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8:15 AM ET, January 7, 2010


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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
White House: We will NOT discuss broken C-Span promise  —  On Tuesday, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs declined to answer questions about the president's campaign commitment to hold health-care negotiations on C-Span.  Gibbs said he had not seen a letter from C-Span's Brian Lamb …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Press corps grills Gibbs: Um, didn't Obama totally shamelessly lie about C-SPAN?  —  Reminds me of the time Tapper coolly yet cruelly pressed Gibbs to defend Biden's sub-moronic advice to New Yorkers about avoiding city subways during swine-flu season.  There is, and can be, no defense here, and everyone in the room knows it.
The C-SPAN Lie? …
Patrik Jonsson / Christian Science Monitor:
Sarah Palin will headline first-ever Tea Party Convention  —  Sarah Palin's appearance is a coup for a movement now getting grudging respect from mainstream commentators.  But will the feisty Tea Party movement coalesce with the GOP's old guard?  —  Atlanta
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
The First Senator From the Tea Party?  —  Charlie Crist's perma-tanned face bears none of the strain you would expect from the archetype of the embattled Republican.  Politicians are supposed to keep up appearances, but Crist is especially convincing, one of the more earnest politicians you will see, whether or not he means it.
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Paul Ryan Endorses Rubio
Room for Debate:
What's the Outlook for Democrats?  —  Lorenzo Morris of Howard University joins the discussion.  He says the change in the national electorate from President Obama's election may carry through the midterm races.  —  Democratic Senators Christopher Dodd of Connecticut and Byron Dorgan …
Discussion: The Caucus and
Mark Preston / CNN:
House Democrat passes on Senate bid
Discussion: The Politico
yyAMCopy / D.C. Now:
Sen. Christopher Dodd says it was time to step down
Discussion: Truthdig
New York Post:
White House budget director ditched pregnant girlfriend for ABC News gal  —  President Obama's budget guru has a secret love child — with the woman he jilted for his hot new fiance, The Post has learned.  —  White House budget director Peter Orszag's ex, shipping heiress Claire Milonas …
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Lincoln's “Retirement” May Be Involuntary  —  Sen. Blanche Lincoln is in trouble, still: … The White House and the Democratic leadership have been telling their colleagues that health care is their political salvation, the only way of heading off the coming tidal wave election.
Discussion: Don Surber, Ruby Slippers and RedState
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Arkansas Senate Race  —  2010 Arkansas Senate Race Still A Referendum on Lincoln  —  As 2010 begins, the numbers for Senator Blanche Lambert Lincoln are pretty much the same as last year's while she prepares to face Arkansas voters in November.
Obama ‘Frustrated’ By ‘Slow’ Confirmation For Nominees, Expected To Re-Nominate  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  President Obama is increasingly frustrated with the slow pace of confirmation for his judicial and executive appointees, according to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
RE-NOMINATIONS.... Conservative obstructionism has blocked votes …
Discussion: ACS Blog
Jessica Taylor / The Politico:
Health bill at issue in Mass. special  —  With the Massachusetts Senate special election less than two weeks away, Scott Brown is framing himself as the GOP's last hope to stop Democratic health care legislation, an approach that could provide both parties with an early glimpse at the political resonance of the issue.
Discussion: The Page
Michael Riley / Denver Post:
Salazar gets White House OK for run  —  The White House would not object if Interior Secretary Ken Salazar chose to resign his cabinet post and run for Colorado governor, sources tell The Denver Post.  —  The White House's stance on whether Salazar can leave the cabinet on good terms …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“Sick” Of The Israelis And The Palestinians  —  Ben Rhodes has denied that Rahm said this to the Israelis.  Well, it sure sounds like Rahm.  —  More to the point, who wouldn't be sick of the Israelis and the Palestinians at this point?  —  I too am sick of the Israelis for their contempt …
Hugh Son / Bloomberg:
Geithner's New York Fed Told AIG to Limit Swaps Disclosure  —  Jan. 7 (Bloomberg) — The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, then led by Timothy Geithner, told American International Group Inc. to withhold details from the public about the bailed-out insurer's payments to banks during the depths …
Susan Page / USA Today:
National security adviser: Airline bomber report to ‘shock’  —  WASHINGTON — White House national security adviser James Jones says Americans will feel “a certain shock” when they read an account being released Thursday of the missed clues that could have prevented the alleged Christmas Day bomber from ever boarding the plane.
Chris Zavadil / Fremont Tribune:
Nelson: We should have waited on health care  —  Sen. Ben Nelson said Tuesday it was a mistake for the Obama Administration to take on massive health care reforms in 2009, and suggested efforts would have been better spent addressing the economy.  —  Nelson, who provided the crucial 60th vote …
Sebastian Rotella / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. learned intelligence on airline bomb suspect while he was en route  —  U.S. border enforcement officials came close to stopping the attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines jet while the suspect was en route to Detroit on Christmas Day, new data show.  —  Reporting from Washington …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Andrew Breitbart / Big Journalism:
‘You Are a Bad, Bad, Bad Journalist’  —  I couldn't believe I was having this conversation.  It felt like a scene from a movie that conveniently ties plot points together when two critical characters in the storyline share a moment of implausible significance - where the intrepid reporter finally runs his target to ground.
Exclusive: Air Marshal Surge in ‘Race Against Time’  —  U.S. Fears More Airplane Bombers Are in the Terrorist Pipeline.  —  President Barack Obama has ordered a “surge” of federal air marshals to be in place by Feb.1 in what officials said was a “race against time,” with other suicide bombers believed …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Democratic Support Dips Below Majority Level in 2009  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The year 2009 marked the end of a three-year run of majority Democratic support among U.S. adults.  Last year, an average of 49.0% of Americans identified as Democrats or said they leaned Democratic, the party's first yearly average below 50% since 2005.
Egypt church attack kills Copts  —  At least six Coptic Christians and a security official have been killed in a drive-by shooting outside a church in southern Egypt, officials say.  —  The shooting came as worshippers left the church in Naj Hammadi after a midnight mass on Coptic Christmas Eve.
Discussion: The Majlis and THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
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Luisita Lopez Torregrosa / Politics Daily:
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Discussion: EMILY's List News and The Caucus
David Lazarus / Los Angeles Times:
Banks take revenge for new consumer rules
Discussion: Politics Daily
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Top 20 Democrats Who Could Lose Their Seats over Health Care Vote
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Ann Coulter Is Worried About “Foreskin” And “Anus” Bombing
Discussion: TBogg and Raw Story
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Arnold blasts health care bill: ‘Trough of bribes, deals and loopholes’
Discussion: Hot Air and The Page