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11:45 AM ET, February 23, 2010


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Dan Pfeiffer / White Blog Feed:
Will the Republicans Post Their Health Plan... and When?  —  The President believes strongly that Thursday's bipartisan meeting on health insurance reform will be most productive if both sides come to the table with a unified plan to start discussion - and if the public has the opportunity …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
GOP plans dozens or hundreds of health-care amendments — Big RNC donors hit Steele for planes, Ritz, limos — Airport body scanners to finally begin rolling out in March  —  “Morning Joe”: Ron Paul (7:35 a.m.), Steve Hildebrand (8:40 a.m.), Frank Bruni (8:50 a.m.) ... Sarah Palin will appear …
Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare at Ramming Speed  —  The White House shows it has no interest in compromise.  —  A mere three days before President Obama's supposedly bipartisan health-care summit, the White House yesterday released a new blueprint that Democrats say they will ram through Congress with or without Republican support.
Douglas Elmendorf / Director's Blog:
The Obama Administration's Health Care Proposal
Kim Hart / The Hill:
White House invites Tea Party members to challenge it on transparency issues
Discussion: and NPR
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
In Passage of Jobs Measure, a Glimpse of Bipartisanship  —  WASHINGTON — Five Republican senators broke ranks with their party on Monday to advance a $15 billion job-creation measure put forward by Democrats, a rare bipartisan breakthrough after months in which Republicans had held together …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Scott Brown joins Dems and votes to end debate on jobs bill
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Where Scott Brown Is Coming From
Discussion: The Swamp and The Page
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
From the bluest of states, a red senator of a different color
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Bipartisan jobs bill advances past GOP filibuster
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.
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Steele's spending spree angers donors  —  Republican National Chairman Michael Steele is spending twice as much as his recent predecessors on private planes and paying more for limousines, catering and flowers - expenses that are infuriating the party's major donors who say Republicans need every penny …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Romney endorses McCain …
Discussion: CNN and Politics Daily
Marin Cogan / The Politico:
Harry Reid: Domestic abuse rises as jobs fall
Discussion: protein wisdom
Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
As Crist poll numbers slide, staffers leave campaign  —  Speaking after a White House meeting with governors on Monday, Charlie Crist said he supported stimulus spending.  —  In the latest sign of turbulence for Charlie Crist's wounded U.S. Senate bid, key staffers are starting to leave the campaign.
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Stupak: ‘Unacceptable’  —  This statement from Bart Stupak is conciliatory in tone, but not in substance, and it isn't going to make things easy in the House:  —  I was pleased to see that President Obama's health care proposal did not include several of the sweetheart deals provided to select states in the Senate bill.
Discussion: CNN and
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll — February 2010  —  The February Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds the public still split on health care reform legislation, with 43 percent in favor and 43 percent opposed.  However, the poll also finds that majorities of Americans of all political leanings …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
STEVE KING'S SUSPECT SYMPATHIES.... Let's be clear at the outset: I don't think Republicans are terrorist sympathizers.  I find it offensive when Republicans say they want to see their party emulate the Taliban, and I find it bizarre when Republicans inadvertently help al Qaeda's p.r. strategy …
Richard Teitelbaum / Bloomberg:
Secret AIG Document Shows Goldman Sachs Minted Most Toxic CDOs  —  Feb. 23 (Bloomberg) — When a congressional panel convened a hearing on the government rescue of American International Group Inc. in January, the public scolding of Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner got the most attention.
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Newt Gingrich Bowls Over Bill O'Reilly: Obama Is a Socialist (Video)  —  This was definitely not the answer Bill O'Reilly was expecting...  Newt Gingrich tells Bill O'Reilly that Barack Obama is a socialist:  —  Bill O'Reilly: So the question becomes, “Is the president a socialist?”
Discussion: and Newsalert
Charlie Martin / Pajamas Media:
Climategate Meets the Law: Senator Inhofe To Ask for DOJ Investigation (Pajamas Media/PJTV Exclusive)  —  Inhofe intends to ask for a probe of the embattled climate scientists for possible criminal acts.  And he thinks Gore should be recalled to explain his prior congressional testimony.
Jennifer Fermino / New York Post:
In-Justice!  Furor over O's ‘Gitmo’ appointees  —  The Justice Department's disclosure that nine of President Obama's appointees had either represented or advocated for Guantanamo detainees has touched off a firestorm of criticism.  —  The surprising admission came three months after Republican …
Harry Joe / Margin of Error:
Republican Blizzard on the Generic Ballot  —  It would take a major turn of events for the Democrats to hold onto the House of Representatives.  There I said it.  Why the confidence on Republicans gaining 40 seats and getting to the 218 seats needed to control the House?
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Apple Bans Some Apps for Sex-Tinged Content  —  Apple has started banning many applications for its iPhone that feature sexually suggestive material, including photos of women in bikinis and lingerie, a move that came as an abrupt surprise to developers who had been profiting from such programs.
Discussion: New York Magazine and TechCrunch
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Senate sitting on 290 bills already passed by House; tension mounts  —  Exasperated House Democratic leaders have compiled a list showing that they have passed 290 bills that have stalled in the Senate.  —  The list is the latest sign that Democrats in the lower chamber are frustrated with their Senate counterparts.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Fox News:
1 Dead in Shooting at Luke Air Force Base  —  A shooting and fatal car crash on Luke Air Force Base in Litchfield, Ariz., have left one person dead and another injured, KSAZ Phoenix reported.  —  At 11 p.m. Monday night two individuals ran the main base entrance gate with their car …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Gateway Pundit
Sharon Begley / Newsweek:
Book Review: The Lomborg Deception  —  Debunking the claims of the climate-change skeptic.  —  In naming roustabout, lumberjack, ironworker, and dairy farmer America's “worst jobs,” omitted one whose awfulness is counterbalanced only by its public-spiritedness: fact-checking Bjørn Lomborg.
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Roberts denies giving green light  —  Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) is denying a CIA claim that he gave the go ahead to destroy tapes that showed agency officials waterboarding terror suspect Abu Zubayda, disputing a recently released CIA document that claims the former Intelligence Committee chairman knew …
Discussion: Politics Daily
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New York Times:
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