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12:25 AM ET, February 21, 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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Dan Perrin / RedState:
Dems to Self-immolate via Reconciliation
The Hill:   Senate GOP: Dems lack votes to use partisan tactic on health reform
The Politico:
Boos as Paul wins CPAC straw poll  —  Rep. Ron Paul, the libertarian-leaning Texas Republican who ran a quixotic bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, was the top vote-getter in the Conservative Political Action Conference's straw poll, capturing the support of 31 percent of those who participated in the contest.
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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.
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: ABCNEWS and 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: The Page and Say Anything
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Ron Paul takes CPAC presidential straw poll
Discussion: The Note and The Caucus
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 …
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.
Ronen Bergman / Wall Street Journal:
Israel and the Dubai Murder Mystery  —  The circumstantial evidence all points to the Mossad, and the result is a diplomatic nightmare for the Jewish state.  —  Israelis woke up Wednesday morning to pictures of 11 individuals plastered on the front page of every newspaper.
Discussion: Eunomia, Pajamas Media and Commentary
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.
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James Hohmann / Washington Post:
Alexander Haig, 85; soldier-statesman managed Nixon resignation
Discussion: No Sheeples Here
Stephen Miller / Wall Street Journal:   Alexander Haig Dies at Age 85
Anne Gearan / Associated Press:   Alexander Haig, former secretary of state, dies
Evan Bayh / New York Times:
Why I'm Leaving the Senate  —  BASEBALL may be our national pastime, but the age-old tradition of taking a swing at Congress is a sport with even deeper historical roots in the American experience.  Since the founding of our country, citizens from Ben Franklin to David Letterman have made fun of their elected officials.
Discussion: James Fallows and Gawker
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
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 …
Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
Millions of Unemployed Face Years Without Jobs  —  BUENA PARK, Calif. — Even as the American economy shows tentative signs of a rebound, the human toll of the recession continues to mount, with millions of Americans remaining out of work, out of savings and nearing the end of their unemployment benefits.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Islam envoy retreats on terror talk  —  President Barack Obama's new Islamic envoy, Rashad Hussain, changed course Friday — admitting that he made sharply critical statements about a U.S. terror prosecution against a Muslim professor after initially saying he had no recollection of making such comments.
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Scott / Power Line:   The case of Rashad Hussain, part 2
Scott / Power Line:
Return of the John Birch Society?  —  In his history of National Review, former NR senior editor Jeffrey Hart notes one consequence of the 1964 election at the magazine.  “The odor of the John Birch Society had been so strong and so intolerable, and so damaging to Goldwater,” Hart recalls …
 
 
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Deborah Solomon / New York Times:
The Big Cheese  —  Your once-quiet life as a congressman …
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