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4:25 PM ET, February 24, 2010


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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Obama's health reform gamble raises questions of judgment  —  On health-care reform, the strategy of President Obama and Democratic congressional leaders is psychologically understandable — as well as delusional.  —  It is easy to imagine the internal dialogue: “Well, they voted for me, overwhelmingly.
Ezra Klein:
The Fox News/David Brooks tag team
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Conrad: Reform “dead” unless House passes Senate bill first
Discussion: Washington Wire and Commentary
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama's task: One tune, five crowds
Discussion: CNN, Progressive Fix and The Hill
Jay Fitzgerald / Boston Herald:
Scott Brown fumes over health plan
Ben Pershing / Washington Post:
Senate passes $15 billion jobs bill on bipartisan vote  —  The Senate easily passed a $15 billion jobs bill on Wednesday morning amid hope that the measure could provide a blueprint for other items on President Obama's agenda.  —  The measure passed 70 to 28, with 13 Republicans joining 57 Democrats in support of the package.
James Wolcott / Vanity Fair:
The Lunatics Have Taken Over the Salon  —  Vanity Fair colleague Michael Wolff, though not a licensed clinician or chiropodist, renders what seems to me an inarguable diagnosis of the current conservative condition, i.e., they've gone loco:  —  Having whipped themselves into dishrag fatigue …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Jeb Bush On Sarah Palin: If She Only Had A Brain...  (VIDEO)  —  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has some advice for Sarah Palin: You'd be a great, if you only had a brain.  —  In a recent interview with Newsmax, Bush was asked whether he thought Palin was a viable candidate for president.
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Bush: Crist ‘unforgivable’ on stimulus support
Discussion: Politics Daily
Buford T Justice /
OBAMA & DEMS IN ‘05: 51 VOTE ‘NUCLEAR OPTION’ IS ‘ARROGANT’ POWER GRAB AGAINST THE FOUNDERS’ INTENT  —  Biden: “I pray God when the Democrats take back control we don't make the kind of naked power grab you are doing.”
Ben Dimiero / Media Matters for America:   “Nuclear Option” stupidity comes full circle
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Top Palin aide resigns  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's senior adviser and spokeswoman Meghan Stapleton has resigned, POLITICO has learned.  —  Stapleton has been a Palin confidant since December 2006 and one of the governor's most trusted aides since she was vaulted onto …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Exclusive: W.H. privately plots 2012 campaign run  —  President Barack Obama's top advisers are quietly laying the groundwork for the 2012 reelection campaign, which is likely to be run out of Chicago and managed by White House deputy chief of staff Jim Messina, according to Democrats familiar with the discussions.
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Miss Beverly Hills tries to one-up Carrie Prejean, says it's divine law that gays be put to death.  —  Last year, Miss California Carrie Prejean endeared herself to the right wing when she answered a question about same-sex marriage by saying that she believes marriage “should be between a man and a woman.”
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Arnold: Tea parties will ‘disappear’  —  California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger believes that the tea party movement is “not going anywhere.”  —  Schwarzenegger, speaking Tuesday night with Fox News's Greta Van Susteren, said the grass-roots movement is only “an expression of anger and disappointment.”
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
TEA Party folds when economy revives
Discussion: D.C. Now
Rasmussen Reports:
Congressional Performance  —  71% Give Congress Poor Rating  —  Voter unhappiness with Congress has reached the highest level ever recorded by Rasmussen Reports as 71% now say the legislature is doing a poor job.  —  That's up ten points from the previous high of 61% reached a month ago.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Nabors to White House, Liebman moves up  —  The deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, Rob Nabors, is leaving the agency for a White House post, with a longtime Obama advisor, Jeff Liebman, moving up to take his place in an acting capacity.  —  Nabors, an administration source said …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Boehner makes his summit picks, awaiting word whether he can bring a governor
Discussion: CNN
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Republicans say WH rejected including governors in health summit
Catherine Philp / Times of London:
US diplomats add a moat to their expenses at $1bn London embassy  —  The United States has unveiled plans for its new $1 billion high-security embassy in London — the most expensive it has ever built.  —  The proposals were met with relief from both the present embassy's Mayfair neighbours …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
One Of Obama's Great Achievements May Be Unraveling  —  Was it only two weeks ago that Joe Biden explained that Iraq was on track to become “one of the great achievements” of the Obama Administration?  Now Thomas Ricks, author of “Fiasco” and “The Gamble”, warns us of the fragile stability …
John Yoo / Wall Street Journal:
My Gift to the Obama Presidency  —  Though the White House won't want to admit it, Bush lawyers were protecting the executive's power to fight a vigorous war on terror.  —  Barack Obama may not realize it, but I may have just helped save his presidency.  How?
Contractors outnumber full-time workers at DHS; lawmakers ‘astounded’  —  Sens. Joseph Lieberman and Susan Collins call the hiring situation at the Department of Homeland Security ‘unacceptable.’.  —  Washington (CNN) - The Department of Homeland Security has more contractors working …
Discussion: The Politico and The Impolitic
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:   ‘Big Sis’ Homeland Security Chief in Hot Seat
James Hider / Times of London:
Son of Hamas founder spied for Israel for more than a decade  —  The son of one of Hamas's founding members was a spy in the service of Israel for more than a decade, helping prevent dozens of Islamist suicide bombers from finding their targets, it emerged today.
Igor / Think Progress:
REPORT: WellPoint Raising Premium Rates By Double Digits In At Least 11 States  —  If Democrats move to pass health care reform after tomorrow's summit, their newfound momentum can be at least partly attributed to WellPoint's decision to drastically increase premiums in California's individual health insurance market.
Discussion: TalkLeft and SEIU
George Pantos / Orange County Register:
Technology can lower health insurance costs … With his health care overhaul stalled, President Barack Obama has challenged America to come up with alternatives.  “You got a better idea?  Bring it on,” he recently announced.  A televised summit meeting on health care ideas is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 25.
Dan Senor / NY Post: Knickerbocker:
Exclusive: Ex-Bush adviser Dan Senor weighing run against Gillibrand as Republican  —  Dan Senor, the husband of CNN's Campbell Brown and a former Bush administration foreign policy adviser, is eyeing a run as a Republican against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, The Knickerbocker has learned.
Matt Sucherman / The Official Google Blog:
Serious threat to the web in Italy  —  In late 2006, students at a school in Turin, Italy filmed and then uploaded a video to Google Video that showed them bullying an autistic schoolmate.  The video was totally reprehensible and we took it down within hours of being notified by the Italian police.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Yelp Hit With Class Action Lawsuit For Running An “Extortion Scheme”  —  Two law firms, Beck & Lee from Miami and The Weston Firm in San Diego, have filed a class action lawsuit in Los Angeles federal court alleging unfair business practices by local business review and rating website operator Yelp.
Discussion: GigaOM and Silicon Alley Insider
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Pledge of Allegiance dispute results in Md. teacher having to apologize  —  The mother of a 13-year-old Montgomery County middle school student is demanding an apology from a teacher who had school police escort the youngster from a classroom for refusing to say the Pledge of Allegiance.
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Erik Wemple / City Desk:
Breaking: Could “The Party” Be Over?
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Art Beast / The Daily Beast:
Palin Snubs Disability Advocates
Anand Gopal / Christian Science Monitor:
Half of Afghanistan Taliban leadership arrested in Pakistan
Capital Journal:
Is Sarah Palin the 2012 Version of Jesse Jackson in 1988?
Discussion: GOP 12 and The Political Carnival
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
Senate Proves Hypocrisy Easy.
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Julie Rovner / NPR:
Health Care No Stranger To Reconciliation Process
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Business Channel:
Here's Why Government Stimulus Does Not Work
Discussion: Hit & Run and Cafe Hayek
Jonathan Darman / Newsweek:
The Quiet Dignity of Rielle Hunter