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11:40 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.) …
Erika Lovley / Politico Live's Blog:
GOP not purposely slowing Congress  —  Senate Republicans are not purposely trying to stymie the progress of Congress, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on “Fox News Sunday.”  —  Democrats “are trying to spin the notion that we are stymieing everything they're doing …
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: Washington Monthly
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
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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Ron Paul wins CPAC straw poll
Discussion: Hit & Run, Say Anything and The Page
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Ron Paul takes CPAC presidential straw poll
Discussion: 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
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
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 paraded through the convention with a camera crew.  Like last year, he was looking for a confrontation of some kind.
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
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
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Governors meeting in D.C. vow to press ahead with healthcare reform options
Discussion: CNN and Politics Daily
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Lawmakers to press military on gay ban  —  WASHINGTON — Lawmakers this week will press the military's top uniformed officers for the first time on whether they think repealing “don't ask, don't tell” makes sense or would be too disruptive.  —  The testimony from each of the service chiefs …
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