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2:35 PM ET, January 18, 2011

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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.
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.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Even Republicans say media handled shooting better than Sarah Palin did
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and TPMDC
Ed Koch / Real Clear Politics:
Palin Holds High Ground Over Harsh and Unfair Critics
Discussion: National Review and AmSpecBlog
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Donny Deutsch Explains America's Fascination With Sarah Palin: 'She's Snooki!'
Quin Hillyer / AmSpecBlog:
Palin Was Terrific  —  I continue to believe that Sarah Palin …
Discussion: Da Techguy's Blog and Nice Deb
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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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.
David Lightman / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Experts doubt GOP claim that health care law's a ‘job killer’
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
White House moves to stymie health care repeal
Discussion: CNN and The Note
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
FACT-CHECKING A NON-EXISTENT CBO NUMBER.... Following …
Discussion: Associated Press
CNN:
CNN poll: Half favor repealing health care law
Discussion: The Politico and The Note
HealthCare Notes:
Protecting Americans with Pre-existing Conditions
Discussion: The Caucus
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.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Kaine says no to Senate run if Webb retires
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 …
ABCNEWS:
Obama Approval Rises, But Hazards Remain  —  Obama's Job Approval Has Matched his Highest in More Than a Year  —  Aided by his response to the Tucson shootings, popular lame-duck legislation and a hint of economic relief, Barack Obama has matched his highest job approval rating in more than a year …
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Mark Pazniokas / ctmirror.org:
Bysiewicz declares for U.S. Senate  —  Susan Bysiewicz today declared herself a candidate for U.S. Senate, trying to put the disasters of 2010 behind her by getting an early jump on 2012, when U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman is up for re-election.  —  Bysiewicz, 49, a Democrat whose career derailed …
Discussion: Ballot Box, TPMDC and Hotline On Call
Patrick J. Michaels / Washington Times:
China-style dictatorship of climatologists  —  NASA's Hansen prefers rule by decree to fight ‘global warming’  —  November's election made it quite clear that the people of the United States do not want to radically change our society in the name of global warming.
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David Brooks / New York Times:
Amy Chua Is a Wimp  —  Sometime early last week, a large slice of educated America decided that Amy Chua is a menace to society.  Chua, as you probably know, is the Yale professor who has written a bracing critique of what she considers the weak, cuddling American parenting style.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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 …
Associated Press:
Court rejects appeal over DC gay marriage law  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from opponents of same-sex marriage who want to overturn the District of Columbia's gay marriage law.  —  The court did not comment Tuesday in turning away a challenge from a Maryland pastor …
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.
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Palin needs to ‘be more careful,’ Gingrich says  —  (CNN) - Sarah Palin is getting more advice from fellow Republicans - this time from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich who says the former Alaska governor needs to “slow down.”  —  Speaking on ABC's Good Morning America Tuesday …
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Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Gingrich: Palin Has To ‘Be More Careful’ And 'Think Through What She's Saying'
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: Commentary and National Review
MiamiHerald.com:
Ex-dictator Jean-Claude ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier taken into custody  —  PORT-AU-PRINCE — Haitian police took ex-dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier to a courthouse in downtown Port-au-Prince early Tuesday afternoon after he was taken into custody — though the charges remain unknown.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The vindication of Dick Cheney  —  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 of defense (specifically “soft on Terror") and leaving the nation weak and vulnerable to attack.
Discussion: The Hill, The Politico and TalkLeft
 
 
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Kevin Derby / Sunshine State News:
Pro-Life Activist Randall Terry Looks to Defeat Barack Obama in 2012 Dem Primaries
Discussion: Wonkette and Taegan Goddard's …
The Huffington Post:
Poll: Majority Of Americans, Including Gun Owners, Support Tougher Restrictions
Discussion: Open Left and The Agonist
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Tucson shooter obsessed with bizarre Internet movie
Laura Herrera / New York Times:
In Florida, Virtual Classrooms With No Teachers
Discussion: Gawker, The Confluence and News One
iowahawk:
CSI: Tucson  —  Fade in.  Chaotic supermarket parking lot …
Discussion: Commentary
Associated Press:
Vatican warned Irish bishops not to report abuse
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Charles Gasparino / The Huffington Post:
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Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Watch Herman Cain Battle Bill Clinton on Health Care
Discussion: Betsy's Page and AmSpecBlog
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Two different speeches, two different Obamas
Discussion: Wonkette, Daily Kos and Booman Tribune
Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: Health-care debate, round two
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Michele Bachmann's real test
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Democrats losing too many white voters, says civil rights leader
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
 

 
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