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7:25 PM ET, February 22, 2010

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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 …
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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 …
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  —  The House will pass a new healthcare reform bill with a larger majority than it did on its first bill,  —  House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Monday.  —  Clyburn made his comments just after President Barack Obama unveiled …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
White House on public option: 'That's up to Leader Reid'
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Note
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Scott Brown joins Dems and votes to end debate on jobs bill
Clive Crook / Financial Times:
Obama gets ready to risk it all
Discussion: Clive Crook
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Reid snags victory on $15B jobs bill
Discussion: The Hill and The Page
Jay Heflin / The Hill:
Obama relies heavily on Finance jobs bill to pay for health reform
Discussion: CNN
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
Discussion: New York Magazine
Matthew Vadum / Big Government:
ACORN Crime Family Shutting Down Nationwide: Launching Renaming Effort
Discussion: YID With LID and Maggie's Notebook
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
ACORN: We're Still Here.  —  A spokesperson for ACORN is denying …
Discussion: Truthdig
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   ACORN dissolving national structure due to “damage to the brand”
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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Michelle Malkin:
Attention, GOP: John McCain is the problem  —  In critiquing Glenn Beck's CPAC speech taking the Republican Party to task for failing to own up to its Big Government lapses, Bill Bennett cites various Republicans who have admitted the party's culpability.  But see if you can spot the glaring problem with his defense of the GOP:
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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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 …
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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.
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.
The United States Department of Justice:
Najibullah Zazi Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Use Explosives Against Persons or Property in U.S., Conspiracy to Murder Abroad and Providing Material Support to Al-Qaeda  —  The Justice Department announced that Najibullah Zazi pleaded guilty today in the Eastern District of New York …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Charlie Cook: “Very hard” to see how Democrats keep House  —  Political handicapper Charlie Cook said that it was “very hard to come up with a scenario where Democrats don't lose the House” in an interview with National Journal late last week.  —  Cook, who, in the interest of full disclosure …
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 …
Discussion: Truthdig and Majikthise
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Megan McArdle:
The Eye of the Beholder  —  Andrew Sullivan has been doing a lot of blogging about Ryan Sorba, the [expletive deleted] who got up on stage at CPAC to condemn them for inviting GOProud.  Andrew's mostly given a lot of space to illustrating what a [censored] [redacted] Ryan Sorba is, and I fully agree.
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 …
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.
 
 
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Chris Frates / The Politico:
Gibbs may need to read the White House website more closely
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Jonathan Tobin / Commentary:
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Shira Toeplitz / The Eye:
Murtha District Director To Run for His Seat
Discussion: USA Today and The Fix
Lydia DePillis / The New Republic:
Bodacious?  Xtremely!  —  Do Stephen Baldwin and Wii a movement make?
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Bob Dole hospitalized
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Jeffrey Lord / American Spectator:
White House Accused of Federal Crime in Specter, Bennet Races
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and Moonbattery