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1:00 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 Block Key Part of Campaign Law  —  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.
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.
Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Citizens United Decision: Bring On The Spending
Discussion: Law Blog
Michelle Malkin:
Supreme Court decimates McCain-Feingold campaign finance law …
Discussion: Hot Air and neo-neocon
Fox News:
Supreme Court Removes Limits on Corporate, Labor Donations to Campaigns
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel
Ariane De Vogue / ABCNEWS:
Supreme Court Overturns Campaign Spending Limits on Corporations
Discussion: BuzzFlash.org
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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Pelosi Pulls The Plug  —  Speaker Pelosi just said “I don't see the votes for [passing the Senate bill] at this time.”  —  In other words, plug pulled.  Health care reform over.  —  Pelosi followed with a bunch of muddying caveats that seemed to make the statement more ambiguous.
Discussion: RedState
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Breaking: Pelosi announces that she can't pass Senate ObamaCare bill
Discussion: Associated Press
Associated Press:
Pelosi: 'I don't see the votes' for Sen. health bill
Discussion: Moe Lane and msnbc.com
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
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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 …
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
John Edwards Admits Paternity
Discussion: Wonkette
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 …
Simon Johnson / The Baseline Scenario:
Paul Volcker Prevails
Discussion: EconLog, Economix and The Hill
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.
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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Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
IN-9: Baron Hill Trailing Mike Sodrel in Fifth Straight Match Up, 41% to 49%  —  FDL/SurveyUSA, 1/16-1/18, 600 likely voters, margin of sampling error ± 4.1% … 2010 will be the fifth straight time Democratic Congressman Baron Hill has gone head-to-head with Republican former Congressman Mike Sodrel …
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Aaron Blake / The Hill:
A 28-point swing in Baron Hill's district
Discussion: Redhot
 
 
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Howie / The Jawa Report:
Chicago Argues to Void 14th Ammendment To Protect Weapons Ban
DCCC:
Re-Run Hanna Returns, Remains Committed to Out of Touch Extremists, Policies
Discussion: The Agitator and Cato @ Liberty
Cato Institute:
The Libertarian Vote in the Age of Obama
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty
James Fallows:
Political math: 37 > 63  —  As I point out in my article …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Not persuasive  —  Another moment of self-awareness …
Discussion: Time and AmSpecBlog
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The Health Care Grassroots Game
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
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