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10:20 PM ET, February 19, 2010


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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Breaking: Reid Signals Support For Reconciliation Vote On Public Option  —  In another surprising step forward for the public option, Senator Harry Reid's office says that if a final decision is made to pass health reform via reconciliation, the Majority Leader would support holding a reconciliation vote on the public option.
Ezra Klein:
The strange politics of the public option revival  —  Trying to figure out the politics of this public option revival has been a bit of a strange experience.  On the one hand, momentum seems to be building: The letter asking Reid to run the public option through the reconciliation process has 18 senators attached.
New York Times:
Obama to Offer Health Bill to Ease Impasse as Bipartisan Meeting Approaches
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Cantor: Obama must take reconciliation off the table for healthcare reform
Discussion: Washington Monthly
E.J. Dionne / PostPartisan:
Palin and Brown: Mitt Romney's best friends  —  Mitt Romney got a rousing reception at the Conservative Political Action Conference.  And why not?  He was introduced by the new conservative hero, Scott Brown, the Massachusetts senator whose election Romney played an important role in bringing about.
Discussion: Hot Air
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Is the next GOP presidential candidate a CPAC speaker?  —  There's no question that the next GOP presidential nominee will have spoken at this year's CPAC conference, a top Republican lawmaker said Friday.  —  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the ranking member of the House Oversight …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
A Sensible Response to Terrorism  —  As you probably know, a white guy entranced by an extremely version of Tea Party-style right-populist paranoia deliberately crashed an airplane into an IRS building in Texas yesterday.  I'm not especially interested in debating semantics …
Suicidal Pilot's Wife Reacts to ‘Tragic’ Attack
Discussion: American Power and Infowars
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Holder admits nine Obama Dept. of Justice officials worked for terrorist detainees, offers no details  —  Attorney General Eric Holder says nine Obama appointees in the Justice Department have represented or advocated for terrorist detainees before joining the Justice Department.
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Bush lawyers who approved waterboarding to face no discipline  —  Bush administration lawyers who wrote memos blessing the waterboarding of terrorism suspects and other harsh interrogation tactics “exercised poor judgment” but will not face discipline for their actions, according …
Ari Shapiro / NPR:
Terror Memos Didn't Violate Legal Ethics, Report Finds
Discussion: TalkLeft
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Bob Barr shouted down at CPAC for saying waterboarding is torture  —  Oh what a lovely crowd, huh?  Bob Barr is booed and yelled at loudly by the crowd until the moderator, Jay Sekulow, calms them down, for daring to point out that waterboarding is torture.
Josh Margolin / New Jersey Online:
U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg is diagnosed with cancer … U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, New Jersey's 86-year-old senior senator, was diagnosed with treatable stomach cancer in the last 24 hours and will begin chemotherapy today.  —  The Democrat still plans to finish out his current term …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Pawlenty compares administration to Tiger Woods, voters to scorned wife  —  Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) on Friday told voters to follow the lead of Tiger Woods' wife Elin Nordegren and “take a nine-iron and smash the window out of big government.”  —  Pawlenty, who is considered …
The Note:
Far-Right John Birch Society 2010  —  ABC's Jonathan Karl reports: This week's Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington has a co-sponsor from the far-right fringe of American politics: The John Birch Society.  —  According to Ian Walters, a spokesman for CPAC …
Scott Shane / New York Times:
F.B.I., Laying Out Evidence, Closes Anthrax Letters Case  —  WASHINGTON — More than eight years after anthrax-laced letters killed five people and terrorized the country, the F.B.I. finally closed its investigation of the matter on Friday.  The bureau released a 92-page report adding eerie …
Discussion: Politics Daily
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
FBI closes investigation into 2001 anthrax attacks
Discussion: The Hill
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Bachmann: Obama ‘intending to fail’  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) urged conservatives on Friday to fight to prevent an American “decline” created by the policies of President Barack Obama.  —  In a long and meandering speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference evoking …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit, CNN and The Note
The Huffington Post:
John Ashcroft: Civilian Trials For Terrorists Have ‘Use And Utility’  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  In an acknowledgment that throws a wrench in Republican talking points, former Attorney General John Ashcroft said on Friday that the criminal justice system does, indeed, have a role to play in trying terrorist suspects.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Poll: Majority Backs Mirandizing Of Xmas Plotter And Other Terror Suspects
Discussion: CNN and The Washington Independent
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Gays, gay marriage foes spar at CPAC  —  The young crowd at CPAC doesn't seem terribly interested in the issue of same-sex marriage, but there's been a bit of shadow boxing between the gay Republican group GOProud, which got a booth over objections from social conservatives …
Jimmy Orr / Christian Science Monitor:
Rapper Sky Blu says Mitt Romney used ‘Vulcan grip’ on him in plane fiasco  —  Sky Blu, singer of the band LMFAO, says Mitt Romney had him in a ‘Vulcan grip’ while aboard an airplane Monday night in Vancouver.  —  Mitt Romney used a “Vulcan grip” on rapper Sky Blu?  —  Wow.
The Note:
Ron Paul supporters are taking over CPAC!  —  ABC News' Bret Hovell reports: Libertarian Texas Congressman Ron Paul - who has a large and occasionally rowdy backing throughout the country - was scheduled to speak here at the Conservative Political Action Conference at 4:30  —  Friday afternoon.
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
Michael F. Cannon / Cato @ Liberty:
Krugman Don't Know Health Insurance  —  When I debated Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman on health care reform, I asked him if he was familiar with the work of University of Pennsylvania economist Mark Pauly.  Pauly is a leader in the economics of health insurance.
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Profit-Seeking Palin Reportedly Rips CPAC As A Profiteering Convention  —  One leading Republican who is conspicuously absent from this year's CPAC is Fox News pundit Sarah Palin.  A source told Politico that Palin declined the invitation because she “does not want to be affiliated” …
IOWA POLL RESULTS - FEBRUARY 2010  —  The Research 2000 Iowa Poll was conducted from February 15 through February 17, 2010.  A total of 600 likely voters who vote regularly in state elections were interviewed statewide by telephone.  —  Those interviewed were selected by the random variation …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
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Discussion: Mother Jones
James Hohmann / The Politico:
Lincoln will back cloture on jobs bill
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