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7:10 PM 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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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Tilt Against Democrats' Plans if Summit Fails  —  Most doubt an agreement will result from Thursday's summit  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans are skeptical that lawmakers will agree on a new healthcare bill at Thursday's bipartisan healthcare summit in Washington …
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.
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
The big bipartisan lie  —  If President Barack Obama really wanted to show he's serious about winning over Republicans on health care reform, he could offer up some key concessions at Thursday's summit, like caps on malpractice awards or allowing insurers to sell across state lines.
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.
Yuval Levin / The Corner on National Review Online:
The Summit So Far — By: Yuval Levin
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Ryan: “We don't think all the answers lie in Washington”
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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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
First Reaction to The Health Care Summit  —  President Obama is so much smarter and a better communicator than members of Congress in either party.  The contrast, side by side, is almost ridiculous.  —  Update: Good example of what I'm talking about: Lamar Alexander contradicts Obama …
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.
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
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
2008 Redux: McCain v. Obama At Health Care Summit (VIDEO)
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and Daily Kos
MiamiHerald.com:
Marco Rubio charged personal bills on GOP card  —  Senate candidate Marco Rubio said he reimbursed the state GOP for expenses put on an American Express card given to him by his party.  —  BREINHARD@MIAMIHERALD.COM  —  U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio charged grocery bills …
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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.
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 …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Abramowitz: House Dems Doomed Even If Political Climate Changes
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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.
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CNN:
Highlights of Obama's health care summit  —  President Obama's bipartisan health care summit follows months of heated debate in which substance has often been drowned out by partisan rancor.  CNN.com has full coverage of the talks.  —  (CNN) — 5:21 p.m.: Summit adjourns
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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 …
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.
John Sides / The Monkey Cage:
CORRECTED Graph for “Conflicted Conservatives”  —  In comments on my first post, Marty Gilens alerts me to errors in the 2008 ANES data file that involve the spending variables that I used (noted here on their webpage).  It is my fault for not having seen this.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Think Progress and Hullabaloo
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Truth squad: Boehner wrong to say Obama took zero GOP ideas  —  The office of House Minority Leader John Boehner claims that Democratic proposals “do not implement a single major GOP reform that would lower costs for families and small businesses.”  —  Three of the 11 pages …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Los Angeles Times:
Most ‘tea party’ followers are baby boomers reliving the '60s  —  A poll debunks assumptions about the movement, showing that it's largely middle-class, college-educated, white and male.  —  Oceans of ink, terabytes of blog space and an eternity of television time have been devoted …
CBS News:
Americans Running Out of Patience on Health Care, Polls Show  —  Posted by Jennifer De Pinto 4 comments - Share - - - Share - E-mail - Print - Font A recent CBS News/New York Times Poll, conducted February 5-10, finds that Americans may be running out of patience when it comes …
Discussion: Hot Air, CentristNet and race42008.com
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Republicans watching the clock  —  Before Democratic Rep. Jim Clyburn started talking, the time of possession was:  —  Democrats: about 74 minutes Republicans: about 37 minutes  —  Post Comment  —  Pages  —  Sob stories take longer to tell than ideas and facts.
Front Page Magazine:
CPAC Shills for Islamic Terrorists  —  Posted by Frontpagemag.com on Feb 25th, 2010 and filed under FrontPage.  You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0.  You can leave a response or trackback to this entry  —  Frontpage Interview's guest today is Pamela Geller …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
City Room:
Top Paterson Official Resigns  —  The cabinet official who supervises the state police has resigned in the wake of a reports of intervention by the state police and Gov. David A. Paterson into a domestic-assault case against a senior Paterson aide.  —  The official, Denise E. O'Donnell …
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Sylvestre Reyes Inserts Anti-Torture Provision Into Intelligence Funding Bill.  —  Democratic Congressman Sylvestre Reyes, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, has proposed an amendment to the 2010 Intelligence Authorization Act that would hold any “officer or employee of the intelligence community” …
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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James A. Barnes / Hotline On Call:
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Breaking: Prominent Congressional Dem Defends Obama On National Security
Discussion: Josh Gerstein's Blog
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Birther backs Hayworth, hits McCain
Discussion: CNN and race42008.com
Seumas Milne / Guardian:
Anti-Muslim hatred is a threat to us all
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Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Graham's talks with White House on Gitmo frustrate House GOP
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Audio: Pawlenty endorses McCain in AZ primary
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