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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 …
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E.J. Dionne / PostPartisan:
How the Democrats may solve their health-care problem  —  There is no question that Democrats have looked weak in responding to the Massachusetts election.  The notion that they would just shelve health care after all they have put into it — the message they have gotten across …
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.  But there's no denying that breaking the health-care bill into different pieces is receiving serious consideration.  Nothing is decided, but according to House aides, there would be at least four bills …
Discussion: Firedoglake and AMERICAblog News
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Sherrod Brown: Still No Health Care Reform Strategy
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 and American Power
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
‘Scott Brown Republican:’ Word is ‘gold’
Discussion: The Politico
Barrett Brown / Vanity Fair:
Ex-Conservative Charles Johnson's Next Crusade  —  With many among the left having lately been bogged down in a wonkish debate over health care in general and the question of best-versus-possible in particular, it's easy to forget that the somewhat more fundamental conflict among conservatives regarding …
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Jonathan Dee / New York Times:
Right-Wing Flame War!  —  Charles Johnson has been writing a blog for almost as long as the word “blog” has existed.  A bearish, gentle-voiced, ponytailed man who for three decades enjoyed a successful career as a jazz guitarist accompanying the likes of Al Jarreau and Stanley Clarke …
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 …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   Letters for Obama  —  A couple of weeks ago I published an articulate …
ABCNEWS:
Alert: Female Suicide Bombers May Be Heading Here From Yemen  —  U.S. Agents Told Women Believed Connected to Al Qaeda May Have Western Appearance and Passports  —  American law enforcement officials have been told to be on the lookout for female suicide bombers who may attempt to enter the United States …
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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Rasmussen Reports:
61% Say It's Time for Congress To Drop Health Care
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’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Matthews Tells Congressman Grayson That He Doesn't Represent ‘The Real World Of Congress’  —  As Congress enters the final stretches of the health care debate, members are looking for the best way forward following the election of Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) to the U.S. Senate.
Jeremy Page / Times of London:
UN climate change expert: there could be more errors in report  —  The Indian head of the UN climate change panel defended his position yesterday even as further errors were identified in the panel's assessment of Himalayan glaciers.  —  Dr Rajendra Pachauri dismissed calls for him to resign …
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.
Martin Chulov / Guardian:
High radiation levels blight Iraq  —  • Greater rates of cancer and birth defects near sites  —  • Depleted uranium among poisons revealed in report  —  More than 40 sites across Iraq are contaminated with high levels or radiation and dioxins, with three decades of war …
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 …
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Et Tu, Fox News Channel?  —  It's a horrible, unspeakable tragedy that gets you right in the core of your humanity.  The poorest country in the Western Hemisphere is flattened by a huge earthquake.  Hundreds of thousands killed, thousands of children orphaned, more than 1.5 million now homeless.
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Right-wing Saudi dynasty endorses right-wing Fox News dynasty.  —  This week, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal al-Saud of Saudi Arabia — the largest shareholder of News Corp outside the Murdoch family — endorsed Rupert Murdoch's son James to succeed the elder Murdoch when he retires.
Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
What's Worse, “Disingenuously waving the flag of the First Amendment,” or Burning it?  —  As I hinted at in my CNN.com column of yesterday, those self-identified free-speech champions who are crying in their Cheerios today over Citizens United v. the FEC are able to get to what many of us …
KCBS:
CA Democrats Revive Single-Payer Health Care Plan  —  SACRAMENTO (KCBS/AP) — A key legislative committee in California revived a bill Thursday to create a government-run health care system in the nation's most populous state, two days after Massachusetts elected a senator who opposes the president's national health care plan.
Discussion: protein wisdom and Michelle Malkin
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.
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.”
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama, With Defiant Tone, Vows to Push Agenda  —  ELYRIA, Ohio — President Obama, striking a no-retreat, no-surrender posture in the wake of his party's humiliating defeat in the Massachusetts Senate race this week, vowed Friday to press on with his expansive domestic agenda …
Discussion: Balkinization
 
 
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Jim Geraghty / National Review Online:
Obama's Train Wreck of a Town Hall in Ohio — By: Jim Geraghty
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Krista Gesaman / Newsweek Blogs:
Who's Missing at the ‘Roe v. Wade’ Anniversary Demonstrations?  Young Women.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and NewsBusters.org
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Now Fight!  —  The seismic events of the last few days ends …
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On bombing suspect, tough questions for Eric Holder
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