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8:10 AM ET, January 24, 2010


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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 …
Patterico / Hot Air:
Ellie Light: Obama Astroturfer?  —  Someone appears to be doing a little Astroturfing for Obama.  —  In recent days, a letter defending Obama has appeared in dozens of newspapers throughout the country — all signed by an “Ellie Light.”  In the letters, which all use identical language …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama Turns Up Heat Over Ruling on Campaign Spending  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama took aim at the Supreme Court on Saturday, saying the justices had “handed a huge victory to the special interests and their lobbyists” with last week's 5-to-4 decision to lift restrictions on campaign spending by corporations and unions.
Discussion: Daily Pundit and Daily Kos
Dave Johnson / Seeing the Forest:
Supreme Court Shifts Business Playing Field Away From Marketplace
Discussion: Ian Welsh
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Activists see threat to Roe precedent
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 …
Greenville News:
(2 of 2)  —  “We don't make you take a drug test.  We ought to.  We don't even make you show up to your child's parent-teacher conference meeting or to the PTA meeting,” Bauer said.  —  “You go to a school where there's an active participation of parents and guess what?  They have the highest test scores.
Danny Shea First / The Huffington Post:
Phil Griffin's Memo To MSNBC Talent: Stop Fighting With Each Other  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  On the heels of yet another public incident between his anchors, MSNBC president Phil Griffin reined in his talent in a staff memo Friday afternoon.  —  Griffin sent a memo …
Frank Rich / New York Times:
After the Massachusetts Massacre  —  It was not a referendum on Barack Obama, who in every poll remains one of the most popular politicians in America.  It was not a rejection of universal health care, which Massachusetts mandated (with Scott Brown's State Senate vote) in 2006.
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
White House Is Confident Bernanke Will Be Confirmed  —  WASHINGTON — After a full-scale mobilization, White House officials expressed confidence on Saturday that they had contained a populist uprising among Democratic senators that had threatened President Obama's nomination of Ben S. Bernanke …
Edward Luce / Financial Times:   White House nightmare persists
Michael Sneed / Chicago Sun Times:
Jury duty for President Obama?  —  To serve or not to serve?  Is that the question?  —  • Translation: TV titan Oprah Winfrey may have honored her Cook County Circuit Court Jury summons, but it's a good bet President Obama won't.  —  • To wit: Sneed has learned Obama's name …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Justice Kennedy was key to conservatives' win in campaign finance decision  —  If there was a new boldness from the Supreme Court's conservative majority in last week's landmark ruling on campaign finance laws, there was also an underlying and familiar truth:
Biden pledges Blackwater appeal  —  US Vice-President Joe Biden says the US government will appeal against a court ruling dismissing manslaughter charges in the Blackwater shootings case.  —  Mr Biden was speaking after meeting Iraqi politicians in Baghdad.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Anthony Shadid / New York Times:
Biden Says U.S. Will Appeal Blackwater Case Dismissal
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Jeffrey Kahn / The Huffington Post:   Cut the Red Tape: Why Haitians Need Humanitarian Parole Now
Larisa Alexandrovna / At-Largely:
70-year gag on Kelly death evidence (Dr. David Kelly)  —  Well this latest news won't fuel any conspiracy theories (cough) or bring even more serious questions about the alleged murder (not suicide) of former UN weapons' inspector Dr. David Kelly (cough).  —  Before we get into the latest …
Discussion: This Is London and Emptywheel
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
They Still Don't Get It  —  How loud do the alarms have to get?  There is an economic emergency in the country with millions upon millions of Americans riddled with fear and anxiety as they struggle with long-term joblessness, home foreclosures, personal bankruptcies and dwindling opportunities for themselves and their children.
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
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