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12:50 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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Frank walks back his remarks
Discussion: The Page
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Obama: Seat Scott Brown and Health Care Next Steps
Discussion: Hot Air and CANNONFIRE
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Do House Democrats Realize They Already Voted for Health Care Reform?
Discussion: New York Times and Opinion L.A.
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
TRANSCRIPT: George Stephanopoulos' Exclusive Interview with President Obama
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Obama: Massachusetts' Anger
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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
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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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 …
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Stupak: House Dems said “No Way” to Passing the Senate Bill
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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]
Discussion: Prop 8 Trial Tracker
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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The Note:
Feinstein: “slow down” on health reform; Mass election part of a “sweep across the country.”  —  ABC's Z. Byron Wolf reports: Somber Senate Democrats are going into their weekly caucus meeting just off the Senate floor to take stock of their new reality.  And the message for some is that they should completely retool their message.
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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
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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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 . . .
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
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
 
 
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Julie Bosman / New York Times:
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Janie Lorber / New York Times:
Uninvited White House Guests Take the Fifth at Hearing
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Obama Vows To Get Tough On Tax Cheats
Discussion: Politics Daily
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Republicans blast fiscal commission agreement
Discussion: The Politico
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Ezra Klein:
Sometimes, a bunny is just a bunny  —  One of my favorite scenes from …
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Jim Michaels / USA Today:
Soldiers told to stop handing out food
Mike Theodoulou / Daily Mail:
Saudi girl, 13, sentenced to 90 lashes after she took a mobile phone to school
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