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2:35 PM ET, January 23, 2010


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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Plouffe stepping up role as adviser to White House  —  David Plouffe, the man who managed President Barack Obama's campaign, will be taking on an expanded role as an outside adviser to the White House, according to sources familiar with the plan, a move that comes just days after a stunning defeat …
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.
New York Times:
Obama Calls Team From 2008 for Races in Fall  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama is reconstituting the team that helped him win the White House to counter Republican challenges in the midterm elections and recalibrate after political setbacks that have narrowed his legislative ambitions.
David Plouffe / Washington Post:   November doesn't need to be a nightmare for Democrats
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
24 States' Laws Open to Attack After Campaign Finance Ruling  —  In Wisconsin, conservative and pro-business groups said Friday that they were considering a lawsuit to block a proposed law that would ban corporate spending during political campaigns.  —  In Kentucky and Colorado …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama vs Boehner: Power to the people
Discussion: The Hill and D.C. Now
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Activists see threat to Roe precedent
Discussion: Verum Serum
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama slams decision on campaign finance in his weekly address
Discussion: The Confluence and The Politico
The White House:
WEEKLY ADDRESS: President Obama Vows to Continue Standing …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Jonathan Dee / New York Times:
Right-Wing Flame War!  —  Charles Johnson has been writing a blog for almost as long as the word “blog” has existed.  A bearish, gentle-voiced, ponytailed man who for three decades enjoyed a successful career as a jazz guitarist accompanying the likes of Al Jarreau and Stanley Clarke …
Scott / Power Line:
Clearing my spindle  —  I've been saving a number of items to write about that I want to present for your information without further comment.  In one way or another, they are interesting and informative.  —  The people of Israel display adherence to the commandment to repair the world.
Discussion: NewsReal Blog and Time
Barrett Brown / Vanity Fair:
Ex-Conservative Charles Johnson's Next Crusade
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.
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
White House nightmare persists  —  At the end of Barack Obama's worst week since taking power a year ago, the US president's fortunes look set only to deteriorate over the coming days.  Following the shock defeat of the Democratic candidate in Massachusetts on Tuesday, a move that deprived …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama, With Defiant Tone, Vows to Push Agenda
Jules Crittenden:
More Bitter Ironies  —  Two great reads from two great Boston newspapers, in the post-Brown election era.  —  Gray ladies* first.  Boston Globe: “Liberal bastions lament the blue fades.” … That's a pretty bitter irony.  Sounds like those people need to get out more.
Discussion: Daily Pundit, Boston Globe and POWIP
Pat G. / Think Progress:
Bayh Claims 'There's A Fighting Chance' Obama Will Call For A Spending Freeze  —  In an interview yesterday with Bloomberg's Al Hunt, Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) — who met with members of the administration's economic team this week — said that he believes there's a “fighting chance” …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Wonk Room
Washington Post:
Did the Obama administration blow an opportunity in the Flight 253 case?  —  UMAR FAROUK Abdulmutallab was nabbed in Detroit on board Northwest Flight 253 after trying unsuccessfully to ignite explosives sewn into his underwear.  The Obama administration had three options: It could charge him in federal court.
Simon Johnson / The Baseline Scenario:
Paul Krugman For The Fed  —  The case for Ben Bernanke's reappointment was weak to start with, weakened with his hearings, and is now held together by string and some phone calls from the White House.  Bernanke is an airline pilot who pulled off a miraculous landing, but didn't do his preflight checks …
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.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Fox News to air special feature on Obama presidency
Thomas Joscelyn / Weekly Standard:
See No Evil  —  The Pentagon's Fort Hood investigation is a pathetic whitewash.
Paul Lewis / Guardian:
Police plan to use spy drones
Discussion: Blog
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Jerry Seper / Washington Times:
Justice refuses to release documents in Panther case
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: GE/MSNBC political commentator pretty upset about political …
Discussion: The Other McCain and Mediaite
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NBC Trumpeted the Launch of Liberal ‘Counterweight’ …
CA Democrats Revive Single-Payer Health Care Plan