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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Winners and losers from the health care summit  —  After spending our day watching the high-stakes or, at the very least, high-profile health care summit at Blair House, we came up with a list of our winners and losers from the proceedings.  —  Those who we think soared and bored are below.
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Washington Wire:
The Best Tweets from the Health-Care Summit: Part I  —  Dozens of lawmakers, pundits, journalists, and Congress-watchers have been tweeting their thoughts during today's health-care summit at the Blair House hosted by President Barack Obama.  Here's a round-up of some of the best commentary from the first-half of the summit.
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Michael Steele says Obama should have held a summit a year ago.  Then it's pointed out to him that in fact he did.  —  Michael Steele went on MSNBC this morning before the health-care summit and began attacking President Obama for a “dog and pony show” — and claimed that the president …
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Tilt Against Democrats' Plans if Summit Fails  —  Most doubt an agreement will result from Thursday's summit  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans are skeptical that lawmakers will agree on a new healthcare bill at Thursday's bipartisan healthcare summit in Washington …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
The big bipartisan lie  —  If President Barack Obama really wanted to show he's serious about winning over Republicans on health care reform, he could offer up some key concessions at Thursday's summit, like caps on malpractice awards or allowing insurers to sell across state lines.
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
2008 Redux: McCain v. Obama At Health Care Summit (VIDEO)
Ezra Klein:
Did the Congressional Budget Office find that premiums costs will go down?  —  Lamar Alexander and Barack Obama just had a contentious exchange on this point, so it's worth settling the issue: Yes, the CBO found health-care reform would reduce premiums.  The issue gets confused because it also found …
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The Note:
Health Care Summit Fact Check: Will Premiums Go Up?  —  ABC's Jonathan Karl reports:  —  President Obama and Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander made competing claims about how the Democratic plan would affect premiums.  Sen. Alexander says premiums for those in the individual insurance …
Discussion: CNN, The Mahablog and JammieWearingFool
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
First Reaction to The Health Care Summit  —  President Obama is so much smarter and a better communicator than members of Congress in either party.  The contrast, side by side, is almost ridiculous.  —  Update: Good example of what I'm talking about: Lamar Alexander contradicts Obama …
The Politico:
Rangel: I've been ‘admonished’ by ethics committee  —  The House Ethics Committee has found Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel violated ethics rules by accepting corporate-funded trips to the Caribbean, according to House sources.  —  Rangel told POLITICO Thursday night that he was being …
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Susan Crabtree / The Hill:   Panel finds Rangel broke ethics rules
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Obama To GOP: It's Over  —  Obama listened politely for six hours, with occasional flashes of temper, but in the end, the message was clear: It's over.  We're moving forward without Republicans.  —  Whether Obama and Dems will succeed in passing reform on their own is anything but assured, to put it mildly.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Breaking: Prominent Congressional Dem Defends Obama On National Security
Discussion: Josh Gerstein's Blog
Andy McCarthy / The Corner on National Review Online:
While You Are Distracted by the Summit, Obama Democrats Are Targeting the CIA — By: Andy McCarthy  —  The Obama Democrats have outdone themselves.  —  While the country and the Congress have their eyes on today's dog-and-pony show on socialized medicine, House Democrats last night stashed …
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:   Liz Cheney on the Democrats' Bill to Punish the CIA
Doug Lyons / Talk Back South Florida!:
Will Charlie Crist ditch the GOP for the U.S.Senate?  —  Two highly placed and independent sources, speaking strictly on background, tell me that Gov. Charlie Crist is preparing to leave the Republican Party and run as an independent in the race for the U.S. Senate.
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MiamiHerald.com:
Marco Rubio charged personal bills on GOP card  —  Senate candidate Marco Rubio said he reimbursed the state GOP for expenses put on an American Express card given to him by his party.  —  BREINHARD@MIAMIHERALD.COM  —  U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio charged grocery bills …
Alan I. Abramowitz / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
What to Expect in November  —  An Update on the House of Representatives  —  Just about everyone agrees that Republicans will be gaining a sizeable number of U.S. House seats come November, but this far in advance, few agree on the exact number.  We've seen a couple of dozen predictions so far …
Discussion: Hot Air and WILLisms.com
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Abramowitz: House Dems Doomed Even If Political Climate Changes
Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard:
The Main Event: Ryan v. Obama  —  On deficits and spending.  —  Rep. Paul Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin, just launched a full-bore assault on the faulty assumptions behind the claim that the Obama health care plan will reduce the deficit.  Obama didn't even bother questioning Ryan's presentation.
Discussion: Swampland, Hot Air and The Daily Dish
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Al-Arian roils Calif. Senate race  —  A bespectacled former college professor who has pleaded guilty to aiding the group Palestinian Islamic Jihad helped tip the balance in a 2004 Senate contest in Florida.  Now, six years later, Sami Al-Arian could be on the verge of doing it again, this time in California.
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Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
GOP Senate race grows heated over Israel
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CNN:
Highlights of Obama's health care summit  —  President Obama's bipartisan health care summit follows months of heated debate in which substance has often been drowned out by partisan rancor.  CNN.com has full coverage of the talks.  —  (CNN) — 5:21 p.m.: Summit adjourns
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Dawn Kopecki / Bloomberg:
Obama May Prohibit Home-Loan Foreclosures Without HAMP Review  —  Feb. 25 (Bloomberg) — The Obama administration may expand efforts to ease the housing crisis by banning all foreclosures on home loans unless they have been screened and rejected by the government's Home Affordable Modification Program.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Obama campaign arm focuses on talk radio  —  The Democratic National Committee's Organizing for America has quietly launched an initiative aimed at making Obama supporters' voices heard on the largely conservative airwaves.  —  “The fate of health reform has been a focus of debate in living rooms …
John Sides / The Monkey Cage:
CORRECTED Graph for “Conflicted Conservatives”  —  In comments on my first post, Marty Gilens alerts me to errors in the 2008 ANES data file that involve the spending variables that I used (noted here on their webpage).  It is my fault for not having seen this.
The Note:
Bush and Cheney Reunite, First Since Leaving Office  —  ABC News' Kim Randolph reports:  —  Former President George W. Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney today met face to face for the first time since leaving office over a year ago - and just three days after Cheney was hospitalized for a fifth heart attack.
R. H. Potfry / The Nose On Your Face:
Photo Emerges Of Murderous Killer Whale At Tea Party Rally  —  Some quick investigate reporting by the folks at Daily Kos and Democratic Underground has unearthed a photo of Tilikum, the killer whale who yesterday killed a trainer at Sea World, at a Tea Party event in Omaha, Nebraska.
City Room:
Paterson, Still in Race, Will Mull His Future  —  Gov. David A. Paterson said late Thursday that he would continue with his election bid, despite calls for him to suspend or end his campaign in the wake of reports that he and the State Police intervened in a domestic-assault case against a senior aide.
 
 
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Ezra Klein:
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