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10:45 AM 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.) …
Discussion: Politico Live's Blog
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
REID EYES MAJORITY RULE FOR HEALTH CARE.... There's been plenty of Democratic skittishness on using the reconciliation process to complete work on health care reform.  That's substantively foolish — reconciliation exists for exactly these kinds of circumstances — but there's been Democratic reluctance …
Discussion: The New Republic and The Hill
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 …
New York Times:   Up Next! On Live TV! A Battle Over ... Health Care?
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.
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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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Ron Paul wins CPAC straw poll
Discussion: Say Anything and The Page
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Ron Paul takes CPAC presidential straw poll
Discussion: Vox Popoli, The Caucus and The Note
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 and Liberty Street
Lynn Sweet:
Sarah Palin coming to Illinois; Valerie Jarrett on Sarah Palin  —  Will Sarah Palin play in Peoria?  Except for a brief stop in Chicago to tape an Oprah Winfrey show last November, Palin's first public appearance in Illinois will be April 17 in Washington, a town of about 14,000 near Peoria.
Discussion: Riehl World View
Larry O'Connor / Big Journalism:
Breitbart Confronts 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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CNN:
Report: State economies not seen worst of recession  —  Washington (CNN) - Although the national economy has reported growth, revenues at the state level continue to deteriorate, and state economies have not seen the worst yet, the governors' association said Saturday.
Discussion: The Note
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Jared Allen / The Hill:
Governors meeting in D.C. vow to press ahead with healthcare reform options
Discussion: CNN and Politics Daily
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.
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.
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.
 
 
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