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12:15 PM ET, January 22, 2010

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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 …
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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 …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
What Scott Brown's win means for the Democrats  —  On Jan. 14, five days before the Massachusetts special election, President Obama was in full bring-it-on mode as he rallied House Democrats behind his health-care reform.  “If Republicans want to campaign against what we've done by standing …
The Huffington Post:
New Dem Worry: GOP Taking Credit For Health Care Reform  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Health care reform advocates are concerned that passing a scaled-back version of reform legislation — an option being considered by President Obama and Democratic Party leaders — could end up playing into the hands of Republican electoral politics.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Will the Base Abandon Hope?  —  Imagine for a moment that you're a liberal.  Oh, I know, that won't be a stretch for some of you.  Over the years, you've developed a pretty thick skin, since while you've won an election now and then, you haven't had too many policy victories since ... well, since forever.
Political Punch:
Senate Dems Not Sure They Can Get Enough Votes to Reconfirm Bernanke  —  Amidst the voter anger at Wall Street and Washington, D.C., ABC News has learned that the Senate Democratic leadership isn't sure there are enough votes to re-confirm Ben Bernanke for another term as chairman of the Federal Reserve.
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The Politico:
Dem health care talks collapsing  —  Health care reform teetered on the brink of collapse Thursday as House and Senate leaders struggled to coalesce around a strategy to rescue the plan, in the face of growing pessimism among lawmakers that the president's top priority can survive.
New York Times:
A New Search for Consensus on Health Care Bill  —  WASHINGTON — Even as Speaker Nancy Pelosi affirmed her commitment to pass far-reaching health care legislation this year, members of Congress and health policy experts began Thursday to deal with the reality that a smaller bill would have a better chance.
Ezra Klein:
Don't forget to blame the Senate  —  A lot of the onus for health care's sudden derailing has been placed on the House, which is bafflingly opposed to passing the Senate bill.  But the Senate isn't making life any easier, refusing to do the one thing that would make the House comfortable with the Senate bill.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and TalkLeft
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHAT A SCALED-BACK BILL MIGHT LOOK LIKE.... The entire health …
Discussion: The New Republic
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
Jan Crawford / CBS News:
Justice Stevens Stumbles: A Step To Retirement?
Room for Debate:
How Corporate Money Will Reshape Politics
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Peter Finn / Washington Post:
Justice task force recommends about 50 Guantanamo detainees be held indefinitely
Lisa de Moraes / Moraes on TV:
Jay Leno to keynote White House Correspondents Dinner  —  White House Correspondents Association has picked this week's most unpopular stand-up comic Jay Leno be the keynote speaker at this year's White House Correspondents DInner.  —  An NBC rep confirmed the invitation to The TV Column.
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Jay Leno: Washington-bound, May 1
Discussion: USA Today
Melanie Trottman / Wall Street Journal:
Union Households Gave Boost to GOP's Brown  —  WASHINGTON—Republican Scott Brown's victory in the Massachusetts Senate race was lifted by strong support from union households, in a sign of trouble for President Barack Obama and Democrats who are counting on union support in the 2010 midterm elections.
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The Huffington Post:
Scott Brown's Wife Music VIDEO: Gail Huff's RACY ‘Girl With The Curious Hand’ (PHOTOS)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  On Tuesday night, Scott Brown's wife pleaded with her husband to stop advertising his “available” daughters, but a video we've dug up reveals that Gail Huff wasn't always so prim and proper.
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
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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
McConnell: Who Gave the Christmas Day Bomber the Right to Remain Silent?
Discussion: Power Line
WCBS-TV:
Bloomberg Hammers Obama, Congress Over Bank Plan  —  Mayor Says President's Idea To Limit Size And Investments Will Lead To Big Problems For NYC, Including Layoffs  —  Hizzoner Suggests Salaries Of D.C. Lawmakers Be Held Back For Decade  —  NEW YORK (CBS) ― President Barack Obama's demand Thursday …
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Michael Hirsh / Newsweek:
The Politics of Hubris  —  A bridge too far.  Bought his own press.
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Mother Jones
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.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Stewart slams Olby
Discussion: Verum Serum
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Scott Baio Receives Death Threats For Posting Unflattering Photo of Michelle O on Twitter  —  They want to kill Chaci.  —  Conservative Scott Baio is being threatened on twitter.  —  Scott Baio, who supported Scott Brown in Massachusetts, received death threats this week after he posted …
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Hollie McKay / Fox News:
Scott Baio Receives Death Threats Over Michelle Obama ‘Joke’
TMZ.com:
Bristol Palin to Levi Johnston — Pay Up Deadbeat  —  Bristol Palin has gone to court, demanding that Levi Johnston step up as a dad and pay her some of the money he's raked in from his naked media blitz.  —  Court documents were filed by Bristol's lawyer late Thursday afternoon in Alaska …
Discussion: Politics Daily
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Filibuster reform headed for Senate floor; measure faces uphill battle  —  Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) soon intends to introduce legislation that would take away the minority's power to filibuster legislation.  —  Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) in the next few weeks intends to introduce legislation …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and USA Today
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
RNC Cash Falls Farther  —  The RNC has spent more money than it has taken in during every month since July, even as the party brags about an expanded donor base that set off-year records.  —  The lead GOP committee announced Friday it had raised $6.6M in Dec. But the party spent more than it raised …
 
 
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Paul Krugman:
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Jon Ward / The Daily Caller:
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