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8:50 PM ET, January 21, 2010

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Associated Press:
Justices Block Key Part of Campaign Law  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has ruled that corporations may spend freely to support or oppose candidates for president and Congress, easing decades-old limits on their participation in federal campaigns.  —  By a 5-4 vote …
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Overturn Key Campaign Limits  —  WASHINGTON — Sweeping aside a century-old understanding and overruling two important precedents, a bitterly divided Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the government may not ban political spending by corporations in candidate elections.
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Political Fallout From the Supreme Court Ruling  —  Even before their Massachusetts victory this week, Republicans already enjoyed a multitude of advantages in this year's midterm elections.  The Supreme Court has likely just delivered one more: money.  —  Today's ruling upends …
The Hill:
Schumer calls for hearings on ‘un-American’ court decision  —  The Supreme Court's ruling Thursday striking down limits on corporate and union spending in elections is “un-American,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Thursday.  —  Schumer, a top Senate Democrat who formerly ran their campaign committee …
Rick Jacobs / The Huffington Post:   Prop 8 on trial: Justice and equality in the age of the Internet
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Obama blasts court decision
Discussion: Think Progress and JOSHUAPUNDIT
Erin Miller / SCOTUSblog:
Citizens United round-up: morning edition
Rachel Slajda / TPMDC:
Pelosi: There Aren't Enough Votes To Pass The Senate Bill  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi just told reporters that she does not believe she has enough votes in the House to pass the Senate health care reform bill as-is — at least not yet.  —  “I don't see the votes for it at this time,” Pelosi said.
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Washington Post:
Pelosi says House cannot pass Senate's health-care bill without changes  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that the Senate will have to amend its version of a health-care reform bill before her chamber can pass it.  —  “I don't think it's possible to pass the Senate bill in the House …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Raul Grijalva Flirting With History's Greatest Monster Status
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Pelosi Pulls The Plug
Discussion: Newsweek Blogs
Michelle Malkin:
Lib talk radio flops again: Air America goes bankrupt  —  Thanks to David Lunde for the photoshop  —  The surprise isn't that liberal talk radio network Air America announced it is going bankrupt today.  —  The surprise is that they lasted so long on fumes.  —  Here's an excerpt of the statement on its website pulling the plug:
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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Air America to Cease Broadcasting Immediately  —  Air America, the progressive talk radio network, said Thursday that it would cease broadcasting immediately, bowing to what it called a “very difficult economic environment.”  —  “It is with the greatest regret, on behalf of our board …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Air America goes bankrupt, off air  —  Liberal radio network Air America has gone bankrupt and will cease live programming, the company told employees today.  —  “The very difficult economic environment has had a significant impact on Air America's business.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Liberal talk-radio network Air America to cease operations
Discussion: The Greenroom and Weasel Zippers
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Edwards doing ‘things he wanted’
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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Charles Hawley / Spiegel Online:
The World Bids Farewell to Obama  —  US President Barack Obama suffered a painful defeat in Massachusetts on Tuesday.  With mid-term elections looming, it means that Obama will have to fundamentally re-think his political course.  German commentators say it is the end of hope.
Discussion: Don Surber
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Fluid and Muddle  —  I've been poking around some sources in Washington, DC (and combining this with what I've heard from our TPMDC team) and my sense is that Health Care Reform is both dead and not dead.  Let's say it's among the Undead.  There does seem to be some continuing effort …
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Brown camp won't say whether controversial endorsement is legitimate  —  Scott Brown's campaign will not say whether their candidate has endorsed Bill Hudak, a Republican Congressional candidate in Massachusetts who posted flyers portraying Barack Obama as Osama bin Laden.
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Ezra Klein:
And the failure stories begin  —  If you want to see why letting health-care reform die is a bad idea, look no further than Michael Scherer's story tallying up “Five Ways Obama Went Wrong.”  Scherer hammers Obama for taking on too much, overestimating his mandate, assuming voters would trust the government, and more.
Jan Crawford / CBS News:
Justice Stevens Stumbles: A Step To Retirement?  —  Justice John Paul Stevens has left some clues he's planning to retire this year, shortly after he turns 90 years old.  He's only hired one law clerk for next term, for example, and not the four that sitting justices typically hire every year.
Hillary Rodham Clinton / US Department of State:
Remarks on Internet Freedom  —  The Newseum  —  Washington, DC  —  SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you very much, Alberto, for not only that kind introduction but your and your colleagues' leadership of this important institution.  It's a pleasure to be here at the Newseum.
The Hugh Hewitt Show:
Christopher Hitchens reacting to Massachusetts, and non-believer relief to Haiti  —  HH: But we begin as we do when we are lucky on Wednesdays with columnist for Vanity Fair, Christopher Hitchens.  Mr. Hitchens, do you remember an election as surprising as last night's?  —  CH: I'm sure I could if I tried.
Discussion: Think Progress and alicublog
 
 
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Igor / Think Progress:
Will Brown Give Back The Federal Money That Subsidized Health Reform …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Boon For Blogs?  —  Ezra digests the news over the NYT paywall:
Discussion: Felix Salmon
Ezra Klein:
Can Democrats govern?  —  It's worth taking a step …
Discussion: TigerHawk
Daniel Rubin / Philly.com:
It was no joke at security gate
Discussion: Raw Story
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The “Never Takes Responsibility for Anything” Wing
The Rothenberg / The Rothenberg Political Report:
AR Sen moved to Lean Takeover
Discussion: TPMDC
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Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Mollohan alert  —  Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-W.V.) may be running …
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Cantor takes swipe at Steele over RNC's retreat in Hawaii
Discussion: The Politico
The White House:
President Obama Calls for New Restrictions on Size and Scope …
CNN:
Cindy McCain poses for same-sex marriage campaign
Discussion: News Desk, The Note and CBS News
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Pennsylvania Senate
Glenn Garvin / Changing Channels:
MSNBC to Massachusetts: Drop dead!
Discussion: TVNewser, Mediaite and Olbermann Watch
Ezra Klein:
Some comments on ‘staying home’
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