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7:50 PM ET, January 24, 2010

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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Arkansas Rep. Marion Berry to retire  —  Arkansas Rep. Marion Berry is expected to announce his retirement tomorrow morning, according to three sources briefed on the decision.  —  Berry will become the sixth Democrat in a competitive seat to leave in the last two months but the first to announce …
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Associated Press:
White House Still Weighing Whether to Push Health Care Through Congress  —  The White House is evaluating whether to take a breather on health care or try to push for passing legislation, but is not convinced Massachusetts voters were trying to block health insurance reform in last week's vote.
Discussion: Flopping Aces and The Jawa Report
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
White House has ‘checked in with leadership,’ confident of Bernanke vote
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Biden office disputes report on Beau  —  Vice-President Joe Biden's office is disputing the characterization of a newspaper interview in which Biden appears to indicate that his son, Beau, won't run this year for a Delaware Senate seat.  —  In a piece printed in Sunday's Wilmington News-Journal …
Discussion: USA Today and Ben Smith's Blog
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Biden Misinterpreted; Leads To Unnecessary Panic Among Dems
CNN:
CNN poll: 56 percent oppose stimulus program  —  Washington (CNN) - A majority of Americans oppose the economic stimulus program, according to a new national poll.  —  Fifty-six percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Sunday say they oppose the stimulus package, with 42 percent supporting it.
Discussion: The Page
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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’
Discussion: Moe Lane, American Power and POWIP
Jill Dorson / Real Clear Politics:
Why I Regret Voting For President Obama  —  I am a registered Independent.  I voted for Barack Obama.  And for that, I am sorry.  —  I'm not sorry for you.  I'm sorry for me.  Because I voted for Obama for me, not for you.  I voted for hope and change and all the intangibles that Obama …
CNN:
Report: New bin Laden tape emerges  —  (CNN) — A new audio tape allegedly from al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden claims responsibility for an attempt to blow up a plane en route to Michigan on Christmas Day and warns the United States of more attacks.  —  The tape, which aired on Al Jazeera on Sunday …
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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.
Bruce Schneier / CNN:
U.S. enables Chinese hacking of Google  —  Editor's note: Bruce Schneier is a security technologist and author of “Beyond Fear: Thinking Sensibly About Security in an Uncertain World.”  Read more of his writing at www.schneier.com.  —  (CNN) — Google made headlines when it went public …
Discussion: JoeTrippi.com
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
France: Devout Muslim Family Beats, Blinds Girl — Held Hostage by Her Brothers for Surfing the net  —  Nidra Poller just translated this article for Atlas (with no editorial comment). … Indeed.  —  Translation by Nidra Poller  —  Le Parisien  —  Violence  —  She surfs on the Net, her brothers beat her
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: Runnin' Scared and The Page
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 …
 
 
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Paul Krugman:
The Phantom Policy Conflict
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Andrew Clark / Guardian:
Wall Street gears up to fight reform
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
A Filibuster in '94?  —  I got a lot of good answers and commentary …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Michael A. Clemens / Washington Post:
To help Haiti's earthquake victims, change U.S. immigration laws
Discussion: Front page feed
HillBuzz:
Sunday Open Thread: January 24th, 2010
Discussion: American Power
 Earlier Items: 
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
Patrick / Now! Hampshire:
Shea-Porter: Send the men home and Congress could pass health care reform
Discussion: Moe Lane
Larisa Alexandrovna / At-Largely:
70-year gag on Kelly death evidence (Dr. David Kelly)
Discussion: This Is London and Emptywheel