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9:10 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 …
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 …
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Frank walks back his remarks
Discussion: The Page
msnbc.com:
Edwards admits fathering child with mistress  —  Former presidential candidate promises to support his 2-year-old daughter  —  John Edwards' attorneys say he's been providing financial support for 2-year-old Quinn for about a year, and just signed a child support agreement with Rielle Hunter.
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ABCNEWS:
John Edwards Admits He Fathered Rielle Hunter's Child  —  Former Aide Says Edwards Had Him Steal Diaper to Secretly Check His Paternity  —  Former presidential candidate John Edwards abandoned his long denial that he had fathered a child during an affair with a campaign aide and admitted today …
Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
John Edwards admits paternity  —  Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy  —  Former senator John Edwards on Thursday admitted paternity of a daughter with former mistress Rielle Hunter, despite his previous denials, in a statement given to the “Today” show.
Discussion: Lynn Sweet
The Politico:
Edwards: Yes, I'm the father  —  Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards admits in a written statement to NBC's “Today” that he is the father of Frances Quinn Hunter, the 1-year-old daughter of his former mistress, Rielle Hunter.  —  “I am Quinn's father.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Althouse
Michelle Malkin:
The soap opera of John Edwards
Discussion: The Caucus and RedState
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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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.
New York Times:
Obama to Propose Limits on Risks Taken by Banks  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama on Thursday will publicly propose giving bank regulators the power to limit the size of the nation's largest banks and the scope of their risk-taking activities, an administration official said late Wednesday.
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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 …
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.
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]
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Gay group targets Romney
Discussion: Indecision Forever
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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Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Obama blames Massachusetts Senate loss on middle-class economic pain  —  President Obama on Wednesday blamed the Democrats' stunning loss of their filibuster-proof majority in the Senate on his administration's failure to give voice to the economic frustrations of the middle class …
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Bloomberg:
Buffett Says He Can't See Rationale for Bank Levy  —  Jan. 20 (Bloomberg) — Warren Buffett opposes President Barack Obama's proposed levy on financial institutions because firms including Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Wells Fargo & Co. already repaid bailout funds.
Discussion: naked capitalism and GINA COBB
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 …
Royal Family / Telegraph:
Muslim police say Islam not to blame for terror attacks  —  Muslim police officers have rebelled openly against the Government's anti-terrorism strategy, warning that it is an “affront to British values” which threatens to trigger ethnic unrest.  —  The National Association of Muslim Police …
Discussion: Harry's Place and Atlas Shrugs
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.
Fox News:
Palin on Mass. Senate Shocker: ‘The Status Quo is Not Acceptable’  —  This is a rush transcript from “On the Record,” January 19, 2010.  This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.  —  GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Right now, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin joins us by phone.
The Politico:
Obama's first year: What went wrong  —  As the Obama administration marks its first birthday, there is no reason to shop around for the perfect present.  What President Barack Obama needs most is obvious: a new political strategy — ideally one more grounded in the realities of governance than the one he embraced a year ago Wednesday.
Edward Wong / New York Times:
China on Path to Become Second-Largest Economy  —  BEIJING — China said on Thursday that its economy rose by 10.7 percent in fourth quarter compared with a year ago, as the country continued to surge forward even as many other nations are still trying to punch through the global recession.
Discussion: Beat the Press and The Page
 
 
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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Senate loss puts the burden on Pelosi
BBC:
China's economy resumes rapid growth
Discussion: Truthdig
Kathrin Hille / Financial Times:
Chinese media hit at 'White House's Google'
Discussion: New York Times and Don Surber
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
FBI Director: I wasn't consulted on how to charge Abdulmutallab
Discussion: Washington Times and Hot Air
Jeremy Page / Times of London:
UN climate chief admits mistake on Himalayan glaciers warning
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HOW THE PARTIES HANDLE SETBACKS.... Political parties …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Roderick Long / Cato Unbound:
The Winnowing of Ayn Rand
Discussion: Hit & Run and Will Wilkinson
Megan McArdle:
Killing Off the Insurers the Conservative Way