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11:35 AM ET, January 23, 2010


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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE TALKS THAT MAY SAVE HEALTH CARE REFORM.... Over the last few days, it's become increasingly evident that congressional Democrats aren't sure how, when, or whether to move forward on health care reform.  There is an obvious course that would deliver an extraordinary victory …
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Reid, Pelosi work to save reform  —  Struggling to salvage health reform, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have begun considering a list of changes to the Senate bill in hopes of making it acceptable to liberal House members, according to sources familiar with the situation.
Discussion: Paul Krugman and The Page
E.J. Dionne / PostPartisan:
How the Democrats may solve their health-care problem
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama targets campaign finance in weekly address  —  In his weekly address, President Barack Obama hammered the Supreme Court's decision this week to lift limits on corporate spending on politics, saying it could lead to the unchecked influence of special interests he opposes.
Discussion: The Swamp, The Hill and The Politico
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Public Agrees With Court: Campaign Money Is “Free Speech”  —  But have mixed views on other issues at heart of new Supreme Court ruling  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans' broad views about corporate spending in elections generally accord with the Supreme Court's decision Thursday that abolished …
The White House:
WEEKLY ADDRESS: President Obama Vows to Continue Standing Up to the Special Interests on Behalf of the American People  —  WASHINGTON - In this week's address, President Barack Obama vowed to continue fighting for the American people to ensure their voices are heard over the special interests …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Barrett Brown / Vanity Fair:
Ex-Conservative Charles Johnson's Next Crusade  —  With many among the left having lately been bogged down in a wonkish debate over health care in general and the question of best-versus-possible in particular, it's easy to forget that the somewhat more fundamental conflict among conservatives regarding …
Amanda Lee Myers / Arizona Daily Star:
J.D. Hayworth says he'll run against John McCain  —  Former Arizona Congressman J.D. Hayworth says he is planning to run against John McCain for his U.S. Senate seat.  —  Hayworth, a Republican, told The Associated Press late Friday he stepped down as host of his radio program on KFYI-AM, a conservative radio talk show in Phoenix.
Jim Geraghty / National Review Online:
Obama's Train Wreck of a Town Hall in Ohio — By: Jim Geraghty  —  Earlier this week, during a radio interview, I had said that Obama's appearance for Martha Coakley on Sunday was the least effective stump appearances I had seen from a president.  A lot of factors contributed to that …
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Et Tu, Fox News Channel?  —  It's a horrible, unspeakable tragedy that gets you right in the core of your humanity.  The poorest country in the Western Hemisphere is flattened by a huge earthquake.  Hundreds of thousands killed, thousands of children orphaned, more than 1.5 million now homeless.
Ayla Brown acknowledges it: She voted for Kerry  —  (NECN: Boston) - Her father is the talk of Washington Republicans, but Ayla Brown says she has an independent streak - and a voting record to prove it.  In an interview with Beth Shelburne of New England Cable News Friday, Ayla Brown …
Discussion: USA Today and American Power
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
‘Scott Brown Republican:’ Word is ‘gold’
Discussion: The Politico
Washington Post:
Brown's Massachusetts victory fueled by frustration with Washington, poll shows
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: GE/MSNBC political commentator pretty upset about political influence of corporations  —  Irresistible as a follow-up to Stewart's takedown, which I took to be a green light from one of the left's arbiters of cool that it's officially okay not to like this grandstanding bottom-feeder anymore.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
SEIU Chief: If Dems Pass Scaled-Down Health Bill, Labor Will Have Trouble Staying “Focused On National Politics”  —  SEIU chief Andy Stern took a hard shot at Dem leaders just now for considering a scaled-down health care bill, strongly hinting that labor might not work as hard for Dem candidates …
Alert: Female Suicide Bombers May Be Heading Here From Yemen  —  U.S. Agents Told Women Believed Connected to Al Qaeda May Have Western Appearance and Passports  —  American law enforcement officials have been told to be on the lookout for female suicide bombers who may attempt to enter the United States …
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.
Sean O'Neill / Times of London:
Terrorist threat level raised to ‘severe’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Jerry Seper / Washington Times:
Justice refuses to release documents in Panther case
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NBC Trumpeted the Launch of Liberal ‘Counterweight’ …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama, With Defiant Tone, Vows to Push Agenda
CA Democrats Revive Single-Payer Health Care Plan
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Martin Chulov / Guardian:
High radiation levels blight Iraq
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Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Right-wing Saudi dynasty endorses right-wing Fox News dynasty.
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Dodd: Dems might need a month off from reform
Discussion: CNN
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Senate Rankings: Post-Masspocalypse Edition
Krista Gesaman / Newsweek Blogs:
Who's Missing at the ‘Roe v. Wade’ Anniversary Demonstrations?  Young Women.
Discussion: and AmSpecBlog