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Strategy Memo: Second Summit

Good morning, Washington. Today at the White House, President Obama hosts a health care summit, which will be similar in format to the recent fiscal responsibility summit. He'll delivery opening remarks to the diverse group of stakeholders before they head into breakout sessions. Obama will then field questions at a closing session in the East Room. Elsewhere in the administration, Vice President Biden is in Florida to speak to the AFL-CIO.

The Senate will continue consideration today of the omnibus appropriations bill. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing on how the federal government plans to account for the expected $501 billion that will be spent over the next two years as a result of the economic stimulus package.

The House will vote today on Obama's housing legislation, which will help struggling homeowners lower their monthly mortgage payments in bankruptcy court. Speaker Nancy Pelosi will meet this afternoon with actor Brad Pitt on a project to construct affordable and environmentally-sustainable housing for low-income residents of the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans.

**President Obama
*Gallup: After months of sub-20% satisfaction with the way things are going in the country, the satisfaction level has been 20% or higher for the last seven days.

*The Washington Post, previewing today's health care summit: "Obama's opening gambit to dramatically expand the health-care system has attracted surprising notes of support from insurers, hospitals and other players in the powerful medical lobby who are set to participate in an unusual White House summit on the issue this afternoon. The lure for the industry is the prospect of tens of millions of new customers: If Obama succeeds in fulfilling his pledge to cover many more Americans, those newly insured people will get checkups, purchase medicine, undergo physical therapy and get surgeries they cannot afford today."

*The New York Times writes about how the administration is "grappling with the cloud that still lingers" over the Clinton health care plan "15 years after it imploded." "Intent on establishing herself as a powerful secretary of state, she has steered clear of public statements on the topic and has not discussed it in any detail with President Obama."

*White House officials say the current U.S. economic crisis only makes health care reform more imperative. Senior policy adviser Melody Barnes: "Our healthcare costs are exploding our economy. When he talks about getting spending under control ... one of the primary things he is focusing on is bringing our healthcare costs under control."

*Wall Street Journal says that the administration is considering changes to a proposal in his budget to reduce tax deductions enjoyed by upper-income Americans. "But after objections from Democratic lawmakers, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner appeared to suggest at one point Wednesday that the administration was willing to consider dropping or modifying the proposal. The resistance from Mr. Obama's own party -- focusing on a single element of the president's tax plans -- could foreshadow broader troubles for the rest of his proposed tax increases."

*Vice President Joe Biden is expected to reiterate the White House position that ''a strong middle class needs a strong labor movement" at the AFL-CIO meeting in Miami today. He'll also visit to a transit hub under construction near Miami International Airport, "where he will likely highlight President Obama's stimulus aid for transportation projects."

*The administration is hiring Vivek Kundra as the first-ever "Chief Information Officer." He's currently with the DC government. "Kundra, 34, is expected to oversee how government agencies purchase and use information technology and will be in charge of all federal technology spending. He also will be responsible for making sure agencies' networks and systems work together and share information while maintaining security and privacy standards."

*"Barack Obama won the presidency in large measure because he presented himself as a demarcation point," Karl Rove writes in the WSJ. "Last week's presentation of his budget shows that hope was a mirage."

*On a less serious note, the New York Times spends an entire 586 words about Obama's hair turning gray. "Mr. Obama's graying is still of the flecked variety, and appears to wax and wane depending on when he gets his hair cut, which he does about every two weeks. His barber, who goes by only one name, Zariff, takes umbrage with bloggers who alternately claim Mr. Obama, 47, is dyeing his hair gray (to appear more distinguished) or dyeing it black (to appear younger). "I can tell you that his hair is 100 percent natural," Zariff said. "He wouldn't get it colored."

*And everyone reports that the Obamas got a swing set for Malia and Sasha, just a stone's throw away from the Oval Office. "The president, the first lady and the girls tested out the swing set together. The first lady's office says that the Obama daughters, 10 and 7 years old, stayed playing for over an hour after their father had gone back to work."

**Congress
*And so begins Congress's investigation into the Bush administration: Karl Rove and former White House counsel Harriet Miers will testify on the U.S. Attorney firings in front of the House Judiciary Committee. Speaker Nancy Pelosi said this "upholds a fundamental principle: no one is above the law and Congressional subpoenas must be complied with."

*D.C. Voting Rights Snag: "The issue of giving the District of Columbia representation has been 'hijacked,' as one aide characterized it, by those favoring a lifting of many gun restrictions in Washington, D.C. Conservative Democrats who favor gun rights have been caught in the middle as the matter shifts to the House," reports the NYT.

*Former Lawmakers Get Earmarks?: "A $410 billion bill that would keep the government running through September directs $227 million to pet projects for former lawmakers, including an ex-congressman facing corruption charges, a USA TODAY analysis shows."

**Republicans
*Steele In The Ticking Off Business: WaPo: "Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele says he will keep pressing forward on his plans to remake the party, even if he occasionally annoys moderates or conservatives. 'I'm in the business of ticking people off,' he said in an interview. 'That's why I'm chairman.'"

*Congressional GOP on Rush: "Congressional Republicans are trying to figure out how to distance themselves from Rush Limbaugh without really distancing themselves too much from Rush Limbaugh. Democrats laid the trap by declaring Limbaugh the head of the GOP, and Republicans in Congress can't seem to figure out how to solve the riddle."

*Rush Limbaugh challenged Obama to appear on his radio show in the latest rounds between the host and the White House. And he had this to say about WH Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel: "Rahm Emanuel is the power behind the throne. And don't let his effeminate nature and his ballerina past mislead you on this. He may look effeminate. He was a ballerina at one time. But he has the feral instincts of a female rat defending its young."

*Minority Leader John Boehner has an op-ed today in the Washington Post on Limbaugh, after yesterday's from David Plouffe. "President Obama has said that we must change the way Washington operates in order to address the unprecedented challenges of today. I hope that those inside and close to the administration begin heeding his advice, because the change-the-subject campaign they are employing is the oldest trick in Washington's book."

*NRSC chair John Cornyn is circulating an e-mail to supporters calling the Limbaugh attacks an "outrage." "During his campaign last year, President Obama promised to bring a new tone to Washington. He decried partisan politics ... Yet, just weeks into his Administration the President's staff has been caught engaging in a coordinated and cynical political attack game - the very diversion and manipulation then-candidate Obama attacked the McCain campaign for last year."

**Campaign Stuff
The Columbia State reports that with Gresham Barrett entering the South Carolina gubernatorial race, it looks like "a replay, of sorts, of the 2002 race between Mark Sanford (then an ex-congressman), Charlie Condon (then the state attorney general) and Bob Peeler (then the lieutenant governor)." Current Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer and Attorney General Henry McMaster also are considering bids.

--Mike Memoli and Kyle Trygstad