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11:15 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 …
David Plouffe / Washington Post:
November doesn't need to be a nightmare for Democrats  —  The Democratic Party got a resounding wake-up call from the voters of Massachusetts on Tuesday.  But it's long been clear that 2010 would be a challenging election year for our party.  —  With few exceptions, the first off-year election …
Patterico's Pontifications:
Ellie Light: Obama Astroturfer?  Or Very, Very, Very Energetic But Independent Letter Writer?  With Houses All Over the Nation?  —  A woman has written the same letter defending Obama to dozens of publications across the country, getting them published in at least 42 newspapers in 18 states …
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
White House Is Confident Bernanke Will Be Confirmed  —  WASHINGTON — After a full-scale mobilization, White House and Senate officials expressed confidence on Saturday that they had successfully contained a populist uprising among Democratic senators that had threatened President Obama's nomination …
Edward Luce / Financial Times:   White House nightmare persists
Nathaniel Cary /
Bauer: Needy ‘owe something back’ for aid  —  GREENVILLE - Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer has compared giving people government assistance to “feeding stray animals.”  —  Bauer, who is running for the Republican nomination for governor, made his remarks during a town hall meeting in Fountain Inn …
Greenville News:
(2 of 2)  —  “We don't make you take a drug test.  We ought to.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama Turns Up Heat Over Ruling on Campaign Spending  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama took aim at the Supreme Court on Saturday, saying the justices had “handed a huge victory to the special interests and their lobbyists” with last week's 5-to-4 decision to lift restrictions on campaign spending by corporations and unions.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Daily Pundit
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Activists see threat to Roe precedent
Discussion: Verum Serum
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Bill's Late Father Irving Kristol: ‘My Poor Son Has Got It Wrong Again’  —  Despite all the failures of the neoconservative movement in foreign policy over the last eight years, Newsweek writes that we are witnessing “the return of the neocons.”  However, the article provides little hard evidence …
Anthony Shadid / New York Times:
U.S. to Appeal Blackwater Case Dismissal, Biden Says  —  BAGHDAD — Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. promised Iraqi leaders on Saturday that the United States would appeal the dismissal of manslaughter charges against five Blackwater Worldwide security contractors involved in a deadly shooting …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Jeffrey Kahn / The Huffington Post:   Cut the Red Tape: Why Haitians Need Humanitarian Parole Now
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.
Dan Nowicki / Arizona Republic:   J.D. Hayworth gives up radio talk show
Hayworth says he will challenge McCain
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama's evolution as commander-in-chief  —  Never a soldier himself, but suddenly their commander-in-chief, President Barack Obama wanted to learn the job from the ground up.  —  Including the salute.  —  Under the guidance of an expert, aides say Obama privately repeated his salute over and over again until he got it down.
The Politico:
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Washington Examiner:
ggordon  —  ...and thank you Mr's.  McCain and Feingold.  And to think - I held my nose and voted for McCain for president.  —  As a life long Republican - conservative first - interesting that the national party would pick a guy who had anti-Constitutional views.  I know, it's just one law.
Michael Sneed / Chicago Sun Times:
Jury duty for President Obama?  —  To serve or not to serve?  Is that the question?  —  • Translation: TV titan Oprah Winfrey may have honored her Cook County Circuit Court Jury summons, but it's a good bet President Obama won't.  —  • To wit: Sneed has learned Obama's name …
Richard N. Haass / Newsweek:
Enough Is Enough  —  Why we can no longer remain on the sidelines in the struggle for regime change in Iran.  —  From the magazine issue dated Feb 1, 2010  —  Two schools of thought have traditionally competed to determine how America should approach the world.
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Bob Herbert / New York Times:
They Still Don't Get It  —  How loud do the alarms have to get?
Discussion: Mediaite
Howard Schneider / Washington Post:
Hezbollah's relocation of rocket sites to Lebanon's interior poses wider threat
Discussion: Israel Matzav
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Massachusetts Is The Mob  —  From Charles Blow [sic] in the NY Times:
Discussion: RedState
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Fox News to air special feature on Obama presidency
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Thomas Joscelyn / Weekly Standard:
See No Evil  —  The Pentagon's Fort Hood investigation is a pathetic whitewash.