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6:50 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: Big Brass Blog and Commentary
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:
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 …
Discussion: washingtonalert.org
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.) …
Jan Crawford / CBS News:   Justice Stevens Stumbles: A Step To Retirement?
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Obama blasts court decision
Discussion: Think Progress
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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Washington Post:
Pelosi says House cannot pass Senate's health-care bill without changes  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that the Senate will have to amend its version of a health-care reform bill before her chamber can pass it.  —  “I don't think it's possible to pass the Senate bill in the House …
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
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D Malloy / Early Returns:   Specter spars with Bachmann on radio
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
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Air America to Cease Broadcasting Immediately
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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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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Scott / Power Line:
Courting Disaster with Christiane Amanpour  —  Marc Thiessen is the author of Courting Disaster: How the CIA Kept America Safe and How Barack Obama Is Inviting the Next Attack , about which he wrote for us here.  As White House speechwriter for George Bush, Thiessen was locked in a secure room …
Discussion: RedState
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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.
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
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:
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Ezra Klein:
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Heather K. Gerken / Balkinization:
An initial take on Citizens United
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Tommy Thompson weighing Russ Feingold challenge
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City Room:
Police Explain Diversion of Flight to Philadelphia
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Glenn Garvin / Changing Channels:
MSNBC to Massachusetts: Drop dead!
Discussion: Mediaite and Olbermann Watch