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4:15 PM ET, January 27, 2010

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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 …
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The Politico:
Top Dems at war - with each other  —  President Barack Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will be all smiles as the president arrives at the Capitol for his State of the Union speech Wednesday night, but the happy faces can't hide relationships that are fraying and fraught.
David M. Herszenhorn / Prescriptions:
Obama to Reaffirm Commitment to an Overhaul
Chris Frates / The Politico:
WH lays out SOTU for congressional staff
Tony Romm / The Hill:   Grayson, liberal leaders ask Senate Dems to use reconciliation to pass healthcare
Chris Frates / The Politico:   Casey: Health reform has weeks to live
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Obama Will Reaffirm Strong Commitment to “Comprehensive” …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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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Robert Cruickshank / Calitics:
Oregon Voters Deliver Game-Changing Victory  —  Pundits like to claim California voters are anti-tax.  Of course, we've raised various kinds of taxes at the state level, including the Prop 10 cigarette taxes in 1998, and the Prop 63 millionaire's tax for mental health programs passed in 2004.
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Business Channel:
Oregon's Rich Tax is Not a Victory for Liberals  —  Yesterday, Oregon voters ratified two tax increases, one on high earners, and another a revision of the state's corporate income tax.  This is their strategy for plugging an enormous budget gap, like the ones that have opened up in state budgets around the country.
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Business Channel:
The Lessons of Oregon's Vote to Tax the Rich
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DOES OREGON COUNT AS A ‘MESSAGE,’ TOO?.... It's understandable …
Discussion: msnbc.com and Los Angeles Times
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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Andrew Breitbart / Big Government:
MSM Leaping to Conclusions — While Big Government Waits for Facts  —  Wait until the facts are in.  —  Mainstream Media, ACORN, Media Matters (all the supposed defenders of due process and journalistic ethics) are jumping to conclusions over the arrest today of James O'Keefe …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Louisiana ‘Watergate:’ Glenn Beck is out
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.
Discussion: Balkinization and Achenblog
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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?
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.
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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Newser:   Steve Jobs Can't Save Us
Washington Wire:
Book Report: ‘The Politician’ By Andrew Young  —  If Washington Wire readers are interested in reading Andrew Young's forthcoming tell-all on his decade behind the scenes with John Edwards, the story heats up on page 154 when Young begins to recount how the 2008 presidential hopeful …
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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:
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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
One Term Enough for Clinton
Discussion: Make Them Accountable
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 …
Mara Liasson / NPR:
NPR Poll Shows Vulnerability Of Obama, Democrats … text sizeAAA  —  Wednesday night's State of the Union speech is an opportunity for President Obama to reconnect to voters who are frustrated about the state of the economy and the progress he's been making toward fulfilling his campaign promises.
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Democracy Corps:
Surveys for Democracy Corps and NPR put America's Politics at a Critical Moment
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Open Left
New York Times:
Advocates of Climate Bill Scale Down Their Goals  —  WASHINGTON — As they watch President Obama's ambitious health care plan crumble, the advocates of a comprehensive bill to combat global warming are turning their sights to a more modest package of climate and energy measures that they believe …
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Bringing Sexy Back  —  He's The One, all right.  —  The handsome, athletic pol with the comely wife and two lovely daughters who precipitously rose from the State Legislature to pull us all together.  —  The fresh face and disarming underdog America's been waiting for …
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.]
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 …
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.
New York Times:
Geithner Says A.I.G. Rescue Prevented a Depression  —  WASHINGTON — In heated questioning that at times took on the air of a cross-examination, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner on Wednesday defended his role and the government's actions in bailing out the American International Group …
Discussion: Politics Daily, TalkLeft and Raw Story
Morgen / Verum Serum:
Video: Requiem for ObamaCare  —  A couple of months ago John came up with the great idea of writing an allegory for the battle over healthcare reform based on the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  Unfortunately we got bogged down in trying to figure out who would represent the various characters in the story, and so it was never finished.
Discussion: Breitbart.tv
 
 
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Holcomb B. Noble / New York Times:
Louis Auchincloss, Chronicler of New York's Upper Crust, Dies at 92
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
John Spratt Poll
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
ObamaCare now 20 points down — in CNN poll
Steve Bousquet / St. Petersburg Times:
Crist now says he might join Obama in Tampa
Discussion: The New Republic and Daily Kos
Arnold Kling / EconLog:
Why the U.S. is Ungovernable  —  It's the latest meme.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Meltdown in PA: Toomey up 14 over Specter?
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Top GOP senators demand Holder testify on Christmas bomber
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