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11:50 AM ET, January 6, 2010

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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Chris Dodd to step aside  —  Embattled Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd (D) has scheduled a press conference at his home in Connecticut Wednesday at which he is expected to announce he will not seek re-election, according to sources familiar with his plans.  —  Dodd's retirement comes after months …
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Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Harold Ford Jr. Weighs a Challenge to Gillibrand  —  Encouraged by a group of influential New York Democrats, Harold Ford Jr., the former congressman from Tennessee, is weighing a bid to unseat Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand in this fall's Democratic primary, according to three people who have spoken with him.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘DROPPING LIKE FLIES’?.... Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) is retiring.  So is Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.).  And before anyone could catch their breath, Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter (D) announced he's not seeking re-election, either.  —  It led ABC News to report that “Democrats are dropping like flies.”
Discussion: The Plum Line and The Note
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Senator Dodd Will Not Seek Re-election, Democrats Say  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Christopher J. Dodd, the embattled Connecticut Democrat who was facing an increasingly tough bid for a sixth term in the Senate, has decided to step aside and not seek re-election, Democrats familiar with his plans said Wednesday.
The Politico:
Top Democrats head for the exits  —  The grim outlook for Democrats in the 2010 midterm elections just got a little worse.  —  Four top Democrats—including veteran Sens. Chris Dodd and Byron Dorgan—all prepared to pull the plug on their campaigns in a 24-hour period that began Tuesday …
The Note:
Democrats are Dropping Like Flies  —  ABC News' David Chalian Reports: Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter of Colorado, who was in for a tough reelection fight this year, canceled a scheduled fundraiser this evening and has decided not to seek reelection, according to Democratic sources familiar with the governor's plans.
Justin Kitsch / Byron L. Dorgan:
STATEMENT BY U.S. SENATOR BYRON DORGAN
Daniela Altimari / Hartford Courant:
Sen. Christopher Dodd Will Not Seek Reelection
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
In shocker, Dorgan announces retirement
The Politico:
Dodd won't seek reelection
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Dems agree that House will take up, tweak Senate healthcare bill  —  House and Senate leaders have formally agreed to bypass a bicameral conference committee to merge two healthcare bills, and have opted to instead “ping-pong” the Senate bill over to the House and back again, according to House leadership aides.
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The Politico:
Pelosi swipes at Obama's promises  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, piqued with White House pressure to accept the Senate health reform bill, threw a rare rhetorical elbow at President Barack Obama Tuesday, questioning his commitment to his 2008 campaign promises.  —  A leadership aide said it was no accident.
Chris Frates / The Politico:
‘Forceful’ POTUS message: He wants a final bill that includes …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Ping Pong Confirmed (Again); Obama Seeks Affordability Improvements
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Huffington Post
Wall Street Journal:
The Tom DeLay Democrats
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Breaking: Michael Yon arrested at Seattle airport
Nashuatelegraph.com:
Blumenthal to run for Dodd's Senate seat  —  AP-CT — Dodd Retirement-Blumenthal,0127  —  Eds: APNewsNow.  —  HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal says he will seek to succeed fellow Democrat Christopher Dodd in the U.S. Senate.
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Sarah Wheaton / New York Times:
Connecticut's Attorney General Will Seek Dodd's Senate Seat
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Daniela Altimari / Hartford Courant:
Blumenthal To Run For Dodd's Senate Seat
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and TPMDC
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Boy, now he's in real trouble; Obama administration revokes U.S. visa of accused Nigerian bomber  —  Under the category of looks-like-about-12-days-too- late, the State Department has announced it is revoking the U.S. visa for suspected Nigerian underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.
Ron Christie / Pundits Blog:
Amateur hour is over  —  Enough is enough.  There was a time when the amateur hour that has characterized the behavior of the staff in the Obama White Hour over the past year could be chalked up to innocent inexperience.  Now that behavior is nothing short of dangerous and President Barack Obama …
Discussion: The Swamp, CFR.org and Wake up America
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
King: Use word ‘terrorism’ more
Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
Former bin Laden bodyguard is among ex-guerrillas in Yemen  —  SANAA, YEMEN — When he served in the Afghan mountains as Osama bin Laden's bodyguard, Nasser al-Bahri said, he was known as “The Killer.”  Today, Bahri is a business consultant in Yemen who favors Western-style pinstriped shirts, crisp slacks and black loafers.
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Telegraph:
Pressure on Barack Obama to reveal what Britain said about Detroit bomber
Denver Post:
Sources: Ritter expected to withdraw from governor's race  —  Gov. Bill Ritter is planning an 11 a.m. press conference Wednesday at which he is expected to announce that he will withdraw from the race for governor, numerous sources close to Ritter confirmed tonight.
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Jules Crittenden:
It's Pretty Bad ...  When the local lefty broadsheet goes on jihad against the Liberal Lion's annointed successor, Martha Coakley, in the midst of said Lion's legacy health-care fight, the day after a leading pollster shows her opposition to be within pistol-shot in the race.
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Michael Rezendes / Boston Globe:
Some saw Coakley as lax on '05 rape case
Clusterstock:
CHART OF THE DAY: How The Government Payroll Replaced Goods-Producing Jobs  —  In the just-so story of the evolution of our economy, our old manufacturing based economy has been replaced by an innovative knowledge economy.  That's not quite true.  —  In fact, the decline of the jobs …
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Without a movement, progressives can't aid Obama's agenda  —  Every Democratic president since Lyndon Johnson — Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama — has raised the hope that he would bring with him a new era of progressive reform.  The legislative torrents of the New Deal and the Great Society …
ArkansasBusiness.com:
Blanche Lincoln Rips Nebraska Health Care Deal  —  LITTLE ROCK - U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln on Tuesday said a political deal that benefits Nebraska and may have clinched a lawmaker's support for health care legislation should be removed from the bill.  —  The Democratic senator from Arkansas …
Discussion: The Hill and Weekly Standard
 
 
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