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5:20 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.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Congressional Democrats point finger of blame at Rahm Emanuel on healthcare  —  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 …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Obama on meeting with GOP
Discussion: The Swamp and CNN
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:   Obama Rebukes Boehner In Testy Exchange, Charges GOP Wants To Kill …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama vows healthcare meeting won't become ‘political theater’
Discussion: The Politico and Hit & Run
The Caucus:
Obama Urges Setting Aside ‘Petty Politics’
Discussion: Politics Daily and Balkinization
CBS News:
Robert Gibbs Scrawls Notes on Hand, Mocking Sarah Palin (Video)  —  Posted by Brian Montopoli Following President Obama's surprise appearance at the White House press briefing, press secretary Robert Gibbs garnered laughter from the press corps by holding up his hand to reveal that he had written notes on his palm in black marker.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Getting Sarah Palin's Paradigm  —  “If the primaries were this year, I suspect she'd be nominated,” a senior adviser to one of Sarah Palin's potential rivals confides.  It's easy to see why: no one who's thinking of running beats the enthusiasm she generates among Republican activists.
Associated Press:
White House mocks Sarah Palin from podium  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Even the White House's top spokesman is getting in on the act of mocking former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin for looking to talking points written on her palm during a speech to “tea party” activists.
Discussion: theblogprof, Wonkette and Instapundit
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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Sarah Palin's soundbite strategy
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and GOP 12
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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Bond calls for Brennan's resignation
USA Today:
Our view on war on terror: National security team fails to inspire confidence
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review Online
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Latest From Leon  —  It's been fourteen years since …
Discussion: NewsReal Blog
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Draft version of Senate Dems' jobs bill leaks  —  A draft version of the Senate jobs bill began circulating around Washington, offering a glimpse of the package of spending items and tax cuts Senate Democrats envision as the basis for legislation Majority Reid Harry Reid (D-Nev.) wants to begin debating within days.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Jay Heflin / The Hill:
Reid to offer jobs bill
Discussion: The Politico and Open Left
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Business Channel:
Obama's Bipartisan Dream for Jobs Bill Will Fail
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Ezra Klein
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
The Obama Method And the Health Care Summit
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Michael Steele Suggests Criticism Of His Tenure Motivated By Racism  —  It's been awhile since Michael Steele has landed himself in the news, but this might stir things up again: In a new interview, Steele bluntly suggests criticism of his tenure — and all the media coverage it's garnered — may be motivated by racism.
Matt Finkelstein / Media Matters Action Network:
After Saying “I Don't Play The Race Card,” …
Discussion: theGrio
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 …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Rubio vs. Crist: FOX News debate eyed
Discussion: The Politico
Jeff Sheng / The Bilerico Project:
Exclusive Pics: Lt. Dan Choi back in service?  —  This past weekend at the NGLTF Creating Change conference, there was a notable absence that many have already tweeted and remarked about.  Lt. Dan Choi was supposed to lead a Knights Out sponsored workshop on Friday morning about ending …
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:
L. Douglas Wilder / The Politico:
Wilder: Obama needs to fire DNC Chairman Kaine, W.H. advisers  —  During the 2008 campaign, I strongly endorsed Barack Obama for president.  I did so early, when many Democratic leaders — including many prominent African-American politicians — believed the safe bet was to back then-front-runner Hillary Clinton.
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.
Jon Cohen / Behind the Numbers:
Poll: Bipartisanship popular, compromise tricky  —  Americans spread the blame when it comes to the lack of cooperation in Washington, and, in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, most want the two sides to keep working to pass comprehensive health-care reform.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Palin Puts Together A ... Campaign?  —  Sarah Palin is putting together a campaign team, and Washington is taking notice.  Mark Leibovich of the New York Times described her bare-bones political operation.  Here is what I know: she is not worried about fundraising right now.
The Smoking Gun:
Felony Snowball Tossing Charges Lodged  —  Cops: Virginia college students pelted city plow, unmarked police car  —  Felony snowball throwing charges have been leveled against two Virginia college students for allegedly pelting a city plow and an undercover police car during Saturday's blizzard.
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 …
Vince Haley / Big Government:
Drillgate: Internal Emails Shows Obama Team Lying to Public  —  If you're the President of the United States or one of his political appointees and you're ideologically opposed to new oil and natural gas development offshore, what do you do when the public registers its overwhelming support for new drilling in public opinion polls?
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 …
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
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Discussion: TPMDC and Riehl World View
Megan McArdle:
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Discussion: Real Clear Politics and RedState
The Note:
2012 Republican Presidential Hopeful Gary Johnson Takes On His …
Discussion: Hit & Run and GOP 12
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Americans Losing Hope, Looking For Change
Discussion: Hot Air
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Ala. poll: Huck is 2012 front-runner
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and GOP 12
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Rep. Cohen: Murtha victim of “malpractice”
John Tierney / New York Times:
Will You Be E-Mailing This Column? It's Awesome
Discussion: Epicenter and Gawker