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4:15 PM ET, January 24, 2010

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David Michael Green / Common Dreams:
How to Squander the Presidency in One Year  —  Hey, Conan Obama: How About Now?  Can You Hear Us Now?  —  There's only one political party in the entire world that is so inept, cowardly and bungling that it could manage to simultaneously lick the boots of Wall Street bankers and then get blamed …
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P.J. Gladnick / NewsBusters.org:
Leftwing Professor Writes Hilarious Essay About ‘Conan Obama’  —  It is no suprise that conservatives have been highly critical of Barack Obama.  However, a new development has set in recently: leftwing disgust with The One especially since it now appears that ObamaCare is DOA.
Discussion: Moe Lane and American Power
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Howie / The Jawa Report:   Bin-Laden Claims Flight 253 Attack Warns US of More Attacks
Paul Schemm / Associated Press:
Bin Laden claims airline bomb attempt on Christmas
delawareonline:
(3 of 3)  —  He didn't mention it, but Biden himself was a virtual unknown quantity when he won his first term against the popular J. Caleb Boggs in 1972 in perhaps as much of an upset.  —  It certainly seems as if the president's coattails are very short these days, since not only did Coakley lose …
Washington Post:
2009 Democratic agenda severely weakened by Republicans' united opposition  —  The breathless pace that President Obama set after taking office last January jolted lawmakers from the soporific haze of the final George W. Bush years, revving up dormant committees and lighting up phone lines with a frenzy of dealmaking.
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
White House has ‘checked in with leadership,’ confident of Bernanke vote
Discussion: The Politico
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Ed Schultz Tells Robert Gibbs He's ‘Full Of Sh*t’ And 'You're Losing Your Base'  —  Last night, MSNBC's Ed Schultz spoke at Minnesota progressive talk radio AM950's Blue State Bash at the Minneapolis Convention Center.  During his remarks, Schultz revealed that he recently had a testy confrontation …
James Desborough / News of the World:
Golden couple Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie sign contract to split £205m fortune  —  TROUBLE AHEAD: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie  —  HOLLYWOOD golden pair Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have seen DIVORCE lawyers and signed a £205 million split deal, we can reveal.
New York Post:
End of O's cowardly lyin'  —  We the people of the United States owe Scott Brown's sup porters a huge debt of gratitude.  They didn't merely elect a senator.  They ripped the façade off the Obama presidency.  —  Just as Dorothy and Toto exposed the ordinary man behind the curtain in …
Thesevenveils / CBS News:
McCain: Campaign Finance Reform Is Dead  —  Sen. Who Co-Wrote Finance Laws Not Surprised by Court Ruling Given “Skeptical, Sarcastic Comments” by Justices  —  (CBS) Senator John McCain, who helped rewrite the nation's campaign finance laws, said Sunday that this week's Supreme Court ruling removing limits …
Discussion: The Page
Washington Post:
Political push-back stalls stock market rally on Wall Street  —  NEW YORK — Washington spent months nursing the financial system back to health after the 2008 economic crisis, stabilizing then reviving battered markets and ultimately restoring trillions of dollars in investor losses.
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Christopher Booker / Telegraph:
Pachauri: the real story behind the Glaciergate scandal  —  Dr Pachauri has rapidly distanced himself from the IPCC's baseless claim about vanishing glaciers.  But the scientist who made the claim now works for Pachauri, writes Christopher Booker  —  I can report a further dramatic twist …
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
White House adviser Plouffe fails to mention most of Obama's pre-existing conditions promise right after NYT & CBS report it may be dropped  —  Joe and I saw this coming two days ago.  And unfortunately it's looking increasingly like we were right.  —  A day after former Obama campaign …
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The Politico:
W.H. brass split on stimulus stats  —  White House advisers appearing on the Sunday talk shows gave three different estimates of how many jobs could be credited to President Obama's Recovery Act.  —  The discrepancy was pointed out by a Republican official in an email to reporters noting that …
Patrick / Now! Hampshire:
Shea-Porter: Send the men home and Congress could pass health care reform  —  In some of her most incendiary comments to date, Democratic Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) claimed on Saturday that female Republican members of Congress have confided in her, in the ladies room, no less …
Discussion: Moe Lane
Dave Johnson / Seeing the Forest:
Supreme Court Shifts Business Playing Field Away From Marketplace  —  The Supreme Court ruling allowing corporations to use their vast resources to directly influence the political process shifts the business playing field away from competing in the marketplace with products and services …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Ian Welsh
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Richard Kerbaj / Times of London:
UK students recruited for Somali jihad
Joanna Molloy / NY Daily News:
Source says Andrew Cuomo will announce plans to run for New York Governor in March
Washington Post:
Dulles flight to Las Vegas diverted because of unruly passenger
Discussion: Riehl World View
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BBC:
Biden pledges Blackwater appeal
Discussion: Daily Kos
Larisa Alexandrovna / At-Largely:
70-year gag on Kelly death evidence (Dr. David Kelly)
Discussion: This Is London and Emptywheel
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Justice Kennedy was key to conservatives' win in campaign finance decision
Michael Sneed / Chicago Sun Times:
Jury duty for President Obama?
Discussion: Politics Daily