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8:05 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 …
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.
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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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
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Pelosi Pulls The Plug
Discussion: Newsweek Blogs
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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 Levi Updated / CBS News:
John Edwards Goes to Haiti, White House Silent  —  Former presidential candidate John Edwards, in the news today for his admission that he was the father of Rielle Hunter's daughter, is now in Haiti helping with earthquake relief efforts.  —  He said he had come with a group of 25 to 30 people …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
National Enquirer submitting John Edwards coverage for Pulitzers
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
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.
Discussion: Media Nation and Blue Mass. Group
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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Pennsylvania Senate  —  Pennsylvania Senate: Toomey Leads Specter and Sestak  —  Republican Pat Toomey now leads incumbent Senator Arlen Specter 49% to 40% in Pennsylvania's race for the U.S. Senate.  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Pennsylvania voters …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Fluid and Muddle  —  I've been poking around some sources in Washington, DC (and combining this with what I've heard from our TPMDC team) and my sense is that Health Care Reform is both dead and not dead.  Let's say it's among the Undead.  There does seem to be some continuing effort …
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Rachel Slajda / TPMDC:
White House: Let's Let ‘Dust Settle’ On Health Care
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.
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Boon For Blogs?  —  Ezra digests the news over the NYT paywall: … I've been doing this for a long while and the only thing I can say about the future of the web and journalism is: I don't know.  —  I can see exactly why big news organizations need to have some subscription money …
Discussion: Felix Salmon
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
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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Charles Hawley / Spiegel Online:
The World Bids Farewell to Obama
Discussion: Don Surber
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
Discussion: TPMDC
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Mollohan alert  —  Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-W.V.) may be running …
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Heather K. Gerken / Balkinization:
An initial take on Citizens United
Discussion: TalkLeft
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Tommy Thompson weighing Russ Feingold challenge
Discussion: Townhall.com, Hot Air and The Note
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
OBAMA PUSHES NEW LIMITS ON BANKS.... Now, there's a good soundbite …
Discussion: Open Left
CNN:
Cindy McCain poses for same-sex marriage campaign
Discussion: News Desk, The Note and CBS News
Glenn Garvin / Changing Channels:
MSNBC to Massachusetts: Drop dead!
Discussion: TVNewser, Mediaite and Olbermann Watch
Ezra Klein:
Some comments on ‘staying home’
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