Lunchtime Links: February 25, 2010

The health care summit between President Obama and Congressional leaders is underway. Follow with a live blog.

Every teacher at a Rhode Island high school was fired by the district’s school board because of its low graduation rate, a move which has ignited national attention to education reform.

Two prominent business leaders were on the Congressional hot seat for their company’s actions. Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda apologized for the swelling number of recalls on the company’s cars, while WellPoint chief Angela Braly was left to defend the company’s proposed rate hikes in California which top out at 39 percent.

A killer whale at Orlando’s SeaWorld killed a trainer in front an audience Wednesday. It was the third time the whale had been involved in a human death.

The traditional secular approach of American foreign policy alienates it from many traditional cultures it interacts with, according to a two-year study by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. The council’s 32-member task force, which included former government officials and scholars representing all major faiths, delivered its report to the White House on Tuesday. The report warns of a serious “capabilities gap” and recommends that President Obama make religion “an integral part of our foreign policy.”

The U.S. and Canadian women’s hockey teams already have a strong rivalry heading into tonight’s gold medal game at the Winter Olympics.

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