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9:45 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.
Washington Post:
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 Mike Huckabee blasted the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Saturday as outdated, nearly corrupt and unrepresentative of the conservative movement.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 …
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 …
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 …
How the GOP Sees It  —  What Republicans would do if given …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Noel Sheppard /
Will: Government's Only ‘Broken’ When Left Can't Enact Its Agenda
Discussion: Gateway Pundit, Power Line and CNN
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Toyota: Dems ‘not industry friendly’  —  Internal Toyota documents derided the Obama administration and Democratic Congress as “activist” and “not industry friendly,” a revelation that comes days before the giant automaker's top executives testify on Capitol Hill amid a giant recall.
Washington Post:
Toyota heads to Capitol Hill with team of lobbyists, history of political giving
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
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 …
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:
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 …
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.
The Huffington Post:
Petraeus Takes On Cheneyism
Discussion: Liberal Values and SpeakEasy
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.
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 …
Discussion: Open Left and JOSHUAPUNDIT
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.
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.
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 …
Michelle Levi / CBS News:
Powell: “No Regrets” About Backing Obama
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Paul Lewis / Guardian:
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John / Power Line:
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Wall Street Journal:
Debt Deals Haunt Europe
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Harvey J. Shulman / New York Times:
Our Low-Tech Tax Code
Discussion: TaxProf Blog
Joy Lin / CBS News:
Hayworth Slams McCain's “Double-Talk Express”
Lockerbie bomber Megrahi living in luxury villa six months …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama seeking higher school standards
 Earlier Items: 
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Gay Soldiers Don't Cause Disruption, Study Says
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Fox News:
TRANSCRIPT: ‘Fox News Sunday’ Interview on Future of GOP
Discussion: Washington Post and Commentary
Seth Borenstein / Associated Press:
Study: Warming to bring stronger hurricanes
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Issues tabled, left still professes hope