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1:05 PM 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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
SEIU Chief: If Dems Pass Scaled-Down Health Bill, Labor Will Have …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama vs Boehner: Power to the people  —  President Barack Obama, who will deliver his State of the Union address next week, and House Minority Leader John Boehner, delivering today a pre-buttal to that address, are torn over the implications of two far-reaching rulings handed down this week.
Discussion: D.C. Now and The Hill
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 …
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 …
Scott / Power Line:
Clearing my spindle  —  I've been saving a number of items …
Discussion: NewsReal Blog and Time
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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
Thomas Joscelyn / Weekly Standard:
See No Evil  —  The Pentagon's Fort Hood investigation is a pathetic whitewash.  —  Last week, the Pentagon released the results of its investigation into the November 5 Fort Hood shooting (Protecting the Force: Lessons from Fort Hood).  There is a large, publicly available body …
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
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Paul Lewis / Guardian:
Police plan to use spy drones
Discussion: Blog
Jerry Seper / Washington Times:
Justice refuses to release documents in Panther case
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: GE/MSNBC political commentator pretty upset about political …
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NBC Trumpeted the Launch of Liberal ‘Counterweight’ …
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Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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Right-wing Saudi dynasty endorses right-wing Fox News dynasty.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
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