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5:50 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 …
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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.
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.
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 …
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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
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.
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Dan Nowicki / Arizona Republic:   J.D. Hayworth gives up radio talk show
CNN:
Hayworth says he will challenge McCain
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 …
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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.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Big Journalism
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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 …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Massachusetts Is The Mob  —  From Charles Blow [sic] in the NY Times: … All hope is lost.  Barricade the doors.  Draw the curtains on the windows.  Prepare the safe room for the next three years.  Here they come:  —  Would it be completely childish of me to bring this out of storage?
Discussion: RedState
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Charles M. Blow / New York Times:   Mobs Rule  —  Welcome to the mob: an angry, wounded electorate …
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.
Discussion: Maggie's Farm, Wonk Room and Commentary
Gail Collins / New York Times:
The Lady and the Arlen  —  This is not the hour of the good loser in Democratic circles.  —  On MSNBC, Keith Olbermann called Scott Brown, the senator-elect from Massachusetts, “an irresponsible, homophobic, racist, reactionary, ex-nude model, teabagging supporter of violence against women …
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 …
The Politico:
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Nathaniel Cary / TheSunNews.com:
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 …
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 as 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
 
 
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Fox News to air special feature on Obama presidency
 Earlier Items: 
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: LewRockwell.com Blog
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
White House nightmare persists