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10:05 AM ET, February 24, 2010


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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.
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Rahm Emanuel takes heat over Dana Milbank column  —  The key paragraph contained high praise for Emanuel - at the expense of his boss: “Obama's first year fell apart in large part because he didn't follow his chief of staff's advice on crucial matters.  Arguably, Emanuel is the only person keeping Obama from becoming Jimmy Carter.”
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Big Questions Still Linger on Eve of Health Care Meeting  —  Three years ago this month, a presidential candidate — John Edwards, as a matter of fact — started a debate on health reform by announcing a plan to cover the uninsured.  Since then, we've had an election, town hall meetings …
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
From Nearly Dead To Nearly Done: How The White House Refocused On Health Care To Finish It Off  —  Congressional Democrats say Thursday's health care summit is likely to clear the final hurdles to passing health care reform - and say that President Obama returning to the issue with a clear focus …
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Obama's continued audaciousness on health reform could backfire
Washington Post:
Republicans plan to stress private-sector alternatives to the president's plan
Discussion: The New Republic
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Robert Gibbs: Public Option Via Reconciliation Can't Pass Congress
Dems might bypass GOP on health care
Discussion: The Monkey Cage
Jay Fitzgerald / Boston Herald:
Scott Brown fumes over health plan
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Slate
New York Times:
G.O.P. Expects Little From Obama's Health Forum
Discussion: CBS News and The Reaction
Washington Post:
Wall Street shifting political contributions to Republicans  —  Commercial banks and high-flying investment firms have shifted their political contributions toward Republicans in recent months amid harsh rhetoric from Democrats about fat bank profits, generous bonuses and stingy lending policies on Wall Street.
Think Progress:
ThinkFast: February 24, 2010  —  Van Jones is returning to the Center for American Progress as a Senior Fellow and leader of the new Green Opportunity Initiative.  Jones — the target of an ongoing Glenn-Beck led smear campaign — resigned as the White House adviser on green jobs last September.
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
Senators, finally, near an attractive deal on financial regulation
Discussion: Sadly, No!
R. H. Potfry / The Nose On Your Face:
Harry Reid Launches New “Vote For Me Or The Wife Gets It” Campaign  —  Just hours after revealing that unemployed men in Nevada “tend to be abusive” toward their wives and facing the prospect of joblessness himself with an election this fall, Harry Reid has launched a bold new …
Thoughts on Mitt Romney, Scott Brown and the State of the GOP  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: To the phones.  We go to Chicago.  This is Ed. Nice to have you with us, sir, hello.  —  CALLER: Hi how you doing, Rush?  —  RUSH: Very well thank you.  —  CALLER: I just called to make a quick comment about Glenn Beck.
Discussion: CNN and Hotline On Call
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
‘Suicide Tuesday’: Limbaugh blasts Romney
Discussion: Hot Air and The Page
Poll: Americans place blame for partisanship  —  Washington (CNN) — Two-thirds of Americans think that the Republicans in Congress are not doing enough to cooperate with President Obama, according to a new national poll.  —  But a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey, released Wednesday …
Discussion: Riehl World View
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?
Discussion: Commentary, BLACKFIVE and Althouse
Jonathan Darman / Newsweek:
The Quiet Dignity of Rielle Hunter  —  John Edwards's mistress has been surprisingly silent in public.  —  A small sampling of some of the things other people have said about Rielle Hunter in the two years since allegations first emerged that she was sleeping with married presidential candidate John Edwards.
Michelle Malkin:
The old “coconut” smear: Another white liberal bigmouth with race issues  —  A few readers asked me why I hadn't commented on MSNBC's latest attack on the Tea Party as RAAAAACIST.  Been there, done that.  Over and over and over again.  (The Dallas Tea Party posted an excellent rejoinder video here.)
NAACP Image Award to be given to former WH ‘green czar’  —  The NAACP is awarding Van Jones one of their highest honors Friday: an NAACP Image Award.  —  Washington (CNN) - While Van Jones may have left the White House under a cloud, the NAACP says that's not his whole story.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Matt Pressman / Vanity Fair:
Hate Sells: Why Liberal Magazines Are Suffering Under Obama  —  The George W. Bush years were good for more than just oilfield-services companies and waterboard manufacturers.  They were also a boon for liberal political magazines, whose circulation soared on the wings of the Bush hatred that swept much of the country.
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Fearing Obama Agenda, States Push to Loosen Gun Laws  —  When President Obama took office, gun rights advocates sounded the alarm, warning that he intended to strip them of their arms and ammunition.  —  And yet the opposite is happening.  Mr. Obama has been largely silent on the issue …
Home purchase loan demand at lowest since 1997  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. mortgage applications fell for a third straight week, with demand for home purchase loans sinking to the lowest level in 13 years as inclement weather weighed, data from an industry group showed on Wednesday.
George Russell / Fox News:
Britain's Weather Office Proposes Climate-Gate Do-Over  —  At a meeting Monday of 150 climate scientists, representatives of Britain's weather office proposed that the world's climatologists start all over again and produce a new trove of global temperature data that is open to public scrutiny and “rigorous” peer review.
Robert B. Reich / New York Times:
Bust the Health Care Trusts  —  MY health insurer here in California is Anthem Blue Cross.  So far, my group policy hasn't been affected by Anthem's planned rate increase of as much as 39 percent for its customers with individual policies — but the trend worries me, as it should everyone.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
KING FEELS HEAT FOR SUICIDE BOMBER SYMPATHIZES.... There was no shortage of over-the-top rhetoric at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) over the weekend, but there was something about Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) comments that stood out.  —  Commenting on Joe Stack …
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 …
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