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12:15 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.
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.
Discussion: The New Republic
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.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Senate Passes Jobs Micro-Bill; What's Next?  —  The Senate just passed its $15 billion dollar jobs bill by a count of 70-28 (roll call will be here eventually), getting some Republicans to break its way after the cloture vote passed.  $15 billion is actually a misleading number …
Jay Fitzgerald / Boston Herald:
Scott Brown fumes over health plan
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hot Air
Democrats could bypass GOP on health care bill
Discussion: The Hill
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Big Questions Still Linger on Eve of Health Care Meeting
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
From Nearly Dead To Nearly Done: How The White House Refocused …
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Senate passes jobs bill
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Abortion limits: Healthcare sticking point
Discussion: D.C. Now
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.”
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 …
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 and PERRspectives
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 …
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
‘Suicide Tuesday’: Limbaugh blasts Romney
Discussion: Hot Air, Hotline On Call and The Page
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.
Andy Kroll / Mother Jones:
5 Uses for Wall St.'s Bonuses
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
Senators, finally, near an attractive deal on financial regulation
Rasmussen Reports:
Toplines - Texas GOP Primary - February 23, 2010  —  Texas Survey of 500 Likely GOP Primary Voters  —  1* Suppose the Republican Primary for the 2010 Governor's race were held today.  Would you vote for Rick Perry, Kay Bailey Hutchison or Debra Medina?  —  48% Perry  —  27% Hutchison
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 …
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: New York Magazine
Hollie McKay / Fox News:
Miss Beverly Hills Lauren Ashley Opposes Same Sex Marriage
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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