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5:15 PM ET, February 22, 2010

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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
White House: If GOP Filibusters, We'll Pass Health Reform Via Reconciliation  —  The game of chicken commenceth — right now.  —  In the course of unveiling Obama's new health reform proposal on a conference call with reporters this morning, White House advisers made it clearer than ever before …
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Douglas Elmendorf / Director's Blog:
The Obama Administration's Health Care Proposal  —  This morning the Obama Administration released a description of its health care proposal, and CBO has already received several requests to provide a cost estimate for that proposal.  We had not previously received the proposal …
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.
Ezra Klein:
The Democratic plan: Finish this bill  —  There's not a lot of policy news in the president's new health-care plan.  The changes are pretty much what we expected: more money going to subsidies (which are now being referred to as “the largest middle class tax cut for health care in history” …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Clyburn believes House will pass health bill by even wider margin
Michael F. Cannon / Cato @ Liberty:
Meet the New Plan, Same as the Old Plan
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
White House Health Proposal: Nebraska Kickback Out, Excise Tax Carve …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Daily Kos
Michael S. Steele / Big Government:
ObamaCare Returns: Time to Send a Clear Message to Washington
Discussion: Riehl World View
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Polls: In Key States, Public Option Far More Popular Than Senate Plan
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
ACORN ‘dissolved as a national structure’  —  The embattled liberal group ACORN is in the process of dissolving its national structure, with state and local-chapters splitting off from the underfunded, controversial national group, an official close to the group confirmed.
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / City Hall:   Empty On Funding, ACORN Shutters Around the Country
Matthew Vadum / Big Government:
ACORN Crime Family Shutting Down Nationwide: Launching Renaming Effort
Discussion: YID With LID
Daily News Leader:
(2 of 2)  —  “Looking at it from a cultural, historical perspective, this organization should be called ‘Planned Barrenhood’ because they have nothing to do with families, they have nothing to do with responsibility,” Marshall said.  —  Nelson suggested that the organization be called …
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Bloomberg:
Republicans Voting Against Stimulus Then Asked Obama for Money  —  Feb. 22 (Bloomberg) — Alabama Republicans Jo Bonner and Robert Aderholt took to the U.S. House floor in July, denouncing the Obama administration's stimulus plan for failing to boost employment.  “Where are the jobs?” each of them asked.
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Lee Fang / Think Progress:   Letters Reveal Top GOP Lawmakers Demanded Stimulus Money As 'Vital …
Larissa MacFarquhar / New Yorker:
THE DEFLATIONIST  —  How Paul Krugman found politics.  —  When it is cold at home, or he has a couple of weeks with nothing to do but write his Times column, or when something unexpectedly stressful happens, like winning the Nobel Prize, the Princeton economist Paul Krugman and his wife, Robin Wells, go to St. Croix.
Dan Nowicki / Arizona Republic:
Sen. John McCain: I was misled on bailout  —  Under growing pressure from conservatives and “tea party” activists, Sen. John McCain of Arizona is having to defend his record of supporting the government's massive bailout of the financial system.  —  In response to criticism from opponents seeking …
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Scientology Church hires reporters to investigate newspaper  —  After decades of digging into the Church of Scientology, reporters and editors at the St. Petersburg Times are accustomed to being denounced by its leaders.  —  But they find it unsettling that three veteran journalists …
NY Daily News:
On ‘ask,’ Lieberman answers the call: An exclusive chat about Don't Ask, Don't Tell  —  WASHINGTON - Just when you thought Joe Lieberman couldn't frustrate and perplex liberals any further, he is going off to become chief sponsor of the most significant piece of socially progressive legislation that Congress will deal with this year.
City Room:
Zazi Pleads Guilty in Plot to Bomb Subways  —  Najibullah Zazi, the Afghan immigrant who was a key player in what the federal authorities have said was one of the most serious threats to the United States since the 9/11 attacks, pleaded guilty on Monday to terrorism charges after admitting to a plot to blow up the subways.
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CNN:
Terror suspect Zazi pleads guilty
Discussion: Newsbroke and TalkLeft
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Bankruptcy Boys  —  O.K., the beast is starving.  Now what?  That's the question confronting Republicans.  But they're refusing to answer, or even to engage in any serious discussion about what to do.  —  For readers who don't know what I'm talking about: ever since Reagan …
ABCNEWS:
Suicide Pilot's Daughter Retracts ‘Hero’ Remark  —  Joe Stack's Daughter Samantha Bell Agrees With Victim's Son: Victim Vernon Hunter Was the ‘Hero’  —  The daughter of the man who carried out a suicide plane attack against the IRS in Texas said today she considered her father a hero for standing up to …
Dave Itzkoff / ArtsBeat:
Obama Biography Is Coming From New Yorker Editor  —  Updated David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, who has already written extensively about President Obama in the pages of his own magazine, will soon have another platform to do so.  The Alfred A. Knopf imprint of Random House said Monday …
Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:
Evan Bayh Gets Rough Treatment on ‘The View’  —  Politicians frequently appear on national talk shows when they're running for office, but Sen. Evan Bayh, the retiring Democratic senator from Indiana, appeared on “The View” Monday to explain why he's not running for office later this year.
Discussion: The Page
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
National pollster: Gibbons closing, Tea Party a factor and voters super-negative  —  Those are the findings of a survey done for the retailers association by national GOP pollster Glen Bolger of 500 Nevadans who say they are likely to vote.  —  The survey, taken a week ago …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Economist: If Only Obama Had Done Things He's Actually Done, Things Might Be Different  —  The Economist has put together a good website featuring a number of good blogs, which has tended to obscure from me the fact that their coverage of US politics remains remarkably bad—a mix of center-right ideological commitments and sloppiness.
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
RESPONDING TO KEITH OLBERMANN: The Dallas Tea Party Invites the White People of MSNBC.  Heh.  —  The funny thing is, more people will probably watch these YouTube videos mocking Keith Olbermann . . . than watch Keith Olbermann.
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Another Thiessen Claim Proved False.  —  Former Bush speechwriter and new Washington Post hire Marc Thiessen once tried to claim that torturing Khalid Sheikh Mohammed foiled a plot to attack Los Angeles.  Except, it turned out that the Bush administration had said that plot was foiled in 2002 …
 
 
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Jason Mattera / Big Journalism:
The New York Times Should Terminate Character Assassin Zernike
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Motoko Rich / Media Decoder:
The Times Gets a New Styles Editor
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Bob Dole hospitalized
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Paul: CPAC win ‘significant’
Discussion: The Hill, TPMCafe and Hot Air
nrlc.org:
SENATE HEALTH BILL WOULD BECOME EVEN MORE EXPANSIVELY PRO-ABORTION …
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Guardian:
Sting in the pay of tyrannical Uzbekistan regime
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Charlie Cook: “Very hard” to see how Democrats keep House
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ABCNEWS:
New Evidence of Runaway Toyotas May Help Imprisoned Camry Owner
Discussion: Agence France Presse and Hit & Run
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
Matt Bai Knows Not of Which He Writes.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Michael Yon / Online Magazine:
Whispers  —  22 February 2010  —  “Johnny Boy” Captain John Holland …
Discussion: Instapundit
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
The Torture Memo Author You've Never Heard Of
Discussion: Emptywheel and The Awl
Jeffrey Lord / American Spectator:
White House Accused of Federal Crime in Specter, Bennet Races
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and Moonbattery
Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
Today is The First Day of The Rest of Your Life Under The Credit CARD Act.
Discussion: CARPE DIEM
Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:
At Politico , 1 month of working for a Dem outweighs 3 years with a Republican
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