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4:10 PM ET, January 25, 2010

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Joe Klein / Swampland:
Too Dumb to Thrive  —  Absolutely amazing poll results from CNN today about the $787 stimulus package: nearly three out of four Americans think the money has been wasted.  On second thought, they may be right: it's been wasted on them.  Indeed, the largest single item in the package …
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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 …
USA Today:
Exclusive: Obama stimulus reduced our pain, experts say
Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Little Faith In The Stimulus Money
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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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Obama SOTU Plan Includes Non-Refundable Child Tax Credit Expansion
Discussion: American Prospect
New York Times:
Obama Talks of Restoring Security for Middle Class
Discussion: The Caucus and Sweetness & Light
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Berry: Obama said “big difference” between '10 and '94 is “me”  —  Rep. Marion Berry's parting shot, published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette [no link, subscription only] offers a warning to moderate Democrats and border state moderates — warning of a midterm bloodbath comparable to the 54-seat D-to-R swing in 1994.
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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Tony Romm / The Hill:
Updated Bernanke whip count
Hotline On Call:
The Bernanke Whip Count: 39-17
Discussion: The Page
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 …
Gawker:
Sources: John Edwards Has a Sex Tape  —  Sources have told us that, in the throes of their affair, John Edwards and Rielle Hunter made a sex tape that contains “several sex acts.”  And that his aide, Andrew Young found it on an unmarked DVD.  —  The tape, say both our sources …
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Charles Mahtesian / The Politico:
Beau Biden declines Senate bid  —  Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden announced Monday that he will not run for the Senate in 2010, a development which puts the GOP in a commanding position to claim the seat once held by his father, Vice President Joe Biden.
James Rosen / Fox News:
Obama Administration Steers Lucrative No-Bid Contract for Afghan Work to Dem Donor  —  The Obama administration this month awarded a $25 million federal contract for work in Afghanistan to a company owned by a prominent Democratic campaign contributor without entertaining competitive bids, Fox News has learned.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Dems' Bush-bashing goes bust  —  After three consecutive losses in statewide races, some top Democrats are questioning a tactic aimed at boosting the party's candidates in each of those contests: Bush-bashing.  —  Running as much against the Bush White House as he was running against Sen. John McCain …
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Patterico's Pontifications:
The Recent Evidence of Astroturfing, Summarized  —  This post summarizes the evidence of Astroturfing by Obama supporters that surfaced over the weekend.  —  Astroturfing is phony “grassroots” activity.  The term refers to opinions that seem to be genuine — but, in reality, are directed by a Central Planner.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dem Aides: House Members Can Still Be Persuaded To Pass Senate Bill With Fix  —  Hey all, here's something that could lend a bit of comfort to those still hoping the House will pass the Senate bill.  —  Senior aides on both sides tell me that despite Nancy Pelosi's claim that she doesn't have the votes …
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Political Punch:
Sen. Bill Nelson: After Health Care, President Obama Needs to Scale Back His Agenda
Peter Hamby / CNN:
South Carolina Republican regrets ‘stray animal’ metaphor  —  (CNN) - South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, under fire for drawing a comparison between needy people and “stray animals,” said Monday that he regrets his choice of words.  —  In a phone interview with CNN, Bauer …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
S.C. Lt. Gov.: Poor like ‘stray animals’
Discussion: The Greenroom
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Big Babyism  —  Listen to an enraged Independent: … If this is the basis for revolt, what can one say?  —  If Obama and Bush had refused to bail out the banks, does this small business owner believe she'd be in business at all?  Is she demanding - in a conservative outlet …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Maloney, Clay, McHenry criticize RNC ‘census’ mailer  —  A Republican National Committee “census” fundraising mailer I've written about a couple of times here is drawing bipartisan criticism, I report today:  —  Officials of both parties are sharply criticizing a fundraising mailing …
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
RNC ‘census’ mailer draws fire
Discussion: Daily Kos
Paul Krugman:
Of Fate and Fumbles  —  It has not been a good year for Obama, or for the progressive agenda.  But why?  Ignore all the pontificating about how Obama needed to focus differently, seek bipartisanship with people who have no interest in making a deal, etc.. The primary factor in Obama's troubles is …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Gibbs: Ed Schultz Misleads Viewers To “Get People To Watch His Show”  —  As you've probably heard, MSNBC's Ed Schultz revealed the other day that he'd torn into Robert Gibbs in a private conversation, telling him he's “full of sh*t” and that the Obama White House is “losing its base.”
Newt Gingrich / About Newsmax.com:
How I'd Create a New ‘Contract With America’  —  Dear Fellow Americans:  —  During the past few months, a number of people have asked me about the possibility of a new Contract with America for the 2010 elections.  They remember the clarity, the positive focus, and the election results of the 1994 contract.
Gary Farber / Amygdala:
HEALTH CARE REFORM WON'T SAVE ME.  —  I'm asking for your help.  —  For several years I've, finally, been in the process of applying for Social Security Disability, something I desperately needed to do decades earlier, but wrongheadedly struggled to avoid as my life spiraled into hell.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
LET'S PUT THEM SIDE BY SIDE.... Throughout the lengthy debate on health care reform, Republicans refused to negotiate in good faith.  Compromises were considered out of the question.  Blatantly, demonstrably false claims were the norm.  Perhaps worst of all, GOP leaders would embrace specific reform ideas …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Indiana Senate  —  Indiana Senate 2010: Pence (R) 47%, Bayh (D) 44%  —  Indiana Senator Evan Bayh is another Democratic incumbent who could find himself in a tough reelection battle this fall.  A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in the state finds …
 
 
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W.H. hopes to blunt court decision
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
John Boehner: Speaker of the House
Discussion: The Hill, Firedoglake and D.C. Now
Mark McKinnon / The Daily Beast:
Bringing Back David Plouffe Will Totally Work
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Page
Harold Ford Jr / New York Times:
Democrats, Get Down to Business  —  SCOTT BROWN'S victory …