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3:30 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.
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 …
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” …
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.
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
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:   Polls: In Key States, Public Option Far More Popular Than Senate Plan
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.
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 …
Discussion: Truthdig, Majikthise and Don Surber
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.
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
The Torture Memo Author You've Never Heard Of  —  The Torture Memos will forever be known as the work of John Yoo, the former Office of Legal Counsel lawyer who took the lead in preparing them.  But the internal Justice Department report on the memos, released Friday, reveals …
Discussion: The Awl and Emptywheel
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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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Newsalert and JammieWearingFool
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Senate GOP worried tax credits in jobs bill could flow to illegal immigrants  —  Senate Republicans are concerned that the jobs bill set for a preliminary vote Monday could fund tax credits for employers to hire illegal immigrants.  —  The GOP expressed worries that the $15 billion jobs package crafted …
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
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Indiana's Daniels reluctant but ‘open’ to White House run  —  Add one more name to the list of possible 2012 Republican candidates for president: Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels.  —  Two months ago, in an interview in his state capitol office, Daniels said explicitly he was not interested …
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
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 …
 
 
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Obama Biography Is Coming From New Yorker Editor
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Charlie Cook: “Very hard” to see how Democrats keep House
ABCNEWS:
New Evidence of Runaway Toyotas May Help Imprisoned Camry Owner
Discussion: Hit & Run and Agence France Presse
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Only 15% of Americans think Obama's Washington is working; So, what happens now?
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
Matt Bai Knows Not of Which He Writes.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
The Hill:
Crist says he has no regrets about accepting federal stimulus funds
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Bloomberg in '12?  Minnesota Independence Party wants Mike …
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Another Thiessen Claim Proved False.
Mark DeCambre / New York Post:
Goldman's rehab  —  Lloyd Blankfein is starting to worry about his legacy.
Discussion: New York Magazine and DealBook
Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
Today is The First Day of The Rest of Your Life Under The Credit CARD Act.
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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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