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3:10 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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Fish White House Logic On Public Option Revival  —  I don't understand this White House logic reported by Ezra Klein: … Rewind the tape 12 months and this makes perfect sense to me.  Progressives talk up public option through reconciliation.  They write a letter.  Senators start signing the letter.
Discussion: The Plum Line and TalkLeft
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.
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Cantor: Obama must take reconciliation off the table for healthcare reform
Discussion: Washington Monthly and USA Today
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 …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Pawlenty: ‘Smash the windows’  —  Less than an hour before Tiger Woods was set to explain himself in a press conference, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty urged conservative activists to follow the golfer's wife and “take a nine iron and smash the windows out of big government.”
Discussion: CNN and No More Mister Nice Blog
Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Tim Pawlenty: America Should Be Like Elin, Smash Window Of Big Government
Discussion: Mediaite and Gawker
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 …
Associated Press:
NJ Sen. Frank Lautenberg, 86, has stomach lymphoma
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
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:
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama lionizes Reid as ‘one of the toughest’ in the Senate
Discussion: CNN
Elizabeth Williamson / Wall Street Journal:
Obama to Unveil Extra Homeowner Aid
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.
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 …
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!
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.
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: Mediaite and Moonbattery
What's gone wrong in Washington?
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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 …
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
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 …
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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Discussion: The Stranger … and Althouse
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Power Elite  —  One of the great achievements of modern times …
Discussion: Ezra Klein, Commentary and TPMCafe
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The World Newser:
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Discussion: Raw Story and The Moderate Voice
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