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3:55 AM ET, January 22, 2010

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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices, 5-4, Reject Corporate Spending Limit  —  WASHINGTON — Overruling two important precedents about the First Amendment rights of corporations, a bitterly divided Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the government may not ban political spending by corporations in candidate elections.
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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.
Discussion: The BLT
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Watching as the Supreme Court turns a corporation into a real live boy.  —  You will doubtless hear today that 89-year-old Justice John Paul Stevens read aloud from his partial dissent in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission for almost 20 minutes in a slow, halting voice …
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 …
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: BBC, Big Brass Blog and Commentary
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Analysis: A new law to offset Citizens United?  —  Analysis  —  President Obama ordered his aides on Thursday “to get to work immediately with Congress” to develop “a forceful response” to the Supreme Court's ruling in the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case.
Mark Tapscott / Washington Examiner:
Outraged by Citizens United decision, Public Citizen calls …
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
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.
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Political Punch:
Senate Dems Not Sure They Can Get Enough Votes to Reconfirm Bernanke  —  Amidst the voter anger at Wall Street and Washington, D.C., ABC News has learned that the Senate Democratic leadership isn't sure there are enough votes to re-confirm Ben Bernanke for another term as chairman of the Federal Reserve.
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.
New York Times:
A New Search for Consensus on Health Care Bill
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Air America, the Talk Radio Network, Will Go Off the Air  —  Air America, the long-suffering progressive talk radio network, abruptly shut down on Thursday, bowing to what it called a “very difficult economic environment.”  —  The chairman of Air America Media, Charlie Kireker …
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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:
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Liberal talk-radio network Air America to cease operations
Discussion: The Greenroom
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Will the Base Abandon Hope?  —  Imagine for a moment that you're a liberal.  Oh, I know, that won't be a stretch for some of you.  Over the years, you've developed a pretty thick skin, since while you've won an election now and then, you haven't had too many policy victories since ... well, since forever.
Discussion: Lean Left and Newshoggers.com
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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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WCBS-TV:
Bloomberg Hammers Obama, Congress Over Bank Plan
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: Neptunus Lex
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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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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
ADL whacks Limbaugh  —  The Anti-Defamation League, which recently criticized a range of conservative figures, including Glenn Beck, as “extremists,” has turned its sights on Rush Limbaugh for a “borderline anti-semitic remark” about Jews  —  The line in question:
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
James Dao / New York Times:
Man Claims Terror Ties in Little Rock Shooting  —  MEMPHIS — A Tennessee man accused of killing a soldier outside a Little Rock, Ark., military recruiting station last year has asked a judge to change his plea to guilty, claiming for the first time that he is affiliated with a Yemen-based affiliate of Al Qaeda.
Daniel Rubin / Philly.com:
It was no joke at security gate  —  In the tense new world of air travel, we're stripped of shoes, told not to take too much shampoo on board, frowned on if we crack a smile.  —  The last thing we expect is a joke from a Transportation Security Administration screener - particularly one this stupid.
Washington Post:
U.S. ambassador puts brakes on plan to utilize Afghan militias against Taliban  —  The U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan and senior Afghan officials have resisted moving forward with a bold and potentially risky initiative to support local militias in Afghanistan that are willing to defend …
 
 
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The Huffington Post:
Opposition To Bernanke Growing In Wake Of Mass. Vote
Discussion: The Huffington Post
John Carney / Clusterstock:
Big Banks Have Already Figured Out The Loophole In Obama's New Rules
Igor / Think Progress:
Will Brown Give Back The Federal Money That Subsidized Health Reform …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Fluid and Muddle  —  I've been poking around some sources …
Discussion: The Greenroom
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Boon For Blogs?  —  Ezra digests the news over the NYT paywall:
Discussion: Felix Salmon
 Earlier Items: 
Ezra Klein:
Can Democrats govern?  —  It's worth taking a step …
Discussion: TigerHawk
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The “Never Takes Responsibility for Anything” Wing
The Rothenberg / The Rothenberg Political Report:
AR Sen moved to Lean Takeover
The Hugh Hewitt Show:
Christopher Hitchens reacting to Massachusetts, and non-believer relief to Haiti