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12:55 PM ET, February 24, 2010


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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.
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.
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Obama's health reform gamble raises questions of judgment
Discussion: The New Republic
Jay Fitzgerald / Boston Herald:
Scott Brown fumes over health plan
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Big Questions Still Linger on Eve of Health Care Meeting
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Conrad: Health Care ‘Dead’ Unless House Passes Senate Bill First
Discussion: TalkLeft, AmSpecBlog and Daily Kos
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama's task: One tune, five crowds
Discussion: Progressive Fix and The Hill
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Senate passes jobs bill
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
From Nearly Dead To Nearly Done: How The White House Refocused …
Democrats could bypass GOP on health care bill
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.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Gentle White House Nudges Test the Power of Persuasion  —  WASHINGTON — Tempers were fraying in the White House Cabinet Room as night turned into morning on Jan. 15.  President Obama had been cloistered nearly all day with House and Senate Democrats, playing “marriage counselor,” an aide said …
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Rahm Emanuel takes heat over Dana Milbank column
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?
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Yoo Gets the Last Word
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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 …
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.”
Discussion: Lean Left and New York Magazine
Hollie McKay / Fox News:
Miss Beverly Hills Lauren Ashley Opposes Same Sex Marriage
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Texas Republican Primary for Governor  —  Texas GOP Primary: Perry 48%, Hutchison 27%, Medina 16%  —  Just days before Texas Republicans pick their nominee for governor, incumbent Rick Perry has his biggest lead yet.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey …
Discussion: USA Today, The Fix, and GOP 12
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Vanity Fair and The Page
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
Senate Proves Hypocrisy Easy.  —  White House press secretary Robert Gibbs tweets, “Senate proves bipartisanship possible — 70 support tax cuts for businesses who hire the unemployed plus more investment in infrastructure.”  Except, just a few days ago, the Senate had to block a Republican filibuster …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Obsidian Wings
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
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.
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Brian Knowlton / New York Times:
Gates Calls European Mood a Danger to Peace
Discussion: FP Passport and Israel Matzav
Cheney released from hospital
Topher Lynch / Gather:
Full Transcript of Glenn Beck's Keynote Speech at CPAC, February 20th, 2010
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Live Coverage: Toyota, Clinton, Geithner, Bernanke
Discussion: The Politico
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