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8:20 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.
David Plouffe / Washington Post:
November doesn't need to be a nightmare for Democrats
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 …
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: The Hill, 73 Wire, The Caucus and D.C. Now
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Activists see threat to Roe precedent
Discussion: Verum Serum
The White House:
WEEKLY ADDRESS: President Obama Vows to Continue Standing …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama slams decision on campaign finance in his weekly address
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Jonathan Dee / New York Times:
Right-Wing Flame War!
The Politico:
THE BEST OF THIS WEEK'S LATE NIGHT TV … ALSO ON CLICK … No comments yet.  Be the First!
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.
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.
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 and New York Times
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Cut the Red Tape: Why Haitians Need Humanitarian Parole Now
Howard Schneider / Washington Post:
Hezbollah's relocation of rocket sites to Lebanon's interior poses wider threat
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Anthony Shadid / New York Times:
U.S. to Appeal Blackwater Case Dismissal, Biden Says
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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: Blog
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
White House nightmare persists