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2:10 PM 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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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 …
Igor / Wonk Room:
White House Unveils $950 Billion Health Bill To Bridge Differences Between House And Senate Legilsation  —  Moments ago, the White House just released a $950 billion health care proposal bridging the differences between the House and Senate health care bills.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Finally, ObamaCare Arrives  —  For a year, critics of the Democratic health care plans have been applying the label “ObamaCare” to whatever the current draft was.  That was inaccurate — because, as Democrats were eager to say, it was never quite clear to them what President Obama actually wanted out of a health care bill.
New York Times:
Obama Details Plan to Expand Health Care to Uninsured  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama on Monday laid out for the first time a detailed legislative proposal for overhauling health care.  His plan sticks largely to the approach passed by the Senate with unified Democratic support …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
White House: Our Health Care Fixes Can Pass Without GOP Support  —  The White House has outlined a package of fixes to the Senate health care bill, which they hope can bring reform over the finish line, and they're prepared to push the changes through the filibuster-proof reconciliation process if Republicans insist on filibustering.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
White House Health Proposal: Nebraska Kickback Out, Excise Tax Carve-Out In - and No Public Option  —  The White House's health reform plan is up at WhiteHouse.gov, or you can take a peek here.  This represents a compromise document, one prepared to pass by using the Senate bill as a base …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Daily Kos
Ezra Klein:
The Democratic plan: Finish this bill
Discussion: The Daily Dish and SBNation.com
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
The Obama plan  —  President Barack Obama released …
Discussion: Guardian
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
The Benefits Tax Compromise and Other Highlights
CNN:
White House unveils compromise health care bill
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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.
ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: Stack's Daughter Calls Dad a Hero, Plane Attack ‘Inappropriate’  —  Joe Stack's Daughter Samantha Bell: ‘Zero Signs’ to Father's Rage; Victim's Son Said His Dad's the Real Hero  —  The daughter of the man who carried out a suicide plane attack against the IRS in Texas said she considered …
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Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Meet The Real Victim Of Last Week's Terror Attack On IRS Building …
Discussion: News 8 Austin
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.
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 …
Kelsey Radcliffe / WTOP.com:
Lawmaker: Disabled kids are god's punishment  —  RICHMOND - Western Prince William Del. Bob Marshall, R-13th, says disabled children are God's punishment to women who have aborted their first pregnancy.  —  He made that statement last Thursday at a press conference to oppose state funding for Planned Parenthood.
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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 …
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  —  • Read the full story of the hacked climate emails  —  • Jeffrey Sachs: Sceptics recycle anti-tobacco control arguments
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Vindicating John Yoo  —  Bush lawyers are found to have acted ethically, unlike their accusers.  —  So after five years of investigation, partisan accusations and unethical media leaks, the Justice Department's senior ethicist has concluded that Bush Administration lawyers John Yoo and Jay Bybee committed no professional misconduct.
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Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:   The Torture Memo Author You've Never Heard Of
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 …
Jeffrey Lord / American Spectator:
White House Accused of Federal Crime in Specter, Bennet Races  —  “Whoever solicits or receives ... any....thing of value, in consideration of the promise of support or use of influence in obtaining for any person any appointive office or place under the United States, shall be fined under …
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Denver Post:
Definition of rich varies by income, place  —  Sharon Poczatek knows many people would call her rich.  Others might say her high income constitutes a just reward for hard work.  —  All she knows for certain is that her successful Boulder dental practice has her contemplating the fairness …
Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:
At Politico , 1 month of working for a Dem outweighs 3 years with a Republican  —  Politico's John Harris has a weird navel-gazing article about Jonathan Allen's return to journalism — and Politico — after a brief stint working for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Deborah Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
Bailout Anger Undermines Geithner  —  WASHINGTON— Timothy Geithner's role in calming the financial crisis landed him the coveted job of Treasury secretary last year.  That same résumé is now dogging him.  —  In his next test, Mr. Geithner will find out this week how lawmakers …
 
 
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Washington Post:
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CNN:
Crist: No regrets over stimulus support
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Everything Obama Thought He Knew About Health Cost Control Is Wrong
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Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
Obama helped bring on the healthcare backlash