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10:05 AM ET, January 22, 2010

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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 …
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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 …
The Politico:
Dem health care talks collapsing  —  Health care reform teetered on the brink of collapse Thursday as House and Senate leaders struggled to coalesce around a strategy to rescue the plan, in the face of growing pessimism among lawmakers that the president's top priority can survive.
Political Punch:
Senate Dems Not Sure They Can Get Enough Votes to Reconfirm Bernanke  —  Amidst the voter anger at Wall Street and Washington, D.C., ABC News has learned that the Senate Democratic leadership isn't sure there are enough votes to re-confirm Ben Bernanke for another term as chairman of the Federal Reserve.
New York Times:
A New Search for Consensus on Health Care Bill  —  WASHINGTON — Even as Speaker Nancy Pelosi affirmed her commitment to pass far-reaching health care legislation this year, members of Congress and health policy experts began Thursday to deal with the reality that a smaller bill would have a better chance.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
So Is It Really Over?  —  Let me take a moment and explain where I think we are on the Health Care Reform front.  —  As I've argued, procedurally, with the senate Dems reduced to 59 votes, there's no way to get a better or revised bill through the senate.  (Frankly, it's not clear to me that there are still 59 votes.)
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Will the Base Abandon Hope?  —  Imagine for a moment that you're a liberal.  Oh, I know, that won't be a stretch for some of you.  Over the years, you've developed a pretty thick skin, since while you've won an election now and then, you haven't had too many policy victories since ... well, since forever.
Ezra Klein:
Don't forget to blame the Senate
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and TalkLeft
David M. Herszenhorn / Prescriptions:
Pelosi: House Will Not Adopt Senate Bill
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Fluid and Muddle  —  I've been poking around some sources …
Discussion: The Greenroom
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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Jan Crawford / CBS News:
Justice Stevens Stumbles: A Step To Retirement?  —  Justice John Paul Stevens has left some clues he's planning to retire this year, shortly after he turns 90 years old.  He's only hired one law clerk for next term, for example, and not the four that sitting justices typically hire every year.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and The BLT
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Watching as the Supreme Court turns a corporation into a real live boy.
The White House:
Statement from the President on Today's Supreme Court Decision
WCBS-TV:
Bloomberg Hammers Obama, Congress Over Bank Plan  —  Mayor Says President's Idea To Limit Size And Investments Will Lead To Big Problems For NYC, Including Layoffs  —  Hizzoner Suggests Salaries Of D.C. Lawmakers Be Held Back For Decade  —  NEW YORK (CBS) ― President Barack Obama's demand Thursday …
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Jon Ward / The Daily Caller:
Senator John Thune: Obama seeks to spark ‘class warfare’ with populist rhetoric  —  A prominent Republican senator said Thursday that President Obama is seeking to spark “class warfare” with increasingly populist rhetoric and a series of regulatory measures aimed at Wall Street.
Discussion: RedState
Washington Post:
Obama's ‘Volcker Rule’ shifts power away from Geithner  —  For much of last year, Paul Volcker wandered the country arguing for tougher restraints on big banks while the Obama administration pursued a more moderate regulatory agenda driven by Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Will Ben Bernanke Become the First Casualty of the Brown Election?  —  Dead man sitting?  Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke (photo: talkradionews)  —  No, health care was the first casualty.  But Roll Call has an incredible article up, reporting from the Senate that Ben Bernanke's nomination …
Lou Cannon / Politics Daily:
Stay the Course: Reagan's Example for Obama
Discussion: The Politico
Michael Hirsh / Newsweek:
The Politics of Hubris  —  A bridge too far.  Bought his own press.
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Mother Jones
Charles Hawley / Spiegel Online:
The World Bids Farewell to Obama  —  US President Barack Obama suffered a painful defeat in Massachusetts on Tuesday.  With mid-term elections looming, it means that Obama will have to fundamentally re-think his political course.  German commentators say it is the end of hope.
Discussion: No Sheeples Here and Neptunus Lex
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
W II  —  Obama's first term is looking a lot like Bush's second term.
Discussion: TigerHawk
Melanie Trottman / Wall Street Journal:
Union Households Gave Boost to GOP's Brown
Discussion: USA Today
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 …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Air America, the Talk Radio Network, Will Go Off the Air  —  Air America, the long-suffering progressive talk radio network, abruptly shut down on Thursday, bowing to what it called a “very difficult economic environment.”  —  The chairman of Air America Media, Charlie Kireker …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
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Michelle Malkin:
Lib talk radio flops again: Air America goes bankrupt
Lisa de Moraes / Moraes on TV:
Jay Leno to keynote White House Correspondents Dinner  —  White House Correspondents Association has picked this week's most unpopular stand-up comic Jay Leno be the keynote speaker at this year's White House Correspondents DInner.  —  An NBC rep confirmed the invitation to The TV Column.
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Ed Henry / CNN:
Leno to headline White House dinner
Discussion: Mediaite
Lisa Leff / Associated Press:
Prop. 8 backer stands by views on pedophilia  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A proponent of California's same-sex marriage ban testified Thursday that he thinks gays are more likely to be pedophiles and that allowing them to wed would lead to efforts to lower the age at which teenagers can legally have sex with adults.
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
 
 
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J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
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Michael G. Franc / The Corner on National Review Online:
The New Face of Organized Labor — By: Michael G. Franc
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
BBC:
Turkey nets ‘al-Qaeda’ suspects
Discussion: The Majlis
Paul Krugman:
A Note On The Economy  —  Quite aside from everything else going on …
Discussion: Economist's View
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Latest tea party target: Its own convention
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McConnell: Who Gave the Christmas Day Bomber the Right to Remain Silent?
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Mark Tapscott / Washington Examiner:
Outraged by Citizens United decision, Public Citizen calls …
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Ezra Klein:
And the failure stories begin
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