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11:05 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 …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
What Scott Brown's win means for the Democrats  —  On Jan. 14, five days before the Massachusetts special election, President Obama was in full bring-it-on mode as he rallied House Democrats behind his health-care reform.  “If Republicans want to campaign against what we've done by standing …
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.
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Most Americans want more GOP support on health care
Discussion: Guardian, Commentary and The Page
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.
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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.)
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
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Fluid and Muddle  —  I've been poking around some sources …
Discussion: The Greenroom
David M. Herszenhorn / Prescriptions:
Pelosi: House Will Not Adopt Senate Bill
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?
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and SCOTUSblog
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Watching as the Supreme Court turns a corporation into a real live boy.
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Peter Finn / Washington Post:
Justice task force recommends about 50 Guantanamo detainees be held indefinitely
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.
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
W II  —  Obama's first term is looking a lot like Bush's second term.  —  President Obama has been widely mocked for the following comment: … It's a reasonable surmise that by “the last eight years” Obama actually means “the Bush administration”—and if so, this is just the latest variant …
Discussion: TigerHawk
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Melanie Trottman / Wall Street Journal:
Union Households Gave Boost to GOP's Brown
Discussion: USA Today
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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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Jay Leno: Washington-bound, May 1
Discussion: USA Today
Ed Henry / CNN:
Leno to headline White House dinner
Discussion: Mediaite and Shakesville
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 …
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Michelle Malkin:
Lib talk radio flops again: Air America goes bankrupt
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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Michael Hirsh / Newsweek:
The Politics of Hubris  —  A bridge too far.  Bought his own press.
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Mother Jones
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Filibuster reform headed for Senate floor; measure faces uphill battle  —  Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) soon intends to introduce legislation that would take away the minority's power to filibuster legislation.  —  Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) in the next few weeks intends to introduce legislation …
Discussion: USA Today and Weasel Zippers
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 …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Moe Lane
 
 
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Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
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Paul Krugman:
A Note On The Economy  —  Quite aside from everything else going on …
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