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1:55 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.
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Schumer: Voters lose in Supreme Court's campaign finance ruling
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   Citizens United on ‘Citizens United’  —  David Bossie …
Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Citizens United Decision: Bring On The Spending
Discussion: Law Blog
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.
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.
Discussion: Maggie's Farm and Associated Press
Associated Press:
Pelosi: 'I don't see the votes' for Sen. health bill
Discussion: Moe Lane
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Pelosi: Not 218 to pass the Senate bill
Discussion: The Page
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
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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Simon Johnson / The Baseline Scenario:
Paul Volcker Prevails
Discussion: Felix Salmon, Economix and The Hill
The Politico:
Dems split over Senate agenda
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Moves to Restrict Big Banks
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and Ian Welsh
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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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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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.
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
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Michelle Obama: Most popular in years  —  President Barack Obama may be struggling with sagging public-approval ratings, but First Lady Michelle Obama is holding up pretty well.  —  Seven in ten Americans surveyed hold a positive view of the first lady, the Pew Research Center has found …
Discussion: D.C. Now
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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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Glenn Garvin / Changing Channels:
MSNBC to Massachusetts: Drop dead!
Discussion: The Politico, The Swamp and Mediaite
James Fallows:
Political math: 37 > 63  —  As I point out in my article in the current issue, the combination of three forces:  — The original Constitutional compromise giving two Senate seats to every state, large or small;  — The post-Constitutional patterns of population growth …
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
How America Can Rise Again  —  SINCE COMING BACK to the United States after three years away in China, I have been asking experts around the country whether America is finally going to hell.  The question is partly a joke.  One look at the comforts and abundance of American life …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
 
 
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