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2:32 AM ET, January 21, 2010

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Paul Krugman:
He Wasn't The One We've Been Waiting For  —  Health care reform — which is crucial for millions of Americans — hangs in the balance.  Progressives are desperately in need of leadership; more specifically, House Democrats need to be told to pass the Senate bill, which isn't what they wanted but is vastly better than nothing.
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
U-Turn: Frank Says, With Assurances, He'll Vote For The Senate Health Care Bill  —  In an interview with TPMDC this evening, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) reversed course—apologizing for a harsh statement he released last night in the wake of the Massachusetts special election, and saying …
Ezra Klein:
The other health-care reform option  —  My preference is that House Democrats pass the Senate bill and then run their fixes through the reconciliation process.  But I think there is an argument that the current health-care bill has been terribly compromised by the months of controversy …
Dan Pfeiffer / White House.gov Blog Feed:
On Next Steps for Health Reform  —  Right now there are a lot of discussions going on about the best path forward.  But let's be clear that the President's preference is to pass a bill that meets the principles he laid out months ago: more stability and security for those who have insurance …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Do House Democrats Realize They Already Voted for Health Care Reform?
Discussion: New York Times and Opinion L.A.
Karen Travers / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Obama Admits Voter ‘Anger’ Key to GOP Victory in Massachusetts
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Frank walks back his remarks
Discussion: The Page and TPM LiveWire
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
TRANSCRIPT: George Stephanopoulos' Exclusive Interview with President Obama
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Obama: Massachusetts' Anger
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Glenn Beck Destroys Scott Brown: “This One Could End With A Dead Intern”  —  You won't see TV Glenn Beck touch the things that Radio Glenn Beck sometimes says, as he edges toward Howard Stern levels of comedy and tone.  —  Today he absolutely obliterated Scott Brown over the 'my daughters …
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Nicholas Graham First / The Huffington Post:
Glenn Beck Scott Brown ‘Dead Intern’: Beck Slams Brown For ‘Available’ Daughters Comments (VIDEO)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … As Steve Krakauer of Mediaite points out, Glenn Beck's radio show is the Wild West compared to the relative tameness of his Fox News television program.
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
AYLA BROWN: ‘AVAILABLE’ COMMENT ‘OFF SCRIPT’  —  Newly elected Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown told the world Tuesday night that his daughters are “available,” and the world apparently listened.  —  “Scott Brown Family Photos” was the eighth most searched term on Google Trends as of Wednesday morning.
Discussion: Hot Air
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Mark Levin Responds To Glenn Beck's Crazed Tirade Against Scott Brown  —  CUTTING HIS BRAKE LINES  —  Beck's World Domination Bid Threatened By Man In Truck  —  *** UPDATED: GLENN BECK ALSO USES TV SHOW TO BASH SCOTT BROWN ***  —  In the deranged world of Glenn Beck, 2010 is meant to be the Year of Global Domination.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Relieved  —  I want to recommend that everyone read the email we just got from a Senate staffer who will have to remain anonymous.  Here's one part of the email that stood out to me.  The whole thing is after the jump ...  Here's the whole thing.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Dem Talking Points: We're Screwed!  —  New Senate Democratic talking points, distributed in response to last night's special election in Massachusetts show the party pre-emptively placing the blame for a lackluster agenda moving forward on Republicans, who Dems say they now need to pass legislation.
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Wall Street Journal:
Proposal Set to Curb Bank Giants  —  WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama on Thursday is expected to propose new limits on the size and risk taken by the country's biggest banks, marking the administration's latest assault on Wall Street in what could mark a return, at least in spirit …
Discussion: Felix Salmon
Couragecampaign / Prop 8 Trial Tracker:
An Explosive Afternoon: LDS Church  —  The transcripts from this afternoon read like an episode of Law and Order, with the attorneys arguing with the judge over what documents ought to be introduced as evidence.  These aren't just any old documents, they are emails and letters sent …
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Steve Clow / L.A. NOW:
Documents show links between Prop. 8 campaign and church leaders [Updated]
Couragecampaign / Prop 8 Trial Tracker:
Liveblogging Day 7: Part III Afternoon begins
Discussion: Box Turtle Bulletin
johnny dollar's place:
CNN, MSNBC Cut Republican Candidate's Mic!  —  During Tuesday night's coverage of the Massachusetts special election, CNN and MSNBC aired only a fraction of the Republican candidate's speech.  Fox News Channel aired both candidates' speeches in their entirety.
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Billy Byler / The Augusta Chronicle:
Basketball league for white Americans targets Augusta  —  A new professional basketball league boasting rosters made up exclusively of white Americans has its eyes set on Augusta, but the team isn't receiving a warm welcome.  —  The All-American Basketball Alliance announced …
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Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Republicans blast fiscal commission agreement  —  Senate Republicans on Wednesday panned the deal struck by senior congressional Democrats and the White House for a bipartisan fiscal commission.  —  Under the tentative agreement reached Tuesday evening, President Barack Obama would issue …
Discussion: The Politico
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Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
White House likely to name deficit panel
Discussion: Open Left
Megan McArdle:
Killing Off the Insurers the Conservative Way  —  So if the Democratic plans are dead, what's left?  What's the Republican plan?  —  I think those of us who opposed the Democratic bill should have one.  And I happen (ahem) to have a modest little plan right here . . .
Roderick Long / Cato Unbound:
The Winnowing of Ayn Rand  —  Like many others, I discovered Ayn Rand around the age of 15; her writings were my introduction to the field of philosophy, thereby setting me on the path to my present career.  And while my views over the years have increasingly diverged from hers in numerous details …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Will Wilkinson
David Boaz / NPR:
For This Libertarian, Obama's First Year Looks Grim  —  text sizeAAA  —  David Boaz is the executive vice president of the Cato Institute and author of ‘Libertarianism: A Primer’ and ‘The Politics of Freedom.’  —  Happy anniversary, Mr. President.  Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts …
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Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
The Times to Charge for Frequent Access to Its Web Site  —  Taking a step that has tempted and terrified much of the newspaper industry, The New York Times announced on Wednesday that it would charge some frequent readers for access to its Web site — news that drew ample reaction from media analysts …
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Janie Lorber / New York Times:
Uninvited White House Guests Take the Fifth at Hearing
Henry J. Pulizzi / Dow Jones Newswires:
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Johnny Dollar / Olbermann Watch:
Plan 9 from OlbyPlanet!  —  In Keith Smears Hannity …
Discussion: Doug Ross
Matt Bai / New York Times:
The Great Unalignment  —  This time last winter, Democratic Washington …
Discussion: Mediaite
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