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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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
David Gergen on the summit: Republicans had their best day in years  —  Via Hengler, a succinct statement of Jay Nordlinger's point and of what I suspect will be the media consensus tomorrow.  Not the only kind words he had for the GOP either: … I don't think they seriously expected …
Darleen Click / protein wisdom:
Full speed off the cliff  —  A roundup of reactions of Obama's Kabuki Theatre yesterday here.  —  Not that any minds were changed.  Obama kept trying to strike a pose for the cameras as Serious Contemplator — stroking his chin, pursing lips, scribbling notes, picking his nose …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WITH OR WITHOUT YOU.... The stated goal of the White House summit on health care was to have a conversation.  President Obama wanted to talk with lawmakers from both parties about areas of agreement and disagreement.  He may have even held out some hope that Republicans would show more flexibility …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Winners and losers from the health care summit
Associated Press:
FACT CHECK: Dueling polls and dubious stats
Discussion: Slate Magazine, AmSpecBlog and The Page
The Politico:
Bunning holds floor: ‘Tough s—t’  —  Senate Democrats spent Thursday night hammering away at Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) for single-handedly holding up action in the upper chamber - but he blurted out a message to one of them on the Senate floor: “Tough s—t.”
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The Caucus:
Bunning Blocks Jobless Aid in Senate  —  Updated The Senate clash over the unemployment benefits ended just before midnight Thursday with Senator Jim Bunning, Republican of Kentucky, refusing to lift his objection, meaning the jobless aid - for however short a time - will run out Sunday night unless a deal is reached Friday.
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
At summit, Obama mostly hears Obama  —  President Obama pledged to “listen” at the outset of his much-ballyhooed bipartisan health care summit on Thursday.  Turns out he meant he'd be listening to his own voice.  —  By the end of the televised event, Mr. Obama had spoken for 119 minutes …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Top Dem chairman signals House will act first on healthcare
Discussion: TPMDC
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Sanders: Senate has the votes to pass public option via reconciliation
Kenneth Lovett / NY Daily News:
Gov. David Paterson pulls plug on election bid, but will not resign: insider  —  Embattled Gov. Paterson has pulled the plug on his election bid, a source close to the governor said Friday.  —  Paterson will announce the decision later Friday.  —  Paterson has been under fire for having contacted …
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Danny Hakim / City Room:
Paterson to Drop Out of Race for Governor  —  Gov. David A. Paterson is set to announce that he will not seek election in the wake of reports that he and the State Police intervened in a domestic-assault case against a senior aide, according to a person told about the plans.
NY Daily News:
Editorial: For everyone's sake, please go, Gov. Paterson  —  Like most New Yorkers, the Daily News greeted David Paterson's ascension to the governorship with best wishes and fervent hope for success in endeavors suddenly assumed.  Today, just shy of two years later, we urge Paterson to step down immediately.
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:   Paterson drops campaign for governor
Mike Allen / The Politico:
One last health-reform sprint: House, Senate race to an Easter deadline for ‘the big bill’ — Mitch ‘The Knife’ Daniels eyes '12 prez run — N.Y. tabs say Paterson must go  —  BREAKING — George W. Bush, whose book will be out Nov. 8, at this morning's closed-door Bush-Cheney alumni reunion breakfast …
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Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
MSNBC Talker: Let's Rip Out Cheney's Heart  —  SAY HI TO MIKE  —  With Deranged Cheney Rant, Ed Moves Into Malloy Territory  —  *** CAUGHT-ON-TAPE EXCLUSIVE ***  —  *** NEWSBUSTERS REACTS ***  —  With his cable talk show preempted for Olympics coverage this week …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:   Schultz: Rip out Cheney's heart
Peter Baker / The Caucus:
Obama Gives Cheney a Call
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Defeated congresswoman's car still in House parking lot — more than 3 years later — even though she's a registered lobbyist  —  Former Rep. Melissa Hart may have hit the road and gone back home to Pittsburgh in 2006 when she lost her bid for re-election, but it appears that a car …
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Melissa Hart's car
Discussion: Politics PA
Eric Dash / New York Times:
On Wall Street, a Romance With Curling  —  Wall Street trading is often described as a blood sport.  But inside the great investment houses, the sport of the moment is, of all things, curling — that oddball of the Olympics that is sort of like shuffleboard on ice.
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Rangel ethics violations charged  —  Longtime Rep. Charlie Rangel of New York said he was “saving the best for last” when he finally was called on to speak near the end of President Barack Obama's daylong bipartisan healthcare summit yesterday.  —  But a long day was not over for the Democrat …
Discussion: The Politico, Hot Air and D.C. Now
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Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Military Monitored Planned Parenthood, Supremacists  —  The U.S. military monitored Planned Parenthood and a white supremacist group as part of the government's security preparations for the 2002 Olympics in Utah, according to new documents released by the Department of Defense.
Discussion: At-Largely, Raw Story and Boing Boing
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Nate / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Pentagon Discloses Hundreds of Reports of Possibly Illegal Intelligence Activities
Discussion: Raw Story
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
BIDEN: IT'S EASY BEING VP  —  There have been some tense moments during today's health care summit at the Blair House, but not for Vice President Joe Biden, it seems.  —  Just moments before the afternoon session got underway, C-SPAN's cameras picked up audio of Biden chatting casually with participants.
Geoffrey Lean / Telegraph:
IPCC chief Rajendra Pachauri to face independent inquiry  —  Rajendra Pachauri, the controversial Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is to face an international inquiry into the performance of his organisation.  —  Environment and Climate ministers meeting …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
 
 
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