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Is it just bravado or is President Obama really as confident as he seems about next week's bipartisan White House summit on healthcare reform? Guest host Lawrence O'Donnell talks about what advantages Republican leaders will have in the unprecedented televised negotiating session. Will it be the President's final meeting on healthcare reform or the beginning of a new bipartisan strategy to pass a bill? Also, Toyota considers another recall, AND how a New Jersey judge changed the sports horizon for American girls.

Banner image: President Obama (2nd R) meets with House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), House Assembly Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on February 9. White House photo: Pete Souza

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Christian Bordal
Gary Scott

Main Topic Obama Takes the Healthcare Debate Public 37 MIN, 10 SEC

On Thursday of next week, President Obama will host an unprecedented televised bipartisan negotiation on healthcare reform. Already there is partisan jousting over the ground rules. Republican Congressional leaders want to start the meeting with a blank slate; President plans to use a single compromise version of the bills passed by the House and Senate as his negotiating starting point. But will the President and Congressional Democrats be able to agree on a single bill? Will Obama's mastery at the microphone carry the day, or will Republican attacks on the bill's policies drive the final nails in the coffin of healthcare reform?

Guests:
Ezra Klein, Washington Post (@ezraklein)
Tony Blankley, Co-host, 'Left, Right & Center'
Susan Dentzer, Health Affairs journal
Norman Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute (@AEI)
Trudy Lieberman, Contributing Editor, Columbia Journalism Review

Reporter's Notebook Women in Sports: From Little League to the Big Leagues 5 MIN, 56 SEC

In 1973, a 12-year-old in Hoboken, put on her uniform to play Little League baseball. When Little League's national office banned Maria Pepe after three games, she took her case to court. New Jersey Judge Sylvia Pressler wrote "the institution of Little League is as American as the hot dog and apple pie. There is no reason why that part of Americana should be withheld from girls." Pressler died Monday at the age of 75. Marie Hardin, Associate Director of the Penn State's Curley Center for Sports Journalism, looks at the impact of that decision.

Guests:
Marie Hardin, Associate Director, Penn State's Curley Center for Sports Journalism

Making News Corolla's Turn to Be Recalled? 7 MIN, 33 SEC

Toyota is considering yet another recall. This time power steering is the problem in the Corolla, a top-selling subcompact. Today, Toyota president Akio Toyoda announced he won't be attending a congressional hearing on the safety issues his company is confronting. "I trust that our officials in the US will amply answer the questions...We are sending the best people to the hearing, and I hope to back up the efforts from headquarters." Kate Linebaugh covers the auto industry for the Wall Street Journal.

Guests:
Kate Linebaugh, Reporter, Wall Street Journal

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