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1:30 AM ET, February 23, 2010

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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 …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Reid: 'Men, when they're out of work, tend to become abusive'  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) suggested Monday that domestic violence by men has increased due to U.S. joblessness.  —  Reid, speaking in the midst of a Senate debate over whether to pass a $15 billion package meant …
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.
Clive Crook / Financial Times:
Obama gets ready to risk it all
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Jay Heflin / The Hill:
Obama relies heavily on Finance jobs bill to pay for health reform
Discussion: CNN
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 Frates / The Politico:
Gibbs may need to read the White House website more closely
Discussion: Say Anything
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
Edward-Isaac Dovere / City Hall:
Empty On Funding, ACORN Shutters Around the Country
Discussion: New York Magazine
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Mark Levin Questions Glenn Beck's Behavior And Strategy  —  ‘STOP DIVIDING US’  —  Levin Challenges Beck To Behave Like An Adult  —  *** GLENN BECK EMBRACES LIBERAL PALS, BELIEVES IN GLOBAL WARMING ***  —  Is Mark Levin the only major figure on the right with the guts …
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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msnbc.com:
Chest pains send ex-VP Cheney to hospital  —  Family member tells NBC News he is being evaluated  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks to attendees at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb. 18, in Washington, DC.  He was hospitalized with chest pains on Monday.
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Zachary Roth / TPM LiveWire:
Steve King To Conservatives: ‘Implode’ IRS Offices  —  Rep. Steve King (R-IA) told a crowd at CPAC on Saturday that he could “empathize” with the suicide bomber who last week attacked an IRS office in Austin, and encouraged his listeners to “implode” other IRS offices, according to a witness.
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Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Rep. King Justifies Suicide Attack On IRS: Sympathizes With Hatred Of IRS, Hopes For Its Destruction  —  On Thursday, a man flew a plane into a Texas federal building in an apparent domestic terrorist attack.  The suicide bomber, identified as Joseph Andrew Stack, was allegedly a right wing extremist …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Jonathan Tobin / Commentary:
WEB EXCLUSIVE: A World-Historic Find in Jerusalem  —  The greatest threat to the hopes of those who think parts of Jerusalem should be off-limits to Jews comes not when Jewish-owned buildings go up in the city, but rather when Jews start digging into the ground of East Jerusalem.
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Rockefeller Not Inclined To Support Reconciliation For The Public Plan  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) threw a wrench into Democratic efforts to get a public option passed through reconciliation, saying that he thought the maneuver was overly partisan and that he was inclined to oppose it.
Discussion: Firedoglake, Open Left and Swampland
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Virginia lawmaker: Children with disabilities are God's punishment to women who previously had abortions.  —  On Thursday, Virginia State Delegate Bob Marshall (R) spoke at a press conference against state funding for Planned Parenthood.  He blasted the organization for supporting a women's right to choose …
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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Iowa Governor  —  Iowa Governor: Culver Trails in Re-election Bid  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 telephone survey of the Iowa governor's race shows incumbent Democrat Chet Culver trailing badly in a match-up with one of his Republican predecessors and also running behind a lesser-known GOP challenger.
New York Times:
N.Y. Terror Suspect Admits Guilt and Cooperates  —  The Afghan immigrant at the center of what the authorities described as one of the most serious threats to the United States since 9/11 pleaded guilty Monday to terrorism charges in what he said was a Qaeda plot to detonate a bomb in the New York subway.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Bob Dole hospitalized  —  Former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) is recovering at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center after a bout with pneumonia and surgery on his knee.  —  Dole, the 1996 GOP presidential nominee, has gotten past his struggle with pneumonia and, according to a source …
Discussion: CBS News, Associated Press, The Page and CNN
Ian M. / Think Progress:
Yoo: Congress Cannot Stop the President From Using Nukes  —  One of the most shocking revelations in the DOJ's recently-released report on its lawyers who supported Bush-era torture policy is John Yoo's admission that he believes the President of the United States could unilaterally order “a village...to be massacred.”
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.
David Frum / CNN:
Ron Paul's money plan is far from golden  —  Editor's note: David Frum writes a weekly column for CNN.com.  A resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, he was special assistant to President George W. Bush in 2001-2.  He is the author of six books, including “Comeback …
Ross Douthat:
The Party of AARP  —  Going through a Pew survey on the Millennial generation's political tilt, Daniel Larison (as is his wont) finds long-term bad news for the Republicans: … In a way, these figures should make small-government conservatives a lot more nervous than they make partisan Republicans.
Lydia DePillis / The New Republic:
Bodacious?  Xtremely!  —  Do Stephen Baldwin and Wii a movement make?  Surveying the cool at XPAC.  —  On night one of the Conservative Political Action Conference, as George Will entertained GOP mucketymucks in the Marriott Wardman's cavernous banquet hall, the next generation of Republicans …
Discussion: TBogg and Big Journalism
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 …
 
 
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Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Greece and the welfare state in ruins
Associated Press:
Outlook no brighter for Obama's new health plan
Discussion: BuzzFlash.org
CNN:
CNN Poll: 69% OK with gays in the military
Discussion: Hot Air, Say Anything and The Politico
MiamiHerald.com:
Gen. McChrystal apologizes for new Afghan civilian deaths
Discussion: The Huffington Post
The Note:
‘Top Line’ — How Should Republicans Handle Health Care Summit?
Mike Campbell / Anchorage Daily News:
Davis-Palin team drops out of Iron Dog
Jason Mattera / Big Journalism:
The New York Times Should Terminate Character Assassin Zernike
Discussion: Power Line and NewsBusters.org
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Obama Biography Is Coming From New Yorker Editor
ABCNEWS:
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Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
RESPONDING TO KEITH OLBERMANN …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Newsalert