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7:00 PM ET, January 18, 2011

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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Joe Lieberman to retire in 2012  —  Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman (I) will not seek a fifth term in 2012, according two Democratic sources familiar with the decision.  —  Lieberman's office did not offer any comment on his plans, saying only that he would make an announcement tomorrow in Stamford, Connecticut.
Discussion: USA Today, Joe. My. God. and FrumForum
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Kent Conrad to retire in 2012  —  North Dakota Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad is retiring.  Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post  —  North Dakota Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad announced today that he will not seek reelection, creating a potentially prime pickup opportunity for Republicans in a GOP-leaning state.
The Politico:
Source: Joe Lieberman unlikely to seek reelection in 2012  —  Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman — deeply unpopular with voters in his home state — is unlikely to seek reelection, a knowledgeable source tells POLITICO ahead of the senator's announcement on Wednesday.
David M. Halbfinger / City Room:
Lieberman Will Not Run for Re-election  —  Senator Joseph I. Lieberman will announce on Wednesday that he will not seek a fifth term, according to a person he told of his decision.  —  Mr. Lieberman, whose term is up in 2012, chose to retire rather than risk being defeated, said the person, who spoke to the senator on Tuesday.
Jon Lender / Capitol Watch:
Lieberman To Reveal 2012 Plans Wednesday In Stamford; Insiders …
Mark Pazniokas / ctmirror.org:
Bysiewicz declares for U.S. Senate
The Huffington Post:
Joe Lieberman Out … WASHINGTON — Joe Lieberman will not run …
Discussion: USA Today and Wonkette
Politics Daily:
Sen. Joseph Lieberman will announce tomorrow that he will not …
Discussion: Alan Colmes' Liberaland and CNN
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Why Lieberman would have lost  —  If it's true that Joe …
Discussion: Hot Air and AMERICAblog News
Ed Koch / Real Clear Politics:
Palin Holds High Ground Over Harsh and Unfair Critics  —  As I see it, in the current battle for public opinion Sarah Palin has defeated her harsh and unfair critics.  —  After the January 8 shooting of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and the murder of six others in Tucson, Arizona …
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Joe Scarborough / The Politico:
Moving past right-wing rhetoric  —  We get it, Sarah Palin.  You're not morally culpable for the tragic shooting in Tucson, Ariz. All of us around the “Morning Joe” table agree, even if we were stunned that you would whine about yourself on Facebook as a shattered family prepared to bury their 9-year-old girl.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Chicken, The Egg, The Media and Sarah Palin  —  I agree with much of what The Times's Ross Douthat has to say regarding the symbiotic relationship between Sarah Palin and the news media, which has come into even sharper relief after the Tucson tragedy.  —  But I have one quibble …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Palin shoots herself in the foot  —  Sarah Palin might have really squandered an opportunity to improve her image last week.  —  Despite endless discussion in the wake of the Arizona shootings about whether Palin might bear any responsibility for fostering an atmosphere conducive to such an attack …
Michael Kinsley / The Politico:
Right wing's breathtaking bait and switch on Tucson  —  In the week since the Tucson, Ariz., massacre, pleas for “civility” have turned into accusations of incivility, and the whole, useful discussion of “civility” versus “vitriol” has turned into the usual argument over competitive victimhood.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Atlantic Online
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Even Republicans say media handled shooting better than Sarah Palin did
Discussion: TPMDC
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Donny Deutsch Explains America's Fascination With Sarah Palin: 'She's Snooki!'
Barack Obama / Wall Street Journal:
Toward a 21st-Century Regulatory System  —  If the FDA deems saccharin safe enough for coffee, then the EPA should not treat it as hazardous waste.  —  For two centuries, America's free market has not only been the source of dazzling ideas and path-breaking products, it has also been the greatest force …
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The White House:
Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review - Executive Order  —  By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to improve regulation and regulatory review, it is hereby ordered as follows:  —  Section 1.
The Huffington Post:
Obama's Bogus Explanation For Troubles: Too Much Regulation
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
In Another Proverbial Move to Center, President Obama to Sign …
Bill McGuire / ABCNEWS:
Sargent Shriver, Peace Corps Founder and VP Candidate, Dies  —  Shriver, 95, Ran on McGovern Ticket in 1972, Founded Peace Corps, Special Olympics  —  Former Democratic vice presidential candidate and Peace Corps founder Robert Sargent Shriver Jr. died today at age 95, family sources told ABC News.
Discussion: The Politico, First Draft and FrumForum
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Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
R. Sargent Shriver, Peace Corps Leader, Dies at 95
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Gothamist
Scott Stossel / The Atlantic Online:
The Good Works of Sargent Shriver
Politics Daily:   R. Sargent Shriver, who helped found the Peace Corps …
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Government finds up to half of Americans under 65 have preexisting conditions  —  As many as 129 million Americans under age 65 have medical problems that are red flags for health insurers, according to an analysis that marks the government's first attempt to quantify the number of people …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
FACT-CHECKING A NON-EXISTENT CBO NUMBER.... Following …
Tom Junod / Esquire:
Why Does Roger Ailes Hate America?  —  An exclusive and unbiased investigation into the highly paid operative of a foreign-born tycoon, a man who reengineered political and media culture and fomented a revolt that threatens the very stability of our country  —  Today, here at Esquire …
The Huffington Post:
Bill Frist: Health Care Is ‘Law Of The Land,’ GOP Should Drop Repeal And Build On It … WASHINGTON — As congressional Republicans ready themselves for a largely symbolic effort to repeal President Obama's health care reform law, at least one former GOP leader is urging them to drop the charade and build on the legislation instead.
David White / The Birmingham:
Gov.-elect Robert Bentley intends to be governor over all, but says only Christians are his ‘brothers and sisters’  —  MONTGOMERY — Gov.-elect Robert Bentley in a speech at a Baptist church this afternoon said he plans to be the governor of all Alabamians and be color-blind …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Colorblind, among Christians
Discussion: Yglesias, The Birmingham and Guardian
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The vindication of Dick Cheney  —  (updated below)  —  In the early months of Obama's presidency, the American Right did to him what they do to every Democratic politician: they accused him of being soft on defense (specifically “soft on Terror") and leaving the nation weak and vulnerable to attack.
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Oh, Let's Not Say “Right” And “Wrong”
Media Decoder:
Comcast-NBC Deal Wins Federal Approval  —  Updated The proposed combination of Comcast and NBC Universal was approved by the Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department on Tuesday, smoothing the way for the deal to close by the end of January.  —  As expected, the approvals came with significant conditions attached.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Boehner Favorability Jumps; Obama Back Above 50%  —  Ratings for Palin lowest since 2008 GOP convention  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans' opinions of House Speaker John Boehner have improved considerably since last fall, rising a total of 15 percentage points, including eight points since immediately after the midterm elections.
Discussion: The Politico and The Hill
Blake Hounshell / FP Passport:
Seymour Hersh unleashed  —  DOHA, Qatar—David Remnick, call your office.  —  In a speech billed as a discussion of the Bush and Obama eras, New Yorker journalist Seymour Hersh delivered a rambling, conspiracy-laden diatribe here Monday expressing his disappointment with President Barack Obama …
Sara Rimer / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Study: Many college students not learning to think critically  —  NEW YORK — An unprecedented study that followed several thousand undergraduates through four years of college found that large numbers didn't learn the critical thinking, complex reasoning and written communication skills …
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Newt Gingrich to Sarah Palin: ‘Slow Down’  —  Former speaker of the House and potential 2012 presidential contender had some words of advice for Sarah Palin on “GMA” this morning.  —  “I think that she has got to slow down and be more careful and think through what she's saying and how she's saying it,” Newt Gingrich told me.
 
 
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Robert VerBruggen / National Review:
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