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9:10 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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Sarah Palin / Facebook:
More of the Same, Only More Expensive  —  The President has wrestled control of the health care debate away from Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid by finally introducing his own plan.  Unfortunately, the White House's proposal includes everything we found untenable about the old Senate bill - only this one is even more expensive!
Ezra Klein:
There's no plan B for health-care reform  —  The Wall Street Journal has a splashy piece this evening on the White House's plan B for health-care reform: a fallback approach that would cover 15 million people, do less to reform the system and cut costs, and carry a lower price tag.  Call it health-care lite.
New York Times:
Preparing in Great Detail for a Health Debate, and for Its TV Audience  —  WASHINGTON — In convening Thursday's bipartisan health session, President Obama is angling to recreate the kind of spontaneous, unscripted debate that gave him a decided advantage when he took questions on live television …
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
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  —  Congressional Democrats are already looking beyond the White House health-care summit, reckoning that Thursday's session will amount to little more than political theater and focusing instead on a final round …
The Politico:   What to watch for at the summit
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Stupak: 15-20 Dems withholding support for White House health plan
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 …
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
NYT report could be end for Paterson
Discussion: Clusterstock
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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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.
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 …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Jeb Bush On Sarah Palin: If She Only Had A Brain...  (VIDEO)  —  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has some advice for Sarah Palin: You'd be a great, if you only had a brain.  —  In a recent interview with Newsmax, Bush was asked whether he thought Palin was a viable candidate for president.
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.
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Erik Wemple / City Desk:
Brauchli Confirms Print Death of “The Party” by Sally Quinn
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 …
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
Elijah Cummings / Examiner:
Thirty-one House Dems quizzing Toyota execs got UAW campaign cash  —  Two committees in the U.S. House of Representatives are holding hearings this week concerning allegations of sudden acceleration problems in Toyota cars and trucks sold in this country.  —  Among the witnesses appearing today …
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.
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
New York Times:
C.I.A. and Pakistan Work Together, but Do So Warily  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Inside a secret detention center in an industrial pocket of the Pakistani capital called I/9, teams of Pakistani and American spies have kept a watchful eye on a senior Taliban leader captured last month.
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.
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Dems say they're down but not out  —  Charlie Cook is predicting that Democrats will lose their House majority in November, and Republicans are beginning to get their mouths around the words “Speaker Boehner.”  —  But if the Democrats themselves are panicking, you wouldn't know it from talking to them.
Discussion: Politics Daily
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.
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?
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.
Ben Dimiero / Media Matters for America:
“Nuclear Option” stupidity comes full circle  —  Want to see a neat trick?  —  As we've documented extensively over the past year, conservatives have waged an ongoing campaign to re-brand the process of reconciliation as the “nuclear option.”  Feel free to read any of the hundred or so examples …
 
 
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Tilt Against Democrats' Plans if Summit Fails
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Joseph Morton / Omaha World-Herald:
Medical malpractice back on the table?
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The Hill:
Sen. McCain 'doesn't understand' Sen. Reid's repeated attacks on him
Robert F. Worth / New York Times:
Inquiry Grows in Dubai Assassination
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Associated Press:
Patriot Act Elements Extended
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Travel Promotion Act to Tax People Who Travel
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