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11:10 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.
Jay Fitzgerald / Boston Herald:
Scott Brown fumes over health plan  —  Rejects Obamacare II as ‘nuclear option’ that will increase taxes  —  Sen. Scott Brown yesterday warned the Obama administration against using the “nuclear option” of ramming through Congress a revised $1 trillion health-care bill outlined yesterday by the White House.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Obama's continued audaciousness on health reform could backfire  —  The White House description of President Obama's health-care proposal as his “opening bid” raises the question: With whom is he bidding?  The public dance is with Republicans, but this is hardly serious.
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.”
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 …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Abortion limits: Healthcare sticking point
Discussion: D.C. Now
Washington Post:
Republicans plan to stress private-sector alternatives to the president's plan
Discussion: The New Republic
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Obama's health reform gamble raises questions of judgment
Discussion: The New Republic and MinnPost
New York Times:
G.O.P. Expects Little From Obama's Health Forum
Discussion: The Reaction and CBS News
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
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?
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Former White House adviser Van Jones lands new D.C. gig at liberal think tank  —  Van Jones, the environmental justice advocate who relinquished his post as a White House adviser five months ago after coming under fire from conservative activists, is reemerging on the public policy stage to push for green jobs.
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.
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
Senators, finally, near an attractive deal on financial regulation
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 …
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Business Channel:
Here's Why Government Stimulus Does Not Work  —  Here's why the government stimulus worked: it kept hundreds of thousands of Americans at work, at least.  It added percentage points to GDP.  It sent billions of dollars to unemployed and low income Americans to prop up private demand as consumption was ready to fall off a cliff.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Cafe Hayek
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
Kelley Shannon / Raleigh News & Observer:
Hutchison: Perry's tactics tough on her campaign  —  JUSTIN, Texas — Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison acknowledged Tuesday that Republican Gov. Rick Perry has succeeded at casting her as a Washington insider, hindering her effort to kick him out of the Texas governor's mansion.
Rasmussen Reports:
Toplines - Texas GOP Primary - February 23, 2010
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 …
Julie Rovner / NPR:
Health Care No Stranger To Reconciliation Process … text sizeAAA  —  To reconcile or not to reconcile — when it comes to a health overhaul bill, that seems to be the biggest argument of the moment.  —  At issue is a process called budget reconciliation.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Hollie McKay / Fox News:
Miss Beverly Hills Lauren Ashley Opposes Same Sex Marriage  —  Former Miss California Carrie Prejean isn't the only beauty queen open to expressing her objection to same-sex marriage.  Miss Beverly Hills 2010 Lauren Ashley is also speaking out in support of traditional nuptials.
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Thomas E. Ricks / Foreign Policy:
Nir Rosen: Stop the Iraq madness!
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