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Republicans ‘ready to participate’ in Obama's health care summit  —  The Senate's top Republican promised Sunday morning that he and his members will attend President Obama's health care summit on Thursday “ready to participate” but said the Democrats are being “arrogant” by refusing to scrap their legislation and start over.
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
White House adjusts strategy on Republicans  —  The Obama administration aims to put members of the GOP on the spot, forcing them to compromise on issues or be portrayed as obstructionists.  —  Reporting from Washington - As voters lose patience with political gridlock …
Erika Lovley / Politico Live's Blog:
McConnell: Democrats are ‘arrogant’  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday that Democrats have been “arrogant” in their push to pass health care legislation.  —  “I think they're having hard time getting the message here.  The American people do not want this bill to pass …
Discussion: The Note and Washington Monthly
Erika Lovley / Politico Live's Blog:   GOP not purposely slowing Congress
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
REID EYES MAJORITY RULE FOR HEALTH CARE.... There's been plenty …
Discussion: The New Republic and Ezra Klein
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The Fat Lady Has Sung  —  A small news item from Tracy, Calif., caught my eye last week.  Local station CBS 13 reported: “Tracy residents will now have to pay every time they call 911 for a medical emergency.  But there are a couple of options.  Residents can pay a $48 voluntary fee for the year …
Discussion: Althouse, Cafe Hayek and The Agonist
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.
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Thanks Barack... Millions of Unemployed Face Years Without Jobs …
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and Newsalert
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.
David Bellavia:
Our Mission is Finally Accomplished... Anyone Care? … I am not naive.  I understand that there are individuals who opposed the war in Iraq from the very beginning and I believe their passion, although misguided at times, is rooted in a deep desire for peace.
Discussion: Power Line
Jacob Heilbrunn / Los Angeles Times:
The GOP's ‘tea party’ dance  —  Will the movement sink or save the conservatives?  —  In September 1960, several dozen young conservative intellectuals descended on National Review editor William F. Buckley Jr.'s estate in Sharon, Conn., to draft a manifesto.
Discussion: The Washington Note
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Art Beast / The Daily Beast:
Quit Redefining Conservatism
Discussion: protein wisdom
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Beck: Stop Teaching My Children Everyone Gets a Trophy, What is This, the Nobel Prize?  —  Part of Glenn Beck's rambling speech at CPAC where he spent the better part of his forty minutes throwing red meat to the crowd, trashing progressives as the root of all evil, revising history …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
With his health-care summit, Obama could make partisanship worse  —  The White House health-care summit on Thursday is supposed to mark a return to politics as it should be practiced — the president leading the legislative process, the two parties talking things out, bipartisanship flowering, order restored.
Discussion: TalkLeft, Prairie Weather and Daily Kos
CNN:
CNN Poll: Majority think government is broken  —  Washington (CNN) - Americans overwhelmingly think that the government in this country is broken, according to a new national poll.  But the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey, released Sunday morning, also indicates that the public overwhelmingly holds …
Thomas Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
Grassley, Harkin drop to all-time lows  —  Approval for U.S. Sens. Charles Grassley and Tom Harkin has fallen again in recent months, to new all-time lows, according to the Iowa Poll.  —  Iowans' approval of Grassley and Harkin has been on the wane for a year and has not rebounded since dipping below …
Discussion: The Hill and The Page
Robert H. Frank / New York Times:
A Small Price for a Large Benefit  —  FORECASTS involving climate change are highly uncertain, denialists assert — a point that climate researchers themselves readily concede.  The denialists view the uncertainty as strengthening their case for inaction, yet a careful weighing of the relevant costs …
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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