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3:45 AM ET, February 20, 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.
Donna Smith / Reuters:
Obama to spell out new healthcare plan  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is expected to publish his healthcare plan as early as Sunday or Monday, combining features of the two Democratic bills passed by the Senate and House of Representatives, congressional aides and healthcare advocates said on Friday.
James Hohmann / The Politico:   Lincoln will back cloture on jobs bill
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Cantor: Obama must take reconciliation off the table for healthcare reform
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.
New York Times:
Report Faults 2 Authors of Bush Terror Memos
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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.
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:   CPAC audience boos former GOP Rep. Bob Barr for saying waterboarding is torture.
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 …
Jeff Poor /
Breitbart to NY Times Reporter for Alleging Racial Tones at CPAC: 'You're a Despicable Human Being'  —  After Barack Obama's election as the first black president of the United States, we were supposed to have entered a new, post-racial era.  However, as many feel it has turned out …
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
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
Macroeconomic Advisers / Macroadvisers:
MA on fiscal stimulus, the definitive answer: it works.  MA refutes the demagoguery.  —  It's the first anniversary of the American Recovery and Re-Investment Act of 2009 (ARRA).  Politicians, economists, and the public are either celebrating or bemoaning the event, while the media is delighted to report anyone's viewpoint.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Econbrowser
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
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 …
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.
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
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
Theresa Poulson / Insider Interviews:
Cook: Health Care Is Obama's Iraq  — last month sat down with Charlie Cook to talk about how Democrats can improve their image with voters, particularly those who identify with the Tea Party movement.  —  Cook gave his assessment of the job Obama has done so far …
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 …
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 …
Frustrated Owner Bulldozes Home Ahead Of Foreclosure  —  Man Says Actions Intended To Send Message To Banks  —  MOSCOW, Ohio — Like many people, Terry Hoskins has had troubles with his bank.  But his solution to foreclosure might be unique.  —  Hoskins said he's been in a struggle …
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 …
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Al Gore slams Exxon's ‘lies’ as advocates seek to regain momentum  —  Al Gore used Twitter Thursday to allege that oil giant Exxon Mobil has lied about its commitment not to fund organizations that dispute the science behind global warming.  —  “No surprise.
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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ACROSS STATE LINES.... When it comes to the Republican approach …
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