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2:00 PM 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 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.
Discussion: Ezra Klein, Daily Kos and Newsbroke
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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.
William Galston / The New Republic:
Why Obama Can't Abandon Health Care Now
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Ezra Klein
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.”
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.
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Jon Ward / The Daily Caller:
Senator John Thune: Obama seeks to spark ‘class warfare’ with populist rhetoric
Discussion: RedState
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 …
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Ezra Klein:
Don't forget to blame the Senate  —  A lot of the onus for health care's sudden derailing has been placed on the House, which is bafflingly opposed to passing the Senate bill.  But the Senate isn't making life any easier, refusing to do the one thing that would make the House comfortable with the Senate bill.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and TalkLeft
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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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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Stewart slams Olby
Discussion: Verum Serum
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Filibuster reform bill headed for Senate floor facing 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 …
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
McCain Runs Ad Slamming Hayworth  —  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is running a new radio ad slamming an opponent who hasn't even gotten in the race.  —  The unusual ad suggests McCain is truly worried about a challenge from ex-Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R), who is taking steps toward running to McCain's right.
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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Arizona Republican Primary for Senate
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
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Hollie McKay / Fox News:
Scott Baio Receives Death Threats Over Michelle Obama ‘Joke’
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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 …
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.
Stephen Spruiell / The Corner on National Review Online:
A Note on the Krugman — By: Stephen Spruiell  —  Paul Krugman posts, “A Note On The Economy”: … That's weird.  I read somewhere that the stimulus would be having its maximum effect right now.  —  I know, I know — the stimulus wasn't large enough.  We'd be in great shape …
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Paul Krugman:
A Note on the Economy  —  Quite aside from everything else going on …
Discussion: Economist's View
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 …
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?
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
RNC Cash Falls Farther  —  The RNC has spent more money than it has taken in during every month since July, even as the party brags about an expanded donor base that set off-year records.  —  The lead GOP committee announced Friday it had raised $6.6M in Dec. But the party spent more than it raised …
The Huffington Post:
Scott Brown's Wife Music VIDEO: Gail Huff's RACY ‘Girl With The Curious Hand’ (PHOTOS)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  On Tuesday night, Scott Brown's wife pleaded with her husband to stop advertising his “available” daughters, but a video we've dug up reveals that Gail Huff wasn't always so prim and proper.
 
 
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Sabrina Eaton / Plain Dealer:
Obama has suspicious number of letter-writing fans named ‘Ellie Light’
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Audrey Bilger / The Huffington Post:
Why Straight People Should Be Following the Prop. 8 Federal Trial
Harold Pollack / The New Republic:
47 Health Policy Experts (Including Me) Say, “Sign the Senate Bill”
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
CNBC host Larry Kudlow declines to rule out bid to unseat Schumer
Jerry Sanders / The Huffington Post:
Proud to Testify for Marriage Equality
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Wall Street Journal:
The New Political Rumbling  —  Massachusetts may signal an end to old ways of fighting.
Dan / Riehl World View:
Obama's Student Loan Grab Will Cost Jobs, Eliminate Competition And Grow Government
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
The Direction of the GOP
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
Gov. Paterson's campaign strategist resigns
Discussion: Politics Daily, Gothamist and City Room
Melanie Trottman / Wall Street Journal:
Union Households Gave Boost to GOP's Brown
 

 
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Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
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