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4:30 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.
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  —  President Obama came out swinging today against the Supreme Court's ruling in a major campaign finance case.  —  In a statement issued by the White House, Obama said the decision “has given a green light to a new stampede of special interest money in our politics.”
The Hill:
Schumer calls for hearings on ‘un-American’ court decision
Discussion: RedState
Frank Ross / Big Journalism:
Supreme Court Drop-Kicks McCain/Feingold, Scores Victory for 1st Amendment.
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  —  There are a variety of impediments to the House simply taking the available Senate health care text and passing it.  There's Bart Stupak's anti-abortion block.  There's fainthearted moderate types.  And then, apparently, there's angry liberal Raul Grijalva:
Discussion: Firedoglake and The New Republic
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Breaking: Pelosi announces that she can't pass Senate ObamaCare bill  —  The dream of cramming down the Senate version of ObamaCare died as Scott Brown arrived in Washington DC to prepare to enter the Senate as the first Republican from Massachusetts in 38 years, which was both coincidental and providential.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Two Options: Something Or Nothing
Discussion: Mother Jones and The New Republic
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Pelosi Pulls The Plug
Mark Silva / The Swamp:   Health-care: ‘Cool Hand Luke problem?’
Associated Press:
Pelosi: 'I don't see the votes' for Sen. health bill
Discussion: theblogprof
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Pelosi: House lacks votes to OK Senate health bill
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and USA Today
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 and Hot Air
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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.
Rasmussen Reports:   Election 2010: Pennsylvania Senate
James Fallows:
Political math: 37 > 63  —  As I point out in my article …
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
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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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Specter tells Bachmann to “act like a lady”  —  The deeply odd couple of Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Penn.) and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) appeared together on a Philly radio station yesterday — and things got ugly in short order.  —  The exchange, broadcast on 1210 AM's Dom Giordano Show …
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D Malloy / Early Returns:
Specter spars with Bachmann on radio
Discussion: Hot Dish Politics and RedState
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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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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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   OBAMA PUSHES NEW LIMITS ON BANKS.... Now, there's a good soundbite …
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: RedState
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Glenn Garvin / Changing Channels:
MSNBC to Massachusetts: Drop dead!  —  Watching coverage of the Massachusetts senatorial election Tuesday night, I wondered if MSNBC was getting ready to cut off its cable signal to the state.  Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow, positively enraged that Massachusetts dared to elect a Republican …
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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
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.
 
 
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