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3:45 PM ET, January 27, 2010

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The Politico:
Top Dems at war - with each other  —  President Barack Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will be all smiles as the president arrives at the Capitol for his State of the Union speech Wednesday night, but the happy faces can't hide relationships that are fraying and fraught.
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Ezra Klein:
Waiting for Barack  —  Every Hill office I've spoken to in the past week has had the same complaint.  “Where,” they ask, “is the White House?”  —  There's been no clear message on the way forward for health-care reform.  No clear articulation of preferences.  No public leadership to speak of.
Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
The audacity of nope  —  The state of the union is obstreperous.
Discussion: Balkinization and Achenblog
Chris Frates / The Politico:   WH lays out SOTU for congressional staff
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Grayson, liberal leaders ask Senate Dems to use reconciliation to pass healthcare
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Harry Esteve / Oregonian:
Oregon voters pass tax increasing measures by big margin … Oregon voters bucked decades of anti-tax and anti-Salem sentiment Tuesday, raising taxes on corporations and the wealthy to prevent further erosion of public schools and other state services.  —  The tax measures passed easily …
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Business Channel:
Oregon's Rich Tax is Not a Victory for Liberals  —  Yesterday, Oregon voters ratified two tax increases, one on high earners, and another a revision of the state's corporate income tax.  This is their strategy for plugging an enormous budget gap, like the ones that have opened up in state budgets around the country.
Robert Cruickshank / Calitics:
Oregon Voters Deliver Game-Changing Victory
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Emptywheel
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DOES OREGON COUNT AS A ‘MESSAGE,’ TOO?.... It's understandable …
Discussion: msnbc.com and Los Angeles Times
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Business Channel:
The Lessons of Oregon's Vote to Tax the Rich
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Patterico's Pontifications:
Washington Post Writer Makes Assumptions About O'Keefe That the Facts Don't Cash — Again  —  The Washington Post reports that James O'Keefe stands accused of a plot to “bug” Mary Landrieu's office:  —  When I first read a news story about this yesterday, it sounded to me like O'Keefe …
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Andrew Breitbart / Big Government:
MSM Leaping to Conclusions — While Big Government Waits for Facts  —  Wait until the facts are in.  —  Mainstream Media, ACORN, Media Matters (all the supposed defenders of due process and journalistic ethics) are jumping to conclusions over the arrest today of James O'Keefe …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Louisiana ‘Watergate:’ Glenn Beck is out
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
House to Senate: We're Ready On Health Care If You Are  —  Leading Democrats in the House still insist that “all options are on the table” to move ahead on health care.  But for the first time since last Tuesday's special election in Massachusetts, it's clear that they're coalescing around …
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
I'm Back. So Is Health Care Reform
Chris Frates / The Politico:   Casey: Health reform has weeks to live
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Sanders signals he's open to scaled-back health reform
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
House Progressives Willing to Back Modified Senate Bill …
Discussion: TPMDC and The New Republic
Brad Stone / Bits:
Live Blogging the iPad Product Announcement  —  What's Missing  — No ability to play Adobe Flash animations, widely used on the Web.  — No camera, still or video  — No non-Internet phone function  — No removable battery for a device that can suck a lot of power  — No removable storage
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Washington Wire:
Book Report: ‘The Politician’ By Andrew Young  —  If Washington Wire readers are interested in reading Andrew Young's forthcoming tell-all on his decade behind the scenes with John Edwards, the story heats up on page 154 when Young begins to recount how the 2008 presidential hopeful …
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Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Clinton signals not a two-term Secretary of State  —  In an interview to air at 8pm tonight on PBS's Tavis Smiley Reports, Hillary Clinton tells Smiley she does not envision serving as Secretary of State for a second term.  She also tells Smiley she is “absolutely not interested” in another presidential run:
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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
One Term Enough for Clinton
Discussion: Make Them Accountable
Igor / Wonk Room:
Ben Nelson Planned To Filibuster Conference Report, Admits Current Law Already Prevents Public Money From Funding Abortion  —  During last year's health care debate, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) insisted on inserting specific language into the Senate health care bill that prevented public dollars …
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Kathleen Gilbert / LifeSiteNews.com:
Interview with Sen. Nelson - Complete Text
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Bringing Sexy Back  —  He's The One, all right.  —  The handsome, athletic pol with the comely wife and two lovely daughters who precipitously rose from the State Legislature to pull us all together.  —  The fresh face and disarming underdog America's been waiting for …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
In Speech, Obama to Admit Missteps in First Year  —  WASHINGTON — For all the questions circulating in Democratic quarters as President Obama tries to weather the worst storm of his administration, perhaps none is as succinct as this: Are the missteps at the White House rooted in message or substance?
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ABCNEWS:
State of Trouble: Obama's Uphill Battle
Jennifer Fermino / New York Post:
‘Obama Girl’ now falling out of love  —  First, Massachusetts turned on the president.  —  Now, the bikini-clad “Obama Girl” — who fa mously cooed about her “crush” throughout the presidential campaign on YouTube videos — admits the thrill is gone.  —  Amber Lee Ettinger …
Mara Liasson / NPR:
NPR Poll Shows Vulnerability Of Obama, Democrats … text sizeAAA  —  Wednesday night's State of the Union speech is an opportunity for President Obama to reconnect to voters who are frustrated about the state of the economy and the progress he's been making toward fulfilling his campaign promises.
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Democracy Corps:
Surveys for Democracy Corps and NPR put America's Politics at a Critical Moment
Discussion: Open Left
Front Page Magazine:
Sexual Starvation and Jihad Fantasies  —  Posted by Miranda Devine on Jan 27th, 2010 and filed under FrontPage.  You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0.  You can leave a response or trackback to this entry  —  [This article is reprinted from The Syndey Morning Herald.]
New York Times:
Geithner Says A.I.G. Rescue Prevented a Depression  —  WASHINGTON — In heated questioning that at times took on the air of a cross-examination, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner on Wednesday defended his role and the government's actions in bailing out the American International Group …
Discussion: Politics Daily, TalkLeft and Raw Story
Dan Harrie / Salt Lake Tribune:
Salt Lake County GOP cancels keynote address after New Orleans arrest  —  Plan B » Party's big annual fundraiser will find new featured speaker instead of O'Keefe.  —  Salt Lake County Republicans are scrambling to line up a new keynote fundraising speaker after the arrest Tuesday …
FlipCollective:
If You Rebuild It, They Will Come, by Paul Shirley  —  I do not know if what I'm about to write makes me a monster.  I do know that it makes me a part of a miniscule minority, if Internet trends and news stories of the past weeks are any guide.  —  “It”, is this:  —  I haven't donated a cent to the Haitian relief effort.
 
 
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Steve Bousquet / St. Petersburg Times:
Crist now says he might join Obama in Tampa
Discussion: The New Republic and Daily Kos
Arnold Kling / EconLog:
Why the U.S. is Ungovernable  —  It's the latest meme.
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Glittering Eye
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Meltdown in PA: Toomey up 14 over Specter?
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Top GOP senators demand Holder testify on Christmas bomber
Discussion: The Politico
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Democrats fall as fast as Nixon Republicans in 1974
Discussion: Commentary and RedState
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