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10:05 PM ET, January 11, 2010

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Jim Rutenberg / Media Decoder:
Sarah Palin to Contribute to Fox News  —  Former Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska has signed on as a contributor to the Fox News Channel.  —  The network confirmed that Ms. Palin will appear on the network's programming on a regular basis as part of a multi-year deal.  Financial terms were not disclosed.
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Palin signs on with Fox News  —  Sarah Palin, who regularly rips the media, is becoming a television pundit at a place where she's likely to feel at home.  —  A Fox News executive says the network will shortly announce that the former vice-presidential nominee is signing on as a contributor.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Palin signs “multi-year” deal to become Fox analyst
Discussion: JOSHUAPUNDIT and Riehl World View
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Palin to Fox News. …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Game over: The Clintons stand alone  —  A new book is out with a highly critical but unsourced portrait of Hillary Clinton.  This familiar occurrence — it's happened too many times to count over the years — has usually been greeted with an equally familiar response: A fast and furious counterattack from the Clinton inner circle.
Discussion: Liberal Values
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Joan Walsh / Salon:
A Democrat's gaffe, the GOP's shame  —  Harry Reid chose his words poorly, but equating it with saying a racist would have made a good president is idiocy  —  Sure, it's depressing that Democrats have a Senate majority leader who thinks it's acceptable to use the term “Negro dialect,” even in private, off-the-record conversation.
Ta-Nehisi Coates:
On Harry Reid  —  John Cornyn and Michael Steele think that Harry Reid's comments are the same as Trent Lott's … I think you can grant that, in this era, the term “Negro dialect” is racially insensitive and embarrassing.  That said, the fair-mind listener understands the argument …
The Politico:
Dems launch defense to save Reid
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
In Defense Of Double Standards, Sometimes
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Sen. Reid immediately recognized danger of ‘Negro dialect’ comment
Discussion: Israpundit
Boston Herald:
Herald: Scott Brown for U.S. Senate  —  Massachusetts voters have to ask themselves a serious question before they head to the polls next week: Are they content with the current state of affairs in Washington?  —  Are they content with a sweeping health care bill, now being negotiated behind closed doors …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and TPMDC
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Coakley lead solid in Democratic poll  —  Martha Coakley enjoys a solid, double-digit lead in the Massachusetts Senate special election, according to an internal Democratic poll obtained by POLITICO.  —  The survey, conducted by longtime Democratic pollster Mark Mellman, has Democrat Coakley …
Charles Dharapak / Boston Globe:
Obama has no plans to campaign for Coakley
American Foundation for Equal Rights:
Text of Ted Olson's Opening Statement in Prop.  8 Trial - As Prepared  —  The federal trial over the unconstitutionality of Proposition 8 began today with an opening statement by attorney Theodore Olson, who with David Boies is leading the legal team assembled by the American Foundation …
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David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. Supreme Court blocks video coverage of Prop. 8 trial  —  The ruling will keep the proceedings off YouTube.  The justices, acting on an emergency appeal, say showing video could jeopardize the fairness of the trial.  —  Reporting from Washington - The U.S. Supreme Court …
Kevin Hechtkopf / CBS News:
Obama's Approval Rating Dips to New Low  —  President Obama's job approval rating has fallen to 46 percent, according to a new CBS News poll.  —  That rating is Mr. Obama's lowest yet in CBS News polling, and the poll marks the first time his approval rating has fallen below the 50 percent mark.
Michael Grabell / ProPublica:
White House Changes Stimulus Jobs Count  —  When the White House unveiled its nearly $800 billion stimulus package last year, it promised not only to create and save 3.5 million jobs but also to open the books and prove it.  But counting jobs turned out to be a lot harder than lining up a work crew and tapping hardhats.
Discussion: Clusterstock and Doug Ross
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Political Punch:
Farewell “Saved or Created”: Obama Administration Changes …
Discussion: YID With LID, Hot Air and AmSpecBlog
Ronald Brownstein / National Journal Online:
White House Readies Aggressive Midterm Push  —  Axelrod Says Focus Will Be On Republican Alternatives  —  The White House strategy for contesting the midterm election is beginning to take shape.  —  In an interview with National Journal, senior White House political adviser David Axelrod laid …
Thomas Geoghegan / New York Times:
Mr. Smith Rewrites the Constitution  —  ABOUT the Senate, a college professor of mine used to say, “One day, the Supreme Court will declare it unconstitutional.”  He was joking, I think.  —  But the Senate, as it now operates, really has become unconstitutional: as we saw during …
CNBC.com:
Health Care Overhaul Bill Is ‘Hanging by a Thread’: Dodd  —  Health care reform is “hanging on by a thread,” and one or two votes could determine the outcome of the heavily-debated bill, Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd told CNBC Monday.  —  “Everyone feels, I guess, to some degree who have been for this …
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
I'm Afraid Sarah Palin Might Be Ruining Herself Unintentionally  —  “Charging people $500.00 plus the costs of travel and lodging to go to a “National Tea Party Convention” run by a for profit group no one has ever heard of sounds as credible as an email from Nigeria promising me a million bucks”
Associated Press:
STIMULUS WATCH: Unemployment Unchanged by Projects  —  STIMULUS WATCH: Billions of stimulus dollars for roads, bridges didn't chop unemployment  —  A federal spending surge of more than $20 billion for roads and bridges in President Barack Obama's first stimulus has had no effect …
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Secretary LaHood / White House.gov Blog Feed:
AP Misses the Transportation Stimulus Jobs Forest for the Trees
Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
Copenhagen Summit Turned Junket?  —  Exclusive: At Least 20 Members of Congress Made the Trip to Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen Last Month  —  (CBS) Few would argue with the U.S. having a presence at the Copenhagen Climate Summit.  But wait until you hear what we found …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Hot Air
Justin Elliott / TPMMuckraker:
The Bogus Flight 253 ‘One-Way Ticket’ Meme: Anatomy Of A Myth  —  In a remarkable example of how bad information can travel far and wide, dozens of media outlets around the world have said Umar Abdulmutallab was traveling on a one-way ticket to Detroit when he allegedly tried to blow up Flight 253 …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Learning From Europe  —  As health care reform nears the finish line, there is much wailing and rending of garments among conservatives.  And I'm not just talking about the tea partiers.  Even calmer conservatives have been issuing dire warnings that Obamacare will turn America into a European-style social democracy.
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Jim Manzi / The Corner on National Review Online:
Krugman Is Wrong About 'Keeping America's Edge' — By: Jim Manzi
John H. Richardson / Esquire:
Lou Dobbs: What I've Learned  —  The broadcaster on (actually) being pro-immigrant, why he's a bit too enthusiastic about speaking his mind, and much more  —  I'm one of those fellas who's got lots of regrets, but I don't regret having regrets.  —  When you've got a 120-pound bale …
Charles Homans / Washington Monthly:
Culture Shock  —  What happened when one conservative Web site ventured outside the movement bubble.  —  Last May, Conor Friedersdorf, a twenty-eight-year-old recent graduate of NYU's Journalism School, decided he was going to save conservative journalism.
David Kocieniewski / New York Times:
New Jersey Lawmakers Pass Medical Marijuana Bill  —  TRENTON — The New Jersey Legislature approved a measure on Monday that would make the state the 14th in the nation, but one of the few on the East Coast, to legalize the use of marijuana to help patients with chronic illnesses.
Discussion: Raw Story
Economics Policies for the 21st Century:
Red-Ink Tsunami: Why Old Ideas Can't Fix the New Government Perma-Crisis  —  State and local governments have faced big budget gaps before.  Typically, things get tight for a while, then the economy perks up, tax revenues recover, and deficits are eliminated.  Life goes back to normal.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
 
 
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Big Government:
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James Kirchick / Advocate:
Gays vs. Democratic Party
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Mary Jordan / Washington Post:
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