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6:20 PM ET, February 21, 2010


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Erika Lovley / Politico Live's Blog:
McConnell: Democrats are ‘arrogant’
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Note
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Discussion: The New Republic and The Politico
Erika Lovley / Politico Live's Blog:   GOP not purposely slowing Congress
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 …
Washington Post:
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.
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: Prairie Weather, TalkLeft and Daily Kos
The Note:
Schwarzenegger: Tea Party ‘Not Going To Go Anywhere’  —  California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was dismissive of the Tea Party movement in a “This Week” exclusive interview with Terry Moran.  “The Tea Party is not going to go anywhere,” Schwarzenegger told Moran.
Michelle Levi / CBS News:
Powell: “No Regrets” About Backing Obama  —  But, Former Secretary of State Says, American People Are Impatient to See President's Actions on Economy Bear Fruit  —  (CBS) Former Secretary of State General Colin Powell said Sunday he had no regrets about endorsing Barack Obama during …
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Schwarzenegger: GOP stimulus attacks, then praise of projects hypocritical
Discussion: The Note
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, QandO, 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.
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Thanks Barack... Millions of Unemployed Face Years Without Jobs …
Discussion: Newsalert and Stop The ACLU
Feb. 21: Petraeus, Pawlenty, roundtable  —  MR. DAVID GREGORY: This Sunday, facing down the threats to America across the globe.  A top Taliban leader is captured in Pakistan amid a large allied push against insurgents in Afghanistan.  How will it impact the war?
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.
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
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
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 …
Nick Meo / Telegraph:
Jews leave Swedish city after sharp rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes  —  Sweden's reputation as a tolerant, liberal nation is being threatened by a steep rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes in the city of Malmo.  —  When she first arrived in Sweden after her rescue from a Nazi concentration camp …
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
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Justin Fishel / Liveshots:
Exclusive: Major Taliban Operative Captured
Michelle Levi / CBS News:
Powell: We Are Not Less Safe Under Obama
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Uzi Mahnaimi / Times of London:
Meir Dagan: the mastermind behind Mossad's secret war
Discussion: Power Line and Israel Matzav
Jonathan S. Landay / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Probes overlook McChrystal's role in costly Afghan battles
Discussion: Raw Story and ATTACKERMAN
Here comes the next bubble - carbon trading
Brazil party endorses woman candidate
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Robert H. Frank / New York Times:
A Small Price for a Large Benefit
Lynn Sweet:
Sarah Palin coming to Illinois; Valerie Jarrett on Sarah Palin
Discussion: Riehl World View
Evan Bayh / New York Times:
Why I'm Leaving the Senate  —  BASEBALL may be our national pastime …