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Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) told Fox News this morning that the Senate should only pass health care legislation if it can get 70 or 80 votes.

He also called reconciliation -- a process by which Democrats could pass legislation with a simple majority -- a "trick."

"If you're gonna pass something that's gonna impact everyone in this country personally, their own personal health care, and impact one sixth of the economy, you ought to get something like this passed with 70 or 80 votes in the Senate," he said. "That's the way you get the American people to say, yes, this must be a good idea.'"

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In John Yoo's vision of executive power, the president can legally order a village of civilians "massacred," according to the internal Justice Department report released Friday.

But in a letter (.pdf) sent to the DOJ last October, Yoo's lawyer, Miguel Estrada, accused the DOJ's Office of Professional Responsibility of ripping "out of context" Yoo's statement on the massacre question.

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President Obama took the Senate health care bill and stripped special deals and added his preferred compromise for taxing high-end insurance plans, detailing for the first time his preferred approach for finishing the long battle for reform.

The White House just released the Obama plan in advance of Thursday's health care summit, framing it as an improvement to the Senate bill and an ultimate compromise.

The administration is signaling they are prepared to push the plan through reconciliation, talking about the need for an "up or down" vote, and wants the American people to see the negotiations play out on television among Democrats and Republicans.

Obama aides described what they are posting today at as the president's "take" on bridging the differences between the House and Senate bills passed last year. It's largely been crafted based on negotiations Democratic leaders had with Obama in the Cabinet room before the Jan. 19 election in Massachusetts.

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The White House has outlined a package of fixes to the Senate health care bill, which they hope can bring reform over the finish line, and they're prepared to push the changes through the filibuster-proof reconciliation process if Republicans insist on filibustering.

"This package is designed to help us [use reconciliation] if the Republican party decides to filibuster health care reform," said White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer. "That was certainly a factor that went in to how we put this proposal together."

Pfeiffer said the White House views this as "the opening bid," for the bipartisan health care summit scheduled for this Thursday. The hope--a long shot--is that one or more Republicans can agree to support this proposal, allowing Dems to pass it via more standard legislative channels. But if that fails, reconciliation can be used as a backstop.

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Just a few days after his rousing keynote address at CPAC, a new poll shows Marco Rubio extending his lead over Gov. Charlie Crist in the the GOP Senate primary in Florida.

The latest numbers from Rasmussen, taken in Florida on the day of the Feb. 18 CPAC keynote, show Rubio dominating Crist, 54-36.

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee -- who finished tied for sixth place with just 4 percent of the vote in the Conservative Political Action Conference's presidential straw poll over the weekend -- slammed CPAC on Fox News afterward.

The conference, he said, "has become increasingly more Libertarian and less Republican."

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Senate To Hold Key Test Vote On Scaled-Down Jobs Bill Senate Democrats face a key procedural vote today, with a motion to proceed on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) scaled-down jobs bill. Reid will need 60 votes for cloture, and as of yet no Republicans have declared themselves to be in favor of it.

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama and Vice President Biden will receive the presidential daily briefing at 9:15 a.m. ET. Obama will deliver remarks at 10:05 a.m. ET to the National Governors Association. He will meet at 12:40 p.m. ET with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA). He will meet at 1:15 p.m. ET with senior advisors. Obama and Biden will meet at 3 p.m. ET with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, and at 3:30 p.m. ET with Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis.

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The chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), has signed the letter urging leadership to pass a public option via reconciliation. He is the 20th senator to do so.

The letter also gained the backing of former DNC Chair Howard Dean's group, Democracy for America. In a fund-raising email to supporters, Dean praises the letter as a renewed, serious push for the public option.

"We're back on offense with the momentum on our side," he wrote.

The letter, written by Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), also has 119 signatures from House members.

Passing a measure by reconciliation would require 50 votes.

The daughter of the man who allegedly flew a plane into an IRS building in Austin, killing one person and injuring a dozen others, says her father is a hero because he stood up to the system.

"I think too many people lay around and wait for things to happen. But if nobody comes out and speaks up on behalf of injustice, then nothing will ever be accomplished," Samantha Bell told Good Morning America.

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