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10:00 AM ET, January 25, 2010

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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama to Offer Aid for Families in State of the Union Address  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama will propose in his State of the Union address a package of modest initiatives intended to help middle-class families, including tax credits for child care, caps on some student loan payments …
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Michelle Malkin:
The Astroturf Presidency  —  Who is Ellie Light?  —  I predict you'll start seeing the question as a popular bumper sticker soon (a la “Who is John Galt?").  —  It's a handy rhetorical rejoinder the next the White House or your nutroots neighbors and co-workers try to tar the Tea Party …
Kristina Wong / ABCNEWS:
Obama Adjusts Ahead of State of the Union
Washington Post:
In Obama's decision-making, a wide range of influences
Discussion: Mediaite and msnbc.com
Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
White House Toughens Tone
Discussion: QandO, Political Punch and Don Surber
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 …
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Dan / Riehl World View:
Is This Obama's Pet Goat Moment?  —  Update 2: Elevated from comments - So, Obama needed a teleprompter because he was intro-ing a program that paves the way for a Federal curriculum?  Hmm.  Not so funny, anymore. … Update: No way, not a teleprompter for 6th graders??
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Sad.  Obama Brings TelePrompter to Speak to 6th Grade Class  —  Obama spoke to 6th Graders in Falls Church, Virginia on Tuesday January 19, 2010.  —  He brought his TelePrompter.  —  He sure wouldn't want to go off message when speaking to 6th graders.  —  How sad.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Bernanke Conundrum  —  A Republican won in Massachusetts — and suddenly it's not clear whether the Senate will confirm Ben Bernanke for a second term as Federal Reserve chairman.  That's not as strange as it sounds: Washington has suddenly noticed public rage over economic policies …
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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 …
Harold Ford Jr / New York Times:
Democrats, Get Down to Business  —  SCOTT BROWN'S victory last week in the Massachusetts Senate race, following the Republican gubernatorial triumphs in New Jersey and Virginia, marked the third time in three months that the Democratic Party has lost the support and trust of independent voters.
CNN:
Losing Kennedy's seat a gift, Dem says  —  Washington (CNN) - Democrats' stunning loss of the Senate seat held for more than 4 decades by a liberal icon is an early warning sign that the party should heed, a prominent Democratic strategist said Sunday.  —  National Democrats are reeling …
CNN:
CNN Poll: Majority of Americans say much of stimulus wasted  —  Washington (CNN) - Nearly three out of four Americans think that at least half of the money spent in the federal stimulus plan has been wasted, according to a new national poll.  —  A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey …
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama's Approval Most Polarized for First-Year President  —  Shows much greater party differences than approval for any prior first-year president  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The 65 percentage-point gap between Democrats' (88%) and Republicans' (23%) average job approval ratings for Barack Obama …
Richard Socarides / Wall Street Journal:
Ask Obama About Don't Ask, Don't Tell  —  Gay voters are growing impatient for equality.  —  As a candidate for president, Barack Obama told the country's leading gay rights group, the Human Rights Campaign, “America is ready to get rid of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.  All that is required is leadership.”
BBC:
‘Chemical Ali’ executed in Iraq  —  Ali Hassan al-Majid, a former Iraqi official known as Chemical Ali, has been executed by hanging, a government spokesman has announced.  —  Majid, an enforcer in Saddam Hussein's regime and his cousin, had earlier been sentenced to death four times for genocide and crimes against humanity.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and The Page
Political Punch:
‘Make Them Filibuster’: Gov. Rendell Tells President Obama, Democrats, to Play ‘Hardball’  —  Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania has some advice for his fellow Democrats skittish about health care reform in the wake of the Republican upset in that Massachusetts special election.
Caroline Davies / Guardian:
Amis in row over ‘euthanasia booths’  —  • Novelist wants euthanasia booths for elderly  —  • Warning of ‘civil war’ between young and old  —  Martin Amis has never fought shy of an argument, whether it be with the critic Terry Eagleton (over Islamist extremism) …
Discussion: Times of London, Althouse and normblog
CNN:
Haiti awash in doctors; nurses in short supply  —  Port-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN) — So many doctors are answering Haiti's call for medical aid that the largest hospital in Port-au-Prince has a new problem: organizing and finding good use for them all.  —  “I think there is a lot of confusion …
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
David Rose / Daily Mail:
Glacier scientist: I knew data hadn't been verified  —  The scientist behind the bogus claim in a Nobel Prize-winning UN report that Himalayan glaciers will have melted by 2035 last night admitted it was included purely to put political pressure on world leaders.
Wall Street Journal:
Tishman Venture Gives Up Stuyvesant Project  —  High-Profile Purchase of Manhattan Complex Collapses Under Debt Mountain  —  A First Avenue view in New York of Peter Cooper Village, foreground, and Stuyvesant Town apartment complexes in October.  —  A group led by Tishman Speyer Properties …
Rick Pearson / Chicago Tribune:
Giannoulias, Kirk continue to lead Senate races  —  Tribune/WGN-TV poll shows undecided voters could still swing Feb. 2 primary  —  State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias entered the final days of the campaign for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination with a significant advantage over rivals Cheryle Jackson …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Republicans' allies eye state legislatures as redistricting nears  —  Seeking to capitalize on the excitement among Republican potential donors after Scott Brown's stunning capture of a Senate seat in Massachusetts last week, two independent groups focused on helping the party regain state …
Discussion: USA Today and Prairie Weather
 
 
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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Too Big to Reform
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Abdulmutallab interrogated for less than an hour; White House …
Jim Snyder / The Hill:
Climate bill drives energy companies to spend more lobbying
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Krolicki weighs run against Reid
Discussion: The Page
Washington Post:
Debate grows in aftermath of quake: Should U.S. let more Haitians immigrate?
 Earlier Items: 
Phyllis Chesler / Pajamas Media:
Lancet Study Blames Palestinian Wife-Beating on Israel
Discussion: Gates of Vienna and Israel Matzav
NEWS.com.au:
Mahathir: Jews “had to be periodically massacred”
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Israel Matzav
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Dem lawmaker: Congress could pass health reform if men were ‘sent home’
Discussion: New York Magazine
Paul Krugman:
The Phantom Policy Conflict
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Bruce Schneier / CNN:
U.S. enables Chinese hacking of Google
Discussion: Mother Jones and JoeTrippi.com