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2:55 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
Discussion: Iowa Independent
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
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:   W.H. hopes to blunt court decision
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 …
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.
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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.
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.
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Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
Obama should act more like a president than a prime minister
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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James Carville / Financial Times:
Democrats need to learn the blame game
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 …
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
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.”
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 …
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.
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Iranian Official On Obama: “The Only Change Is That This N***er Talks About Regime Change”  —  Iran drops the n-bomb on Obama.  —  Iranian official Mohammad Javad Larijani dropped the n-word while attacking Barack Obama at a meeting with engineers.  —  PBS reported: … Hat Tip Winston
Mark McKinnon / The Daily Beast:
Bringing Back David Plouffe Will Totally Work  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Former Bush and McCain strategist Mark McKinnon says the return of Obama campaign guru David Plouffe will work by getting the president better press coverage.  But will a political fix solve a policy problem?
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Page
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.
Discussion: The Hill, GOP 12 and USA Today
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Updated Bernanke whip count  —  Democratic leaders have whipped at least 30 votes in support of Chairman Ben Bernanke's return for a second term at the Federal Reserve Board, while 13 lawmakers remain opposed, according to The Hill's latest whip count.  —  Additionally, two lawmakers …
 
 
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dem Aides: House Members Can Still Be Persuaded To Pass Senate Bill With Fix
The Rothenberg / The Rothenberg Political Report:
28 House Seats move toward GOP
Ronald D. Paul / The Huffington Post:
Move Your Tax Money and Your Business Money Too
Erin Miller / SCOTUSblog:
Today's orders and opinions
Discussion: ACS Blog and TalkLeft
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Lincoln: No pressure to retire
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Vincent Moss / Mirror.co.uk:
Terror alert: Two men on ‘no-fly’ list stopped at Heathrow
Discussion: Hot Air
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
John Boehner: Speaker of the House
Discussion: The Hill, Firedoglake and D.C. Now
Washington Post:
In Obama's decision-making, a wide range of influences