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2:55 PM ET, February 26, 2010

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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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Darleen Click / protein wisdom:
Full speed off the cliff  —  A roundup of reactions of Obama's Kabuki Theatre yesterday here.  —  Not that any minds were changed.  Obama kept trying to strike a pose for the cameras as Serious Contemplator — stroking his chin, pursing lips, scribbling notes, picking his nose …
The Atlantic Online:
Thoughts on the Health Care Summit  —  So, the health care summit.  What do we think?  —  Well, like the rest of the press, I think it was a phenomenal waste of time, if you thought we were maybe going to make some kind of policy progress.  What did we learn from the summit?
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Professor Obama schools lawmakers on health-care reform  —  Republicans had been hesitant to accept President Obama's invitation to participate in Thursday's White House health-care summit.  Their hesitance turned out to be justified.  —  An equal number of Democratic and Republican lawmakers …
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 …
Samantha Lyster / Times of London:
Try to stay awake: the President has a healthcare Bill to pass
Discussion: Sense of Events and Gateway Pundit
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Top Dem chairman signals House will act first on healthcare  —  The House could act first to pass a healthcare bill within the next month, a top House chairman signaled Thursday.  —  Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee and a close ally …
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
At summit, Obama mostly hears Obama
Kenneth Lovett / NY Daily News:
Gov. David Paterson pulls plug on election bid, but will not resign: insider  —  Embattled Gov. Paterson has pulled the plug on his election bid, a source close to the governor said Friday.  —  Paterson will announce the decision later Friday.  —  Paterson has been under fire for having contacted …
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NY Daily News:
Editorial: For everyone's sake, please go, Gov. Paterson  —  Like most New Yorkers, the Daily News greeted David Paterson's ascension to the governorship with best wishes and fervent hope for success in endeavors suddenly assumed.  Today, just shy of two years later, we urge Paterson to step down immediately.
Danny Hakim / City Room:
Paterson to Drop Out of Race for Governor
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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Political Punch:
Is There a Plan C?: …
The Politico:
Dems call for Rangel's gavel  —  After months of holding ranks, Democrats are finally turning on House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) in the wake of an ethics committee finding that he violated House rules by accepting a Caribbean junket.  —  Early Friday, Rep. Paul Hodes …
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Jared Allen / The Hill:
Pelosi sticks with Rangel, notes ethics panel ‘did not take action’
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs, The Page and Commentary
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Gregg: Reconciliation Is The Rule Of The Senate (VIDEO)  —  Republicans are doing everything they can to convince the media and the public that using the budget reconciliation process to finish health care would be a grave crime against democracy.  —  But reconciliation is part of the Senate rules.
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Washington Monthly
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Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers to step down  —  WASHINGTON—White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers told me Friday she will step down next month, after presiding over 330 events in the White House in 14 months.  —  Rogers is departing after achieving a major goal …
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 …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:   Schultz: Rip out Cheney's heart
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Patents The News Feed (Updated)  —  On Tuesday, Facebook was awarded a major patent for “Dynamically providing a news feed about a user of a social network”.  This is a huge deal for a number of reasons, most significantly that it grants Facebook the opportunity to pursue …
National Journal Online:
Senate Ratings  —  HOW SENATORS SCORED ON LIBERAL-CONSERVATIVE SCALES IN THREE ISSUE CATEGORIES AND OVERALL. … In the following list, senators are assigned separate scores for their roll-call votes on key economic, social and foreign-policy issues during 2009.
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.
Eric Dash / New York Times:
On Wall Street, a Romance With Curling  —  Wall Street trading is often described as a blood sport.  But inside the great investment houses, the sport of the moment is, of all things, curling — that oddball of the Olympics that is sort of like shuffleboard on ice.
Associated Press:
After Canadian gold, cigars and champagne  —  VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The women of the Canadian hockey team politely accepted their gold medals and waved to an adoring crowd.  And then the real celebration began.  —  More than half an hour after they beat the United States 2-0 on Thursday …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Obama names labor leader to fiscal commission  —  President Obama announced today his appointees to a recently created bipartisan fiscal commission, including prominent labor leader and Democratic activist Andy Stern.  —  Stern, chairman of the Service Employees International Union …
 
 
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