"The report by the White House Council of Economic Advisers says that health care costs -- now about 18 percent of the gross domestic product -- will rise to 34 percent in 30 years if left unchecked, wreaking havoc on the federal deficit, businesses and working Americans," the AP says. "Obama administration officials, urgently seeking to build momentum for health care legislation, planned to discuss the report's findings at the White House on Tuesday with leaders of the key Senate committees drafting bills."
"The White House is privately reinforcing to Capitol Hill that health care reform is its immediate and top priority, prompting new questions about the timing and future of climate change legislation," Roll Call reports.
The Boston Globe: "Leaders of the country's largest and most influential liberal groups said yesterday they are poised to spend $82 million to help push through sweeping healthcare legislation this year."
Turning to Middle East peace… "President Obama, just days before traveling to the Middle East to deliver a key speech on U.S.-Muslim relations, on Monday reasserted U.S. support for Israel. But in an interview with NPR, the president also said he will continue to push for a Palestinian state and for a freeze on Israeli settlements in the West Bank. 'I don't think we have to change strong support for Israel,' Obama said during an interview with NPR hosts."
More: "'We do have to retain a constant belief in the possibilities of negotiations that will lead to peace,' Obama said. 'And that's going to require, from my view, a two-state solution.' It will also require, he said, a freeze on Israeli settlements, including expansion to accommodate successive generations of settlers, and for Palestinians to make progress on security and end 'the incitement that understandably makes Israelis so concerned.'"
Politico says "the administration's escalating pressure on Israel to freeze all growth of its settlements on Palestinian land has begun to stir concern among Israel's numerous allies in both parties on Capitol Hill."
Politico also looks at the Democratic National Committee's fundraising: "Ultimately, the DNC sold out the event and raised between $3 million and $4 million, but not before being reminded, once again, of the disappointing state of party fundraising. Indeed, at a time that was supposed to be a golden era of Democratic fundraising, with a popular president in charge and Congress firmly ensconced in Democratic hands, the early fundraising hauls have been, well, downright ordinary."
Speaking of raising money, "Vice President Biden hit New York Monday night in a double-pronged 'stimulus' tour -- to raise cash for Democrats and talk up President Obama's $787 billion spending package," the New York Daily News writes. The fundraiser netted about $200,000, the paper writes.