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11:05 PM ET, February 25, 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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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 …
Yuval Levin / The Corner on National Review Online:
The Summit So Far — By: Yuval Levin  —  Things could surely change this afternoon, but so far it is hard to see how the Democrats are doing themselves anything but harm with the health-care summit.  —  Beyond particular observations about individual exchanges or moments I would say the morning's session suggests three broad points.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Exclusive: What happens next
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Tilt Against Democrats' Plans if Summit Fails
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
No clear winner in seven-hour gabfest
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and CentristNet
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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John Dickerson / Slate:
Obama and Republicans seemed reasonable.  That's bad news for Democrats. … - The Fantastically Freaky Art of George Condo- I Paid $75 for a Home Energy Assessment That Will Save Me $900 a Year- Can Animals Develop a Taste for Human Blood?  - Help!
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
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
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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NBC New York:
Ethics Panel Finds Charlie Rangel Broke House Rules
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Panel finds Rangel broke ethics rules
Discussion: The Politico and MyDD
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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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:   Liz Cheney on the Democrats' Bill to Punish the CIA
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
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
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
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” …
Discussion: Open Left, Weasel Zippers and Salon
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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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Max Bergmann / Think Progress:
Frank Gaffney Posits That Missile Defense Logo Is Evidence of Obama's ‘Submission To Shariah’  —  Frank Gaffney, a protégé of Richard Perle and an influential figure in right wing national security circles, has firmly entered the world of right wing tin-foil hat paranoia.
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Intel bill pulled over controversial added interrogation provision  —  A controversial bill that would have levied criminal punishments on intelligence officers for harsh interrogations was pulled Thursday evening.  —  House Republicans charged Democrats with trying to sneak a provision …
 
 
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