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9:40 AM ET, February 26, 2010

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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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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 …
The Politico:
Bunning holds floor: ‘Tough s—t’  —  Senate Democrats spent Thursday night hammering away at Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) for single-handedly holding up action in the upper chamber - but he blurted out a message to one of them on the Senate floor: “Tough s—t.”
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!
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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Sanders: Senate has the votes to pass public option via reconciliation
Washington Post:
At health-care summit, Obama tells Republicans he's eager to move ahead
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Spinning the health care summit
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
No clear winner in seven-hour gabfest
Discussion: CentristNet and Ben Smith's Blog
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Afflicting the Afflicted  —  If we're lucky, Thursday's summit will turn out to have been the last act in the great health reform debate, the prologue to passage of an imperfect but nonetheless history-making bill.  If so, the debate will have ended as it began: with Democrats offering moderate plans …
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Associated Press:
FACT CHECK: Dueling polls and dubious stats
Discussion: CBS News and The Page
Mike Allen / The Politico:
One last health-reform sprint: House, Senate race to an Easter deadline for ‘the big bill’ — Mitch ‘The Knife’ Daniels eyes '12 prez run — N.Y. tabs say Paterson must go  —  BREAKING — George W. Bush, whose book will be out Nov. 8, at this morning's closed-door Bush-Cheney alumni reunion breakfast …
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Kevin Bohn / CNN:
Bush, Cheney meet for first time since 2009 inauguration
Discussion: Washington Wire
The Politico:
Committee scolds 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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Dan Pfeiffer / White House.gov Blog Feed:
A Productive Day & Another Step Towards Putting Americans in Charge of Their Health Care  —  Ed. Note: Watch video of the meeting in our section on the President's proposal.  —  Today's bipartisan health care meeting offered something you rarely see in Washington: an open, honest, productive discussion between the political parties.
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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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Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Paterson Gets Some Sobering Advice on His Political Future  —  ALBANY — Gov. David A. Paterson said Thursday night that as he weighed his political future, he was seeking counsel from elected officials across the state.  But the first few hours of that listening effort offered some sobering advice.
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Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Defeated congresswoman's car still in House parking lot — more than 3 years later — even though she's a registered lobbyist  —  Former Rep. Melissa Hart may have hit the road and gone back home to Pittsburgh in 2006 when she lost her bid for re-election, but it appears that a car …
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Plan to Seek Use of U.S. Contracts as a Wage Lever  —  The Obama administration is planning to use the government's enormous buying power to prod private companies to improve wages and benefits for millions of workers, according to White House officials and several interest groups briefed on the plan.
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 …
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
The Huffington Post:
Madoff Whistleblower Book: Claims He Uncovered State Street Fraud, Thought About Killing Madoff  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  In an explosive new book, Bernie Madoff whistleblower Harry Markopolos tells the inside story of how he uncovered the $65 billion fraud, claims that he exposed State …
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.
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
BIDEN: IT'S EASY BEING VP  —  There have been some tense moments during today's health care summit at the Blair House, but not for Vice President Joe Biden, it seems.  —  Just moments before the afternoon session got underway, C-SPAN's cameras picked up audio of Biden chatting casually with participants.
Discussion: Hot Air and Left Coast Rebel
 
 
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