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1:20 PM ET, January 9, 2010

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Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
NEVADA U.S. SENATE POLL: Reid hits new low in poll  —  Rating is worst in R-J's surveys for 2010 election  —  More than half of Nevadans are unhappy with Sen. Harry Reid, according to a new poll commissioned by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.  It's the worst “unfavorable” …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
The Juiciest Revelations In “Game Change”  —  “Game Change,” the long-awaited and very gossipy chronicle of the 2008 campaign by journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, is chock full of revelations that are bound to stir the folks who live within ten miles of the Beltway — and perhaps even reverberate beyond Washington.
Frank Quaratiello / Boston Herald:
Scott Brown swearing-in would be stalled to pass health-care reform  —  It looks like the fix is in on national health-care reform - and it all may unfold on Beacon Hill.  —  At a business forum in Boston today, interim Sen. Paul Kirk predicted that Congress would pass a health-care reform bill this month.
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Courts Roll Back Limits on Spending in Election Law  —  WASHINGTON — Even before a landmark Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance law expected within days, a series of other court decisions is reshaping the political battlefield by freeing corporations, unions and other interest groups …
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:   Justices may rule soon on campaign-finance case
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Unions Oppose Possible Health Insurance Tax  —  When millions of blue-collar workers were leaning toward John McCain during the 2008 campaign, labor unions moved many of them into Barack Obama's column by repeatedly hammering one theme: Mr. McCain wanted to tax their health benefits.
Discussion: naked capitalism
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Unexpectedly, AP hammers Obama administration on jobless report
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Senate Democrats look at infrastructure and ‘caulkers’ in jobs bill
Discussion: Progress Illinois and Ezra Klein
New York Times:
White House Aides Said to Chafe at Slow Pace of Afghan Surge  —  WASHINGTON — Senior White House advisers are frustrated by what they say is the Pentagon's slow pace in deploying 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan and its inability to live up to an initial promise to have all of the forces …
Discussion: BLACKFIVE, QandO and Prairie Weather
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
G.O.P. Grief and Grieving  —  The attack on the Republican establishment by the tea party folks grabs the gaze like a really bad horror flick — some version of “Hee Haw” meets “28 Days Later.”  It's fascinating.  But it also raises a serious question: Are these the desperate thrashings …
Scott / Power Line:
A letter to the White House  —  Umar Abdulmutallab has been provided a lawyer and clammed up in connection with this efforts to take down Northwest Flight 253 as it approached Detroit on Christmas Day.  Yesterday Abdulmutallab was arraigned in federal court in Detroit.
M Ilyas Khan / BBC:
‘CIA bomber’ video indicates Taliban's reach  —  The clip purportedly shows al-Balawi with Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud  —  The Jordanian “double agent” who killed himself and seven American Central Intelligence Agency officials in Afghanistan's Khost province last month must have been very sure of the success of his mission.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
NPR Blogs:
Loud Protests on NPR's ‘Tea Party’ Cartoon  —  For nearly two months, the animated political cartoon sat on npr.org virtually unnoticed.  And then someone discovered it, was disgusted and launched it into the blogosphere — making it a raucous rallying point for conservatives.
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Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Analysis: Obama's buck-stopping goes only so far  —  Buzz up!  —  WASHINGTON - He says “the buck stops with me,” but nearly a year into office, President Barack Obama is still blaming a lot of the nation's troubles — the economy, terrorism, health care — on George W. Bush.
Philip Caputo / The Atlantic Online:
The Fall of Mexico … Those famous words came to mind when another man named Díaz offered me an equally concise observation about the realities of life in the country today: “In Mexico it is dangerous to speak the truth.  It is even dangerous to know the truth.”  —  His full name is Fernando Díaz Santana.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
New York Times:
Ex-Police Official Backs Car Into Pregnant Woman  —  Howard Safir, a New York City police commissioner during the Giuliani administration, backed his sport utility vehicle into a pregnant woman on the Upper East Side on Friday afternoon and then drove away, the police said.
Mark B. Constantian / Wall Street Journal:
Where U.S. Health Care Ranks Number One  —  Isn't ‘responsiveness’ what medicine is all about?  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Last August the cover of Time pictured President Obama in white coat and stethoscope.  The story opened: “The U.S. spends more to get less [health care] than just about every other industrialized country.”
Discussion: QandO and Townhall.com
The Huffington Post:
Jean Biden Dead: Joe Biden's Mother Catherine Dies At 92  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Catherine “Jean” Biden died today in Wilmington, Delaware, surrounded by family, according to a statement released by the White House.  —  Born Catherine Eugenia Finnegan, the mother of Vice President Joe Biden was 92.
Discussion: HillBuzz, ABCNEWS and Politics Daily
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Susan Jo Keller / New York Times:
Catherine E. F. Biden, Mother of the Vice President, Is Dead at 92
Discussion: MyDD
The Corner on National Review Online:
Krauthammer's Take — By: NRO Staff  —  On President Obama's speech yesterday:  —  I thought it was rather appalling.  I find it mind-numbingly bureaucratic, flat, bloodless.  It was almost inside baseball describing how bureaucracies work.  —  And his conclusions?
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette and Commentary
 
 
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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
What if it's Beck with a tax ‘accident’?
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Guardian:
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GOP senators write Obama letter objecting to alleged bomber's trial
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