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9:20 PM ET, January 27, 2010

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John F. Harris / The Politico:
Pelosi floats two-track health reform  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday floated the idea of a two-track plan for health care reform — with Congress pursuing easier-to-pass incremental changes now and comprehensive reform later.  —  “We believe that it's possible …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Senate Aides To House Dems: Back Off  —  Okay, I've got a bit more for you on what's going on in discussions between the Senate and House on how to proceed with health care, and it helps explain the hold-up.  —  The latest: Senior Senate aides say they've hit an impasse …
Discussion: TPMDC, The Hill, Swampland and Hot Air
John F. Harris / The Politico:
Pelosi cool to Obama's freeze plan  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that defense spending shouldn't be exempt from President Barack Obama's proposal for a three-year freeze on federal spending.  —  In his State of the Union address Wednesday night, Obama is expected to address worries …
Discussion: Townhall.com and Row 2, Seat 4
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
House to Senate: We're Ready On Health Care If You Are  —  Leading Democrats in the House still insist that “all options are on the table” to move ahead on health care.  But for the first time since last Tuesday's special election in Massachusetts, it's clear that they're coalescing around …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Emanuel: ‘Responsible,’ staying put
Discussion: The Politico and Ben Smith's Blog
Ezra Klein:
Waiting for Barack  —  Every Hill office I've spoken to in the past week has had the same complaint.  “Where,” they ask, “is the White House?”  —  There's been no clear message on the way forward for health-care reform.  No clear articulation of preferences.  No public leadership to speak of.
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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
In Speech, Obama to Admit Missteps in First Year  —  WASHINGTON — For all the questions circulating in Democratic quarters as President Obama tries to weather the worst storm of his administration, perhaps none is as succinct as this: Are the missteps at the White House rooted in message or substance?
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Joe Wilson: Time for good behavior
Discussion: The Note and Mediaite
Patterico's Pontifications:
Washington Post Writer Makes Assumptions About O'Keefe That the Facts Don't Cash — Again  —  The Washington Post reports that James O'Keefe stands accused of a plot to “bug” Mary Landrieu's office:  —  When I first read a news story about this yesterday, it sounded to me like O'Keefe …
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Louisiana ‘Watergate:’ Glenn Beck is out  —  James O'Keefe has lost Glenn Beck.  —  O'Keefe, the young video warrior who surreptitiously taped employees of ACORN offering advice to him, dressed as a pimp, and his friend, dressed as a prostitute, had the backing of FOX News Channel's Beck all the way.
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Conservatives react to charges against ACORN foe
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
WHY TAMPER WITH LANDRIEU'S PHONES?
Discussion: Hot Air
Mark Feeney / Boston Globe:
Howard Zinn, historian who challenged status quo, dies at 87  —  Howard Zinn, the Boston University historian and political activist who was an early opponent of US involvement in Vietnam and a leading faculty critic of BU president John Silber, died of a heart attack today in Santa Monica …
Harry Esteve / Oregonian:
Oregon voters pass tax increasing measures by big margin … Oregon voters bucked decades of anti-tax and anti-Salem sentiment Tuesday, raising taxes on corporations and the wealthy to prevent further erosion of public schools and other state services.  —  The tax measures passed easily …
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Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Business Channel:   The Lessons of Oregon's Vote to Tax the Rich
Joel Millman / Wall Street Journal:
Oregon Passes Tax Boost on Wealthy, Corporations
Discussion: SEIU
Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
The audacity of nope  —  The state of the union is obstreperous.  Dyspepsia is the new equilibrium.  All the passion in American politics is oppositional.  The American people know what they don't like, which is: everything.  —  That sounds like nihilism, but they're against that, too.
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
SOTU talking points
Discussion: Wonk Room and JustOneMinute
CNN:
Obama to call for repealing 'don't ask, don't tell'  —  Washington (CNN) — President Obama will ask Congress Wednesday night to repeal the military's “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy that bars gays and lesbians from openly serving in, White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod told CNN.
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The Huffington Post:   Obama Will Address 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Clinton signals not a two-term Secretary of State  —  In an interview to air at 8pm tonight on PBS's Tavis Smiley Reports, Hillary Clinton tells Smiley she does not envision serving as Secretary of State for a second term.  She also tells Smiley she is “absolutely not interested” in another presidential run:
Brad Stone / Bits:
Live Blogging the iPad Product Announcement  —  What's Missing  — No ability to play Adobe Flash animations, widely used on the Web.  — No camera, still or video  — No non-Internet phone function  — No removable battery for a device that can suck a lot of power  — No removable storage
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Jeff Stein / Foreign Policy:
CIA Man Retracts Claim on Waterboarding  —  A study in “enhanced reporting techniques.”  —  Well, it's official now: John Kiriakou, the former CIA operative who affirmed claims that waterboarding quickly unloosed the tongues of hard-core terrorists, says he didn't know what he was talking about.
ABCNEWS:
John and Elizabeth Edwards Legally Separated  —  In Tell-All-Book, Ex-Edwards Aide Says Couple Discussed How Cancer Would Help in the Polls  —  With John Edwards' electrifying U.S. Senate win in 1998, it was his wife Elizabeth Edwards who captivated the nation.
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People.com:
Elizabeth Edwards's Breaking Point
Discussion: Politics Daily and Mediaite
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in December suggests that economic activity has continued to strengthen and that the deterioration in the labor market is abating.  Household spending is expanding at a moderate rate but remains constrained …
Tom Benning / TRAIL BLAZERS:
Sen. Hutchison will not attend State of the Union address  —  Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison will be skipping tonight's State of the Union address to meet with constituents in the Dallas area.  —  Jennifer Baker, Hutchison's gubernatorial campaign spokeswoman, declined to elaborate on the decision …
Discussion: The Hill
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
President's Support Usually Unaffected by State of Union
Front Page Magazine:
Sexual Starvation and Jihad Fantasies  —  Posted by Miranda Devine on Jan 27th, 2010 and filed under FrontPage.  You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0.  You can leave a response or trackback to this entry  —  [This article is reprinted from The Syndey Morning Herald.]
Keith L. Alexander / Washington Post:
D.C. judge Janet Albert accuses ex-lover of stalking her  —  Days after D.C. Superior Court Magistrate Judge Janet Albert broke up with her girlfriend, the judge found her former companion unconscious in her attic, above her bedroom, with some food and an ice bucket fashioned into a makeshift toilet, authorities say.
Discussion: Rod 2.0:Beta and The Other McCain
Igor / Wonk Room:
Ben Nelson Planned To Filibuster Conference Report, Admits Current Law Already Prevents Public Money From Funding Abortion  —  During last year's health care debate, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) insisted on inserting specific language into the Senate health care bill that prevented public dollars …
Jennifer Fermino / New York Post:
‘Obama Girl’ now falling out of love  —  First, Massachusetts turned on the president.  —  Now, the bikini-clad “Obama Girl” — who fa mously cooed about her “crush” throughout the presidential campaign on YouTube videos — admits the thrill is gone.  —  Amber Lee Ettinger …
Bloomberg:
Obama Plans to Propose $38 Billion Business Tax Break  —  Jan. 27 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama tonight will propose extending through 2010 a temporary tax incentive that encourages businesses such as FedEx Corp. to accelerate purchases of equipment, an administration official said.
FlipCollective:
If You Rebuild It, They Will Come, by Paul Shirley  —  I do not know if what I'm about to write makes me a monster.  I do know that it makes me a part of a miniscule minority, if Internet trends and news stories of the past weeks are any guide.  —  “It”, is this:  —  I haven't donated a cent to the Haitian relief effort.
 
 
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Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Obama: Washington must put ‘numbing’ weight of politics aside
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Bayh dismisses rumors of 2012 challenge to Obama
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