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1:10 PM ET, February 23, 2010

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Dan Pfeiffer / White House.gov 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 …
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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.
kff.org:
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 …
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.
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Kerry: Reid wants a climate bill ‘soon’
Discussion: Politics Daily
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
From the bluest of states, a red senator of a different color
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Scott Brown joins Dems and votes to end debate on jobs bill
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.
Discussion: Hot Air, Babalú Blog and race42008.com
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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.
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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 …
Ezra Klein:
A failure of White House leadership  —  One other point on the public option: This has been a complete and utter failure of White House leadership.  They need to give this effort their support, or they need to kill it by publicly stating their opposition.  But they can't simply wait …
Discussion: Eschaton
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Where Scott Brown Is Coming From  —  In just 48 hours, Scott Brown would be sworn in as the newest member of the United States Senate, stepping into the shoes (and office suite) of Edward M. Kennedy and the world of woe on Capitol Hill.  But as he zipped down a Massachusetts highway …
Discussion: The Swamp, Commentary and The Page
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 ***  —  *** NEW: INTRODUCING THE CANNOLIS ***  —  Is Mark Levin the only major figure …
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.
Paul Singer / Roll Call:
Hometown Makes Ortiz a Frequent Flier  —  Rep. Solomon Ortiz (D-Texas) has accepted tens of thousands of dollars' worth of trips to China from a development corporation in his hometown that he aided by securing earmarks and other federal assistance worth millions of dollars.
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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
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
Las Vegas Now:
I-Team: Governor Jim Gibbons Under Oath  —  LAS VEGAS — Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons says he's never taken bribes or kickbacks, nor has he ever fooled around on his wife.  —  Gibbons had to answer questions of an extremely personal nature in a deposition taken earlier this month.
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Explaining My Health Care Polyannaism  —  For more than a month now, I've taken a stubbornly optimistic line on the fate of health care reform — I've given it slightly better than even odds of passing all along.  You've probably noticed that most political reporters have a very different take.
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 …
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: snooperreport.com 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.
New York Times:
Pakistani Reports Capture of a Taliban Leader  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — In another blow to the Taliban senior leadership, Pakistani authorities have captured Mullah Abdul Kabir, a member of the group's inner circle and a leading military commander against American forces in eastern Afghanistan …
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 …
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,” CareerCast.com omitted one whose awfulness is counterbalanced only by its public-spiritedness: fact-checking Bjørn Lomborg.
CNN:
Traficant will launch independent congressional bid  — Former Democratic Rep. James Traficant, who in September was released from a federal prison after serving seven years on a bribery and racketeering conviction, told CNN Tuesday he will launch an independent bid to return to Congress.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
 
 
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Barney Frank goes off on McCain: ‘Cowardly,’ …
RushLimbaugh.com:
What I Would've Said at CPAC  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: No, Snerdley.
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
U.S. plans for possible delay in Iraq withdrawal
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Perry still favored
Discussion: TPMDC and Ben Smith's Blog
Matt Dempsey / U.S. Senate Committee …:
Excerpts of New Senate Climategate Report
Discussion: Politics Daily and The Jawa Report
Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Gays In The Military Supported By People Who Don't Like Homosexuality
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Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
Treasury Looks to Mandate Foreclosure Abatements, Mortgage Mods
Discussion: FT Alphaville and Eschaton
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Roberts denies giving green light
Discussion: Politics Daily
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Iran and the crazy factor