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6:45 PM ET, January 22, 2010

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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
SEIU Chief: If Dems Pass Scaled-Down Health Bill, Labor Will Have Trouble Staying “Focused On National Politics”  —  SEIU chief Andy Stern took a hard shot at Dem leaders just now for considering a scaled-down health care bill, strongly hinting that labor might not work as hard for Dem candidates …
Discussion: The Hill
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Van Hollen: Senate Bill's Brand May Be Irrevocably Tarnished, So We May Go Reconciliation Instead  —  In a candid assessment of the politics of health care, DCCC chief Chris Van Hollen said in an interview that the Senate bill's brand may be irrevocably tarnished, particularly among independents …
Ezra Klein:
Is it time to break up?  —  I should say, at the outset, that I'm not a fan of this idea.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Leading Health Care Experts Tell House To Pass Senate Health Care Bill
Harold Pollack / The New Republic:
47 Health Policy Experts (Including Me) Say, “Sign the Senate Bill”
Discussion: The Politico
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., Majority Favors Suspending Work on Healthcare Bill  —  Seven in 10 say Massachusetts election result reflects frustrations shared by Americans  —  PRINCETON, NJ — In the wake of Republican Scott Brown's victory in Tuesday's U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts, the majority of Americans …
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Do the Right Thing  —  A message to House Democrats: This is your moment of truth.  You can do the right thing and pass the Senate health care bill.  Or you can look for an easy way out, make excuses and fail the test of history.  —  Tuesday's Republican victory in the Massachusetts special election means …
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
If Republicans run as strongly as Brown, only 103 House Dems are safe.  —  Senior Political Analyst  —  Republican Scott Brown won 52%-47% in Massachusetts, which voted 62%-36% for Barack Obama in 2008.  How did he do in each of Massachusetts's 10 congressional districts …
New York Times:
The Court's Blow to Democracy  —  With a single, disastrous 5-to-4 ruling, the Supreme Court has thrust politics back to the robber-baron era of the 19th century.  Disingenuously waving the flag of the First Amendment, the court's conservative majority has paved the way for corporations …
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Keith Olbermann / msnbc.com:
U.S. government for sale  —  With no limits on campaign financing, corporations will take over the government  —  SPECIAL COMMENT  —  Finally tonight, as promised, a Special Comment on the Supreme Court's ruling today in the case titled “Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.”
Ben Craw / TPM LiveWire:
Getting It Done: The Year In Obama-Led Health Care Reform (VIDEO)  —  Well folks, it's been one year since President Barack Obama took office.  And he spent a lot of that year working on health care reform.  —  But with the future of reform uncertain at best in the wake of the special election …
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J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Filibuster reform bill headed for Senate floor, faces uphill battle  —  Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) intends to introduce legislation that would take away the minority's power to filibuster legislation.  —  Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) intends in the next few weeks to introduce legislation …
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Tony Romm / The Hill:
Dodd: Time to ‘take a breather’ on healthcare
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Dodd: Dems might need a month off from reform
Discussion: The New Republic
Sahil Kapur / The Raw Story:
NOW: ‘Kill the Senate health bill entirely’  —  Share on Facebook Stumble This!  —  Group laments ‘fierce anti-abortion language,’ cites ‘male-dominated’ Democratic Party in Coakley loss  —  WASHINGTON — As Democrats weigh options for health reform following a major setback …
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Sabrina Eaton / Plain Dealer:
Obama has suspicious number of letter-writing fans named ‘Ellie Light’  —  Ellie Light sure gets around.  —  In recent weeks, Light has published virtually identical “Letters to the Editor” in support of President Barack Obama in more than a dozen newspapers.Every letter claimed …
Discussion: RedState
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   Letters for Obama  —  A couple of weeks ago I published an articulate …
BBC:
UK terror threat level ‘severe’  —  The UK terror threat level is being raised from “substantial” to “severe”, the Home Office has said.  —  The new alert level means a terrorist attack is considered “highly likely”.  It had stood at substantial since July.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and PoliBlog
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Sean O'Neill / Times of London:   Terrorist threat level raised to ‘severe’
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
2012 Presidential Poll  —  For the first time in one of our monthly polls looking ahead to the 2012 Presidential election Barack Obama trails one of his hypothetical opponents, albeit by the smallest of margins.  —  Mike Huckabee has a 45-44 advantage over Obama, aided largely by a 44-38 lead with independents.
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Opposition Grows Against Second Term for Bernanke  —  The confirmation of Ben S. Bernanke to a second four-year term as chairman of the Federal Reserve ran into further trouble on Friday as two more Democratic senators said they would vote against him.  —  The White House came to Mr. Bernanke's defense …
Heidi Przybyla / Bloomberg:
Obama Seen as Anti-Business by 77% of U.S. Investors  —  Buzz up!  —  Jan. 22 (Bloomberg) — U.S. investors overwhelmingly see President Barack Obama as anti-business and question his ability to manage a financial crisis, according to a Bloomberg survey.  —  The global quarterly poll …
Elise Hu / The Texas Tribune:
No Love Lost  —  At 9:45 this morning, George H.W. Bush will open up his West Houston home to the press to make what is, for the octogenarian former president, a rare overtly political announcement: In the intra-Republican party fight for Texas governor, 41 has chosen U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison over Gov. Rick Perry.
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Jon Stewart Mocks Keith Olbermann Over Scott Brown Attacks  —  Jon Stewart mocks Keith Olbermann for his attacks on Scott Brown and other conservatives, including Rush Limbaugh and Michelle Malkin.  —  To comment on this video or click the “Comments” link below.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Senate Rankings: Post-Masspocalypse Edition  —  We are transitioning, a little earlier than I'd planned, into a more or less fully automated version of our Senate race rankings.  From now until November, our rankings will be based entirely on polling and other objective variables …
NECN:
Ayla Brown acknowledges it: She voted for Kerry  —  (NECN: Boston) - Her father is the talk of Washington Republicans, but Ayla Brown says she has an independent streak - and a voting record to prove it.  In an interview with Beth Shelburne of New England Cable News Friday, Ayla Brown …
Discussion: USA Today
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Now Fight!  —  The seismic events of the last few days ends, in some respects, the phony war of the first year of Obama's presidency.  As is the case in truly fracturing democracies, the opposition simply does not and cannot accept the fact that it is out of power.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
On bombing suspect, tough questions for Eric Holder  —  It seems like a pretty simple question.  Who made the decision to charge Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the accused terrorist arrested for trying to blow up a Northwest Airlines jet on Christmas Day, as an everyday criminal, as opposed to an enemy combatant?
Discussion: Hot Air and JustOneMinute
 
 
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