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1:20 AM ET, February 22, 2010

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New York Times:
Obama to Urge Oversight of Insurers' Rate Increases  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama will propose on Monday giving the federal government new power to block excessive rate increases by health insurance companies, as he rolls out comprehensive legislation to revamp the nation's health care system, White House officials said Sunday.
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Newsweek:
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
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Fox News:
TRANSCRIPT: ‘Fox News Sunday’ Interview on Future of GOP
Discussion: Commentary
Erika Lovley / Politico Live's Blog:
McConnell: Democrats are ‘arrogant’
Discussion: The Note and Washington Monthly
The Corner on National Review Online:
Saturday Night Beck — By: NRO Staff  —  There's a lot to say about CPAC.  This morning the major papers are highlighting Glenn Beck's speech.  I like Glenn a lot and I think he has something to teach us.  But not what he offered last night.  —  Analogizing his own struggles with alcohol …
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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 …
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
An Open Letter to Liz Cheney on Torture  —  I don't know if you saw ‘Meet The Press’ this morning, but a general you may have heard of named David Petraeus — he's the commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East and South Asia and is the most distinguished Army general since Colin Powell — graced your television.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and ATTACKERMAN
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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.
Discussion: SpeakEasy
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
CPAC straw poll: Just one percent list stopping gay marriage as a top priority  —  A nugget mined from the PDF of the full results.  This does jibe with the gay-friendly-ish vibe to this year's proceedings, but how seriously should we take a poll that was won by, um, Ron Paul and whose results …
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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 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.
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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
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Huckabee rips CPAC  —  Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee blasted the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Saturday as outdated, nearly corrupt and unrepresentative of the conservative movement.  —  Huckabee, a 2008 Republican presidential contender and potential 2012 candidate …
David Adam / Guardian:
Scientists withdraw sea level claims  —  Study claimed in 2009 that sea levels would rise by up to 82cm by the end of century - but the report's author now says true estimate is still unknown  —  Scientists have been forced to withdraw a study on projected sea level rise due to global warming …
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 …
Seth Borenstein / Associated Press:
Study: Warming to bring stronger hurricanes  —  WASHINGTON - Top researchers now agree that the world is likely to get stronger but fewer hurricanes in the future because of global warming, seeming to settle a scientific debate on the subject.  But they say there's not enough evidence yet to tell whether that effect has already begun.
 
 
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama seeking higher school standards
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Gay Soldiers Don't Cause Disruption, Study Says
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Issues tabled, left still professes hope
Michelle Levi / CBS News:
Powell: We Are Not Less Safe Under Obama
Uzi Mahnaimi / Times of London:
Meir Dagan: the mastermind behind Mossad's secret war
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Robert H. Frank / New York Times:
A Small Price for a Large Benefit
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Beck: Stop Teaching My Children Everyone Gets a Trophy, What is This …
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Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
With his health-care summit, Obama could make partisanship worse
Discussion: TalkLeft, Prairie Weather and Daily Kos
Thomas Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
Grassley, Harkin drop to all-time lows
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!, The Hill and The Page
CNN:
CNN Poll: Majority think government is broken
Jacob Heilbrunn / Los Angeles Times:
The GOP's ‘tea party’ dance
Discussion: The Washington Note and TPMCafe