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10:30 PM ET, January 21, 2010

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Associated Press:
Justices Block Key Part of Campaign Law  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has ruled that corporations may spend freely to support or oppose candidates for president and Congress, easing decades-old limits on their participation in federal campaigns.  —  By a 5-4 vote …
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Overturn Key Campaign Limits  —  WASHINGTON — Sweeping aside a century-old understanding and overruling two important precedents, a bitterly divided Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the government may not ban political spending by corporations in candidate elections.
The Hill:
Schumer calls for hearings on ‘un-American’ court decision  —  The Supreme Court's ruling Thursday striking down limits on corporate and union spending in elections is “un-American,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Thursday.  —  Schumer, a top Senate Democrat who formerly ran their campaign committee …
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Political Fallout From the Supreme Court Ruling  —  Even before their Massachusetts victory this week, Republicans already enjoyed a multitude of advantages in this year's midterm elections.  The Supreme Court has likely just delivered one more: money.  —  Today's ruling upends …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Obama blasts court decision
Discussion: Think Progress and JOSHUAPUNDIT
Rick Jacobs / The Huffington Post:
Prop 8 on trial: Justice and equality in the age of the Internet
Discussion: Firedoglake
Rachel Slajda / TPMDC:
Pelosi: There Aren't Enough Votes To Pass The Senate Bill  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi just told reporters that she does not believe she has enough votes in the House to pass the Senate health care reform bill as-is — at least not yet.  —  “I don't see the votes for it at this time,” Pelosi said.
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The Politico:
Dem health care talks collapsing  —  Health care reform teetered on the brink of collapse Thursday as House and Senate leaders struggled to coalesce around a strategy to rescue the plan, in the face of growing pessimism among lawmakers that the president's top priority can survive.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Fluid and Muddle  —  I've been poking around some sources …
Rachel Slajda / TPMDC:
White House: Let's Let ‘Dust Settle’ On Health Care
Discussion: Daily Kos
Igor / Think Progress:   Will Brown Give Back The Federal Money That Subsidized Health Reform …
Michelle Malkin:
Lib talk radio flops again: Air America goes bankrupt  —  Thanks to David Lunde for the photoshop  —  The surprise isn't that liberal talk radio network Air America announced it is going bankrupt today.  —  The surprise is that they lasted so long on fumes.  —  Here's an excerpt of the statement on its website pulling the plug:
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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Air America to Cease Broadcasting Immediately  —  Air America, the progressive talk radio network, said Thursday that it would cease broadcasting immediately, bowing to what it called a “very difficult economic environment.”  —  “It is with the greatest regret, on behalf of our board …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Air America goes bankrupt, off air
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Liberal talk-radio network Air America to cease operations
Discussion: The Greenroom and Weasel Zippers
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
National Enquirer submitting John Edwards coverage for Pulitzers  —  The executive editor of the National Enquirer says he plans to enter his paper's work on the John Edwards scandal for a Pulitzer Prize.  —  Don't laugh.  —  “It's clear we should be a contender for this,” …
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Charles Hawley / Spiegel Online:
The World Bids Farewell to Obama  —  US President Barack Obama suffered a painful defeat in Massachusetts on Tuesday.  With mid-term elections looming, it means that Obama will have to fundamentally re-think his political course.  German commentators say it is the end of hope.
Discussion: Don Surber and Neptunus Lex
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Reuters:
Geithner has reservations on US bank limits-sources  —  President Barack Obama's newest Wall Street crackdown was met with hesitation from Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who is concerned that politics could be sacrificing good economic policy, according to financial industry sources.
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The White House:
President Obama Calls for New Restrictions on Size and Scope …
Associated Press:
Stocks tumble as Obama pushes bank limits
Discussion: Hot Air and msnbc.com
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Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Voters Split On Congressional Elections  —  As views remain sharply divided about Congress, Americans say — by a 47-43 percent margin — they would vote for someone else rather than re-elect President Obama if the 2012 presidential elections were held today.
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:   Will the Base Abandon Hope?
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The “Never Takes Responsibility for Anything” Wing
The Huffington Post:
Scott Brown's Wife Music VIDEO: Gail Huff's RACY ‘Girl With The Curious Hand’ (PHOTOS)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  On Tuesday night, Scott Brown's wife pleaded with her husband to stop advertising his “available” daughters, but a video we've dug up reveals that Gail Huff wasn't always so prim and proper.
Jan Crawford / CBS News:
Justice Stevens Stumbles: A Step To Retirement?  —  Justice John Paul Stevens has left some clues he's planning to retire this year, shortly after he turns 90 years old.  He's only hired one law clerk for next term, for example, and not the four that sitting justices typically hire every year.
Ezra Klein:
And the failure stories begin  —  If you want to see why letting health-care reform die is a bad idea, look no further than Michael Scherer's story tallying up “Five Ways Obama Went Wrong.”  Scherer hammers Obama for taking on too much, overestimating his mandate, assuming voters would trust the government, and more.
The Hugh Hewitt Show:
Christopher Hitchens reacting to Massachusetts, and non-believer relief to Haiti  —  HH: But we begin as we do when we are lucky on Wednesdays with columnist for Vanity Fair, Christopher Hitchens.  Mr. Hitchens, do you remember an election as surprising as last night's?  —  CH: I'm sure I could if I tried.
Discussion: alicublog and Think Progress
Hillary Rodham Clinton / US Department of State:
Remarks on Internet Freedom  —  The Newseum  —  Washington, DC  —  SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you very much, Alberto, for not only that kind introduction but your and your colleagues' leadership of this important institution.  It's a pleasure to be here at the Newseum.
 
 
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
ADL whacks Limbaugh
Discussion: Daily Kos
Mark Tapscott / Washington Examiner:
Outraged by Citizens United decision, Public Citizen calls …
Discussion: Hot Air
John Carney / Clusterstock:
Big Banks Have Already Figured Out The Loophole In Obama's New Rules
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Boon For Blogs?  —  Ezra digests the news over the NYT paywall:
Discussion: Felix Salmon
Ezra Klein:
Can Democrats govern?  —  It's worth taking a step …
Discussion: TigerHawk
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The Rothenberg / The Rothenberg Political Report:
AR Sen moved to Lean Takeover
Discussion: TPMDC
Tony Romm / The Hill:
McDonnell to deliver GOP response to State of the Union address
Discussion: The Swamp
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Pennsylvania Senate
Ezra Klein:
Some comments on ‘staying home’
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