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10:00 AM ET, January 21, 2010

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Paul Krugman:
He Wasn't The One We've Been Waiting For  —  Health care reform — which is crucial for millions of Americans — hangs in the balance.  Progressives are desperately in need of leadership; more specifically, House Democrats need to be told to pass the Senate bill, which isn't what they wanted but is vastly better than nothing.
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
U-Turn: Frank Says, With Assurances, He'll Vote For The Senate Health Care Bill  —  In an interview with TPMDC this evening, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) reversed course—apologizing for a harsh statement he released last night in the wake of the Massachusetts special election, and saying …
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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ABCNEWS:
John Edwards Admits He Fathered Rielle Hunter's Child  —  Former Aide Says Edwards Had Him Steal Diaper to Secretly Check His Paternity  —  Former presidential candidate John Edwards abandoned his long denial that he had fathered a child during an affair with a campaign aide and admitted today …
The Politico:
Edwards: Yes, I'm the father  —  Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards admits in a written statement to NBC's “Today” that he is the father of Frances Quinn Hunter, the 1-year-old daughter of his former mistress, Rielle Hunter.  —  “I am Quinn's father.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Althouse
Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
John Edwards admits paternity
Discussion: Lynn Sweet and D.C. Now
New York Times:
Obama to Propose Limits on Risks Taken by Banks  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama on Thursday will publicly propose giving bank regulators the power to limit the size of the nation's largest banks and the scope of their risk-taking activities, an administration official said late Wednesday.
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Wall Street Journal:
Proposal Set to Curb Bank Giants  —  WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama on Thursday is expected to propose new limits on the size and risk taken by the country's biggest banks, marking the administration's latest assault on Wall Street in what could mark a return, at least in spirit …
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Erika Lovley / The Politico:
AYLA BROWN: ‘AVAILABLE’ COMMENT ‘OFF SCRIPT’
Discussion: Hot Air
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Democratic Silver Linings
Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
Brown heads to Washington after upset Senate win  —  BOSTON — Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown, whose surprise win in the race to fill the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's seat created the sonic boom heard all the way to Washington, was visiting the nation's capital Thursday to pay a round of courtesy calls on his new colleagues.
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Relieved  —  I want to recommend that everyone read the email we just got from a Senate staffer who will have to remain anonymous.  Here's one part of the email that stood out to me.  The whole thing is after the jump ...  Here's the whole thing.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Trying to Turn Around His Presidency  —  WASHINGTON — Chastened and bruised, President Obama on Wednesday began the daunting process of trying to turn around his presidency in a drastically altered political environment that will test his leadership, his instincts and his political dexterity as never before.
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Advocate:
Cindy McCain Poses for NOH8  —  The NOH8 Campaign on Wednesday announced that Cindy McCain, the wife of former Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, has posed to demonstrate her support of marriage equality.  NOH8's Adam Bouska has photographed thousands of subjects since California passed Proposition 8 in 2008.
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David Sessions / Politics Daily:
Cindy McCain Poses for Ad Supporting Gay Marriage
Discussion: Associated Press
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
The Politico:
Obama's first year: What went wrong  —  As the Obama administration marks its first birthday, there is no reason to shop around for the perfect present.  What President Barack Obama needs most is obvious: a new political strategy — ideally one more grounded in the realities of governance than the one he embraced a year ago Wednesday.
Bloomberg:
Buffett Says He Can't See Rationale for Bank Levy  —  Jan. 20 (Bloomberg) — Warren Buffett opposes President Barack Obama's proposed levy on financial institutions because firms including Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Wells Fargo & Co. already repaid bailout funds.
Discussion: naked capitalism and GINA COBB
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Inside the Beltway  —  Gabe Sherman has a very interesting article on problems at the Washington Post, but I'm going to dedicate my post to taking issue with one small part of it: … I think the idea that the Post “can't” go local is just a mistake.  This is a very large metropolitan area.
Royal Family / Telegraph:
Muslim police say Islam not to blame for terror attacks  —  Muslim police officers have rebelled openly against the Government's anti-terrorism strategy, warning that it is an “affront to British values” which threatens to trigger ethnic unrest.  —  The National Association of Muslim Police …
Couragecampaign / Prop 8 Trial Tracker:
An Explosive Afternoon: LDS Church  —  The transcripts from this afternoon read like an episode of Law and Order, with the attorneys arguing with the judge over what documents ought to be introduced as evidence.  These aren't just any old documents, they are emails and letters sent …
Jeremy Page / Times of London:
UN climate chief admits mistake on Himalayan glaciers warning  —  The UN's top climate change body has issued an unprecedented apology over its flawed prediction that Himalayan glaciers were likely to disappear by 2035.  —  The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) …
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Walter Russell Mead / The Politico:   The message from Massachusetts
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
House Liberals To Pelosi: “We Cannot Support The Senate Bill.  Period.”  —  In a private meeting in the Capitol just now, a dozen or more House liberals bluntly told Nancy Pelosi that there was no chance that they would vote to pass the Senate bill in its current form …
 
 
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Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
Taliban Overhaul Image to Win Allies
NASDAQ.com:
Among Democrats, Calls To Extend Bush Tax Cuts
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Senate loss puts the burden on Pelosi
Fox News:
Palin on Mass. Senate Shocker: ‘The Status Quo is Not Acceptable’
BBC:
China's economy resumes rapid growth
Discussion: PoliBlog and Truthdig
Kathrin Hille / Financial Times:
Chinese media hit at 'White House's Google'
Discussion: New York Times and Don Surber
Edward Wong / New York Times:
China on Path to Become Second-Largest Economy
Discussion: Beat the Press and The Page
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
FBI Director: I wasn't consulted on how to charge Abdulmutallab
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HOW THE PARTIES HANDLE SETBACKS.... Political parties …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Republicans blast fiscal commission agreement
Discussion: The Politico
Johnny Dollar / Olbermann Watch:
Plan 9 from OlbyPlanet!  —  In Keith Smears Hannity …
Discussion: Doug Ross
Roderick Long / Cato Unbound:
The Winnowing of Ayn Rand
Discussion: Hit & Run
Megan McArdle:
Killing Off the Insurers the Conservative Way
 

 
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Blake Brittain / Reuters:
Filing: OpenAI asks a US federal judge to dismiss parts of NYT's copyright suit, alleging it “paid someone to hack OpenAI's products” and violated OpenAI's TOS

Byron Tau / Wired:
A look at some government contractors that are helping US intelligence agencies and others use targeted mobile ads to track down people

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Unionized editorial workers at LexisNexis-owned Law360 authorize a strike; the union says the vote is partly due to planned layoffs after record profits in 2023

 
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