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7:55 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 …
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 …
Igor / Wonk Room:
White House Unveils $950 Billion Health Bill To Bridge Differences Between House And Senate Legislation  —  Moments ago, the White House just released a $950 billion health care proposal bridging the differences between the House and Senate health care bills.
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'  —  The White House says it's up to Harry Reid whether the Senate votes on the public option.  —  Twenty senators have signed a letter asking for a vote on the public option through reconciliation, which would allow Democrats to pass legislation with just 51 votes.
Discussion: The Note and Firedoglake
Clive Crook / Financial Times:
Obama gets ready to risk it all  —  In the never-ending struggle over US healthcare reform, this is a big week.  On Thursday, the White House plans a televised meeting of Democrats and Republicans to explore, it says, the possibility of last-minute compromise.
Discussion: Clive Crook
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Gibbs may need to read the White House website more closely
Discussion: Say Anything
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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Matthew Vadum / Big Government:
ACORN Crime Family Shutting Down Nationwide: Launching Renaming Effort
Discussion: YID With LID and Maggie's Notebook
Edward-Isaac Dovere / City Hall:
Empty On Funding, ACORN Shutters Around the Country
Discussion: New York Magazine
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”
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Scott Brown joins Dems and votes to end debate on jobs bill  —  Newly-seated Republican Sen. Scott Brown (Mass.) on Monday joined Democrats in voting to end debate on their $15 billion jobs bill.  Brown crossed the aisle after Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) nixed an $85 billion …
Discussion: CNN and The New Republic
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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” …
Jay Heflin / The Hill:
Obama relies heavily on Finance jobs bill to pay for health reform
Discussion: CNN
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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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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Lee Fang / Think Progress:   Rep. King Justifies Suicide Attack On IRS: Sympathizes With Hatred …
Peter Grier / Christian Science Monitor:
Joe Stack IRS attack: ‘hero’ debate heats up
Discussion: Laura Flanders and Open Left
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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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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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, Majikthise and Don Surber
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 …
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.
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.
 
 
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