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4:20 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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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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Roy Edroso / Runnin' Scared:
Scott Brown Wins Mass. Race, Giving GOP 41-59 Majority in the Senate  —  ​The election of Republican Scott Brown to replace the deceased Ted Kennedy in the Senate from Massachusetts yesterday destroys the Democrats' 60-vote supermajority, widely presumed to be needed for passage of a health care bill …
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.
Discussion: The Hill, The New Republic and TalkLeft
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.
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: QandO
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Frank: Health Care Compromise “Dead”  —  Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) said any hope for a compromise between House and Senate health care reform legislation is dead following his state's election of a GOP senator last night.  —  “I think the measure that would have passed, that is …
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Obama: Massachusetts' Anger
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Stupak: Senate bill wouldn't get 100 votes in the House
Discussion: The Politico
The Note:
Feinstein: “slow down” …
Ezra Klein:   The other health-care reform option
Karen Travers / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: President Obama: We Lost Touch with American People Last Year
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
The Politico:
Fallout: Dems rethinking health bill
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Stupak: House Dems said “No Way” to Passing the Senate Bill
Discussion: RedState and AmSpecBlog
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Placing A Call, Part II
Discussion: Salon, Hullabaloo and Raw Story
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Let's Play the Blame Game!  —  When a Democrat loses a federal race in Massachusetts, the default assumption ought to be that several factors are to blame.  —  Clearly the national environment has gotten worse for the Democrats since Barack Obama's inauguration one year ago.
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Ezra Klein:
Demoralized Democrats  —  Reader MK writes: … I'm hearing a lot of this.
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
And now, a cautionary note
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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.
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 …
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
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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Senate's Underpants Gnome Problem  —  If you think about legislation in a second-order sense, then I think it's clear that a “bill to increase the number of people who have jobs” would be a very good bill to pass, both substantively and politically.  And Brian Beutler reports …
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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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