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2:55 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 …
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 …
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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Do House Democrats Realize They Already Voted for Health Care Reform?
Discussion: New York Times and Opinion L.A.
The Note:
Feinstein: “slow down” …
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Frank walks back his remarks
Discussion: The Page and TPM LiveWire
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
TRANSCRIPT: George Stephanopoulos' Exclusive Interview with President Obama
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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
Karen Travers / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Obama Admits Voter ‘Anger’ Key to GOP Victory in Massachusetts
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
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Gay group targets Romney
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Couragecampaign / Prop 8 Trial Tracker:
Liveblogging Day 7: Part III Afternoon begins
Discussion: Box Turtle Bulletin
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.
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 …
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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.
Discussion: Mother Jones
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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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.
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 …
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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Advocate:
Cindy McCain Poses for NOH8  —  The NOH8 Campaign on Wednesday announced that Cindy McCain, the wife of former Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, has posed to demonstrate her support of marriage equality.  NOH8's Adam Bouska has photographed thousands of subjects since California passed Proposition 8 in 2008.
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The Huffington Post:
Cindy McCain NOH8 PHOTO: McCain Joins Project Protesting Prop 8
Discussion: Emptywheel
Jeremy Page / Times of London:
UN climate chief admits mistake on Himalayan glaciers warning  —  The UN's top climate change body has issued an unprecedented apology over its flawed prediction that Himalayan glaciers were likely to disappear by 2035.  —  The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) …
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Walter Russell Mead / The Politico:
The message from Massachusetts
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 . . .
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
FBI Director: I wasn't consulted on how to charge Abdulmutallab  —  FBI Director Robert Mueller appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee today and revealed that he was not consulted on the question of whether to handle accused Detroit airline bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab as a defendant …
Discussion: Hot Air
 
 
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HOW THE PARTIES HANDLE SETBACKS.... Political parties …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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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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Plan 9 from OlbyPlanet!  —  In Keith Smears Hannity …
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