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7:20 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.
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 …
Discussion: Commentary and Big Brass Blog
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 …
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Court decision opens floodgates for corporate political spending  —  The Supreme Court on Thursday opened wide new avenues for big-moneyed interests to pour money into politics in a decision that could have a major influence on the 2010 midterm elections and President Barack Obama's 2012 reelection campaign.
The Hill:
Democrats plan to push bill to limit impact of campaign finance decision  —  Democratic leaders will push legislation to limit the impact of Thursday's Supreme Court decision that lifted restrictions on corporate spending in politics.  —  Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Obama blasts court decision
Discussion: Think Progress and JOSHUAPUNDIT
Erin Miller / SCOTUSblog:
Citizens United round-up: morning edition
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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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Raul Grijalva Flirting With History's Greatest Monster Status  —  There are a variety of impediments to the House simply taking the available Senate health care text and passing it.  There's Bart Stupak's anti-abortion block.  There's fainthearted moderate types.  And then, apparently, there's angry liberal Raul Grijalva:
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Pelosi Pulls The Plug
Discussion: Newsweek Blogs
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Health-care: ‘Cool Hand Luke problem?’
Discussion: The Politico, The Hill and The Reaction
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msnbc.com:
Edwards admits fathering child with mistress  —  Former presidential candidate promises to support his 2-year-old daughter  —  John Edwards' attorneys say he's been providing financial support for 2-year-old Quinn for about a year, and just signed a child support agreement with Rielle Hunter.
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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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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Air America goes bankrupt, off air
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
The White House:
President Obama Calls for New Restrictions on Size and Scope of Financial Institutions to Rein in Excesses and Protect Taxpayers  —  WASHINGTON, DC- President Obama joined Paul Volcker, former chairman of the Federal Reserve; Bill Donaldson, former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission …
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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Missouri Senate  —  2010 Missouri Senate: Blunt (R) 49%, Carnahan (D) 43%  —  Republican Roy Blunt now holds a six-point lead over Democrat Robin Carnahan in Missouri's race for the U.S. Senate.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in the state finds Blunt ahead of Carnahan 49% to 43%.
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and Hot Air
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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Pennsylvania Senate
Discussion: Politics Daily and pa2010.com
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Brown camp won't say whether controversial endorsement is legitimate  —  Scott Brown's campaign will not say whether their candidate has endorsed Bill Hudak, a Republican Congressional candidate in Massachusetts who posted flyers portraying Barack Obama as Osama bin Laden.
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Human Events:
Sparks Fly as ‘Courting Disaster’ Author Clashes with CNN's Amanpour  —  Sparks flew on CNN's Amanpour, when conservative author Marc Thiessen directly challenged the CNN's chief international correspondent with evidence that she had misled her viewers about the CIA's waterboarding techniques.
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Scott / Power Line:
Courting Disaster with Christiane Amanpour
Discussion: RedState
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.
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: Think Progress and alicublog
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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The “Never Takes Responsibility for Anything” Wing  —  One of the most frustrating things about self-described “centrist” Democrats is their general unwillingness to face up to the fact that they've been the dominant faction in the Democratic Party for decades.  Jimmy Carter was a different kind of Democrat, a southern moderate.
 
 
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Ezra Klein:
And the failure stories begin
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Boon For Blogs?  —  Ezra digests the news over the NYT paywall:
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Media Decoder:
Talk to The Times: Answers About Charging Online
Ezra Klein:
Can Democrats govern?  —  It's worth taking a step …
Discussion: TigerHawk
Daniel Rubin / Philly.com:
It was no joke at security gate
The Rothenberg / The Rothenberg Political Report:
AR Sen moved to Lean Takeover
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Heather K. Gerken / Balkinization:
An initial take on Citizens United
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Tommy Thompson weighing Russ Feingold challenge
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City Room:
Police Explain Diversion of Flight to Philadelphia
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MSNBC to Massachusetts: Drop dead!
Ezra Klein:
Some comments on ‘staying home’
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