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4:55 PM ET, January 22, 2010

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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., Majority Favors Suspending Work on Healthcare Bill  —  Seven in 10 say Massachusetts election result reflects frustrations shared by Americans  —  PRINCETON, NJ — In the wake of Republican Scott Brown's victory in Tuesday's U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts, the majority of Americans …
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Do the Right Thing  —  A message to House Democrats: This is your moment of truth.  You can do the right thing and pass the Senate health care bill.  Or you can look for an easy way out, make excuses and fail the test of history.  —  Tuesday's Republican victory in the Massachusetts special election means …
Ben Craw / TPM LiveWire:
Getting It Done: The Year In Obama-Led Health Care Reform (VIDEO)  —  Well folks, it's been one year since President Barack Obama took office.  And he spent a lot of that year working on health care reform.  —  But with the future of reform uncertain at best in the wake of the special election …
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
If Republicans run as strongly as Brown, only 103 House Dems are safe.  —  Senior Political Analyst  —  Republican Scott Brown won 52%-47% in Massachusetts, which voted 62%-36% for Barack Obama in 2008.  How did he do in each of Massachusetts's 10 congressional districts …
The Huffington Post:
New Dem Worry: GOP Taking Credit For Health Care Reform  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Health care reform advocates are concerned that passing a scaled-back version of reform legislation — an option being considered by President Obama and Democratic Party leaders — could end up playing into the hands of Republican electoral politics.
CNN:
Obama: Health care debate hit ‘a buzz saw’
Discussion: The Greenroom and Prescriptions
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Jon Stewart Mocks Keith Olbermann Over Scott Brown Attacks  —  Jon Stewart mocks Keith Olbermann for his attacks on Scott Brown and other conservatives, including Rush Limbaugh and Michelle Malkin.  —  To comment on this video or click the “Comments” link below.
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Megan Woolhouse / Boston Globe:
Pick-up truck trendsetter
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Stewart slams Olby
Discussion: Verum Serum and The Daily Caller
New York Times:
The Court's Blow to Democracy  —  With a single, disastrous 5-to-4 ruling, the Supreme Court has thrust politics back to the robber-baron era of the 19th century.  Disingenuously waving the flag of the First Amendment, the court's conservative majority has paved the way for corporations …
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Keith Olbermann / msnbc.com:
U.S. government for sale  —  With no limits on campaign financing, corporations will take over the government  —  SPECIAL COMMENT  —  Finally tonight, as promised, a Special Comment on the Supreme Court's ruling today in the case titled “Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.”
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Van Hollen: Senate Bill's Brand May Be Irrevocably Tarnished, So We May Go Reconciliation Instead  —  In a candid assessment of the politics of health care, DCCC chief Chris Van Hollen said in an interview that the Senate bill's brand may be irrevocably tarnished, particularly among independents …
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Ezra Klein:
Don't forget to blame the Senate
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and TalkLeft
BBC:
UK terror threat level ‘severe’  —  The UK terror threat level is being raised from “substantial” to “severe”, the Home Office has said.  —  The new alert level means a terrorist attack is considered “highly likely”.  It had stood at substantial since July.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and PoliBlog
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Sean O'Neill / Times of London:   Terrorist threat level raised to ‘severe’
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
2012 Presidential Poll  —  For the first time in one of our monthly polls looking ahead to the 2012 Presidential election Barack Obama trails one of his hypothetical opponents, albeit by the smallest of margins.  —  Mike Huckabee has a 45-44 advantage over Obama, aided largely by a 44-38 lead with independents.
Sabrina Eaton / Plain Dealer:
Obama has suspicious number of letter-writing fans named ‘Ellie Light’  —  Ellie Light sure gets around.  —  In recent weeks, Light has published virtually identical “Letters to the Editor” in support of President Barack Obama in more than a dozen newspapers.Every letter claimed …
Discussion: RedState
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   Letters for Obama  —  A couple of weeks ago I published an articulate …
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Filibuster reform bill headed for Senate floor, faces uphill battle  —  Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) intends to introduce legislation that would take away the minority's power to filibuster legislation.  —  Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) intends in the next few weeks to introduce legislation …
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Scott Baio Receives Death Threats For Posting Unflattering Photo of Michelle O on Twitter  —  They want to kill Chaci.  —  Conservative Scott Baio is being threatened on twitter.  —  Scott Baio, who supported Scott Brown in Massachusetts, received death threats this week after he posted …
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel and HillBuzz
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Hollie McKay / Fox News:
Scott Baio Receives Death Threats Over Michelle Obama ‘Joke’
Discussion: Shakesville and NewsBusters.org
CNN:
Roe v. Wade marked by vigils, demonstrations  —  Washington (CNN) — Abortion rights supporters and opponents prepared to hit the streets of the nation's capital Friday to mark the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling establishing a woman's constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy.
Discussion: Politics Daily
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Daniel Indiviglio / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Four Reasons Not To Fear The Supreme Court's Business-Political Spending Decision
Heidi Przybyla / Bloomberg:
Obama Seen as Anti-Business by 77% of U.S. Investors  —  Buzz up!  —  Jan. 22 (Bloomberg) — U.S. investors overwhelmingly see President Barack Obama as anti-business and question his ability to manage a financial crisis, according to a Bloomberg survey.  —  The global quarterly poll …
Elise Hu / The Texas Tribune:
No Love Lost  —  At 9:45 this morning, George H.W. Bush will open up his West Houston home to the press to make what is, for the octogenarian former president, a rare overtly political announcement: In the intra-Republican party fight for Texas governor, 41 has chosen U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison over Gov. Rick Perry.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Detainees Will Still Be Held, but Not Tried, Official Says  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has decided to continue to imprison without trials nearly 50 detainees at the Guantánamo Bay military prison in Cuba because a high-level task force has concluded that they are too difficult …
Sahil Kapur / The Raw Story:
NOW: ‘Kill the Senate health bill entirely’  —  Share on Facebook Stumble This!  —  Group laments ‘fierce anti-abortion language,’ cites ‘male-dominated’ Democratic Party in Coakley loss  —  WASHINGTON — As Democrats weigh options for health reform following a major setback …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
On bombing suspect, tough questions for Eric Holder  —  It seems like a pretty simple question.  Who made the decision to charge Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the accused terrorist arrested for trying to blow up a Northwest Airlines jet on Christmas Day, as an everyday criminal, as opposed to an enemy combatant?
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Hot Air
TMZ.com:
Bristol Palin to Levi Johnston — Pay Up Deadbeat  —  Bristol Palin has gone to court, demanding that Levi Johnston step up as a dad and pay her some of the money he's raked in from his naked media blitz.  —  Court documents were filed by Bristol's lawyer late Thursday afternoon in Alaska …
Discussion: Politics Daily
 
 
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Now Fight!  —  The seismic events of the last few days ends …
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Dodd: Time to ‘take a breather’ on healthcare
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Obama: ‘Bowl of chili, I can afford’
The Hill:
Obama to talk economy, new jobs in hard-hit battleground state
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