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2:10 PM 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.
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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: TalkLeft
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.
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 …
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 …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
David Plouffe advising White House on 2010 midterm elections
Discussion: The Hill, msnbc.com and Hotline On Call
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Cantor: Only Route To Bipartisan Cooperation Is If Dems Fully Embrace GOP Plan
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
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.
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:
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 …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Pharyngula
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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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.
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
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.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A US Soldier Waterboards His Own Child
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 …
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Joe Weisenthal / The Business Insider:
SOURCE: The NYT's Big David Paterson Bombshell Will Break Monday …
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.
John Avlon / CNN:
Analysis: Where does the Tea Party go from here?  —  Editor's note: CNN contributor John Avlon attended the Tea Party's first convention Friday and Saturday in Nashville, Tennessee.  —  (CNN) — As the National Tea Party Convention concluded this weekend, it's clear that the Tea Partiers …
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Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Washington Examiner:
Glenn Reynolds: Nashville Shows Tea Party Is America's Third Great Awakening
 
 
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WXII-TV:
Alcohol Restrictions, Curfew Lifted In King
Discussion: The Greenroom
Michael Yon / Online Magazine:
Special Delivery  —  08 February 2010  —  American troops …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Begala Wants Vote on Republican Budget - Which Democrats Forced Last Year
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Rasmussen Reports:
75% Are Angry At Government's Current Policies
Newsdesk / Clout St:
Quinn says Hynes not interested in being his running mate
 Earlier Items: 
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’
New York Times:
Abstinence Education Done Right
Discussion: Swampland
Lynn Sweet / Politics Daily:
Michelle Obama Plans Elaborate Debut of Anti-Obesity Campaign
Discussion: Shakesville and The Page