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1:50 PM ET, February 19, 2010


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New York Times:
Obama to Offer Health Bill to Ease Impasse as Bipartisan Meeting Approaches  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama will put forward comprehensive health care legislation intended to bridge differences between Senate and House Democrats ahead of a summit meeting with Republicans next week …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Sebelius: White House may fight for public option in health bill  —  The White House is willing to make a push for the public option if Senate Democrats decide to bring it up for a vote, Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said tonight.  —  Eighteen Senators have signed …
Fox News:
Obama Writing Health Bill to Skirt GOP Filibuster  —  The president reportedly is working on health care legislation intended to reconcile differences between House and Senate Democrats that could be attached to a budget bill and pass with only 51 Senate votes.
Discussion: Swampland and Gateway Pundit
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Fish White House Logic On Public Option Revival
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Obama to get specific on healthcare legislation
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Page
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 …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Ellsworth to run for Indiana Senate  —  Indiana Rep. Brad Ellsworth has decided to seek the seat being vacated by Sen. Evan Bayh and will announce his intentions in a statement to be released shortly, according to a source briefed on the matter.  —  Ellsworth emerged as the favored candidate …
Carol Felsenthal / Pundits Blog:
Speaking of senators from Indiana, what ever happened to Dan Quayle?
Discussion: CNN
The Politico:   Ellsworth to run for Bayh's seat
Adam Green / Open Left:
BREAKING: Obama will support the public option if Reid will  —  From Rachel Maddow's interview tonight with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius: … Wow.  That's news.  —  What will Reid do?  If it's up to Nevada voters, the answer's obvious.  From reporter Jon Ralson in today's Las Vegas Sun:
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:   Ailing Lautenberg to miss Monday jobs vote
Elizabeth Williamson / Wall Street Journal:
Obama to Unveil Extra Homeowner Aid
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Tim Pawlenty: Let's Get the 9-Iron, Like Tiger Woods' Wife  —  CPAC Convention, Washington — Conservatives could learn a lot from Tiger Woods' wife Elin, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said at the Conservative Political Action Conference today.  —  “She said, I've had enough,” Pawlenty said.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Raw Story
Ben Smith / The Politico:
CPAC embraces the new Romney  —  When Mitt Romney, candidate for president, came to the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2007, he was a fresh-faced over-eager student of Republican politics: He won cheers for a newfound social conservatism, and won a straw poll amid charges he'd packed the hall.
Mitt Romney's Alleged Attacker — Major Rap Star  —  The mystery man who was tossed off an airplane for allegedly attacking Mitt Romney has finally been revealed — it was one of the guys from LMFAO ... and he claims Romney is the one who got physical first!
Max Bergmann / Think Progress:
Scott Brown Yawns At Plane Attack On IRS Building: ‘No One Likes Paying Taxes’  —  Today a man flew a plane into a Texas federal building in an apparent domestic terrorist attack.  The suicide bomber, identified as Joseph Andrew Stack, was allegedly a right wing extremist who wrote on a website that violence …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
It's nonsense to say the U.S. is ungovernable  —  In the latter days of the Carter presidency, it became fashionable to say that the office had become unmanageable and was simply too big for one man.  Some suggested a single, six-year presidential term.  The president's own White House …
Discussion: Moonbattery
What's gone wrong in Washington?
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Dave Itzkoff / ArtsBeat:
‘Family Guy’ Voice Actor Says Palin ‘Does Not Have a Sense of Humor’  —  Since it was shown on Sunday, an episode of the Fox animated comedy “Family Guy” has drawn the repeated condemnation of Sarah Palin, the former Republican governor of Alaska and 2008 vice-presidential nominee.
Armstrong Williams / Pundits Blog:
Obama's blind side on healthcare  —  Why is President Barack Obama still willing to expend more wasted time and capital on trying to revive an already dead and buried healthcare bill?  —  His convening a live television summit on Feb. 25 where he has invited Republican leaders to join …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
In U.S., Canada Places First in Image Contest; Iran Last  —  Favorable views of Russia, Palestinian Authority up slightly; views of Iraq down  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans' perceptions of 20 nations that figure prominently in the news or U.S. foreign policy held quite steady in the first year of the Obama administration.
Discussion: FP Passport
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Congressional Republicans Viewed Less Favorably Than Russia, Saudi Arabia
Discussion: The New Republic
Thomas Fitzgerald /
Sestak says federal job was offered to quit race  —  Not so, says the White House  —  Rep. Joe Sestak (D., Pa.) said yesterday that the White House offered him a federal job in an effort to dissuade him from challenging Sen. Arlen Specter in the state's Democratic primary.
New York Times:
As Campaign Nears, Paterson Is Seen as Increasingly Remote  —  When a plane crashed outside Buffalo about 10:20 on a Thursday evening last year, killing 50 people, aides to Gov. David A. Paterson of New York could not find him for more than three hours, and it was nearly five hours …
Erick Stakelbeck / Stakelbeck on Terror:
CBN Exclusive: Five Muslim Soldiers Arrested at Fort Jackson in South Carolina  —  CBN News has learned exclusively that five Muslim soldiers at Fort Jackson in South Carolina were arrested just before Christmas.  It is unclear whether the men are still in custody.
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 …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
California Death Spiral  —  Health insurance premiums are surging — and conservatives fear that the spectacle will reinvigorate the push for reform.  On the Fox Business Network, a host chided a vice president of WellPoint, which has told California customers to expect huge rate increases …
Political Punch:
Exclusive: War in Iraq to Be Given New Name  —  ABC News has learned that the Obama administration has decided to give the war in Iraq — currently known as Operation Iraqi Freedom — a new name.  —  The new name: “Operation New Dawn.”  —  In a February 17, 2010, memo to the Commander of Central Command …
Randy Haddock:
Response to Olbermann: ‘People of color’ at Tea Parties  —  So last night that race-peddlin' buffoon over at MSNBC... wait, that's pretty much everyone on that network.  Let me be more specific.  OK, so, last night Keith Olbermann used his self-parodying Special Comment segment to ask …
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