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8:40 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
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Obama slams Anthem rate increase in pushing healthcare bill
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
Fox News:
Ron Paul Wins Presidential Straw Poll at CPAC  —  Paul, a Republican congressman from Texas known for his libertarian views, ran for president in 2008 but was never a serious contender for the GOP nomination.
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Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Obama Scornfest: Conservatives Gun for Prez  —  Republicans who may want Obama's job descend on Washington; early tryout of sorts  —  Republicans who may want President Barack Obama's job flocked to the town they love to hate this weekend and repeatedly ripped into the Democrat, an early tryout of sorts for the GOP nomination.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Ron Paul wins CPAC straw poll  —  Texas Rep. Ron Paul won the 2010 CPAC straw poll tonight, a victory that will further energize his already enthusiastic supporters but will have little effect on the coming presidential contest.  —  Paul, who ran for president in 2008, took 31 percent of the vote.
Discussion: Say Anything and The Page
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Ron Paul takes CPAC presidential straw poll
Discussion: The Note and The Caucus
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:   Boos as Paul wins CPAC straw poll
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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David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Andrew Breitbart Meets Daryle Jenkins of the One People's Project  —  Max Blumenthal's appearance at CPAC ended, apparently, with a confrontation between him and Andrew Breitbart.  The subject of the argument: the Salon.com story that I've written about here in which Blumenthal claimed …
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
Anne Gearan / Associated Press:   Alexander Haig, former secretary of state, dies
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.
Sarah Kliff / Newsweek:
The Polling Contradiction  —  In the latest NEWSWEEK Poll, the majority of Americans are opposed to President Obama's health-care reform plan—until they learn the details.  Plus, a look at very unhappy mood of the electorate.
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Newt Gingrich Greeted Like Rock Star at CPAC  —  Good grief.  Newt Gingrich was treated like a rock star at the CPAC 2010 Convention.  He entered the auditorium with “Eye of the Tiger” playing and the audience gave him a standing ovation and pats on the back as he made his way to the stage.
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
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Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Newt Gingrich Rocks A Stage At CPAC
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 …
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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) …
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Jared Allen / The Hill:
Governors meeting in D.C. vow to press ahead with healthcare reform options
Discussion: CNN and Politics Daily
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Keith Olbermann Owes Ann Coulter an Apology
Discussion: FrumForum and Hot Air
Jay Heflin / The Hill:
Buffett, Gates and other super rich may pay price for estate tax fix
CNN:
Dingell announces he will seek reelection
Discussion: The Page
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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