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9:25 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  —  But GOP Leader Mitch McConnell Calls for a Change of Course  —  On the eve of President Obama's State of the Union address and the end of his first year in office, Republican Scott Brown's astonishing win in the Massachusetts special Senate race …
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 …
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 …
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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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.
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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 …
Discussion: Shot in the Dark
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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.”
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 …
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Sean J. Miller / The Hill:   Brown's win shows Republicans how to seize Obama's old Illinois Senate seat
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 …
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.
New York Times:
G.O.P. Seeks to Widen Field of Play in Fall Elections  —  WASHINGTON — Republicans are luring new candidates into House and Senate races, and the number of seats up for grabs in November appears to be growing, setting up a midterm election likely to be harder fought than anyone anticipated …
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:
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
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.
Bruce Schneier / CNN:
U.S. enables Chinese hacking of Google  —  Editor's note: Bruce Schneier is a security technologist and author of “Beyond Fear: Thinking Sensibly About Security in an Uncertain World.”  Read more of his writing at www.schneier.com.  —  (CNN) — Google made headlines when it went public …
Discussion: Mother Jones and JoeTrippi.com
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Biden office disputes report on Beau  —  Vice-President Joe Biden's office is disputing the characterization of a newspaper interview in which Biden appears to indicate that his son, Beau, won't run this year for a Delaware Senate seat.  —  In a piece printed in Sunday's Wilmington News-Journal …
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Washington Post:
Debate grows in aftermath of quake: Should U.S. let more Haitians immigrate?  —  From morning until night, Dieula Celestin's cellphone rings in Miami's Little Haiti.  It is her younger brother, Roger Paul, calling from Port-au-Prince, where he and their 65-year-old mother live with no food …
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Michael A. Clemens / Washington Post:
To help Haiti's earthquake victims, change U.S. immigration laws
Discussion: Front page feed
 
 
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Jim Snyder / The Hill:
Climate bill drives energy companies to spend more lobbying
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Krolicki weighs run against Reid
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Phyllis Chesler / Pajamas Media:
Lancet Study Blames Palestinian Wife-Beating on Israel
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Mahathir: Jews “had to be periodically massacred”
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 Earlier Items: 
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Dem lawmaker: Congress could pass health reform if men were ‘sent home’
Discussion: New York Magazine
Caroline Davies / Guardian:
Amis in row over ‘euthanasia booths’
Discussion: Althouse
Paul Krugman:
The Phantom Policy Conflict
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
France: Devout Muslim Family Beats, Blinds Girl …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
A Filibuster in '94?  —  I got a lot of good answers and commentary …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias