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10:00 AM ET, January 22, 2010

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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Do the Right Thing  —  A message to House Democrats: This is your moment of truth.  You can do the right thing and pass the Senate health care bill.  Or you can look for an easy way out, make excuses and fail the test of history.  —  Tuesday's Republican victory in the Massachusetts special election means …
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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.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., Majority Favors Suspending Work on Healthcare Bill  —  Seven in 10 say Massachusetts election result reflects frustrations shared by Americans  —  PRINCETON, NJ — In the wake of Republican Scott Brown's victory in Tuesday's U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts, the majority of Americans …
New York Times:
A New Search for Consensus on Health Care Bill  —  WASHINGTON — Even as Speaker Nancy Pelosi affirmed her commitment to pass far-reaching health care legislation this year, members of Congress and health policy experts began Thursday to deal with the reality that a smaller bill would have a better chance.
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.
New York Times:
The Court's Blow to Democracy  —  With a single, disastrous 5-to-4 ruling, the Supreme Court has thrust politics back to the robber-baron era of the 19th century.  Disingenuously waving the flag of the First Amendment, the court's conservative majority has paved the way for corporations …
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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: Outside The Beltway and The BLT
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices, 5-4, Reject Corporate Spending Limit
WCBS-TV:
Bloomberg Hammers Obama, Congress Over Bank Plan  —  Mayor Says President's Idea To Limit Size And Investments Will Lead To Big Problems For NYC, Including Layoffs  —  Hizzoner Suggests Salaries Of D.C. Lawmakers Be Held Back For Decade  —  NEW YORK (CBS) ― President Barack Obama's demand Thursday …
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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.
Lou Cannon / Politics Daily:
Stay the Course: Reagan's Example for Obama
Discussion: The Politico
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
So Is It Really Over?  —  Let me take a moment and explain where I think we are on the Health Care Reform front.  —  As I've argued, procedurally, with the senate Dems reduced to 59 votes, there's no way to get a better or revised bill through the senate.  (Frankly, it's not clear to me that there are still 59 votes.)
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David M. Herszenhorn / Prescriptions:
Pelosi: House Will Not Adopt Senate Bill
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Fluid and Muddle  —  I've been poking around some sources …
Discussion: The Greenroom
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.
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: No Sheeples Here and Neptunus Lex
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
W II  —  Obama's first term is looking a lot like Bush's second term.
Discussion: TigerHawk
Melanie Trottman / Wall Street Journal:
Union Households Gave Boost to GOP's Brown
Discussion: USA Today
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Detainees Will Still Be Held, but Not Tried, Official Says  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has decided to continue to imprison without trials nearly 50 detainees at the Guantánamo Bay military prison in Cuba because a high-level task force has concluded that they are too difficult …
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 …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
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Michelle Malkin:
Lib talk radio flops again: Air America goes bankrupt
Lisa de Moraes / Moraes on TV:
Jay Leno to keynote White House Correspondents Dinner  —  White House Correspondents Association has picked this week's most unpopular stand-up comic Jay Leno be the keynote speaker at this year's White House Correspondents DInner.  —  An NBC rep confirmed the invitation to The TV Column.
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Ed Henry / CNN:
Leno to headline White House dinner
Discussion: Mediaite
Jon Ward / The Daily Caller:
Senator John Thune: Obama seeks to spark ‘class warfare’ with populist rhetoric  —  A prominent Republican senator said Thursday that President Obama is seeking to spark “class warfare” with increasingly populist rhetoric and a series of regulatory measures aimed at Wall Street.
Discussion: RedState
Lisa Leff / Associated Press:
Prop. 8 backer stands by views on pedophilia  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A proponent of California's same-sex marriage ban testified Thursday that he thinks gays are more likely to be pedophiles and that allowing them to wed would lead to efforts to lower the age at which teenagers can legally have sex with adults.
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
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.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
John Carney / Clusterstock:
Big Banks Have Already Figured Out The Loophole In Obama's New Rules  —  Big banks have already begun poking the holes in Obama's new rules—holes they expect their banks to pass through basically unchanged.  —  The president promised this morning to work with Congress to ensure that no bank …
 
 
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J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Filibuster reform headed for Senate floor; measure faces uphill battle
Michael G. Franc / The Corner on National Review Online:
The New Face of Organized Labor — By: Michael G. Franc
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
BBC:
Turkey nets ‘al-Qaeda’ suspects
Discussion: The Majlis
Paul Krugman:
A Note On The Economy  —  Quite aside from everything else going on …
Discussion: Economist's View
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Latest tea party target: Its own convention
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Past Decade Warmest Ever, NASA Data Shows
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
McConnell: Who Gave the Christmas Day Bomber the Right to Remain Silent?
Discussion: Power Line
 Earlier Items: 
John Carney / Law Review:
The Bank Tax And The Constitutional Ban On Bills Of Attainder
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
ADL whacks Limbaugh
Discussion: Daily Kos
Mark Tapscott / Washington Examiner:
Outraged by Citizens United decision, Public Citizen calls …
Discussion: Hot Air
Ezra Klein:
And the failure stories begin
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel and Taylor Marsh
Daniel Rubin / Philly.com:
It was no joke at security gate
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The “Never Takes Responsibility for Anything” Wing
Discussion: Open Left and New York Times