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3:22 AM ET, February 26, 2010

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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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Associated Press:
FACT CHECK: Dueling polls and dubious stats  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Beware of politicians quoting poll numbers.  That was one lesson from the White House health policy conference Thursday as lawmakers in both parties cherry-picked survey results, ignored contrary findings and presented public opinion …
Discussion: The Page
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Sanders: Senate has the votes to pass public option via reconciliation  —  The Senate has the 50 votes necessary to pass a public health insurance option using the budget reconciliation process, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Thursday.  —  Sanders, a self-described “democratic socialist” …
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 …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Ryan: “We don't think all the answers lie in Washington”
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
No clear winner in seven-hour gabfest
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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 …
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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.
Dan Pfeiffer / White House.gov Blog Feed:
A Productive Day & Another Step Towards Putting Americans in Charge …
Discussion: The New Republic
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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Susan Crabtree / The Hill:   Intel bill pulled over controversial added interrogation provision
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:   Liz Cheney on the Democrats' Bill to Punish the CIA
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?
Discussion: CNN, The Mahablog and JammieWearingFool
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
First Reaction to The Health Care Summit
The Politico:
Committee admonishes defiant Rangel  —  The House ethics committee put another dent in the armor of embattled Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel Thursday, admonishing him for violating House gift rules by accepting corporate-funded trips to the Caribbean through an organization called the Carib News.
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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.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Breaking: Prominent Congressional Dem Defends Obama On National Security
Discussion: Josh Gerstein's Blog
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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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.
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.
New York Times:
Paterson Weighs Race as Top Aide Quits in Protest  —  ALBANY — Gov. David A. Paterson's administration on Thursday faced new revelations about its intervention in a domestic violence episode involving a top aide and growing dismay among fellow Democrats about the governor's political future.
Discussion: New York Magazine and Clusterstock
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City Room:
Paterson, Still in Race, Will Mull His Future
Frank Ahrens / Economy Watch:
New jobless claims unexpectedly rise 22,000  —  Unemployment claims filed last week rose unexpectedly, coming in at 496,000, up 22,000 from the previous week.  —  Taken with other discouraging news released this week — record-low January new home sales and a slide in consumer confidence …
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Timothy R. Homan / Bloomberg:
Jobless Claims in U.S. Increased 22,000 Last Week to 496,000
Discussion: The Page
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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Front Page Magazine:
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Yuval Levin / The Corner on National Review Online:
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Chris Frates / The Politico:
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