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8:05 AM ET, February 25, 2010

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Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Readies a Fallback Proposal  —  Scaled-Down Plan Would Expand Insurance to About Half as Many People as Pending Bill Envisions  —  President Barack Obama will use a bipartisan summit Thursday to push for sweeping health-care legislation, but if that fails to generate enough support …
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Washington Post:
A viewer's guide to the health-care summit  —  Some of us will be watching Thursday's summit because six hours of televised health-care reform wonkery sounds like a little slice of heaven.  But we're a rare breed.  For everyone else, here's what to watch for.  —  Is the summit about the problem or the policy?
Washington Post:
Democrats looking beyond health-care summit to final talks within party
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Stupak: 15-20 Dems withholding support for White House health plan
Buford T Justice / Breitbart.tv:
OBAMA & DEMS IN '05: 51 VOTE ‘NUCLEAR OPTION’ …
New York Times:
Questions of Influence in Abuse Case of Paterson Aide  —  Last fall, a woman went to court in the Bronx to testify that she had been violently assaulted by a top aide to Gov. David A. Paterson, and to seek a protective order against the man.  —  In the ensuing months, she returned to court twice …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Weiner: The Republican Party Is a Wholly Owned Subsidiary of the Insurance Industry  —  Anthony Weiner just made a fiery speech in the middle of the House debate on repealing the insurance industry's anti-trust exemption [Update: Measure passed, 406-19)].  Angered by a motion to recommit …
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Ezra Klein:
Don't get Rep. Anthony Weiner angry  —  You wouldn't like him when he's angry.  —  Watch this through to at least the third minute, by which time a Republican has pulled a parliamentary maneuver to stop Weiner and give him a chance to take back his words, and Weiner substitutes his words for, uh, other words.
Ben Frumin / TPM LiveWire:
Weiner: Every GOPer I Know Is A ‘Wholly-Owned Subsidiary Of The Insurance Industry’ (VIDEO)  —  A must-watch performance on the House floor today from Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY).  —  “You gotta love these Republicans,” Weiner said.  “I mean, you guys have chutzpah.
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Jim Meyers / NewsMax.com:
Jeb Bush: Obama Charts ‘Dangerous Course,’ His Policies ‘Not American’
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
‘Charisma’  —  Jonathan Martin and Jim VandeHei wrote earlier …
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Orlando Sentinel:
SeaWorld Orlando trainer killed in whale attack  —  An experienced female trainer at Sea World Orlando, Dawn Brancheau, was fatally injured by one of the whales.  —  A SeaWorld employee died this afternoon during an incident at SeaWorld's Shamu Stadium, an Orange County Sheriff's Office official confirmed.
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Washington Post:
Obama may compromise on consumer agency to pass financial regulation  —  The Obama administration is no longer insisting on the creation of a stand-alone consumer protection agency as a central element of the plan to remake regulation of the financial system.
Discussion: MyDD and The Page
Nick Bunkley / New York Times:
G.M. to Close Hummer After Sale Collapses  —  DETROIT — General Motors said Wednesday that it would shut down Hummer, the brand of big sport-utility vehicles that became synonymous with the term “gas guzzler,” after a deal to sell it to a Chinese manufacturer fell apart.
Erik Wemple / City Desk:
Breaking: Could “The Party” Be Over?  —  Update 2:28: Newsroom rumors are running fierce right now.  But it's tough to nail any sort of confirmation on where the column stands.  Will keep pounding.  —  Update 1:45: Have made several calls to the very top crust of Post newsroom management.
Discussion: Mediaite, Hullabaloo and Gawker
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Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Weiner Offends The GOP On House Floor: You're All ‘Owned’ …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Blue Virginia
Daniel Schulman / Mother Jones:
Did Blackwater Rescue Alan Grayson in Niger?  —  Before joining Congress, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) was the scourge of military contractors, filing dozens of whistleblower lawsuits against companies who defrauded the government in connection with their work in Iraq.
Daily Mail:
Up to 1,200 needless deaths, patients abused, staff bullied to meet targets... yet a secret inquiry into failing hospital says no one's to blame  —  Up to 1,200 patients died unnecessarily because of appalling care  —  Labour's obsession with targets and box ticking blamed for scandal
David Harsanyi / Reason:
The Ron Paul Delusion  —  Why the Texas congressman does not represent the future of conservatism  —  What are we to make of the Republican Party's future now that libertarian Rep. Ron Paul won the presidential straw poll at the well-attended Conservative Political Action Conference last week?
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
Greek rescue in danger as deputy prime minister attacks ‘Nazi’ Germany  —  Greece has greatly damaged its chances of an EU bail-out by lashing out at Germany over war-time atrocities and accusing Italy of cooking its books to hide public debt.  —  The escalating dispute came as a general strike …
Discussion: The Market Ticker and Power Line
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Happy Hour Roundup  —  * I've repeatedly noted here that the pressure is on Obama to pull off a decisive win tomorrow, because if there's no clear victor — and the public perceives the summit as more Beltway white noise — Republicans will walk away satisfied.
Frank Gaffney / Big Government:
Can This Possibly Be True?  New Obama Missile Defense Logo Includes A Crescent  —  The Obama administration's determined effort to reduce America's missile defense capabilities initially seemed to be just standard Leftist fare — of a piece with the Democratic base's visceral hostility …
Millerdj / Media Matters for America:
Myths and falsehoods on Don't Ask, Don't Tell  —  In the wake of President Barack Obama's call for the repeal of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) policy in favor of allowing gay men and lesbians to serve openly in the armed forces, Media Matters for America reviews the myths …
The Corner on National Review Online:
CBO Report Was Pre-Ordained to Show the Stimulus Succeeded — By: NRO Staff  —  The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has produced a new report estimating that the $862 billion stimulus has thus far saved or created 1.5 million jobs.  Yet the CBO's calculations are not based on actually observing the economy's recent performance.
Associated Press:
Patriot Act Elements Extended  —  The Senate on Wednesday extended for a year key provisions of the nation's counterterrorism surveillance law that are scheduled to expire at the end of the month.  One provision authorizes court-approved roving wiretaps that permit surveillance on multiple phones.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Crist sounding more and more ... independent  —  Either Charlie Crist realizes he can't escape the stimulus, or he's leaning toward an independent run for Senate.  —  Crist is saying some curious things for a man in the midst of a conservative primary challenge.  —  Here's a few, just from the last couple days:
Discussion: The Buzz
Larry Hartstein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Is it a trap?  Students push Admiral Ackbar for Ole Miss mascot  —  Will a “Star Wars” character be the new Ole Miss mascot?  —  The campaign for Admiral Ackbar is gaining Internet, if not intergalactic, steam.  —  Tuesday, Ole Miss students voted to find a new mascot to replace the abandoned Colonel Reb.
John Sides / Salon:
On spending, conservatives are quite conflicted  —  The government spends too much!  Except when it comes to schools and infrastructure and Social Security and ...  Conservatives agree that the government spends too much.  But ask them what to cut ...  At last week's Conservative Political …
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Pledge of Allegiance dispute results in Md. teacher having to apologize  —  The mother of a 13-year-old Montgomery County middle school student is demanding an apology from a teacher who had school police escort the youngster from a classroom for refusing to say the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
 
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Robert F. Worth / New York Times:
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Katherine Mangu-Ward / Hit & Run:
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Ross Douthat:
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Anand Gopal / Christian Science Monitor:
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