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11:05 AM ET, February 9, 2010


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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 …
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.
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?”
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WILLING TO TALK — WITH PRECONDITIONS.... When President Obama announced …
Michelle Obama Responds to Palin Pokes
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and The Note
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.
Mark Hosenball / Newsweek Blogs:
Terror Prosecution Statistics Criticized by GOP Were Originally Touted …
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:
The Huffington Post:
Ben Nelson To Filibuster Key Obama Labor Nominee  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  In a move that will further irritate his Democratic critics, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) announced on Monday evening that he would not just oppose but also help filibuster President Barack Obama's nominee to a key labor relations agency
Discussion: The BLT
Washington Wire:
Fight Shapes Up for Murtha's Seat  —  Democrats are mourning the personal loss of their colleague Rep. John Murtha, but his death today at age 77 is doubly troubling for the party that will have to defend his seat in an upcoming special election.  —  Immediately following the news of his death …
Washington Post:
Rep. John Murtha dies at 77
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Riehl World View and Commentary
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 …
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 …
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
Jack Shafer / Slate:
More Posner Plagiarism  —  Veteran reporter Gerald Posner is a repeat offender.  —  Last week, a reader tipped me to an instance of potential plagiarism by Gerald Posner in the Daily Beast, for which Posner is chief investigative reporter.  After I called the plagiarism to the attention …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Romenesko
McCain's daughter questions Tea Party movement  —  Sen. McCain's daughter Meghan said Monday that young people are turned off by the Tea Party movement.  —  (CNN) - Sen. John McCain's daughter called into question the political stature of the Tea Party movement Monday and sharply criticized …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Shelby releases holds on Obama nominees  —  Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) has released his controversial “holds” on more than 70 pending presidential nominations, his office said Monday night.  —  Senators, usually from the minority party, often use the legislative tactic …
New York Post:
Furious gov: I've been sexploited  —  Blasts tales of affairs & drugs  —  ALBANY — An embattled Gov. Paterson yesterday strongly denied rampant rumors of extramarital affairs and drug use as he blasted the media for printing “callous and sleazy” allegations.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Medina coming on strong  —  Could the Republican primary for Governor in Texas end up in a runoff between Rick Perry...and Debra Medina?  Medina is coming on strong and polls now at 24%, just four points behind Kay Bailey Hutchison's 28%.  Perry continues to hold a double digit advantage at 39%.
The Note:
Palin Favorite Paul Ryan Rules Out 2012 Run for President  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis reports:  —  Rep. Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican who has recently been under attack by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and lavished with praise by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), is ruling out a 2012 run for president.
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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Robert Stavins / Harvard University:
Any Hope for Meaningful U.S. Climate Policy? A Somewhat Positive View
New York Times:
Iran Is Said to Begin Nuclear Enrichment
Discussion: The Page
Andrew Samwick / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
Why Raise the Cigarette Tax When You Can Just Tax Breathing?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Blue Dogs push to go further than Obama spending freeze
Manu Raju / The Politico:
McConnell plan: Divide and conquer
Discussion: Commentary
Jim Treacher / The DC Trawler:
Your 2/9/10 Treacher update  —  Right after I posted that yesterday …
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Senator Prodded Fed to Aid Ailing Lender
Discussion: New Jersey Online
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