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6:00 PM ET, January 20, 2010

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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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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.
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.
Discussion: Ezra Klein, QandO and Raw Story
Philip Klein / AmSpecBlog:
Barney Frank Deals Potential Death Blow to Obamacare  —  Rep. Barney Frank is not a wobbly moderate in a marginal district, but a liberal Democrat who has been supportive of the health care push.  And that's why this statement below, which essentially rules out all of the options being discussed …
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Claire McCaskill: No forced Senate health care bill  —  Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) has joined Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) in warning leaders not to try to push a revised health care reform bill through the Senate before newly elected Republican Scott Brown arrives.
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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Union Big: Labor Won't Support House Passing Senate Bill  —  House to pass Senate health bill as is?  Forget it, a top labor leader says.  —  AFL-CIO legislative director Bill Samuel tells me in an interview that labor won't support any efforts by the House to pass the Senate health bill …
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.
Lanny J. Davis / Wall Street Journal:
Blame the Left for Massachusetts  —  Democrats should be willing to seek common-ground reforms.  —  Liberal Democrats might attempt to spin the shocking victory of Republican Scott Brown in Massachusetts by claiming that the loss was a result of a poor campaign by Martha Coakley.  Would that it were so.
Ezra Klein:
The other health-care reform option
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Stupak: Senate bill wouldn't get 100 votes in the House
Discussion: The Politico
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Obama: Massachusetts' Anger
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Karen Tumulty / Time:
Scott Brown: If Dems Push Senate Bill Through, 'They'll Pay for It Dearly'
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Page
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Conrad opens door to reconciliation for healthcare
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Stupak: House Dems said “No Way” to Passing the Senate Bill
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
And now, a cautionary note
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   The Senate's Underpants Gnome Problem
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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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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
New basketball league open to whites only, to get away from the …
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
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.
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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 …
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
The Times to Charge for Frequent Access to Its Web Site  —  The New York Times announced Wednesday that it intended to charge frequent readers for access to its Web site, a step being debated across the industry that nearly every major newspaper has so far feared to take.
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
TSA Nominee Withdraws Amid ‘Political Agenda’  —  Obama administration's TSA nominee withdraws amid ‘political agenda’  —  The Obama administration's choice to lead the Transportation Security Administration withdrew his name Wednesday.  —  In a statement, Erroll Southers said he was pulling …
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Ezra Klein:
The difference between Democrats and Republicans
Discussion: Federal Eye and Megan McArdle
Agence France Presse:
‘Illegal’ Saudi women's gym shut: media  —  RIYADH — Health authorities in Jeddah have shut down an “illegal” women's fitness centre attached to a hospital, closing one of the few venues where Saudi women are able to exercise, local media said on Wednesday.
Discussion: Liberty Street and POWIP
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Mike Theodoulou / Daily Mail:   Saudi girl, 13, sentenced to 90 lashes after she took a mobile phone to school
Art Beast / The Daily Beast:
He's Done Everything Wrong  — Home - Cheat sheet - Buzz board - Big Fat Story - Blogs & stories - Videos - Galleries - Crossword  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Obama punted on the economy and reversed the fortunes of the Democrats in 365 days.  —  He's misjudged the character of the country in his whole approach.
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.
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
After Massachusetts, a Warning: If Dems Run on GOP Obstructionism, They Will Lose  —  Caution: falling poll numbers (photo: Quasimondo)  —  Let me put this as simply as possible.  Democrats control everything in Washington right now.  They control the White House.  They have a huge margins in the House and in the Senate.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
The Trials of Gavin Newsom  —  Gavin Newsom still looks glossy, like someone who'd play J.F.K. in a Lifetime original movie.  —  But the 42-year-old mayor of San Francisco sees his once glowing political future in less glamorous terms.  —  “I mean, oh, God,” he said, sipping green tea in his elegant office.
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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