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9:55 PM ET, January 20, 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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The Huffington Post:
A Path Forward: It's Time to Pass Health Insurance Reform  —  What's Your Reaction: … The question on everyone's mind today is what went wrong in Massachusetts?  The tea leaf-reading and hand wringing will no doubt monopolize much of Washington's time over the coming days and weeks.
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Dear Nervous & Frustrated House Democrat...  Dear Nervous and Frustrated House Democrat,  —  It's up to you.  —  A few days ago, after a year of debate, you were on the verge of achieving a goal that's eluded progressives for nearly a century: Creating a national health insurance program.
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 …
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Clyburn: ‘Magic number on healthcare reform is 50, not 60’; measure not dead
Discussion: Breitbart.tv, TPMDC and Townhall.com
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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Ezra Klein:
Demoralized Democrats  —  Reader MK writes: … I'm hearing a lot of this.  Last night, I was talking to a committed Democrat.  A Massachusetts Democrat, in fact.  And her despair was persuasive.  “I didn't vote for a party that would abandon my agenda because it lost one seat in the Senate,” she said.
Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:   Dem Talking Points On Massachusetts
Karen Travers / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Obama Admits Voter ‘Anger’ Key to GOP Victory in Massachusetts  —  Obama to Senate: Don't ‘Jam’ Through Health Care Until Brown Seated  —  President Obama warned Democrats in Congress today not to “jam” a health care reform bill through now that they've lost their commanding majority …
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George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Obama: Seat Scott Brown and Health Care Next Steps  —  Here is a section from my exclusive interview today with President Obama:  —  GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: So how do you do it now?  This strategy that a lot of people have talked about getting the House to pass the Senate bill.
The Note:
Feinstein: “slow down” …
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:   Obama: Massachusetts' Anger
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
TRANSCRIPT: George Stephanopoulos' Exclusive Interview with President Obama
Karen Travers / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: President Obama: We Lost Touch with American People Last Year
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Weasel Zippers
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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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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
House Liberals To Pelosi: “We Cannot Support The Senate Bill.  Period.”  —  In a private meeting in the Capitol just now, a dozen or more House liberals bluntly told Nancy Pelosi that there was no chance that they would vote to pass the Senate bill in its current form …
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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 …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
New basketball league open to whites only, to get away from the …
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
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.
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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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 …
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
Mark Knoller / CBS News:
Obama's First Year: By the Numbers  —  “Nothing special,” said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs when asked what President Obama is doing today to mark the end of his 1st year in office and the start of his 2nd.  —  To hear Gibbs tell it, no one at the White House is much interested in noting the one year milestone.
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
Mike Theodoulou / Daily Mail:
Saudi girl, 13, sentenced to 90 lashes after she took a mobile phone to school  —  A 13-year-old girl has been sentenced to 90 lashes and two months' prison in Saudi Arabia after she took a mobile phone to school.  —  A court ordered the girl to be flogged in front of her classmates following …
Johnny Dollar / Olbermann Watch:
Plan 9 from OlbyPlanet!  —  In Keith Smears Hannity: Another Olbermann Lie? cee wrote: MSNBC cleaned up Maddow's live announcement of AP's calling the winner, las...  [more](17)  —  In Joe Scarborough Slams ‘Reckless’ Olbermann for Unhinged Personal Attacks on Scott Brown! flindycon wrote: I disagree rob5791.
Discussion: Political Byline and Doug Ross
 
 
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Steve Clow / L.A. NOW:
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