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8:25 PM ET, February 21, 2010


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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
McConnell: ‘Not clear’ if GOP can block partisan tactic on healthcare  —  It's “not clear” whether enough Democrats will defect on a majority-vote procedure on health legislation to stop it, the Senate's top Republican said Sunday.  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) …
How the GOP Sees It  —  What Republicans would do if given carte blanche to run the country. … SUBSCRIBE  —  Such is the lament of the party out of power in Washington.  Republicans on Capitol Hill say they have many good ideas and want to join with President Obama and the Democrats to alleviate the country's problems.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Erika Lovley / Politico Live's Blog:
McConnell: Democrats are ‘arrogant’
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Note
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Discussion: News Articles and The New Republic
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
Discussion: TalkLeft, Prairie Weather 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
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Schwarzenegger: GOP stimulus attacks, then praise of projects hypocritical
Discussion: The Note
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 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
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?
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Toyota: Dems ‘not industry friendly’  —  Internal Toyota documents derided the Obama administration and Democratic Congress as “activist” and “not industry friendly,” a revelation that comes days before the giant automaker's top executives testify on Capitol Hill amid a giant recall.
The Huffington Post:
Petraeus Takes On Cheneyism  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Gen. David Petraeus, the military hero of the Republican (and even non-Republican) masses and the current leader of U.S. Central Command, cast himself as decidedly outside the Dick Cheney school of counter-terrorism thought on Sunday.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
At CPAC, Glenn Beck scolds the Republican Party  —  After three days of liberal bashing, 10,000 right-wing activists attending the Conservative Political Action Conference used their final night in town to give a sharp rebuke to . . . the Republicans?  —  First came the results …
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 …
Alex Knepper /
My Fight With Ryan Sorba, the Kid Who Denounced GOProud  —  This kid is deep in the closet, people.  —  My colleague Nate Gunderson caught me as I was nearly out the door.  I was walking back from the bloggers' lounge with a friend in the Virginia newspaper business, and Nate tapped …
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 and TPMCafe
Art Beast / The Daily Beast:
Quit Redefining Conservatism
Discussion: protein wisdom
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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Justin Fishel / Liveshots:
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Michelle Levi / CBS News:
Powell: We Are Not Less Safe Under Obama
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 Earlier Items: 
Thomas Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
Grassley, Harkin drop to all-time lows
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Lynn Sweet:
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