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11:15 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 …
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 …
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
TRANSCRIPT: George Stephanopoulos' Exclusive Interview with President Obama
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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
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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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 …
Simon Johnson / The Baseline Scenario:
Paul Volcker Prevails
Andrew Leonard / Salon:
Obama finally listens to Paul Volcker
Discussion: Paul Krugman
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%.
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Rasmussen Reports:
Senate 2010: More Shocks on the Way  —  A Commentary By Larry J. Sabato  —  With Tuesday night's upset by Republican Scott Brown in Massachusetts, the GOP gained more than just a 41st vote to disrupt the Obama agenda.  As attention turns to the midterm elections in November, the Republican Party has strong momentum.
James Fallows:   Political math: 37 > 63  —  As I point out in my article …
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: JustOneMinute and RedState
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Human Events:
Sparks Fly as ‘Courting Disaster’ Author Clashes with CNN's Amanpour  —  Sparks flew on CNN's Amanpour, when conservative author Marc Thiessen directly challenged the CNN's chief international correspondent with evidence that she had misled her viewers about the CIA's waterboarding techniques.
The Politico:
Dems fret: ‘Every state is in play’  —  The Republican victory in Massachusetts has sent a wave of fear through the halls of the Senate, with moderate and liberal Democrats second-guessing their party's agenda — and worrying that they'll be the next victims of voters' anger.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Brown to meet with senators on Capitol Hill
Discussion: The Politico
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
AYLA BROWN: ‘AVAILABLE’ COMMENT ‘OFF SCRIPT’  —  Newly elected Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown told the world Tuesday night that his daughters are “available,” and the world apparently listened.  —  “Scott Brown Family Photos” was the eighth most searched term on Google Trends as of Wednesday morning.
Discussion: Hot Air
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Gail Collins / New York Times:
Democratic Silver Linings
Discussion: Washington Post
New York Times:
The Massachusetts Election  —  If anyone should have seen it coming in Massachusetts, it is President Obama — the long-shot candidate who rode to electoral victory on a wave of popular impatience and an ability to identify and address voters' core anxieties.
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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.
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
Cato Institute:
The Libertarian Vote in the Age of Obama … Libertarian — or fiscally conservative, socially liberal — voters are often torn between their aversions to the Republicans' social conservatism and the Democrats' fiscal irresponsibility.  Yet libertarians rarely factor into pundits' and pollsters' analyses.
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty
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: QandO, naked capitalism and GINA COBB
 
 
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Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Democrats propose $1.9T increase in debt limit
Discussion: TPMDC and theblogprof
Matthew Alexander / New York Times:
Torture's Loopholes  —  TOMORROW will be one year since President …
Discussion: VetVoice and Emptywheel
The Huffington Post:
State Regulators Warn Of Failing Foreclosure Prevention Efforts
Discussion: Wonk Room
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Not persuasive  —  Another moment of self-awareness …
Discussion: Time and AmSpecBlog
Megan McArdle:
The Health Care Grassroots Game
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
'Hamas accepts Israel's right to exist'
Discussion: Commentary
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Inside the Beltway  —  Gabe Sherman has a very interesting article …
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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Senate loss puts the burden on Pelosi
Fox News:
Palin on Mass. Senate Shocker: ‘The Status Quo is Not Acceptable’
Royal Family / Telegraph:
Muslim police say Islam not to blame for terror attacks
Roderick Long / Cato Unbound:
The Winnowing of Ayn Rand
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