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11:20 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 …
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
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 …
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??
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 …
Discussion: Dennis the Peasant
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Poll: 3 out of 4 say most of stimulus money 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 released Monday morning …
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.”
‘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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
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 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Abdulmutallab interrogated for less than an hour; White House defends handling of terrorist case  —  The White House is not disputing a report that FBI agents questioned accused Northwest Airlines bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab for just 50 minutes before deciding to grant him the right …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Beau Biden not running for Senate  —  Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, son of Vice President Beau Biden, e-mailed supporters on Monday morning to say that he will not seek his father's Senate seat.  The younger Biden's decision is a blow to the Democratic Party.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Too Big to Reform  —  We've been here before.  —  Not with this much melodrama, maybe.  It didn't take a rakish Senate candidate in a pick-up truck to stop George W. Bush's push for Social Security reform in 2005.  MSNBC wasn't around in 1994, so we didn't get to watch Keith Olbermann's head explode …
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 …
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.
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Matt Lewis / Politics Daily:
Republican Contract with America, Version 2.0
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Confident Boehner wants GOP candidate in every House race
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Gromer Jeffers Jr / Dallas Morning News:
Exclusive: Perry voter turnout project signs up felons
Discussion: Raw Story and Off the Kuff
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Republicans' allies eye state legislatures as redistricting nears
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Washington Post:
In Obama's decision-making, a wide range of influences
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Phyllis Chesler / Pajamas Media:
Lancet Study Blames Palestinian Wife-Beating on Israel
Discussion: Gates of Vienna and Israel Matzav
Mahathir: Jews “had to be periodically massacred”
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Israel Matzav
Caroline Davies / Guardian:
Amis in row over ‘euthanasia booths’
Discussion: Times of London, Althouse and normblog
Bruce Schneier / CNN:
U.S. enables Chinese hacking of Google
Discussion: Mother Jones and