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6:45 PM ET, February 20, 2010

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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Reid: Dems will use 50-vote tactic to finish healthcare in 60 days  —  Democrats will finish their health reform efforts within the next two months by using a majority-vote maneuver in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said.  —  Reid said that congressional Democrats …
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The Hill:
Senate GOP: Dems lack votes to use partisan tactic on health reform  —  Senate Republicans are claiming Democrats lack the votes to pass healthcare reform through reconciliation rules, but their math appears a bit fuzzy.  —  Senate Republicans on Friday distributed a press release titled …
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Obama slams Anthem rate increase in pushing healthcare bill
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
Tim Weiner / New York Times:
Alexander M. Haig Jr. Dies at 85; Commanding White House Aide  —  Alexander M. Haig Jr., the four-star general who served as a confrontational secretary of state under President Ronald Reagan and a commanding White House chief of staff as the Nixon administration crumbled …
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Stephen Miller / Wall Street Journal:   Alexander Haig Dies at Age 85
CNN:
Alexander Haig dies at 85
Discussion: BBC
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Judiciary chairmen vow hearings on torture memos report
Larry O'Connor / Big Journalism:
Breitbart Takes Down Blumenthal at CPAC  —  A funny thing happened on the last day of CPAC.  Max Blumenthal, recently corrected and embarrassed “journalist” from Salon.com paraded through the convention with a camera crew.  Like last year, he was looking for a confrontation of some kind.
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Bruce Bartlett / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
Another Dumb Right-Wing Idea: Default on the Debt  —  Over the years I have heard a number of conservatives suggest that defaulting on the national debt wouldn't be such a bad thing.  Today Prof. Glenn Reynolds of the University of Tennessee Law School (better known as “Instapundit") suggests the idea once again.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Why Obama needs Rahm at the top  —  Let us now praise Rahm Emanuel.  —  No, seriously.  —  It is the current fashion to blame President Obama's disappointing first year on his chief of staff.  “First, remove Rahm Emanuel,” writes Leslie Gelb in the Daily Beast, because he lacks …
The White House:
Weekly Address: President Obama Says it is Time to Move Forward on Health Care Reform  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama used his weekly address to call on Democratic and Republican leaders to attend next week's health care meeting in good faith to find reforms that work for American families and small businesses.
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
SHOCK VIDEO— Obama Caught in a Major ACORN Lie  —  The brazen dishonesty of this president is a bit concerning to say the least.  —  A newly discovered video shows Obama lying to the American people about his relationship with ACORN:  —  Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) …
Dan Hirschhorn / pa2010.com:
BREAKING NEWS: Welch withdraws from 6th District race  —  KENNETT SQUARE—Republican Steven Welch abruptly dropped out of the race for Congress in the 6th District Saturday morning, allowing the GOP to avoid an expensive primary fight and dimming Democratic hopes of winning the suburban Philadelphia district.
Discussion: Hotline On Call, The Eye, The Hill and TPMDC
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Joe Stack's Manifesto  —  After a pretty crazy week of debate and travel, I've now been able to read and ponder Mr Stack's “manifesto.”  It seems to me that there are all sorts of incoherent strands of populist rage within it, right and left, as well, obviously, as personal issues …
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
‘Family Guy,’ Palin and the Limits of Laughter  —  “Family Guy,” the Fox animated comedy series, is either irreverent or crass, depending on your tolerance for unmannerly humor.  Viewers come for its pop-cultural free associations and flatulence gags, not necessarily to debate pressing issues of the day.
New York Times:
Up Next!  On Live TV!  A Battle Over ... Health Care?  —  WASHINGTON — When he jousts with Congressional Republicans over health care policy during a televised meeting on Thursday, President Obama will seek to portray his adversaries as sharing many of the broad goals of his legislation …
Scott / Power Line:
The case of Rashad Hussain, part 2  —  Rashad Hussain is the deputy associate White House counsel who is Obama's recently designated representative to the Organization of the Islamic Conference.  We wrote about his appointment here, noting his 2004 expression of support for convicted terrorist Sami al-Arian.
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Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Keith Olbermann Owes Ann Coulter an Apology  —  Keith Olbermann has been swinging back and forth on the stridency spectrum lately, but on last night's show, I think the pendulum came loose and crashed through the wall.  In a “clever” change-up, Keith did his “Not Worst Persons” list, topping it with Ann Coulter.
Discussion: FrumForum and Hot Air
Jay Heflin / The Hill:
Buffett, Gates and other super rich may pay price for estate tax fix  —  The Gates Family Foundation - arguably the biggest charity in the world with assets over $35 billion according to 2008 records - is in the crosshairs of Sens. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) and Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) …
 
 
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Jared Allen / The Hill:
Governors meeting in D.C. vow to press ahead with healthcare reform options
Discussion: Politics Daily
Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Newt Gingrich Rocks A Stage At CPAC
CNN:
Dingell announces he will seek reelection
Discussion: The Page
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Paterson Declares Intention to Seek Full Term
Discussion: New York Magazine
Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
Santorum: GOP in Washington should stop ‘showing their hand’ in races
Discussion: CNN
The Huffington Post:
Bush Official Criticizes Obama For Killing Too Many Terrorists
Discussion: Washington Monthly and FrumForum
The Huffington Post:
Feds Bullied Kerik Into 4-Year Term, Hurting Us All
Discussion: TalkLeft and LewRockwell.com Blog