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9:00 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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Obama proposal targets insurance-rate increases
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 Mike Huckabee blasted the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Saturday as outdated, nearly corrupt and unrepresentative of the conservative movement.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 …
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Unions and liberal groups blast Reid's $15 billion jobs bill as ‘puny’  —  Unions and liberal groups have dismissed Sen. Harry Reid's $15 billion jobs bill as “puny” while calling for larger stimulus measures.  —  More than two dozen organizations, including the AFL-CIO …
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Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
Obama helped bring on the healthcare backlash  —  By leaving the overhaul in the hands of Congress, he has given the public a full view of how lawmakers do business.  The result is an anti-Washington mood that Republicans have tapped into.  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid …
Newsweek:
How the GOP Sees It  —  What Republicans would do if given …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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
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 …
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Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Will: Government's Only ‘Broken’ When Left Can't Enact Its Agenda
Discussion: Gateway Pundit, Power Line and CNN
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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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.
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The Huffington Post:
Petraeus Takes On Cheneyism
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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 …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Everything Obama Thought He Knew About Health Cost Control Is Wrong  —  The Gardiner Harris of the NY Times describes a rebuttal to an influential Dartmouth study: … Good job by Mr. Harris including a link to the article.  I am ready to tell you their secret - they only studied dead people:
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 …
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Gay Soldiers Don't Cause Disruption, Study Says  —  WASHINGTON — A comprehensive new study on foreign militaries that have made transitions to allowing openly gay service members concludes that a speedy implementation of the change is not disruptive.  The finding is in direct opposition …
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Michelle Levi / CBS News:
Powell: “No Regrets” About Backing Obama
Wall Street Journal:
Debt Deals Haunt Europe  —  Investors Re-Examine Complex Financial Maneuvers Used to Hide Borrowings  —  Concerns that Greece and other struggling European nations may not be able to repay their debts are focusing investor attention on another big worry: Economies across the Continent …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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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