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1:30 PM 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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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Obama SOTU Plan Includes Non-Refundable Child Tax Credit Expansion  —  The official word is that the Obama administration isn't planning to “trim its sails” in response to Scott Brown's win.  But realistically that's nonsense.  Reading this rehash of ideas about theories of political change reminds me of my …
Discussion: American Prospect
Richard Socarides / Wall Street Journal:
Ask Obama About Don't Ask, Don't Tell
Michelle Malkin:
Why did Beau Biden really drop out?  ; Update: Cook Political Report classifies DE-Sen. race “Solid Republican”  —  Daddy has been grooming Beau Biden for the Senate from time immemorial.  —  To smooth his son's path, Joe Biden installed his old crony aide, Edward Kaufman …
Discussion: The Caucus, NRSC and New York Magazine
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Charles Mahtesian / The Politico:
Beau Biden declines Senate bid
Washington Wire:
Surrendering Senate Seat? Del. Dems Biden, Kaufman Won't Run
Discussion: American Spectator
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Beau Biden: Passing on father's old seat
The Fix:
Beau Biden will not run for father's former Senate seat
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Mediaite
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Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Little Faith In The Stimulus Money
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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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 …
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.
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 …
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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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.”
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Abdulmutallab interrogated for less than an hour; White House …
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 …
USA Today:
Exclusive: Obama stimulus reduced our pain, experts say  —  President Obama's stimulus package saved jobs — but the government still needs to do more to breathe life into the economy, according to USA TODAY's quarterly survey of 50 economists.  —  Unemployment would have hit 10.8% …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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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 …
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
W.H. hopes to blunt court decision
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 and D.C. Now
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Iranian Official On Obama: “The Only Change Is That This N***er Talks …
Mark McKinnon / The Daily Beast:
Bringing Back David Plouffe Will Totally Work
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Page
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Lewis / Politics Daily:
Republican Contract with America, Version 2.0
Discussion: Townhall.com and AmSpecBlog
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Too Big to Reform
Discussion: Ross Douthat
Washington Post:
In Obama's decision-making, a wide range of influences
Discussion: Gawker, Mediaite and msnbc.com
Political Punch:
‘Make Them Filibuster’: Gov. Rendell Tells President Obama …
CNN:
Losing Kennedy's seat a gift, Dem says