tells me, as his state chatters about an as-yet unpublished retrospective of his difficult year in office.  —  Paterson's style of running …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Dream of Zero  —  In many ways, Barack Obama has taken a more cold-eyed approach to foreign affairs than George W. Bush.  He's emphasized realism over human rights, negotiation over regime change, the national interest over the promotion of democracy.  —  But there's been one great exception …
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Potential Court Picks Divide Democrats  —  WASHINGTON—Democrats gearing up for a possible Supreme Court vacancy are divided over whether President Barack Obama should appoint a prominent liberal voice while their party still commands a large Senate majority, or go with someone less likely to stoke Republican opposition.
Ezra Klein:
There's something new under the sun  —  I've been racking my brain all morning, but I really can't come up with another example of a president gambling major legislation on a televised, hyped showdown with the leadership of the minority party.  Congressional Democrats have been begging Obama …
Max Pizarro / Politicker NJ:
Garden State Equality fires new broadside at Dems  —  Smarting over the state Senate's refusal to pass marriage equality and disillusioned at the moment with the Democratic Party majority, Garden State Equality's 85-member Board of Directors unanimously decided against giving financial contributions …
 
 
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Iowa Poll: 33% of Iowans support ‘tea party’ movement
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
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Arthur Goldwag / The Huffington Post:
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Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
Bank Securitization Woes Only Beginning
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Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
George Stephanopoulos on the celebrity beat
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Bachmann's Plan: To Deal With Debt, We Must ‘Wean Everybody’ …
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WXII-TV:
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Michael Yon / Online Magazine:
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Begala Wants Vote on Republican Budget - Which Democrats Forced Last Year
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Newsdesk / Clout St:
Quinn says no payback for pawnbroker out $2 million for lieutenant governor
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
House GOP Medicare Elimination Plan Puts Conservatives in a Pickle
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
THE POPULISM PROBLEM  —  It's been the political equivalent …
Discussion: EconLog
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
On health care: ‘Finish the kitchen’
John Avlon / CNN:
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